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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.

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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.

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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.

As part of the process adopted by the Board of Out of the Box, together with the Pool of Experts during a series of meetings in Novi Sad, a draft of the new manifesto, concerning the years 2021-2025 has been presented for review.

The aim of the Out of the Box Manifesto is to address several trends, policy responses and projects within the Out of the Box International network.

One of the crosscutting issues that will be tackled is the lack of cross-sectoral cooperation at all levels in building innovative citizenship-centered policies across Europe. Furthermore, we aim to address the shortcomings of representative democracy and investigate the mechanisms that need to be set in place in order to secure a stronger city/local level. In addition, we will look into the negative tendencies of integration and inclusion so as to develop countering actions directed at enhancing social cohesion. Moreover, we will put anthropocentrism, climate crisis emergency and the demand for climate justice in the core of our strategy to contribute to the development of a new generation, with a new lifestyle and a new level of energy-awareness. Finally, our action will be streamlined towards emergency situations such as COVID-19 both in terms of positive tendencies like solidarity and the negative ones such as the lack of transparency and political manipulations in many countries.

Main key result areas for the 2021-25 period are development of the “out of the box” policies for the re-humanization, including support to critical thinking, active citizens, creativity, empathy and interculturality.   

Key result areas (4)

  1. Alternative democracies
  2. Fresh ideas for social cohesion & solidarity policies
  3. Economy with social mission
  4. Sustainability incubator

Each key result area will have a related Working Group mandated to develop the positions and policy papers outlining the advocacy targets of the Network.


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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