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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.

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.

“EUNITE! EU Citizens Unite and Promote the European Project” is a citizen-centred project aimed at empowering EU citizens and boosting civic participation at local, national and EU level, including at the next EU Parliament election in 2024. The project will implement a series of events for citizens of five EU countries from different age groups and social backgrounds, allowing participants to experience first-hand democratic processes such as dialogue, communicative exchange and opinion-building, debating and finding compromises.

Activities include:

1) Workshops for citizen groups on EU institutions, EU parliament elections and EU opportunities;

2) Interactive workshops on countering media dis/misinformation and on citizens’ dialogue/thematic debates;

3) An EU online event where citizens from participating five EU countries will get to know each other and exchange views;

4) Citizens’ participatory encounters on practical aspects of citizens’ engagement and organisation of a meeting with local/regional political representatives and/or an EU Parliamentarian to share citizens’ ideas and recommendations;

5) Final EU event in Brussels, comprising an interactive workshop where citizens will exchange views/opinions and a final international conference to share project activities, results and recommendations with a wider audience.

Intended outcomes include:

1) Enhanced knowledge of EU citizens about EU institutions, EU parliament elections and opportunities;

2) Increased citizens’ knowledge of media/information and enhanced their critical thinking skills, enabling them to deliberate on current political issues;

3) Facilitated a European exchange among citizens and provided citizens thus with concrete opportunities for living the EU integration project;

4) Fostered active civic participation at local/EU level and encouraged voter participation at EU elections in 2024.

The project consortium is composed of 6 partners from 5 countries:

CESIE (Italy, Coordinator), VIVES University of Applied Sciences (Belgium); Forum za slobodu odgoja / Forum for Freedom in Education (Croatia); PISTES-SOLIDAIRES (France); Out of the Box International (Belgium); PAMTH (Greece).

 

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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