UN Sustainable Development Goals
Potential generally refers to a currently unrealized ability. The term is used in a wide variety of fields, from physics to the social sciences to indicate things that are in a state where they are able to change in ways ranging from the simple release of energy by objects to the realization of abilities in people. Examples include:
- In linguistics, the potential mood.
- The mathematical study of potentials is known as potential theory; it is the study of harmonic functions on manifolds. This mathematical formulation arises from the fact that, in physics, the scalar potential is irrotational, and thus has a vanishing Laplacian — the very definition of a harmonic function.
- In physics, a potential may refer to the scalar potential or to the vector potential. In either case, it is a field defined in space, from which many important physical properties may be derived.
- Leading examples are the gravitational potential and the electric potential, from which the motion of gravitating or electrically charged bodies may be obtained.
- Specific forces have associated potentials, including the Coulomb potential, the van der Waals potential, the Lennard-Jones potential and the Yukawa potential.
- In electrochemistry there are Galvani potential, Volta potential, electrode potential, standard electrode potential.
- In thermodynamics potential refers to thermodynamic potential.
Organizations relating to Potential
Global Association for People and the Environment / Est. 1999
Ouvroir de littérature potentielle
ECO-Crea International Institute for the Expansion and Coordination of the Observatories on Creativity / Est. 1991
NPI Africa / Est. 1984
Big Brothers Big Sisters International / Est. 1998
Association for the World Government of the Age of Enlightenment / Est. 1976
Exploitation of Indigenous Energy Potential
Integrated Spatial Potential Initiative for Renewables in Europe
Institut européen pour le développement des potentialités de tous les enfants
African Child Education Right Initiative
Project Literacy / Est. 2015
World Problems relating to PotentialFrom the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential
Inadequate working conditions
Inadequate working conditions of employees of commerce and offices
Alcoholic intoxication at work
Excessive salaries of corporate executives
Violation of the right to strike
Decline in real wages
Prohibitive labour costs
Elimination of traditional skills
Underpayment for work
Lack of incentive for users to care for community property
Intimidation in the workplace
Excessive salaries of international civil servants
Misleading incorporation of advertising into entertainment
Undesirable advances in science and technology
Excessive hours of work
Disadvantages of homeworking employees
Threatened species of Manning River snapping turtle
Inconsistent risk evaluation
Differential labour costs among countries
Labour tensions involving transnationals
Unequal income distribution within countries
Action Strategies relating to PotentialFrom the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential
Safeguarding employee health
Charging for access to nature
Preventing occupational accidents
Eliminating abusive child labour
Sponsoring commercial research and development
Changing behaviour with incentives
Using economic instruments for sustainable development
Providing fair salary scales
Guaranteeing minimum wage
Providing incentives to farmers for biodiversity conservation
Employing the disabled
Improving working environment
Controlling employee absenteeism
Researching effects of poor working conditions
Reducing transfer of industries to low-wage countries
Providing public mediation of wage claims
Sustaining community morale
Reducing smoking with health incentives
Classifying dangerous occupations
Separating home and workplace
Building workplace communities
Decreasing travel to workplace
Controlling toxic substances in the workplace
Legislating dangerous workplaces
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