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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 importance of volunteering has long been acknowledged by the EU. However, there is a lack of a systematic and structured EU approach towards volunteering and recognition of voluntary work. You Voice project aims to foster the inclusion, active youth participation and enhance employability of young people by the establishment of a certificate of volunteer work. In this frame, this project revolves the implementation of ECVET system for the validation of knowledge, skills and competencies of young volunteers and youth workers. Within this context, project’s objectives are: -To promote skills, competencies and knowledge that young people in participation countries and in general Europe gained through volunteer work and informal and non-formal learning processes -To foster the inclusion and employability of young people, including people with fewer opportunities and young immigrants and refugees -To support improvements in quality and innovation in youth work and volunteer work in NGOs, organizations and institutions (private and public) and further develop and train people involved in the field of youth -To foster the recognition and quality of volunteer work and promote the networking, training and exchanging of good practices among youth workers in a local, regional and European level. Voice project will establish a methodology for the development of a certification of volunteer work that consists of a number of different stages: 01. Establishment of Volunteers’ profile (O1) 02. Development of the methodology for the certification – Establishment of certification (O2) 03. Establishment of credit system (O3) 04. Pilot testing / Development of the Platform (O4) 05. Policy (O5) During the 24-month duration of this project, 6 national events, 1 international event, 1 international training and 3 transnational meetings will take place in all participating countries. Target group: volunteers, young people, youth organizations, NGOs staff members, team leaders, youth leaders, trainers, youth and social workers.

The project is implemented by a consortium of partners from Germany (Italcam as the coordinating organisation), Cyprus (Social Policy and Action Organization), Italy (Gramigna ODV), Portugal (Rightchallenge Association), Greece (iED), Belgium (Out of the Box International) and United Kingdom (Go Digit All).

The project is co-financed by the Erasmus+ 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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