Special grants are being used to relieve crisis situations that result from the present malfunctions of the social process, rather than to deal with those malfunctions in a more future-oriented manner. They frequently operate, therefore, to maintain the current ideas of those granting the funds as to what a normal, stable social situation should be. This results in sustaining a basically unhealthy dysfunctional system and does not allow the release of new visions or new and innovative models into the social stream. The result is often a patching up of the very deteriorating and dehumanizing social systems that are crying out for fundamental change and radical reordering.
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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