Channelling production forces by informing, protecting and empowering the individual. The effect is to make the individual responsible and empowered to hold structures accountable to real human needs.
An integral part of recasting productive engagement to affect production which is equitable in terms of global needs and creative employment of human energies.
Tactics include: dialogue mechanisms to establish useful dialogue in widely representative groups such as business forums, employee forums, global interchanges, and consumer associations, and to be initiated in other ways by roving teams; impartial accountability to ensure minimum standards of goods and services, coordinated regionally, through the setting of such standards, consumer education, regulation of advertising, and establishment of quality verification; applied consensus to provide corporate decision-making at the individual level by exercising workshop methods, corporate planning, stockholder consultations, consultations with minority groups, and open meetings; model development is intended to relate the flow of production to needs, while focusing on the future, systems research, needs problems, workshop applications, and market reports; and monitored consumption to provide a balance between production and consumption by regulative legislation, price controls, enforcement agencies, consumer redress procedures, and protection of consumer needs in minority communities. An example of this would be the researching and assembling of data on any given resource such as gas or oil and the enactment of necessary legislation, or regulations to provide equitable use for the ultimate benefit of all.
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.