Educational systems tend to shape the individual's internalized value system in such a way as to make him or her an uncritical preserver of society in static relations with other nations and cultures; they fail to emphasize the increasingly interdependent relationship of nations and cultures and thereby reinforce the status quo. The superficial coverage of other cultures tends only to relate to the life styles or ethics of the individual's own culture, so that no common understanding is formed or perpetuated. Individuals' conception of the common goals and the common journey of humanity into the future are thus disorientated.
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.