Technology has enabled humans be freed from the constraints of working primarily to survive in an environment of scarcity. It is possible to sustain life abundantly for all of the world's people. Out of this shift has emerged a new concept of work motivated by material reward than survival needs. This new incentive structure turned systems of production to promoting consumption for its own sake. Systems of allocating consumption have been restructured to reenforce systems for meeting this falsely created demand for goods and services. The whole economy is increasingly oriented to meet the needs of increasing consumption and to ignore any other human needs.
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.