Giving an individual the information he needs to participate in self-conscious decision-making. The effect is to afford access for every individual to a comprehensive body of facts and concepts from which he may glean the data relevant to his particular situation; and to unveil a wide variety of alternative decisions and actions.
An integral part of formulating collective opinion by enabling the individual to use the comprehensive data and consensus methodology which will involve him in decision-making processes.
Tactics include: commissioning spokesmen to give people the style and methods to inform specific audiences, allowing their responsible participation in decision-making; dispersing informative written material strategically in all geo-social areas; providing centres which make information vital to decision-making readily accessible to whole neighbourhoods; employing the media to impact the mass audience with relevant facts and images through television, radio, records, newspapers and films; and utilizing art forms to imaginally impact the community with the necessary data for decision-making, via comic strips, paintings and poems. An example is a parent who becomes able to improve the schools that his children attend because he has a wealth of knowledge about educational theories, methods and structures.
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.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.