In the USA, for example, there are more than 1,400,000 nonprofit organizations with total combined assets of more than $500 billion. The expenditures of these third sector organizations exceeds the gross national product of all but seven nations in the world. The third sector contributes more than 6 per cent of the GNP and is responsible for 10.5 percent of the total national employment. More people are employed in third sector organizations than work in the construction, electronics, transportation or textile nd apparel industries.
The opportunity exists to create millions of new jobs in the civil society. This could be done by taxing a percentage of the wealth generated by the new high-tech, network-based economy and redirecting in into the neighbourhoods and community of each country, to the creation of jobs and the re-building of the social commons.
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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