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 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.