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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Out of the Box International (OTB International) together with nine other European partners has been implementing the “Welcomeship” project since the last year. The project aims to advocate for community-based entrepreneurship as a tool for building inclusive communities.

Creation of a welcoming culture that means a positive attitude of politicians, businesses, educational institutions, sports clubs, civilians, and institutions towards foreigners, including and often especially towards migrants has been one of the project’s priorities. 

Why Community-based Entrepreneurship for Inclusion? 

The overall goal of the project has been to develop, implement and test the “Welcomeship” model” – a model of entrepreneurship learning for young people with fewer opportunities, including young migrants and local youth. The “Welcomeship” model is based on non-formal learning methods and collaborative practice. It strengthens the interaction of locals and newcomers, addresses the fears and prejudices, and fosters community spirit as an overarching goal. Local youth and young migrants develop entrepreneurial ideas that address community issues and build partnerships with stakeholders to bring about positive change in the local communities. This collaboration is intended to lead to openness, tolerance, and an atmosphere of togetherness in the community. Ultimately, the “Welcomeship” model aims at becoming a tool for inclusive communities.

This model aims at the empowerment and repositioning of young people through the gained skills and competencies but also strives for a structural and policy change in local communities through the advocacy work towards policymakers and the change of mentalities and attitudes as well as the way stakeholders and community members perceive young migrants and refugees (“from passive victims to active changemakers”). 

While everybody has its own definition and idea what an inclusive community is and should look like, most would agree that an inclusive community is a community in which its citizens and members feel safe, respected, and comfortable in being themselves and expressing all aspects of their identities. It is certainly also linked to structures and services which are accessible to all members of society no matter what cultural background, religion, sexual orientation, or any other diverse background. An inclusive community also has open-minded citizens and organisations and institutions which embrace diversity. 

More about the project including developed Guidebook for Inclusive Communities you could find on http://welcomeship.org

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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