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GOAL 4: Quality Education


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. The philosopher Aristotle incorporated this concept into his theory of potentiality and actuality, a pair of closely connected principles which he used to analyze motion, causality, ethics, and physiology in his Physics, Metaphysics, Nicomachean Ethics and De Anima, which is about the human psyche. That which is potential can theoretically be made actual by taking the right action; for example, a boulder on the edge of a cliff has potential energy that could be actualized by a push forcing it over the edge of the cliff, and a person whose natural aptitudes give them the potential to be a great pianist can actualize that potential by diligently practicing playing the piano.

From Wikipedia

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
Global Potential
African Child Education Right Initiative
Project Literacy / Est. 2015

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World Problems relating to Potential

From 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
Student absenteeism
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
Occupational stress
Disadvantages of homeworking employees
Threatened species of Manning River snapping turtle
Inconsistent risk evaluation
Irresponsible employers
Differential labour costs among countries
Labour tensions involving transnationals
Unequal income distribution within countries

Action Strategies relating to Potential

From 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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