Forging a single-minded community around the diversity of existing groups. The effect is to ground individuals in the community and the community in the world.
An integral part of expressing universal images, to build an authentic new image of humanness involving elders' wisdom, adults' power and youths' vision.
Tactics include: to stimulate family commitment to of involvement through art forms; to celebrate the unique perspective of each of life's phases through creation of art forms in order that a common pool of wisdom is available; purposeful celebrations to enable all people to participate in the rehearsal of all men's corporate story by holding up symbols of the common past and of man's interrelatedness; grassroots involvement to expand the local man's abilities and potential in order to increase his capacity to participate in the community; and public assemblies to ritualize the communality of a self-conscious body of people through visual and verbal symbols. An example is individuals in a community maintaining historic sites which ground the community in its own history and give basis for its distinctiveness in surrounding 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.
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