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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.

The CI YOU (Circular economy youth leaders) LTTA (Learning, Teaching, Training Activity) was hosted by Edufons in Novi Sad on 19-21 October, in the space of “Omladinski savez udruženja OPENS” with participants from Belgium, Italy, Slovenia, Greece, Serbia and Cyprus.

We gathered and, through training sessions, explored and broadened our knowledge on Mindfulness, Self-Awareness, ICT tools, Self-evaluation, Social Entrepreneurship, Critical thinking and Circular economy. You can see how creative we were here.

When we finished with all the knowledge sharing, we went to see what Circular economy looks like in reality. We have visited a small family shoe and clothing shop that works under this model. We have to say we were amazed by the process, effort and passion that this family dedicates to it. These are not just shoes, that is pure magic. If you like products custom-made with love check what the Bratscher has to offer.

Ah, we didn’t mention some interesting facts that we found out at the training. What would you say is one of the biggest ocean polluters? We bet you would never think of flip-flops. Yes, Earth’s oceans are full of old flip-flops and they make up around 25% of ocean plastic pollution. If you ever wondered What *REALLY* happens to ‘Recycled’ Glass?! Check the video here.

If you are interested in more information about the project, let us know. Until then, recycle, reuse and reduce.

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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