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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 final conference of “Y-FED: Europe is what we make of it” took place on 27th September 2021 in Brussels, Belgium. Around 80 people have met on site and online in an event gathering policy makers, EU and youth representatives, participants, and project partners.

The activities and outcomes of “Y-FED” implemented by the project’s partnership were presented and served as an introduction to the future plans, spanning beyond the project’s lifetime. The event brought together young people and decision makers in order to discuss the Conference on the Future of Europe and to reflect on the role of the Civic society organizations in the process. Among the participants were Sandro Gozi (UEF President & Renew MEP), Domènec Ruiz Devesa (UEF Vice-President & S&D MEP), Biliana Sirakova (EU Youth Coordinator – DG for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture) and Martina DARMANIN (ESU President) who discussed with the participants on how organizations and individuals can get involved and participate in decision making within the EU policies.

The Conference on the Future of Europe was the main focus point, presenting new and ongoing processes, showcasing the realities of inclusion. And while all participants have agreed on the idea being valuable, innovative, and praiseworthy, a lot of questions and concerns were raised with concerns to its actual exploitation. The main question posed was: ‘’What happens with the recommendations and inputs provided by European citizens’’?

As a conclusion of the conference, a common understanding was reached to include a reporting phase which would enable the citizens to look into the outcomes and the reasons of the decisions made. The representatives of institutions have also stressed one point: “Participate, reach out! We are eager to hear from you. There is still room for improvement, and we want to make it with you’’.

In the end, the Y-FED conference has provided an invaluable opportunity to get involved. In the words of a young participant at the conference “What is one year in discussing Europe’s future’’.

All we can hope is that the Y-FED model becomes the “New Normal”.


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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