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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.

In collaboration with four other partner organizations – The Malta Business Bureau, which represents The Malta Chamber of Commerce, GAL Molise verso il 2000 (Italy), AVA Creations Foundation (Bulgaria) and Italienische Handelskammer München-Stuttgart Camera di Commercio Italo-Tedesca (Germany), Out of the Box International has recently launched the TAPROOM Learning Model, the 1st output of the TAPROOM project, co-funded by the EU’s Erasmus+ programme.

TAPROOM’s ultimate aim is to develop a multidisciplinary, interactive & comprehensive set of training tools in the production and marketing of organic and craft beer. It goes a step further to ensure that more is done in terms of promoting beer as part of the intangible cultural heritage of the European Union.

In adopting a blended learning approach, the TAPROOM partnership expects to develop a tailored set of training tools suitable for anyone who does not have the time or the possibility to attend formal academic courses, which are generally of a longer duration.

As part of the TAPROOM Learning Model and through a blended approach of research, surveys and focus groups, the partners delved into an in-depth needs analysis of the learning needs of the stakeholders within the topics of type, approach and intensity of the training, profile of the potential trainings and the key topics of the training itself.

MBB CEO Joe Tanti Has noted the crucial nature of the TAPROOM Learning Model in the creation of a set of innovative tools catering to the learning needs of Organic and Craft Beer Producers in the partner countries and beyond, serving as a stepping stone for the development of capacities of the stakeholders and the resource repository for the project activities.

TAPROOM Project Manager Marija Elena Borg added on the importance of having established a level of communication between the stakeholders that will provide a flow into the other project outputs, giving a basis for the community of practice that will ensure the sustainability of project outputs and outcomes long after the duration of the project activities..

TAPROOM is executed transnationally in order to develop a comprehensive product that is applicable to both current and aspiring brewers, on an EU level.

For more information on TAPROOM, please contact Marko Paunovic via marko@outofthebox-international.org.

The TAPROOM Project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, is led by the Malta Business Bureau (Malta) in collaboration with Out of the Box International (Belgium), GAL Molise verso il 2000 (Italy), AVA Creations Foundation (Bulgaria) and Italienische Handelskammer München-Stuttgart Camera di Commercio Italo-Tedesca (Germany).

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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