Limited global exposure Limited world exposure Limited regional exposure Limited external exposure
Although contemporary technology has given virtually every community daily access to knowledge about the trends, events and possibilities of global society, through television, radio and the news media, most people are either consumed with the daily routine of subsistence labour or spend leisure hours chatting. The result is that most of the world's population has little or no access to the events and trends outside the local community. The difficulty of travel and functional illiteracy blocks many others from even vicarious exposure to the world beyond their own village. This pervasive emphasis upon living here and now not only stunts relationship to the future and to the rest of the world, but also hampers appropriation of the individual's own culture and that of others.
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.