The distinctive features of the Baha’i approach to social transformation include:
- A grounding on spiritual principles, notably the fundamental truth that humanity is one
- Recognition that means must be consistent with ends—in other words that unity cannot be achieved through methods that are based on contest or contention.
- Three protagonists: individuals, communities and institutions.
- Three broad areas of activity: community building, social action and contributing to public discourse.
The March 2, 2013 letter from the Universal House of Justice to the Baha’is in Iran describes the conceptual framework underpinning the Baha’i approach to involvement in the life of society.