In 1993, the World Government of World Citizens launched the World Syntegrity Project. The project addresses the question: "How can we, sovereign world citizens, govern our world?" A "syntegration" (synergy and integration) allows 30 people to get together in a way that equalizes and optimizes their participation; it is the means for people to participated in a dynamic global experience of governorship in a non-hierarchical format. During the process of a Syntegration, the 30 players become a self-conscious group whose mutual understanding can extend well beyond the limits of the Syntegration itself. For the opening session, there is free-for-all discussion; for the subsequent sessions, each person has to play the role of critic or devil's advocate for two topics. Each of the twelve topics has a team of five discussants and five critics. There are also opportunities for "reverberation", where information and insights travel from one topic to another. The Syntegration process has four main objectives: (a) To bring together 30 people who will choose their own agenda for discussing a chosen subject; (b) to have them organize themselves to discuss the chosen topic within a structured process; (c) to expand thinking in new direction; (d) to pool the collective expertise of participants to reach conclusion in the form of an action plan or information that will be the basis for future directions and actions.
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.