The rapid pace of technological innovation in the 20th century has occasioned rapid social change without accompanying changes in community patterns and structures. Because of increased media communications, no community has escaped the impact of this change.
In rural areas, the young are torn between the need to help their family maintain their land and the need to get an education; the task of village leadership is made increasingly difficult with the coming of a monied economy and inflationary prices; and the sense of total village identity and cooperation is threatened by increased mobility which allows individuals and families to pursue their own private interests.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
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