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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.

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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.

We are glad to announce that JA Europe with its project “Why Europe matters” is the winner of the “Out of the Box Award 2018”.

The jury has decided to award the project of JA Europe and European Roundtable of Industrialists “Why Europe matters” which builds synergies between young people’s ideas, EU and local authorities and the business sector. This year the jury decided to give only one award, since the winning initiative promotes the European dream through innovative and engaging youth ideas, inclusive policy and finally successful business models. The jury believes that the project “Europe matters” is a great example of how the European dream could be mainstreamed in an innovative way reaching out to and engaging different stakeholders striving for common goals.

The jury was composed by four members: Dino Babic (Croatia), Evren Ergec (Turkey), Antonis Polydorou (Cyprus) and Marko Paunovic (Serbia/Portugal).

The ceremony will take place in the European Parliament on 11th of April, followed by Panel co-organised with EPA, ALDE and Out of the Box International.

About the winner: http://www.jaeurope.org

About the initiative: http://www.whyeuropematters.eu

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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