Sirius (Massachussettes, USA) is an international and intentional spiritual community and a "centre for the evolution of consciousness". It was founded in 1978. Key principles are the honouring of the divine presence in each person and in all life and using everyday life as a spiritual teacher. Most community members live on the 35 hectare community land and support themselves by working in the community or in nearby towns. Ecological principles are applied, both scientifically and spiritually, in the use of resources, growing of food, construction of buildings and other daily life activities -- an objective being to strive to serve the good of the whole, balancing the needs of the individual with the needs of the community. Meditation is used as a vehicle for personal transformation and in the consensus decision making process.
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.