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Exploring Relational Practices in Peacebuilding, Mediation and Conflict Transformation: From the Intimate to the International

November 14-17, 2012 

San Diego, California at the Bahia Resort and Conference Center, Mission Bay 

Over 150 practitioners, academics and community members from 14 countries came together to share and create new forms of practice for peacebuilding informed by social construction. We focused on relational, collaborative, and appreciative practices for conflict transformation and mediation in families, organizations, communities, and the world.

There could not have been a more important moment for this gathering. As inequality, interpersonal violence, community conflict, environmental demise, political unrest, terrorism, and general global unease proliferate, it becomes increasingly important for us to share and expand our relational resources to create peacebuilding opportunities among people, communities, and nations.

Participants developed and shared ways of moving from conflict-saturated relations to collaborations across divides of meaning. Our time together was both educational and inspirational as we explored innovative ways of going on together.

At the opening keynote, Kenneth Gergen challenged us with 5 provocative

propositions on Peacebuilding from a Social Constructionist Standpoint.      

<Click here to download the 5 provocative propositions.>


The Poetry of Relational Practices in Peace Building          

The poems at this link are written by Gita Arjan Baack. They reflect her experience as a participant at the Taos Institute Conference, “Exploring Relational Practices in Peace-building, Mediation and Conflict Transformation: From the Intimate to the International”. Thank you Gita for sharing your poetry with us.   

Poetry - a document in PDF format.

Images Painted During the Conference

These are a set of improvised paintings - acrylic on canvas- based on the keynote speeches at the Peacebuilding conference (Nov 14-17, 2012).  To view paintings: http://www.livinginkflow.com/taos-ad-lib-paintings.html