Rather than really knowing themselves and their own qualities, people often based their sense of identity on their interactions with others. This results in a perception of the self based upon the way they would like to be seen by others or the way they think others see them it is therefore no surprise that many people base their identity on factors such as their occupation, etiquette, dress, nationality, colour, sex, age, social status, ideologies and wealth. As these factors are to some extent transitory, such a sense of identity required continual maintenance, nurturing and protection. Much energy is then devoted to establishing and defending this identity and life can become an external search for the reinforcement of personal self-worth, too often overlooking the fundamental goodness that exists in every human being.
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.