Systematically organizing the recruitment of participants and faculty and obtaining the location and materials for people to unite in a joint learning activity.
Seminars and study groups encourage people to take the opportunity to do intellectual work that they would not do otherwise, and allow them to share in the learning process. Such organization facilitates the learning experience. Seminar formats carry the learning experience outside of school-situated instruction and usually feature practitioners rather than theorists.
Seminars and study groups are an abused form of activity, posing as education but often achieving only conviviality or a pretext to get away from one's office. They encourage learning as an end in itself, which alone has little social utility.
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.