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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.

The project kicked off on the 3rd of December, 2021 amidst the COVID-19 restrictions and took place online, introducing the partnership from Lithuania, Slovenia, Cyprus, Iceland, Greece and Belgium.

Over the past two years, the project has reached significant milestones on the way to reaching its core objective to reinstate core education elements of “The place” into “The digital place” effectively. Having kicked off the project, the partners then engaged in the research stage of the activities, surveying, performing digital ethnography and implementing desk research in order to produce the “Ethnography of Digital by Digital”, with its report encompassing the mapping of existing tools and platforms for enabling remote learning within HEI, identifying problems and its causes related to remote learning in HEI as well as finding out the core elements leading into a proper structure for a new digital platform.

Having identified the key aspects needed, the partners then proceeded to the development stage: co-design of the “Digital Social Place” and the “Social Digital Training”.

The Digital Social Place focuses on the tools that enable next-level online education regardless of the COVID-19 outcomes. The spotlight of the platform is indeed not only on the extreme times which are being experienced by HEIs but also on enabling them to rethink their teaching delivery after the pandemic. The platform creates a new narrative of how e-learning can be enhanced. The Social Digital Training, on the other hand, is meant to support the teacher’s effort for social inclusion and community development during online education. Both the platform and the training curriculum were tested during a pilot training phase in Lithuania (Vilnius University), Iceland (University of Iceland), Slovenia (Ljubljana University) and Greece (KMOP).

The project reached its zenith with three impactful multiplying events: “Enhancing Your Online Education” in Iceland, a forum for educators to discuss the challenges in online education; “Old Habits – New Social Digital World” in Greece, featuring the dissemination of project results; and finally, “The Digital Place, Which is Social” in Lithuania, aimed at promoting all project deliverables.

As the curtains draw on the PLACEDU project, its legacy endures. It has been a profound honor to contribute to the Digital Social Place for the Next Normal in Education.


Explore the PLACEDU platform here.

To delve deeper into the project, find more information here.


The PLACEDU project was implemented by 7 partners from 6 countries: Lithuania (XWHY and Vilnius University), Slovenia (University of Ljubljana), Cyprus (CSI), Belgium (OTB International), Iceland (University of Iceland), and Greece (KMOP).

The project is co-financed by the Erasmus+ KA2 Programme of the European Commission


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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