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Supported by Erasmus + Programme

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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.

Following the guidelines set by the European Commission EACEA Agency – which is co-financing our project through the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, IYE-LABS activities that are not compatible with the guidelines set by national authorities of partner countries will be suspended.

Therefore, we will not be able to carry out the planned face-to-face activities during the upcoming months until the situation returns to normal, either in relation to the planned practical projects of local orientation for our young participants (which were foreseen between March-June 2020), to the follow-up meetings for our volunteers and to the planned actions in the field of political advocacy with local authorities.

Nevertheless, IYE-LABS partnered organisations remain totally commited to our project for social volunteering. We will keep those activities that could be performed online and all the coordination tasks done by our project coordinator (Xul Foundation) and the other partnered organisations (InCo Association, Dinamik Development, Impact Hub Zagreb, garagErasmus ASBL, Out of the Box International and Plataforma del Voluntariado de España).

Partnered organisations remain at disposal of associate partners and contributors at a local and international level and of any young person wishing to receive more information about our social innovation lab and people wishing to join us as soon as things are back to normality.

You can find additional information on the situation on the Commission website  and on the website of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

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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