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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 up on the long-running OTB internship tradition, the team had the honor and the pleasure to host another intern, Alexandra Vázquez Mera, in the Brussels office. Having joined the office for 4 months, Alexandra has recently completed the programme with numerous tasks and experiences under her belt.

So how was the experience, being involved in the daily activities of Out of the Box International?

Alexandra had the chance to learn about EU-funded projects and social media communications. She claims to have gained a lot throughout the internship. Overall, she got involved in the different stages of project development, from the research phase to the implementation of the actions. At the same time, she learned how important clear communication is when you are part of a team.

How does she intend to use it further in her professional life?

According to her, working in programmes related to youth inclusion and participation has increased her desire to become even more active in the youth field. For young people it is clear that we are facing a climate crisis, but their opinion tends not to be taken into account in decision-making processes.

An inspiring quote:

If you are interested in a field and you are unsure whether to start in that world or not, don’t be afraid to take the first step. You may feel unprepared but remember that you will learn all the skills you need on the way. The only thing that could happen when you take a chance is that you get richer in experience.

While Alexandra is saying goodbye to the internship stage of life in the office, this is far from goodbye to Out of the Box – stay tuned for news!

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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