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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.

As the protection of our planet will constitute a serious challenge for many years to come, it is important to sensitize all citizens on climate change topics and provide them with an opportunity to reflect on their own personal contribution. However, we cannot expect people from disadvantaged backgrounds to seek, take part in and even understand climate-related issues on their own. Therefore, it is crucial to avoid exclusion by spreading awareness and providing tailored environmental education to people, who are less likely to obtain such knowledge due to their socio-economic situation.

Climate Box is based on the assumption that socio-economically disadvantaged groups and low-educated adults are less likely to a) obtain tailored information about climate issues and b) actively seek information about climate-related topics, as they are facing challenges related to their socio-economic status and may not perceive climate issues as their priority.

The aim of Climate Box is to create a toolbox containing 60+ ready-to-use micro learning units, which adult educators can easily integrate into their courses to increase climate awareness and motivate participants to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. The project creates outputs tailored to specific needs of the disadvantaged with a particular focus on easy-tounderstand information applicable to everyday life, such as energy and food consumption, water usage, waste reduction, clothing and mobility choices.

The main target groups of this project are a) trainers and adult educators, who will be the direct users of the developed educational materials and b) socio-economically disadvantaged groups of people, who will be the main beneficiaries of the project’s outputs. Particular attention is given to the unemployed, those with low education levels and those with a migration background.

A total of four intellectual outputs will be produced: a report on climate education for disadvantaged adults (IO1), Climate Box training materials (IO2), Open Badge for climate education via a learning app (IO3), Guidance publication for adult educators (IO4). All intellectual outputs are designed with a vision of sustainable use way beyond the project’s lifetime.

The main impact of Climate Box lays in the strengthening of climate awareness among disadvantage groups of people, who are otherwise unlikely to obtain such information on their own. Through simple, entertaining and easy-to-understand learning materials, disadvantaged groups will be able to integrate basic climate-friendly behaviour into their everyday life and thus positively contribute to the environment. By introducing innovative learning tools and methods, the project will also strengthen professional competences of adult educators and significantly increase their social and communication skills.

 

The Climate Box project will be implemented by 6 partners from Germany (BUPNET),  Belgium (Out of the Box International), Spain (Caminos), Bulgaria (Catro), Austria (Die Berater) and Italy (CESIE).

 

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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