Welcome to The Taos Institute ®

The Taos Institute’s® mission is to bring together scholars and practitioners concerned with the social processes essential for the construction of reason, knowledge, and human value, and their application in relational, collaborative and appreciative practices around the world.

For all upcoming workshops, courses, and conferences, visit our Calendar of Events page.

A message from the Taos Board:

These are agonizing times that cry out for compassion, conscience, and compass. In the midst of the pandemic, economic distress, racial injustices, and unfettered violence so many of us wonder what the future holds. How can we make a difference? It seems that there is no better time to reach beyond our community and share the relational resources we have cultivated. How can we simultaneously acknowledge our disappointment, outrage, and fear while focusing on small but significant acts of support and re-connection? How can we stand in solidarity with those who are hurting the most?  How can we talk with our neighbors, our relatives, our friends, and our colleagues in ways that inspire generative action? How can we collect these powerful sentiments that crowd our consciousness and channel them into creating new futures? More than ever, we must share our resources so as to coordinate our many diversities with the realization that we truly are all in this together. ~ The Taos Institute Board

Message from the President

“Change can begin with the next conversation” says Taos Institute co-founder and President Kenneth Gergen. Read the full message: Social Construction on the Cusp.

New Book

In his latest book, Ken Gergen, Ph.D. proposes that our future depends on our ability to shift from viewing the world in separate entities, to caring for the process of relating. This short book offers innovative relational practices to enhance well-being. 

Books & Publications

Taos Institute Publications offers contributions to cutting-edge theory and practice in social construction for the benefit of scholars, practitioners, students, and the curious public. Also look for our free downloadable WorldShare Books!


An important part of our mission is to make available, often at no cost, a wealth of resources on social construction. Check out our newsletters, journals, videos, dissertations, manuscripts for downloading, and our first podcast series on Social Constructist Practices as Social Innovation resulting from a collaboration with Robyn Stratton-Berkessel of Positivity Strategist.

Join In

There are many ways to join our community: sign up for our mailing list to receive our newsletters; grow your network by joining our online community, register for a workshop; make a donation; or like us on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin!