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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.

Out of the Box International is proud to announce the successful conclusion of the YUPAD Fair. The event was held on May 30 2022, in Lodzkie House, Square Maire Louise 2, Brussels, and gathered 10 partners: OTB (Belgium), Union of the Baltic Cities (Poland), CESIE (Italy), CSI (Cyprus), SÜDWIND (Austria), RD IKSD (Latvia), OPENS (Serbia), IED (Greece), XWHY and VYTAUTAS MAGNUS University (Lithuania), to showcase promising practices from the “YUPAD Recipes”. Partners shared a video collection showcasing the experiences of cities in participatory youth budgets. From Belgium, Bram Dewolfs, President of Urban Foxes and Director of the Academy for Urban Action, shared his experience with the partners.

The “YUPAD Recipes gather needs analyses, conducted during the project development phase based on the trends and new developments in the area of participative budgets and Big Data.

The YUPAD project aims to enable young people to understand, practice, and influence youth participatory budgets across European cities.

We will soon kick of the next stage of the project and develop:

  • YUPAD Curricula for Educators and PolicyMakers – Youth participation and youth policies on European and local level guide to understanding youth participatory budgets, including promising practices and new tools;
  • YUPAD Calculator – Youth Participatory Budget Platform;
  • YUPAD Bees Methodology – the methodology for the development of concrete projects or initiatives suggested within the calculator.

We are delighted to be coordinating this project and are very thankful for the partners and their valuable contribution and cooperation.

We will keep you up to date with the activities and results of the project as there will be a lot more interesting development yet to come.


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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