Dialogic and Collaborative Practices in Challenging Times

March 16-18, 2023
12:00 – 3:00 pm EST (New York time)

A 3-day online seminar with Taos Institute Vice-President Sheila McNamee and Taos Institute Board Member Harlene Anderson

In this online seminar (three hours each day), Harlene and Sheila introduce and discuss constructionist theory by engaging participants in meaningful conversations. Given the challenges we confront globally, discussions center specifically on the practical implications of social construction. There is ample space for everyone to share, interact, collaborate and support one another as we explore ways to bring these practices into participants’ own projects and personal or professional contexts.

Whether you are familiar with social construction and relational practice or new to these ideas, this intimate seminar is sure to make you feel welcome and inspired. The small-group, virtual environment offers an opportunity to be in conversation with a diverse group of individuals from around the globe, who are working or want to work in relational ways. Three live group meetings as well as a private group discussion forum gives you a chance to forge deep connections and to practice being relational — resulting in a transformational experience.

Readings and other resource materials will be provided prior to the course.


  • A small-group, intimate learning experience that generates long-lasting relationships
  • Participants from around the world that enrich the dialogue with diverse perspectives
  • An interactive and collaborative environment where everyone engages in co-creating new knowledge
  • Customized discussions on how each participant can bring social construction into their own work and life


Sheila McNamee, Ph.D. is Professor Emerita of Communication at the University of New Hampshire and co-founder and Vice President of the Taos Institute. She has held visiting professorships at the University of Parma, Italy; Utrecht University, Netherlands; University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; and City University of Hong Kong. Her work is focused on dialogic transformation within a variety of social and institutional contexts. More details at www.taosinstitute.net/sheila-mcnamee

Harlene Anderson, Ph.D., is founding member of the Houston Galveston Institute, the Taos Institute, and Access Success. She is recognized internationally as being at the leading edge of postmodern collaborative practices as a thinker, consultant, coach, and educator. She takes her tools — her insights, her curiosity, her engaging conversational style, her leadership skills and her keen interest — to help professionals turn theory into new and often surprising possibilities for their clients, students, and organizations. More details at www.taosinstitute.net/harlene-anderson


Thursday, March 16, 12-3pm EST

  • Overview of social construction and relational practices
  • Relevance of social construction and relational practices to contemporary challenges

Friday, March 17, 12-3pm EST

  • Dialogic possibilities
  • Speaking, listening, responding, hearing and understanding

Saturday, March 18, 12-3pm EST

  • Radical presence: Putting ideas into practice


$550 general, $450 students until March 1, 2023
After March 1, 2023, add $50

50% refund for cancellations received up to four weeks before the starting date.
25% refund for cancellations received between four and two weeks before the starting date.
No refund for cancellations received within two weeks of the starting date.

The seminar is offered through the Taos Institute Online Community platform. When you follow the link to register for the seminar, you will be directed to the online community. Click on Choose Plan and select the appropriate plan, which will also give you access to the online community at no additional cost.