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 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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