Now that the amount of scientific knowledge has become so large that a single individual cannot hope to encompass more than a fraction of it in the course of a lifetime, the problem of order and economy in learning and the transmission of knowledge becomes of overwhelming importance. A restructuring of knowledge (rather than a unification of knowledge) becomes necessary because of the growth of knowledge itself. The nature of the restructuring which is taking place, and which will have to take place, will be determined by the minimum knowledge (not the maximum) which must be transmitted from generation to generation if the whole knowledge structure is not to disintegrate.
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.