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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 youth unemployment rate reached the 17.1 % of the young population (under 25) in January 2021, has provoked the search of alternatives to battle this sad scenario. Circular economy can add a remarkable number of jobs and stimulate unemployed people re-join the workforce.

Therefore, the project “CI-You: Circular economy youth leaders” intends to foster a sense of initiative and circular entrepreneurship among young people and to stimulate them to develop skills needed in circular economy through trainings and skills development. The potential for youth to consider self-employment in the circular economy sector has not yet been fully realized in the European Union. Many young people have circular economy related professional and vocational skills, but not circular entrepreneurial skills. The project idea is about promoting quality circular economy jobs in the consortium’s partner countries, by training the youth with the skills needed in a circular economy. The project will develop circular entrepreneurial skills and self-employment possibilities for the youth by raising awareness about the importance and the potential of circular economy among public administration at regional and local level.

The Main Aim of the CI-You project is to help further improve the level of green business culture in Europe by providing the youth with knowledge and concepts in the field of the circular economy.

The objectives of the project are the following:

(1) To lead the young people to CE and make it attractive for them so that they will be able to promote and exploit career opportunities in the field of CE;

(2) To develop a clearly defined CE business strategy for young entrepreneurs towards the creation of ‘green’ jobs;

(3) To create flexible learning resources, capable of providing, evaluating and recognizing the key competencies that enhance the youths’ capability to employ themselves or to be employed in the CE sector;

(4) To enable young people, educators, youth organisations, policy makers and other stakeholders to understand the principles and benefits of CE to the environment and to the economy;

(5) To roll out the concept of CE business on a wider domestically and outside the EU scale, to support integrated policies and address current barriers to the implementation of the principles of CE into businesses strategy and goals.

The CI-You project will be implemented by 8 partners: from Greece (Ekpaideftiki Etairia and the Institute of Entrepreneurship Development), Belgium (Out of the Box International), Cyprus (Center of Social Innovation LTD), Serbia (Edufons), Hungary (IMRO-DDKK Környezetvédelmi Nonprofit Kft), Italy (JUMP – Gioventù in riSalto) and Slovenia (Mednarodni institut za implementacijo trajnostnega razvoja).

The project is co-financed by the Erasmus+ KA2 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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