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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.

We are thrilled to announce the great success of our recent Community of Practice Online Session: “V-CALC FAIR – MEASURING VOLUNTEERING IMPACT,” held on Monday, 29th of April 2024. This session met the expectations of volunteers and coordinators alike, showcasing some innovative digital tools for assessing volunteering contributions.


🔍 Reflection on the Session:

The online gathering proved to be a dynamic and interactive ecosystem, thanks to the enthusiastic participation from a vibrant community of practitioners. Our session featured presentations on state-of-the-art platforms that are at the forefront of measuring volunteering impact.


📅 Event Highlights:

  • 👋 Welcome and Introduction: We kicked off with a warm welcome and a quick introduction to set the stage for an engaging session.
  • 🛠️ Platform Showcases:
    • 🇪🇸 La Plataforma del Voluntariado de España: A detailed look at how this platform is making strides in connecting volunteers across Spain with meaningful opportunities (Paula Gómez).
    • 🌀 TeamKinetic: An exploration of this UK company and tool’s features that streamline volunteer management and impact measurement (Dr Rolf Herbert).
    • 🌐 Volunteering Impact EU Platform (V-Calc): Our very own platform was highlighted for its user-friendly design and goal of quantifying the value of volunteer work (Marko Paunović).
  • 🗣️ Dynamic Discussions: Following the presentations, the floor was opened for an animated discussion on future developments and the potential integration of these tools into wider practices.
  • 🔚 Conclusions and Future Plans: The session wrapped up with plans for continued collaboration and innovation within our community.


🌐 Upcoming Opportunities:

Stay tuned for our upcoming events which promise to build further on the foundations laid in this session. Your continued involvement is essential as we aim to expand the reach and impact of our collective efforts in volunteer management.

We thank all the participants for their enthusiastic participation and contributions during the session! We are excited to continue this journey together, enhancing the role and recognition of volunteer work across Europe.


🌀 The OTB Team 🌀

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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