Ekistics is the science in which the human settlement is conceived as an organism having its own laws. Through the study of the evolution of human settlements from their most primitive phase to megalopolis and ecumenopolis (predicted future city with related open land area which will cover the entire earth as a continuous living system forming a universal settlement), ekistics develops the necessary interdisciplinary approach necessary to its problems. The five ekistic elements which compose human settlements are: nature, anthropos, society, shells, and networks (roads, water supply, electricity) (men and women equally) (all types of structures within which anthropos lives and carries out various functions).
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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