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Open Digital Europe

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Isn’t art magical?

It’s everywhere around us, in so many different shapes and forms.

When you walk around in the neighbourhood or a city, do you notice those (usually colourful) painted walls? Murals.

Once empty and cold walls turned into messages. Shaped and filled with colours to ignite some kind of a spark in us.

This kind of magic is also happening on the rooftops.

ECRN (European creative rooftop network) is a consortium of NGOs, municipalities, associations and private organisations working to use European rooftops as creatively as possible.

Larsen Bervoets from Antwerp, a multi-disciplinary and experimental artist was chosen to paint murals in 6 European cities (Antwerp, Chemnitz, Faro, Gothenburg, Nicosia and Rotterdam) as part of the landmark project.

The first stop was Göteborg, where Larsen together with the students of Göteborgs Konstskola painted a 2000m2 landmark.

Picture source: https://www.facebook.com/ecrn.city/

The second stop is Rotterdam where Larsen and students of Osg Hugo de Groot High School are finishing the second landmark on top of the shopping mall Zuidplein in Rotterdam.

I have had the pleasure to join as well and give my small contribution to the revitalization of this unused space.

This opening of the landmark is set for June 1st so, if you are around join the festival and enjoy.

You can follow the development and creation of Faro, Nicosia, Antwerp and Chemnitz landmarks and other amazing cultural and art happenings here.

On your next walk, don’t just pass by with your mind fanned out. Look around, up, to your left and right, maybe even down. You just might find something that will make your day and spark up your mind.

Marija Bumbak

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.


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