Out of the Box InternationalJust another WordPress site

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Menu

Supported by Erasmus + Programme

Read More

Open Digital Europe

Read More

Out of the Box International develops a tailor made open data model and policies based on open digital environment which is transparent, accountable and secured.

Social Businesses

Read More

Out of the Box International works with already existing hubs, various local and national stakeholders and social entrepreneurs in order to further develop and promote successful social entrepreneurship policies and practices.

Solidarity Europe

Read More

Out of the Box International delivers expertise in the field of cohesive policies by using cross-sectorial approach and non-formal  education, in a global perspective.

European Project

Read More

Out of the Box International  works further to enhance current cooperation in South East Europe region and actively supports the integration of all European countries in common European project.

In the framework of the ICALL Erasmus+ project the consortium is launching a Call for Good Practices in community development and inclusive living.

 

Do you represent a direct support organization?

Are you a disability advocate?

Do you coordinate or participate in promising practices on community development and inclusive living?

 

You are then invited to participate in the Call for promising practices on community development and inclusive living! Both Informal practices, pilot and non-funded are eligible to participate.

Submit your practice by filling up this form [Estimated time 15 min]: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd_-EjMS9tXlcWSdp9eNNL7Nh0EpeMf6iSMX2nNVULCP1kMYw/viewform

 

Each representative is eligible to submit 1 promising practice.

The deadline for submission of promising practices is 1/8/2024.

The results will be announced in March 2025!

 

Selected Best practices will be published on the ICALL project webpage as a booklet of good practices and disseminated through European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) communication channels and events.

This call is addressed to:

  • Local authorities (Municipalities, Local Governments, Secretariats, and other local-level structures responsible for coordinating and implementing social cohesion, diversity, leisure, cultural and inclusion activities). ​
  • Service Providers (Access to quality inclusive service, person-centred care, NGOs, volunteering associations and leisure centres)
  • PwDs advocates and representatives

“Community development is intended to empower community members and create stronger and more connected communities. Community development is a holistic approach grounded in principles of empowerment, human rights, inclusion, social justice, self-determination and collective action (Kenny & Connors, 2017)[1]. Disability Inclusion in Community Development is defined as a multi-sectoral approach for the inclusion of women and men and girls and boys with disabilities in their local communities[2].”

“An inclusive community is a community that over-rides differences of race, gender, class, generation, and geography and ensures inclusion, equality of opportunity as well as capability of all members of the society to determine an agreed set of social institutions that govern social interaction. (Expert Group Meeting on Promoting Social Integration, Helsinki, July 2008).”[3]

The selection of Good practices will be done by an international peer-review committee. These will be assessed based on the following parameters:

  • Innovation: Is this practice innovative? Does it look into creative and new ways the beneficiary’s lives will be improved? Does it include any fund innovations?
  • Impact: Is it impactful? Does it have measurable success in enabling accessibility for persons with disabilities?
  • Scalability: Does it have the potential of replicating the project on a large scale?

[1] Kenny, S., & Connors, P. (2017). Developing Communities for the Future (5th ed.). South Melbourne: Cengage Learning Australia.

[2] https://www.licht-fuer-die-welt.at/app/uploads/sites/8/2021/09/13_2019_Policy_DICD_accessible.pdf

[3] https://dev.to/favourmark05/inclusive-community-1l4g

Why Out of the Box International

The seemingly ever-lasting depression of European economies has shaken the very foundations of many European societies. The shear rate of unemployment in Europe and the omnipresent environmental crisis coupled with the often frustratingly slow process of decision making in the EU, are calling for civil society actors to step in and fill the void.

In the aftermath of the 2008. economic crisis, the apprehension of falling under the spell of apathy of economic depression across the continent has not been easy to shake off. However, pinpointing the culprits for the current state of affairs on any particular EU decision maker is not the answer. Nonetheless, the fact remains that the current approach to the economic and environmental crisis hasn’t yet shown the affected citizens the light at the end of the tunnel.

As representatives of the civil society we feel the need to make our voice heard in the midst of the current debate on economic crisis. Being a social enterprise we offer new and feasible ideas in education and community work, creative cross-sectorial cooperation among different actors and strong networking coalitions to turn these dire economic challenges into possibilities through social entrepreneurship initiatives which aim at benefiting wide range of citizens, particularly vulnerable groups and those affected by the economic crisis.

Social entrepreneurship is a simple concept that has been put into practice by civil society actors for the benefit of a specific social group or people, and this is precisely what we want: to create projects and initiatives with fresh ideas in different policies, educational programs or tools, support businesses, empower cultural initiatives and offer different solutions to individuals, corporate bodies, everybody who believe that we can have more Creative, Innovative and Cohesive Europe.

 

Read More

Contact Us

Recent Tweets