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 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.