September 16, 1999. The
Taos Institute joined forces with colleagues at the University of New
Hampshire to sponsor a second international, interdisciplinary
conference on social constructionist practice, theory, and research.
The forum explored current developments in social constructionist
thought and practice. The conference theme placed emphasis on the
relational practices that create and transform cultural life. Dynamic
presentations by leading voices, symposia, roundtable discussions,
social activities, and a casual setting created a venue for three days
of engaging inquiry and exploration. Throughout the conference,
emphasis was on bringing social constructionist theory and practice
into mutually enriching dialogue.
A few comments following the conference:
"What an incredible and inspiring four days! The conference was
wonderful. I felt truly and well fed, and can feel the opening effects
of it as I go through my week. My clients and students are benefiting,
as am I in my own attempts at writing."
"We want to thank the organizing committee for bringing together such a
powerful community of learners. We noticed new thoughts being
poetically shaped. We entered into a community of gentle conversation
and generous listening. It has brought us deeper connections to our
lives and the lives of others. With deep appreciation..."
"I just want to say thanks for a wonderful conference. It was all that
I'd hoped for, and I learned much more than I expected. My own workshop
(on alcoholism) was very helpful, and I couldn't get over that there is
a "home" for those of us interested in social constructionism. How
wonderful...I look forward to future Taos Institute and/or UNH
"The conference was the best one I've ever attended. There is no
question. It wasn't so much the papers; it was more the random
conversation with others 'with similar interests'."