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Yearbook of World Problems and Human Potential: re-design of Human Potential portion


Yearbook of World Problems and Human Potential
1. Intellectual tools
2. Qualitative concepts
3. Communication tools
4. Comprehensible patterns
5. Bridging conceptual discontinuity (Disagreement as an art)
6. Social transformation
7. Innovative techniques
8. Individual roles and activities

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The Yearbook of World Problems and Human Potential was prepared and published by Mankind 2000 and Union of International Associations in 1976. This 1984 proposal resulted in the re-design of a major portion of it prior to its publication under the current title Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential (1986, 1991, 1994-5) and in its online variant.


The "human potential" portion is considered as all sections other than that on "world problems", but excluding introductory or annex texts. It also excludes sections which, if included, are directly tied to the world problems section, namely: human diseases (Q), commodities (e), economic sectors (E), and plant and animal species.

At this stage the proposed sections may be considered as forming 8 groups :

1. Intellectual tools, namely intellectual disciplines and integrative concepts.
2. Qualitative concepts, namely concepts of human development, states of consciousness and human values.
3. Communications tools, namely forms of presentation, metaphors and symbols.
4. Comprehensible patterns, including configurations, whether in structures or processes (over time).
5. Bridging conceptual discontinuity, whether through recognition of complementary perspectives, alternation between them, learning or concept management.
6. Social transformation strategies and processes.
7. Innovative techniques, whether in the form of meetings, networking or supportive uses of computers.
8. Individual roles and activities, including professional occupations and interactions.