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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 end of 2021 brings along the end of the Y-FED project. The project partners met for the last time in the beginning of October to plan future endeavours and to look back on all the achievements made during the project, which were amazing despite the obstacles we encountered. Throughout the project, around 1800 participants in total were directly involved in the activities. This bunch was composed of young people, youth workers and trainers, experts and decision makers who took part in Hackathons, an E-training for organizers, Advocacy and lobbying training, Expert’s meeting, Model simulation and the final conference. With that note, we invite you to see a video showing how young people organized and implemented their advocacy campaigns.

The main aims of the project were:

  • To bring the EU closer to its citizens by raising awareness of the EU institutional framework and advocate for its reform based on young people’s recommendations;
  • To raise awareness of the European Youth Goals (EYGs) and support their implementation by embedding them in the reformed EU institutional model and bringing them from the European to the local level.

And indeed, we can say that even though the pandemic has disrupted the initial plan, the partners have managed to reach the desired goals. The circumstances we encountered were quite challenging and had some minor negative effects, but they made us step out of the working pattern we had been so used to by then, pushed us to adapt, learn new skills and made us more resilient all together.

The Out of The Box International team is very grateful for being involved in the project, as we have learned and gained a lot, and hereby express our gratitude to the coordinator JEF Europe and to all the project partners. Thank you for your cooperation, time and all the efforts put into this project. This might be farewell, but it is not goodbye, as we are sure we will develop new projects, cooperate again, and contribute to the development of the European Union as we all dream it to be.

The Y-FED consortium was composed of local and European organisations representing the interests of diverse groups that ensured that the voices of young people from different countries and socio-cultural backgrounds shaped the deliverables of the project.

  • Steering Committee: (AER, JEF EUROPE, JEF FRANCE, OTB, UEF, YEN)
  • Associated partners: Spinelli Group, Global Challenges Foundation, JEF Belgium, JEF Croatia, JEF Latvia, JEF Italy, Balkans Beyond Borders (Greece), JEF Bulgaria, JEF Finland, JEF Germany, JEF Malta, JEF North Macedonia, JEF Slovenia, JEF Spain, Europe4Youth (Poland).

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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