Social Affinity Flow Theory
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Gourdine, C., J. Edgren, T. Trice, and J. Zlatic. “Social Affinity Flow Theory: A New Understanding of Both Human Interaction and the Power of the Bahá’í Training Institute Process”. The Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 29, no. 4, Dec. 2019, pp. 53-80, doi:10.31581/jbs-29.4.3(2019).


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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