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Supported by Erasmus + Programme

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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 Study Visit “Innovative Cross-Sectoral Policies for quality, active youth participation” was aimed at introducing participants to practices of cross-sectoral policy development in the youth field. This seven day event, which took place in the beginning of December 2015, provided space for youth workers and other professionals from youth organizations to get familiar with cross-sectoral policies and institutions at the EU level and equip them with tools to advocate for a better policy for youth in their own community and field of action.

The study visit included meetings with representatives and sectors of European Institutions, as well as educational sessions that stimulated exchange of best practices among participants. The week included both workshops and visits, combining sharing of best practices and practical learning through meetings and presentations, providing showcases of cross-sectoral cooperation and networking opportunities.  Participants directly interacted with European platforms relevant for the youth and the CSO field, such as the European Youth Forum (YFJ), European Volunteering Center (CEV), as well as policy makers such as the representatives of European Commission, Youth Partnership and many other international youth organisations.

The project was supported by Erasmus plus Programme, Key Action 1, Learning Mobility of Individuals in the Youth Field, and it gathered participants from the following organizations: Via Civic Association (Bulgaria), Youth Venture Berlin (Germany), South Europe Youth Forum (Italy),  European Association “World-Our Home” (Latvia), Center for Intercultural Dialogue (Macedonia), Gozo Youth Council (Malta), Associação Spin (Portugal), Asociatia Support for Youth Development (Romania), SEIKLEJATE VENNASKOND (Estonia).

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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