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 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.