Different kinds of social system exist and develop in different time-configurations. This has important implications for the sustainability of their development. There are several different ways of perceiving and relating to time in addition to the scientific view of time as a linear succession of identical moments. Thus for some individuals, time is "meaning" as associated with particular events. Such differences in meaning constitute a form of temporal dissonance amongst the different systems in the world, affecting people, societies and ecosystems negatively when subject to forces requiring an acceleration of pace. They aggravate the perception that humanity is out of step with nature and is on a an unsustainable path.
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.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.