Undertaking development of community leadership Developing effective community spokesmen Developing community leadership prowess Developing formal community leadership Encouraging local leadership development Assuring community leadership skills Accelerating community leadership skills Strengthening local leadership skills Expanding community leadership potential Broadening local community leadership Strengthening local community leadership Accelerating local leadership skills
Community means the caring and mutually enriching relationships among persons who share and celebrate ties of common interest and purpose, most often centered in a place. Community entails a balance between individual initiative and loyalty to a larger group, and also between loyalty to that group and the larger world. Good communities are essential to human fulfillment, yet they are eroded and demeaned by the individualism and mobility of modern, market-based societies. Harmonious community, embracing place as well as people, are a prime value in the vision of sustainability.
When the community around Eldon Street in Liverpool, UK lost their local factory and discovered that the council was planning to demolish their homes, the campaign they waged taught them staying power and technical skills. These proved to be a kind of "capital" which could be used to revitalize the area. Led by a fork lift truck driver, the community designed their own new housing estate, de-selected their local councillor and took over more than 100 acres of derelict land. Here they were able to build more homes, a garden centre to provide skills to the neighbourhood, and set up a series of other businesses.
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.
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