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Welcome to the Taos Institute

The Taos Institute is a community of scholars and practitioners concerned with the social processes essential for the construction of reason, knowledge, and human value.

 We are a non-profit (501 c3) organization committed to exploring, developing and disseminating ideas and practices that promote creative, appreciative and collaborative processes in families, communities and organizations around the world.

We achieve our educational ends through conferences, workshops, publications, a PhD program, a distance learning program, newsletters, and web-based offerings. We work at the interface between the scholarly community and societal practitioners from communities of mental health, social work, counseling, organizational change, education, community building, gerontology and medicine. We develop and explore the ways in which scholarly research can enrich professional practices, and practices can stimulate scholarly inquiry.

Brief Encounters from the Taos Institute

Brief Encounters from the Taos Institute are a way to share constructionist ideas with you.  Each month a member of the Taos Institute board of directors or an associate will share an idea or experience that might be an inspiration for you and others.

June 2014 by Sally St. George - Manners, Courtesies, and Etiquette

May 2014 by Dan Wulff - “My Word!”

April 2014 by by Sheila McNamee - Taking a Firm Stand with a Light Touch

March 2014 by Bob Cottor - Theory in Action: The Story of the One Raspberry

February 2014 by Mary Gergen - Social Construction and Everyday Life

December 2013 by Dr. Bob Cottor - The Healing Power of Relational and Collaborative Practice

Innovation & Appreciative Inquiry: Positive Images, Positive Action

A Special Video Issue: This is an innovative video essay issue of AI Practitioner documenting 13 stories that show the creative ways in which people use Appreciative Inquiry in their work and their lives to tell their stories.

Guest Editors: Joanne Daykin, Lisa Hirsh and Ada Jo Mann, Innovation Partners International
Sponsor: The Taos Institute

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Taos Institute Newsletters

International Journal of Collaborative Practices

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The Journal provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and stories from practitioners, researchers and scholars who utilize collaborative principles in their daily work and disciplines. This forum is intended to help preserve, produce, promote and value dialogical and relational processes and practices which generate new opportunities for collaboration -- toward contributing to greater success in our working and living together locally and globally.

New Masters Program in Relational Leading - For Information >click here.

Message from the President

We invite you to read the commentary by Kenneth Gergen...

In the rush of daily life we tend to focus on the present and near future.What is past is past! Yet, there is good reason to cast one’s gaze toward the wake. There we learn of the intensity of movement and its trajectory.



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Taos Institute Publishing

NEW BOOKS - Order Now

A Student's Guide to Clinical Supervision:
You Are Not Alone
When Stories Clash:
Addressing Conflict with Narrative Mediation 

Communicating in Moments that Matter
- New and Revised Edition

Relational Leading -
Practices for Dialogically based Collaboration

E-Books - Order these titles now on Kindle and Nook E-Readers.

U&ME: Communicating in Moments that Matter Kindle
Relational Leading -
Practices for Dialogically based Collaboration
A Student's Guide to Clinical Supervision: You Are Not Alone
When Stories Clash:
Addressing Conflict with Narrative Mediation
Retiring But Not Shy:
Feminist Psychologists Create their Post-Careers


Developing Relational Leadership:
Resources for Developing Reflexive Organizational Practices
Social Construction: Entering the Dialogue Kindle
Bereavement Support Groups:
Breathing Life into Stories of the Dead