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 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.