Enabling the individual to act responsibly as a global citizen wherever he is living. The effect acts through interpretive schemes and through reflective conduct by reinforcing symbolic understanding of the global/local relationship.
An integral part of interpreting unlimited responsibility to provide common symbols and perspectives for individuals to act out their lives in a comprehensive context of responsible global stewardship.
Tactics include: corporate self-image to globally recontextualize the individual in the local groups he participates in; cross-cultural celebration to provide an openness and receptivity combined with responsibility toward other cultures; cultural awareness to provide an individual with the information and sensitivity about other cultures he needs in order to act globally in a local context; communal polity to enable local level articulation of man's world view through community structures; and economic image to provide the resources to meet new globalized human needs. An example is supporting a local group concerned with political prisoners in other countries.
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.