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 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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