[Who Needs It?], the first report on the market implications of the sustainable lifestyles transition, argued that any new product, technology or service should be subjected to the 'Need Test'. For the "Diagnosis" part of the test, the following series of questions are asked: (1) What is the primary function of the product or service? (2) What other benefits does the product or service offer? (3) Is there likely to be a long-term need and/or demand? (4) How does the value/impact assessment look today? (5) Would this product or service be sustainable in an equitable world of 8-10 billion people? (6) Are there more sustainable ways of providing the same function -- or meeting the same need? For the "Prognosis" the following question is asked: On the basis of 1-6, what threats and opportunities will there be for the product or service during the sustainability transition.
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.