The documents archived on this site may be accessed via the menus (above).
Of particular relevance are the Overview, the Projects Overview, and the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential
As the main outcome of this initiative, the Encyclopedia is succinctly described on Wikipedia.
project commentary documents are also accessible,
with search facilities, in the separate Kairos database.
search facility below also provides access to more recent documents on 6 related sites
The Union of Intelligible Associations was a strategic initiative engendered
by, and implicit in, the collaboration agreement dating from 1972 between
and the Union
of International Associations
(UIA). This initiative gave rise to a succession
of editions of the Encyclopedia
of World Problems and Human Potential
1986, 1990, 1995, 2000), as noted separately
. The last of these was developed as an online
with funding from the European Union and was successfully evaluated for further
funding from the World Bank. The initiative sought to broaden the UIA's traditional
focus on international organizations (their meetings, executive officers,
and reports). This extension included profiling networks of entities (such
as problems, strategies, values, understandings of human development and
integrative methodologies) that provide a context and rationale for organizational
A Projects Overview
details of these and other integrated knowledge management initiatives.
presentations of this initiative were made to the World
Academy of Art and Science (Union
of Intelligible Associations: integrative design metaphors enabling
strategic comprehension of the global brain, Zagreb,
November 2005) and to the German
Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (Exploring
Intelligible Associations: ontological issues, integrative metaphors
and knowledge organization, Saarbrucken,
This initiative had however effectively ceased in January 2005 with the
repudiation by UIA of the long-term soft-loans, and associated shared copyright
arrangements, that had been originally agreed on behalf of Mankind 2000
from 1973. The databases of the Union of Intelligible Associations continue
to be hosted as an archival service by the Union of International Associations
-- in reverting to its historical role as a documentation centre on international
As a strategic initiative, the Union of Intelligible Associations is succeeded
from 2007 by a four-fold
set of complex adaptive systems, notably including
of Imaginable Associations, which it effectively
engendered. As an initiative focused on knowledge management, in the light
of second order cybernetics, it may therefore be understood as having been
a strategic precursor to the third
order initiatives required for the 21st century. The purpose of this
website is to highlight challenges associated with the possibilities and
inadequacies of such a second order perspective.
The web address of this site (www.un-intelligible.org)
is designed to challenge overly hasty assumptions about this initiative
-- as discussed separately.
In its final phase the initiative enabled the creation of a "living library"
a Living Library: reconciling "free voices" and "intellectual
propriety", 2006) by Dropping
Knowledge through the association with
the German Reserarch Center for Artificial Intelligence -- which had appropriated
its ontology and significant portions of its online data in the period 2005-6.
A final form of integrative closure was thereafter
achieved by the generation of a questions database to demonstrate its potential
a Million Questions from UIA Databases: Problems, Strategies, Values,
NetMap Studies of Databases on Questions, World Problems, Global Strategies,
and Values, 2006).