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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.

Storytelling is a powerful tool for creating emotional connection with the target audience and achieving desired goals. The story used in storytelling can be true or fiction, but what is important is that it contains elements that will attract audience’s attention and enable them to connect with the protagonist and the topic. Storytelling is also used in resolving collective trauma which is defined as a traumatic event pertaining to the entire society, such as wars, natural disasters, political repression, pandemic and similar. Such events can leave deep psychological wounds to people and society as a whole.

When using storytelling in resolving collective trauma, people are urging other people to share their stories about a traumatic experience and thus process their emotions and sentiments. This method is used in the therapy work with traumas, but also in various other forms of work with people who survived traumatic experience. Through the dedication of story, people can express their pain, suffering, but also hope and recovery. This creates a common sense of connection and empathy, which can help build a community that will support those who suffered trauma. In that regard, storytelling can be a powerful tool to build a community and process of traumatic experiences in collective exchange.

Within the framework of the EU-CARES project, partners have been researching best practices of using storytelling techniques for collective trauma healing and reconciliation. Here is a compilation of such practices from Belgium, Italy, Serbia, Poland, Montenegro, Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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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