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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 new Europe 2020 strategy focuses largely on “Climate change and energy sustainability”. Numerous projects were carried out regarding this important issue by Out of the Box International, Kamisoft, European Projects Association, Unioncamere del Veneto, ISTRIAN de Dignan – ECOMUSEUM and Informo and Fazana Municipality.

Our session took place in the Silver hall of the Brussels Convention Centre with over 140 participants registered. We are very pleased with the number of participants as this was one of bigger turnouts compared to the other sessions. Around 90 people attended the session and took an active part in the discussion, giving their opinions to the questions asked.

The first part of the session belonged to Marko Paunovic, and the work of OTB International. In this part, the work and methodology in the field of Energy efficiency, Ecology, Public safety and Open governance were presented for a vision of Sustainable and green cities of the future With the Real-time information and Citizens Involvement method, followed by the current rising trends. Participants were engaged to share opinions, concerns and information on this topic.

The next speaker was Franca Sallustio, Head of technologies services and digital transformation, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy. In this part she presented 3 SMART SOLUTIONS for the Metropolitan City of Venice based on digital cartographic representation of the territory. First on the list was SITM (Metropolitan Territorial Information System). SITM is a Geographic Information System developed by Metropolitan City of Venice (CMVE) involving local municipalities. The goals of the project are to set up a uniform and real time updated spatial information system for the Venice metropolitan area, to share spatial data, to promote the growth of technological skills of the technicians of the municipalities in GIS processing data (Civil Protection data, Floods Monitoring, Urban land consumption, Traffic limitation App, WebMapp Venezia). Another smart solution is DeSK “Decision support System to improve territorial Knowledge” project, with the aim of spreading and improving best practices in a perspective of exchange and collaboration between institutions. Activities of the project are technical planning, management, coordination and monitoring, identification of all the components of the “re-use kit of the best practice, transfer of the best practice, evolution of the best practice, promotion, communication and dissemination. Final smart solution presented was Smart Road metropolitan actions. The main goals are to monitor the traffic flow into and out of the Metropolitan City of Venice in order to enhance the Public Safety. It includes continuous security monitoring, vehicle licence detection and automatic query to shared DBs to verify the regularity of insurance covers and the respect of the mandatory vehicles inspections and instant report of stolen cars to the competent police authorities.

In the final presentation part, Dino Babic the President of European Projects Association, Croatia, presented a multitude of diverse projects, which are the results of smart solutions to the burning issue of connecting communities. The main question behind them is how to create connected environments from divided communities. Through organizations including European Projects association, Informo, Istrian de Dignan – Ecomuseum, European Academy for education and social research, results were achieved in the field of Agriculture, Economy, Education, Training, Culture,  Youth, Employment and Social Affairs, Energy and Natural Resources, Enterprise and Industry; Environment, Regions and Local Development, Research, Innovation and Technology and Tourism and Travel. By creating online platforms for learning and specialization and involving citizens in local and regional work, communities of practitioners have been created which continue to participate in further development. The workshop provided fresh ideas and innovative ways for achieving better governance of modern cities by using ICT solutions and models of active participation and advice on turnkey smart city management.

In the final part, the participants rated the workshop as inspiring, educational and interesting, with innovative and practical information on the current and future endeavors on the subject on SMART cities.

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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