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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.

This past year has been different to any we have ever experienced. We went from transnational partner’s meeting to online partner’s meetings. We learnt new forms of communication and still we were able to overcome the different obstacles we faced.

Like every year, but especially this one, Out of The Box International wanted to recognise the huge effort that all the organisations have done, delivering the price to three NGO’s which we know very well.

Therefore, the Out of The Box Awards 2021 winners were:

  • Union of Baltic Cities (UBC), which is one of the leading networks of cities in the Baltic Sea Region with member cities from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden. More about UBC here: https://www.ubc.net/
  • Youth for Exchange and Understanding International (YEU International), which works to promote peace, understanding and co-operation between the young people of the world, in a spirit of respect for human rights. More about YEU International here: https://yeu-international.org/
  • Centre for European Volunteering (CEV), which is the European network of over 60 organisations dedicated to the promotion of, and support to, volunteers and volunteering in Europe at European, national or regional level. More about CEV here: https://www.europeanvolunteercentre.org/

The ceremony, which took place in Maison d’Istrie on June 17th, gathered the winners and a group of 50 people to celebrate the achievements in inclusion, entrepreneurship and innovation.

We would like to thank all the people that joined the event, and the winners for this year’s great job despite difficulties.

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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