Trusting in technological progress Believing in benefits of technical progress
Believing in the goals of the history of science and technology and the benefits of future trends of scientific and technological achievement.
In the 1940s, Buckminster Fuller predicted that humanity's constant addition of new knowledge to physical resources would permit every individual and industry to do much more with the same amount of resources. He showed that technology was increasing life-supporting production at a rate much greater than that of population increase. He predicted that by 1970 humanity would reach a level at which every human being could be adequately supported while using only the resources available on Earth. But he also attached a key condition to the realization of this scenario: that humanity must concentrate on life-supporting production rather than on the manufacture of destructive weapons.
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.