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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.


On the 15th of December, 2020, Out of the Box International had the honor of participating in the IYE-LABs conference, “Volunteering in times of a pandemic: IYE-LABs experience flattening the curve & future steps!”


By developing the role of volunteering through social inclusion projects working on the SDGs at a local level, the IYE-LABs project has helped to activate a group of young people in volunteering actions through an innovative methodology inspired by social laboratories, contributing to scaling up good practices in different cities all around Europe, involving youngsters in civic participation, particularly those coming from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Despite all the difficulties posed by the COVID-19 emergency, the local partners managed to convince young volunteers to go ahead with their projects, either by maintaining the original ones or by adapting them to the needs of social distancing.

This Conference presented the results of the project to other organisations working in volunteering for social inclusion and the youth field – at the local, national, European and international level – as well as to policy and decision-makers, particularly the ones working at EU level.

The conference marked the implementation end of theIYE-LABs: Promotion of Inclusive Youth Environments Through Testing Innovative Experiences for Social Labs for Volunteering” project, financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.

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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