Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
Thursday, 5:30 – 7:30 pm - Opening Plenary
The Taos Institute Under Construction
Facilitators: Mary Gergen, Diana Whitney, Sheila McNamee, Harlene Anderson, Ken Gergen, Sally St. George and Dan Wulff
Recounting, reminiscing, riffing and rapping on the silver anniversary. Serious, surprising, and sometimes silly, Mary Gergen leads Founders and funsters in co-creating 25 years of growth and global flowering.
Activity: Mayan colors in the north, south, east and west of the world.
Friday - 9:00 – 10:00 am (announcements at 8:45)
Emerson Rasera and Jasmina Sermijn
Social Construction: The Unfolding Drama
Ken Gergen sketches the historical significance of constructionist ideas and practices, and the dramatic implications of their development through the present. He is then joined by Emerson Rasera and Jasmina Sermijn to discuss emerging horizons.
Friday – 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Harlene Anderson, Monica Sesma Vazquez, Sally St. George and Dan Wulff
What do you notice about the ways we talk about conversations and the actual ways we converse? Join us in conversing about conversing.
Saturday - 9:00 – 10:00 am (announcements at 8:45)
Diana Whitney and Amanda Trosten-Bloom
From Principle to Practice: Giving Rise to Systemic Positive Change
In this interactive session, we will explore the application of social constructionist concepts to vital issues of our time. Diana and Amanda will invite dialogue and practice sharing that draws upon our strengths and successes. Together, we will bring to light relational practices that give rise to systemic positive change.
Saturday – 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Sheila McNamee, Duane Bidwell and Celiane Camargo Borges
Becoming Pragmatic Idealists: Future-forming and the Taos Institute
In this closing plenary we explore the possibilities and opportunities of our future together as the Taos community. Who do we want to become together? How do we continue to be poetic activists and pragmatic idealists? We will move between conceptual ideas on the topic and exploration for opportunities to work together in creating collaborative capacity.