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 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.
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.