Promoting cross-cultural experience Increasing exposure to other cultures Experiencing other cultural lifestyles
In a phrase, a lifestyle or mode of life is characterized by what an individual consumes and also that by which he himself is 'consumed'. It includes the selection by or allocation to individuals or families of their material requisites on the one hand, such as diet and nutrition, housing quality, and quality of social infrastructures available such as roads, public transportation, public sanitation, and hospitals [etc]. The mode of material life is differentiated most of all by income and occupation. Beyond the material and economic life one can speak of differentiated moral, aesthetic, educational-cultural and spiritual life.
Servas is an international cooperative system of hosts and travellers established to help build world peace, good will and understanding by providing opportunities for deeper, more personal contacts among people of diverse cultures and backgrounds. Visitors are invited to share life in the home and in the community, and to share their concerns on social and international problems, their interests in creative activity and mutual responsibility for the fellow beings. In about 100 countries on six continents, there are over 9,000 host addresses -- mostly individuals and families, neighbourhood centres, ashrams and communities.
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.
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.