Brief History Committed to the belief that social constructionist ideas have powerful and positive implications for human life and well-being, a group of scholars and practitioners came together to found the Taos Institute in the early 1990's. Founders Harlene Anderson, David Cooperrider, Mary Gergen, Kenneth Gergen, Sheila McNamee, Suresh Srivastva and Diana Whitney met through various relational connections and had such an affinity towards the ideas of social construction that they wanted to create a space to explore these theoretical ideas and how they were living out in practice. Their first few gatherings happened in Taos, New Mexico, a place of special significance to many involved at the time. Thus, the Taos Institute was born and thus the name. With special attention initially directed to organizational development, and to family therapy, the Institute held international conferences in Taos, as well as provided consultation grounded in social constructionist theory to individuals and organizations and access to social constructionist literature. Since this early period Institute activities have expanded in many directions. Many of these will become clear as you explore this website more fully. However, a sample of our past public offerings will illustrate some of our major investments. The Taos Institute is a “space” of learning and exploring, not a “place”. There is no physical structure or office located in Taos, New Mexico. Our central office is located in Ohio. To contact us, email [email protected] or call toll-free 1-888-999-TAOS, or phone 1-440-338-6733.