Sad News to Share…

It is with heavy hearts, deep gratitude, and overflowing love that we share the news that Mary Gergen passed away on the morning of September 22, 2020.  

We all know Mary as a lively, courageous, and innovative trail blazer.  With Ken, Mary created a global community — a family of caring, committed scholars and practitioners whose central desire is to make the world a better place for all.  And, the world is a better place for her presence in it and her connection to us all.  We send our warmest embraces to you all.  

~The Taos Institute Board

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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.

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

We invite you to view the commentary 
by Taos Institute co-founder and President Kenneth Gergen: From Hindsight to Insight to Foresight with 2020 Visions

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What’s New

What’s New? International Diploma in Social Construction and Professional Practice – apply now for the September 2020 cohort. 

Latest News

The first podcast series on Social Constructionist Practices as Social Innovation is here, as the result of an exciting collaboration between the Taos Institute and Robyn Stratton-Berkessel of Positivity Strategist! Episodes feature authors of the forthcoming, The Sage Handbook of Social Constructionist Practice.

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