Forming transnational society Forming planetary culture
Social integration requires the appreciation rather than the elimination of difference. Integration must be on the basis of free will and respect for others rather than being imposed in suppression of a sense of discrimination, injustice and difference. Indeed, some difference of opinion or policy are both inevitable and desirable in a democratic society which respects freedom of thought, and so the fabric of which society is built must be at once strong, accommodating and flexible. Just as respect is required from those who have previously participated in others' exclusion or deprivation, so also those who feel marginalized, disadvantaged or discriminated against must develop, and be supported to develop, a lucid awareness of their self-respect and rights in order to remove any consciousness of unworthiness, or being a victim or outcast, and re-assert their dignity.
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.
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