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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.


Environmental awareness, artistic expression, empowerment and entrepreneurship education for young people with fewer opportunities are the objectives of the Community Challengers Model, which is the essence of the project “Community Challengers: towards sustainable and climate-smart communities through arts and social entrepreneurship”. The choice of climate action in combination with the tools of awareness raising, arts, social entrepreneurship and advocacy is defined by the current global environmental crisis and the call of young people to take urgent measures to mitigate the effects of climate change. Climate emergency has been declared by many governments and communities since 2019 and has been the target of many European and global policies, e.g. European Green Deal, European Youth Strategy, Sustainable Development Goals. However, more awareness raising, more green skills and more collaboration is needed at multiple levels to reverse the damage to the ecosystem.

The Community Challengers project seeks to empower young people with tools to take and reflect on climate action and mobilise their communities with innovative and appealing measures. The project is based on a learning model that combines education, arts and social entrepreneurship, and thus targets both the intellectual and emotional level. The learning model draws on a 4-step methodology developed for this project: Learn, Analyse, Create, Advocate (LACA learning method). It enables young people to learn about climate change; analyse their community from the point of view of sustainability; create a vision for the future, combined with entrepreneurship tools, and take action. The model is developed by the Consortium of partners from Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Portugal and Serbia who have complementary expertise in the field of environmental education, youth empowerment, arts, advocacy and entrepreneurship. There are expert partners from Belgium and German and implementing partners from Croatia, Italy, Latvia, Portugal and Serbia who would test the model with young people and get their feedback.


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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