Operational gaming is a special type of model-building structured so as to permit multiple simultaneous interactions among competing and cooperating players. If a computer is used, the game situation can be manipulated and the effects analysed by an observer. Open gaming (when there are no constraints to the individual steps) is restricted in many cases to manual operation because the programming effort and the storage required to handle all possible moves would be uneconomic, even if technically feasible. Gaming is an effective means of forecasting the impact of events and new technologies. Games may be used to provide participants with experience in adapting to an unfamiliar environment and making decisions under conditions of uncertainty, and also to develop understanding of basic organizational relationships. Functional games may be used to provide participants with experience in dealing with well-defined problem situations.
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.