Families are relationships: between parents and children; between men and women; between older and younger persons; between persons at different stages in human development; between persons with various abilities. Families are systems of exchange: of investment for human growth; of education and incentives; of support and care; of production and consumption. Families, beyond fulfilling functions, are frameworks: for deep-seated emotions; for expectations and motivations; for mutual respect and acceptance. In families, there should be space for: sharing, communication, cooperation, competition, negotiation, forgiving, compassion, exercising true authority, living up to responsibilities, and giving security and enjoying life together.
In families, there are dependencies and there are reactions to these; both foster individuality, self-reliance and uniqueness -- processes which require patience -- and enable family members to find their pace in a wider community.
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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