Jamál, 01 ‘Núr (Light), 179 B.E
We have a row of Japanese meadowsweet (Spiraea japonica) that borders our garden in front. The literature states that it can grow 1-2 meters high. I keep it trimmed well below that so it doesn’t block the view of the garden behind it. And it does like to spread which gives credence to its suggested use as a ground cover in addition to serving as a border.
I drafted a description of s-curves that includes references to articles that clarify what they are. “Guide to S-Curves, Growth Stages and Inflection Points in Business” by the Indeed editorial team covers them in a business context. From a project management standpoint, there’s “A Brief Guide on S-curves in Project Management” by the team at Monday.
Of course, s-curves are quite useful in the social sciences:
- Tracking product and technology adoption: “ADOPTION CURVES” by Joe Newsum at Stratechi;
- Modeling generational changes or transformations: “S-CURVE TRANSFORMATION THEORY” by Strategy Associates, Inc. editorial staff; and
- Mapping patterns of behavior or relationships of complex adaptive systems, in other words, multiple s-curves in play simultaneously. This looks like a diagram I would have put together, but I didn’t. It’s by Arnel David:
In my “Daily Log” post for 14 May 2022 I listed the characteristics of s-curves as I describe them: 1) observable; 2) subjective; 3) finite; 4) fractal; and 5) complex. Given their complexity, s-curves come in an infinite variety of shapes and sizes, there is an infinite number of them in play, simultaneously, and their collective behavior is highly sensitive to initial conditions which makes it impossible to reenact or transfer exactly what happened at one time to another instance.
The Bahá’í Faith invites a multitude of instances where s-curves of all types can help explain what’s going on and how one can move forward toward achieving the goals at hand. You can see examples in the graphics within the Change Management series on Frameworks for Understanding the World. I even added a couple more “pages” in the collection earlier today!
Question: What is the attitude of your belief toward the family?
Answer: According to the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh the family, being a human unit, must be educated according to the rules of sanctity. All the virtues must be taught the family. The integrity of the family bond must be constantly considered, and the rights of the individual members must not be transgressed. The rights of the son, the father, the mother—none of them must be transgressed, none of them must be arbitrary. Just as the son has certain obligations to his father, the father, likewise, has certain obligations to his son. The mother, the sister and other members of the household have their certain prerogatives. All these rights and prerogatives must be conserved, yet the unity of the family must be sustained. The injury of one shall be considered the injury of all; the comfort of each, the comfort of all; the honor of one, the honor of all. 1
- ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 168. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/12#526459415. [return]