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Abstract:
On a new explanation of social rifts prevalent in many societies today as well as constructive efforts of social change, including community-building work of the Bahá'í Faith, in both its teachings and its training institute process.
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Social Affinity Flow Theory:
A New Understanding of Both Human Interaction and the Power of the Baha'i Training Institute Process

by Christopher G. Gourdine, Justin R. Edgren, Thomas L. Trice, and Joseph N. Zlatic

published in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 29:4, pages 53-80
Ottawa: Association for Bahá'í Studies North America, 2019
About: This article presents a new theoretical construct, Social Affinity Flow Theory (SAFT), which both describes and predicts fl ow phenomena across a diversity of human social systems and is founded upon constructal law. Constructal law and its associated s-curves describe many phenomena, both in nature and in human societies. Extrapolated from the work of Bejan and Zane and integrating social science research, it provides a foundational explanation of social rifts prevalent in many societies today as well as constructive efforts of social change, whether secular or religiously based. A primary example of constructive change explained by SAFT is the community-building work of the Bahá’í Faith, as reflected in both its teachings and its training institute process.
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