About Us

The Taos Institute ® is designed to advance social constructionist ideas and practices, and is a virtual organization operating around the globe and founded in Taos, New Mexico in 1993. We are 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 (501c3) 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.  

Social constructionist theory and practice locates the source of meaning, value and action in the relational connection among people. It is through our social and relational processes that we construct the world. 

We achieve our educational ends through conferences, workshops, publications, a diploma program, certificate programs, distance learning programs, 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, healthcare and more.

We develop and explore the ways in which scholarly research can enrich professional practices, and practices can stimulate scholarly inquiry. Our work is in creating promising futures through social construction, and positive change one conversation at a time. We look forward to your participation in the dialogues.

Theoretical Background

Learn about the theoretical background and mission statement of the Taos Institute.


Learn about the members of the Taos Institute.

Taos Institute Europe

See our workshops and conferences taking place in Europe.

Taos Latin America

See the workshops and conferences taking place in Latin America.

Relational Research Network

A global initiative to explore, share, learn, and create practices and processes for doing research from a relational perspective.

Initiatives & Grants (TAG)

See the initiatives and grants available from the Taos Institute.

Outstanding Contribution Award

Learn about our Outstanding Contribution Award.


Learn about the organizations that the Taos Institute partners with.

Photo Gallery

See a gallery of photos from The Taos Institute events. 

Contact Us

Get in touch with the Taos Institute if you have any queries.