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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.

Minecrafting resilient Cities: innovative YOUth-led Policy process for sustainable Europe

On the 21st-22nd of March, the MC-YOU partners met, face-to-face, for the first time in Faro, Portugal in a two-day meeting, connected to the Cities Peer Exchange seminar and hosted by the Municipality of Faro.

The meeting marked an important milestone, closing the analysis phase of the project with the introduction of the “Minecraft as a Youthful Policy tool” publication in the Peer Exchange seminar, as well as the launch of the development phase of the project, with the kick-off for the co-design process of the “Resilient Cities Toolkit”, a training resource for stakeholders, policymakers and young people on the use of Minecraft in building sustainable and resilient cities. The meeting was also followed by a study visit to Faro’s MIMOMO initiative in the form of an interactive “walk-and-talk” session with the architect and teacher behind Faro’s successful undertaking that saw local students redesigning local modernist architectural monuments using Minecraft as the medium.

Active engagement of youth in sustainable development efforts is central to achieving sustainable, inclusive and stable societies by 2030 (UN, OECD). The partners have identified 2 main challenges to be addressed by the MC-YOU: the Urgent Need for Resilient Cities and the Lack of Innovative

Participatory Model Attractive for young people. MC-YOU project aims to empower young people to take a proactive role in creating resilient cities by developing and testing a new youth-led policy model that includes leveraging the creative and educational potential of Minecraft but also offering policymakers a sustainable solution to engage youth in political processes on the local level.

Specific objectives are (1) To support the development of digital skills among young people; (2) To encourage the involvement of a diverse group of young people; (3) To create and test innovative policy mechanisms for young people to collaborate and participate with policymakers; (4) To create and develop a Community of Practitioners; (5) To create a Capacity Building platform for future for city administrators.

The project‘s activities will encompass several cycles including #Analyse&Commit! (WP1), #Educate&Empower! (WP2), #Consult&Develop! (WP3), #Advocate&Sustain! (WP4), #Manage&Impact! (WP5).

Results will showcase the increased capacities of the target groups (young people, youth stakeholders and policymakers) to effectively engage young people in all phases of active political participation.

Impact: The project activities will reach 405 young people, 243 youth stakeholders, 252 policymakers and 360 citizens and reach 13040 people online. The project will also amplify its scope and include other external stakeholders to attain medium and long-term sustainability.

The project will be jointly implemented by 8 partners: Network partners OTB (Belgium), UBC (Poland), Piloting cities (Faro, Riga, Sandanski), Youth stakeholder partners YEPP (Germany/Europe), CESIE (Italy) and quality assurance partner LINK (Italy).


The project will be funded by the Erasmus+ program and will last 24 months.


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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