The growing complexity of rules that affect everything from taxes and social security to zoning, make life increasingly difficult for the average person. They also make it increasingly difficult to detect and enforce infringements of such laws.
Existing law enforcement and correctional constructs have become, at every level, labyrinths of complexity, yet these are exactly the points at which community groups make contact. Since responsibility is so thinly diffused throughout the labyrinth, no structure can be held sufficiently accountable. Therefore there is no concentration of power which can be effectively addressed.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
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