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.

The next Taos Institute Gathering
November 12-18, 2022

Unfolding Dialogues: Relational Resources for Global Good
A week-long Virtual Gathering

From the local to the global, how can social constructionist ideas and practices help us create and bring forward new ways of going on together?

Are you working in innovative ways in your local context?  Or, are you working in a local context and want to connect with others who are doing similar work, to learn and share together?

Come join us so we can open dialogue on how these local practices might be amplified and expanded for global good.

Given the global challenges facing us in this increasingly complex and potentially volatile world, there is a vital need for innovative ideas and practices of promise for our ways of relating. Social constructionist ideas and practices have offered new insights and inspired wide ranging practices addressing these challenges. This virtual Gathering, a kind of un-conference, will offer all of us the opportunity to share ideas and practices that bring insights and inspiration for addressing these challenges. 

Come join us online to share, explore, and co-create with practitioners, scholars and students from around the world as we generate conversations and actions for community collaborations through local and global resources.

For the details.

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 in by participating in our online dialogue space, register for a workshop; make a donation; or like us on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin!