January 22, 2013

Characteristics of learning in action

The mode of operation adopted in the area of social and economic development, in common with other areas of Bahá’í activity, is one of learning in action. When efforts are carried out in a learning mode — characterized by constant action, reflection, consultation, and study —visions and strategies are re-examined time and again. As tasks are accomplished, obstacles removed, resources multiplied, and lessons learned, modifications are made in goals and methods. The learning process, which is given direction through appropriate institutional arrangements, unfolds in a way that resembles the growth and differentiation of a living organism. Haphazard change is avoided, and continuity of action maintained. (From a paper prepared by the Office of Social and Economic Development at the Bahá’í World Centre, 26 November 2012, approved by the Universal House of Justice for distribution)