As entry into jobs has come to depend more and more on formal qualifications and diplomas, attendance at courses has become mandatory for an ever-lengthening list of occupations, while entry on personal recommendations is relied on less frequently, especially in low-level and routine jobs, and advancement through on-the-job performance or training is becoming less frequent. Indirect consequences have been the lengthening in school life, encouragement of diploma hunting, and proliferation of private schools and courses in developed as well as developing countries, some of which have been a lucrative source of income for their organizers but are of dubious academic or professional worth.
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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