Modelling of the feedback-loop structure of social, industrial, urban and other complex systems. Feedback loops are the closed paths that connect actions and their effects on the surrounding conditions, with the resulting conditions in turn coming back as information to influence further action. A systems dynamicist obtains information from groups of people who understand aspects of the system in question and assembles such information into a model that captures its essential structure.
Within the feedback loops of a system, the principles of system structure indicate that two kinds of variables will be found, levels and rates. The levels are the accumulations (integrations) within the system, whereas the rates are the flows that cause the levels to change.
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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