While the foundation of creative work may be primarily conscious and purposeful execution, the productions of art and other creative acts cannot be separated from the lives of their authors. Artistic life in its totality inevitably includes purposeful conscious execution, as otherwise there would be no sustained production, but it encompasses the entire range of life experience of the artist or creator in which non-conscious, non-directional, and non-rational elements enter. These may be factors attributed variously to the instincts, to the emotions or to the higher feelings; or to the unconscious or subconscious; or to intuition, to inspiration or to the superconscious. Much of this experience, even though it may a significant factor at the very moments of creation, cannot be verbalized by the creative person, and it is left to theorists to postulate definitions and rules for what essentially is the work of the indefinite, unbound, and unitary human spirit.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. (Pablo Picasso).
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.