Expanding people's understanding of what is possible for them and for the globe. The effect is individual engagement in world service.
An integral part of remodelling celebrational life to give ultimate significance to the life of everyone.
Tactics include: role expansion to enable people to see the variety of postures they are capable of assuming in various situations; cultural wisdom to encourage every person to share the vision and knowledge that he has gleaned from his unique heritage; expansion of horizons in which the individual sees himself as participating through redefining such arenas as family and community; vision extension to broaden concepts of what the future may be like, so that a person may authentically participate in its creation; and intensifying and making more wide-spread the exposure of futuric images through various media. An example is the invention of the Peace Corps, offering USA citizens the possibility of working in a developing country, thereby giving them a broader understanding of their vocation.
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.