Integrating cultural systems Embodying sociological word Standardizing cultural expectations
There are two trends in modern cultural life which seem to act in opposite directions, namely the globalization of the economy and the rise of sectarian thinking -- whether expressed on the basis of race, religion or nationality. One has the potential to create a world of homogenous consumption, a world which is united through the medium of a completely uniform commericalized culture. The other would preserve diversity through the creation of rigid lines of demarcation between 'them' and 'us', lines whose crossing would not be tolerated. What these two competing visions have in common is that neither acknowledges the full richness of the realtionship which human beings are able to create and to recreate anew with each other and with their environment.
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.