University of Earth

Overview: Dimensions and Facets

within a strategic reframing of the Union of International Associations (2005)

Multi-dimensional scope

Continuity & Future orientation

Governance context

Integrated databases

Paradoxical viability

“Negative capability”


Civil society (NGOs)

Ethical commitment

Facilitation services

Reference information

Knowledge organizationt

Multimedia / Web

Self-financing capacity

Innovative capacity (Applications)

Production capacity


Interfaces / Audiences


Recognition

"Re-presentation"


Research & Statistics

Publications / Documents

Complexity comprehension

Information work culture

Ongoing work

Projects / Proposals

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Detailed Overview

 

Multi-dimensional scope

  • International focus
  • Interdisciplinary commitment
  • Intersectoral relationships
  • Intercultural sensitivity
  • Complexity of all fields of human activity

Governance context

  • Profiling international advocacy groups (+working links)
  • Profiling articulated world issues (+systemic links)
  • Profiling advocated world strategies (+systemic links)
  • Registering international meetings

Paradoxical viability

  • Improbable range of initiatives
  • Minimal institutional support
  • Minimal operating budget
  • Difficult-to-explain coherence
  • Uncertainty

 

 

 

Continuity & Future orientation

  • Century of activity
  • Long-term clearinghouse commitment
  • Collective memory function
  • Future orientation

Integrated databases

  • International organizations
  • International meetings
  • Bibliographies
  • Biographies
  • World problems
  • Global strategies
  • Human development
  • Human values
  • Integrative concepts
  • Logos, emblems
  • Statutes of international associations

“Negative capability”

  • Non-profit legal status
  • Non-governmental
  • Non-political commitment
  • Non-dependent
  • Non-national
  • Non-thematic
  • Non-formal dimensions
  • Non-traditional focus

 

 

 

Civil society (NGOs)

  • Facilitation through information
  • Legal status
  • Preoccupations

Reference information

  • Interactive data collection
  • Comprehensive data sets
  • Registry function
  • Referral services

Self-financing capacity

  • Income generation
  • Minimal subsidies / sponsorship
  • Project contracts
  • Partnerships
  • Commercial associates

 

 

 

Ethical commitment

  • Statutory commitments
  • Facilitative commitments
  • Global preoccupations
  • Personnel commitment
  • Accountability / Transparency

Knowledge organization

  • Knowledge management
  • Profiling
  • Network emphasis
  • Hyperlink editing
  • Multi-lingual thesaurus

Innovative capacity (Applications)

  • Technology uptake
  • Information products
  • Multimedia
  • Remote collaboration
  • Facilitative communication
  • Work organization
  • Thematic innovation
  • Cutting edge initiatives

 

 

 

Facilitation / Services

  • International associations
  • Meetings
  • Inter-sectoral links
  • Organizational development
  • Relationship with institutions
  • Meeting / Dialogue innovation
  • Distance learning

Multimedia / Web

  • Text data (books, CD, web)
  • Visualization
  • Sonification
  • Web initiatives

Production capacity

  • Profiling: 10,000 printed pages / year
  • Computer generated network maps
  • Software applications
  • Statistics

 

 

 

Interfaces / Audiences

  • International associations
  • Intergovernmental (UN, EU, etc)
  • Documentation / Library
  • Academic community
  • Governments
  • Corporations
  • Markets

Research & Statistics

  • Civil society (NGOs)
  • International organizations
  • World problems / strategies
  • Bibliographical
  • Biographical
  • Studies, Surveys
  • Legal status, Statutes
  • Statistics (organizations, meetings)
  • Network (loop) analyses

Information work culture

  • Registry function
  • Technological innovation
  • Visualization initiatives
  • Networking technology
  • Information consultation
  • Computer enhanced editorial operations
  • Self-organizing operations
  • Long-term staff commitment
  • Facilitative communication
  • Cutting edge initiatives

 

 

 

Recognition

  • League of Nations
  • United Nations
  • UN Specialized Agencies
  • Regional intergovernmental
  • Academic (UNU, statistics)
  • Reference libraries
  • Meetings industry
  • Registry capacity
  • Prognostic capacity
  • Technical capacity
  • Nobel Peace Prize (1913)

Publications / Documents

Ongoing work

  • Knowledge-bases
  • Sources Web, CD-Rom, and Books
  • Multi-lingual challenge
  • Knowledge-building processes
  • Hyperlink editing
  • Knowledge mapping
  • Participative knowledge-base development
  • Meaning vs Information
  • Bridge-building (“gaps”)
  • Challenges and Opportunities

 

 

 

"Re-presentation"

  • Promoting recognition
  • Membership
  • Contextual reframing
  • Catalytic role
  • Interactive participation

Complexity comprehension

  • Meaning vs Information
  • Integrative comprehension
  • Multi-lingual access
  • Multi-media
  • Metaphor
  • Experimental representation

Projects / Proposals

  • CiviLynx
  • GRID
  • LADY
  • EcoLynx
  • Gardening Knowledge
  • INTERCEPT
  • DIVERSITAS
  • InfoDev
  • Coordination templates
  • Aesthetics of governance
  • Intelli-Work
  • Internet dialogue
  • Facilitation Suite
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