Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
The following is a list of institutions with which our work is deeply resonant. Click on any program's title for more information:
ACS InternationalAppreciative Consulting Services (ACS) International is a multidisciplinary consulting firm registered in Bangladesh as a Private Limited Company. It brings out a new era of consulting services to add values and to create sustainable impacts of what we can by its distinctive and innovative approaches.
Appreciative ActionAPPRECIATIVE ACTION is a consultancy that uses strength-based practices for positive change and building resilience in teams, organizations and communities.
Appreciative Inquiry Centre for Excellence: Wilgespruit Fellowship in S. AfricaWilgespruit Fellowship, in partnership with Case Western Reserve University (CASE), and the National Training Laboratories Institute (NTL) are launching an Appreciative Inquiry Centre for Excellence.
This exciting initiative locates for the first time within the African continent, a Centre where practioners, managers, leaders and those interested in understanding and facilitating transformation initiatives can acquire accreditation from those two world renowed U.S based organisations.
ASPEC - The Academy of Senior Professionals
at Eckerd College, St.Petersburg, Florida - As part of the initiative on Positive Aging, the Taos Institute has collaborated with the ASPEC.
"Sharing Learning, Sharing Lives": From the Visual arts to the Culinary Arts, Philosophy to Bicycling, Religions and Faiths to Science and Society, Literature to Laughing Matters, ASPEC Study Groups enrich the minds, hearts and souls of its 300 plus members. We interact regularly with students and faculty of Eckerd College as mentors, colleagues, and friends. Weekly Social Hours at Lewis House on the campus and monthly events at local restaurants provide ASPEC members with the opportunity to socialize with each other and strengthen the ASPECcommunity. Whether you're interested in Computers, Visual Arts, Science and Society or one of the 44 other interest groups formed by members of ASPEC, there's something for everyone interested in learning and sharing.
Business as an Agent of World BenefitThe World Inquiry on Business as an Agent of World Benefit (BAWB) is a worldwide web of cascading Appreciative Inquiry conversations dedicated to discovering, appreciating, and uniting the new and the best in business with the task of creating prosperous inspired and sustainable societies that work for all.
Center for Narrative StudiesCNS is a multi-disciplinary team dedicated to applying narrative theory to the practical renewal of leadership in culture and communities. Working with groups and organizations, we train people to become leaders by teaching them to understand the power of stories, to weigh the real effects stories have in shaping our lives, to apply narrative approaches to engage creatively with conflict and change.
Center for Social Constructionist Psychology StudiesThis website is in the Chinese language and hosted by the Nanking Normal University. The creation of the website for this Center for Social Constructionist Psychology Studies in China was funded by the Taos Institute's grant program for Taos Institute Associates.
Citizen Engagement InitiativesTo support social and economic wellbeing for children, youth, families, and communities in ways that are equitable and sustainable. To build bridges among researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners as well as across sectors in order to facilitate knowledge mobilization, cultivate effective partnerships, and engage in meaningful action.
CMM InstituteWelcome to the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution website. The primary tasks of the Institute are two-fold: to help those of us living in the 21st Century shift our taken-for-granted view of communication as a tool used to exchange ideas and information to a more complex understanding of what we are doing whenever we communicate and what communication is doing to us; and, second, to use the tools and models of CMM to help make, among other things, more compassionate, transformative, and generative personal and social worlds.
Community Life CompetenceThis is the virtual community of the Constellation.Our focus on the site is the connection of Local Responses. Local Responses are "the actions that we, as communities, take to deal with the challenges that we face". In addition we have changed our language from blogs and discussions to Our Stories and Requests. Community of practice: http://aidscompetence.ning.com/
Cooperative Communication Skills Internet Resource CenterFree books, essays and exercises to help you encourage dialogue/resolve conflicts/prevent violence, work with family members in building a more cooperative, shared life, and communicate more creatively, successfully and compassionately. Email Dennis Rivers: [email protected]
Corporation for Positive ChangeCorporation for Positive Change (CPC) is dedicated to the design and development of appreciative organizations - those capable of sustaining innovation, financial well-being and market leadership by inspiring the best in human beings. PC clients are executives and managers who recognize the value of employee involvement in the process of change. They are strength-based leaders dedicated to creating healthy organizations financially, socially and environmentally.
Address:Corporation for Positive Change621 Damascus Church RoadChapel Hill, NC • 27516919.942.6832 • 919.942.6833 faxEmail: [email protected]
Dialogic Organization DevelopmentThis website provides free resources and links to tools and articles on Dialogic Organization Development (OD).
Dialogical Practice Network (Dpn)
DISPUKDISPUK is the Danish Institute of Systemic Training, Supervision, Staff Development and Consultation, based in Snekkersten (Zealand) and Arhus (Jutland). It is a consultation and training institute, specializing in all aspects of relationship issues and communication.
Contact: Alan Holmgren, CopenhagenEmail: [email protected]
East Side InstituteThe East Side Institute for Group and Short Term Psychotherapy is an international educational, training and research center for developing and promoting alternative and radically humanistic approaches in psychology, therapy, education and community building.
Executive Edge, Inc.Executive Edge is the catalyst that transforms organizations and inspires people to reach their greatest potential TOGETHER. They do this by producing targeted learning experiences that engage people, empower leaders, and accelerate team development. The end result is a motivated, committed workforce. Jim Willis, President
Address:46 Chagrin Plaza, # 147Chagrin Falls, OH 44022Phone: 800-632-EDGE (3343) or 440-338-8308Email: [email protected]
The Family CentreThe Family Centre publishes on all areas of its work, contributing to research and policy journals, therapeutic journals, and popular media and publications throughout the world. Family Centre staff belong to a three tikanga organisational structure, made up of Maori, Pacific Island and Pakeha sections that reflect the cultural diversity of Aotearoa.
Family Institute of CambridgeThe Family Institute of Cambridge is a learning community committed to enhancing the well being of individuals, families, and communities by developing and disseminating effective practices of therapy and consultation. Our work is rooted in our core values of mutual respect, collaboration, and social justice.
Address:51 KondazianWatertown, MA 02472Phone: 617-924-4925Contact: Dr. Sallyann Roth.Email: [email protected]
Global Partnership for Transformative Social Work (GPTSW)This is a world-wide, non-affiliated community of social work educators, researchers, theoreticians and practitioners interested in exploring existing and potential expressions of what might loosely be called postmodern thought, in particular the confluence of perspectives termed social construction.
Haslebo & PartnereHaslebo& Partnere er et erhvervspsykologisk konsulenthus, der har eksisteret siden 1991. Vi gennemfører konsulentydelser, uddannelser, temadageog kurser ud fra systemisk tænkning, anerkendende udforskning og narrativ praksis.
Address: Niels Andersens Vej 50 DK-2900 Hellerup Tlf. +45 39620505 Fax +45 39620504 Email: [email protected]
Houston Galveston InstituteThe Houston Galveston Institute (formerly the Galveston Family Institute) is internationally recognized for its innovative contributions to the advancements of theory, psychotherapy practice and research, and to the development of creative contexts for learning, practice and research. It has distinguished itself for its unique developments in brief therapy and has been acclaimed for its Collaborative Language Systems Approach with its emphasis on "problem-organizing systems", the role of language, narrative and conversation in therapy, the not-knowing position, and the translation of these concepts into work with difficult life situations.
Address:3316 Mount VernonHouston, TX 77006Phone: 713-526-8390Contact: Dr. Sue LevinEmail: [email protected]
Imagine ChicagoImagine Chicago is a non-profit organization that helps people develop their imagination as city creators. It offers everyone, especially young people, the opportunity to invest themselves in the city¹s future.
Address:910 W. Castlewood TerraceChicago, IL 60640Phone: 773-275-2520Email Bliss Browne: [email protected]
Innovation Partners InternationalInnovation Partners International (IPI) is multinational consultancy of senior practitioners passionately engaged at the intersection of Appreciative Inquiry and transformative change in whole systems -- be they government, education, for-profit or not for profit. We exist to make a lasting positive difference in the world.Our practice is focused on 'whole system' or 'systemic' AI (e.g., the application of AI to issues of strategy, design, implementation and evaluation, with a systemic view of people, process, culture and technology). By combining our capabilities we create and support organizations which increasingly operate at the nexus of social benefit, economic prosperity and ecological sustainability and the human spirit.
Contact:Phone: Jen Hetzel Silbert -- 401.782.6090 or Bernard J Mohr --207-874-0118Email: [email protected]
International Institute On The Dialogical Self (Iids)
International Society For Dialogical Science (Isds)http://www.dialogicalscience.org
JST InstituteJST INSTITUTE is a threshold to training and education in brief collaborative and narrative practices, integrating therapeutic ideas and practices with social justice values and principles. - http://jstinstitute.com/
Lessons in Psychology: Freedom, Liberation, and ReactionA Descriptive Psychologist and Psychoanalyst's exploration of the behavioral logic of freedom, liberation and reaction. Short takes on the qualities that make us human: empathy, ethics, aesthetics, improvisation and play.
Narrative Psychology Internet Resourceshttp://web.lemoyne.edu/~hevern/narpsych/narpsych.htmlThis guide provides a broad set of bibliographical and Internet-based resources for use in the study of narrative psychology and has been designed both as an Internet-available document for researchers generally and partially to be used within both an advanced undergraduate psychology and graduate-level seminar.
Contact: Vincent W. Hevern, SJ, Ph.D.Psychology DepartmentLe Moyne CollegeSyracuse, NY 13214Phone: 315-445-4342Email: [email protected]
Narrative and Conflict: Explorations of Theory and Practice
Narrative and conflict seeks to elaborate narrative perspectives of conflict resolution and conflict analysis. The premise of this perspective is the idea that stories are corporeal and interactive. They are more than reports of what is happening; how they are produced, circulated or circumvented gives shape to what people do.In addition, conflict resolution analyses and practices focused on intentionally facilitating shifts in the available narratives have the possibility to shift relationships between people or groups of people.Narrative and conflict publishes articles on conflict resolution and conflict analysis at local, national and international levels.
Narrative Therapy CenterThe Narrative Therapy Center of the Mid-Atlantic was created to provide more resources for psychotherapists and others who wish to learn more and improve their Narrative Therapy skills. Inspired by the pioneering work of Australian family therapist Michael White and New Zealand family therapist David Epston, the Narrative Therapy Center will invite practitioners and teachers from around the world to share their work here in the Washington, DC area.
Narrative Works:Issues, Investigations & Interventions
Narrative Works is an online, open-access, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal committed to exploring the complex role of narrative in countless aspects of human life.
The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD)at: http://ncdd.orghttp://ncdd.org/news
RSS feed: http://ncdd.org/news/feed/rss
NCDD brings together people and groups who actively practice, promote and study inclusive, high quality conversations. NCDD is a vibrant network of over 700 organizations and individuals who, collectively, regularly engage and mobilize hundreds of thousands of people around today's critical issues, and NCDD's resource-rich website is a popular hub for dialogue and deliberation leaders.
Contact: Joy Garman 114 W. Springville RoadBoiling Springs, PA 17007Email: [email protected]Phone: 717-243-5144
The Network for Dialogical PracticesJoin the community centered around Dialogical Practices. Check out upcoming events, share your stories, find nearby colleagues.The Network for Dialogical Practices is an open platform for researchers, students and practitioners who want to help people in distress by full presence, responsiveness and human connection.Now I See A Person What is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy? Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is recognized internationally as an effective mental health treatment option for a multitude of mental health problems and diverse populations, including at risk youth and adolescents, adults, couples, families, the elderly and life coaching. EAP focuses on the animal/human relationship and the significance of the horse as a therapeutic partner in the relational endeavor. Horses aiding people to connect, collaborate and changeHorses aiding people to connect, collaborate and change.
Contact: Susan Swim 71 W. Sierra Madre BlvdSierra Madre, CA 91024Office: 888-736-1329Fax: 626-355-5862Cell: 626-487-9304Email: [email protected]
Open Dialogical Practicesby the Network of Dialogical Practices
OvationNetOvationNet is the result of a close collaboration between David Cooperrider and the founders of iCohere, Pascal Kaplan and Soren Kaplan. The goal of OvationNet is simple: to provide consultants, change agents and organizations with leading edge capabilities in Appreciative Inquiry that advance AI practice in the field.
Address:1220 Oakland Boulevard, Suite 210Walnut Creek, California 94596
Peter Lang Foundation 2013On this website you can learn more about the purposes of the Peter Lang Foundation 2013. You can learn about the reception, the activities, the Articles of Association, the Board of Directors and the next Ordinary General Meeting. You can also find out how you can become a member of the Foundation. You can find out how you make donations to support the purposes of the Foundation. You can also learn what you can do in order to contribute in the collection and preservation of documentation of Peter Lang’s career, work and inspirational influence all over the world.
Positive AgingThe Taos Institute is pleased to offer an electronic newsletter, Positive Aging. The newsletter brings to light resources‹from scientific research on aging, gerontology practices, and daily life ‹that contribute to an appreciation of the aging process.
Contact: Dawn DoleToll Free 1-888-999-TAOSOut of the US 440-338-6733 (not toll-free)Email: [email protected]
Positive Change CoreThe Positive Change Core is a leading provider of innovative services for the transformation of educational communities. It is a open, global group of change agents (consultants, teachers, administrators, parents, students, staff, etc) responding to the irresistible invitation to co-construct a positive future for young people and those who influence their lives. Their mission is to partner with schools and youth organizations to build on the best of what already exists and create the brightest, most imaginative future possible. They are dedicated to producing rapid,
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Join the PMTH listservcurrently host ("an online community for postmodern thinkers")Contact Karin Taverniers, [email protected].
Program on Social and Organizational Learning, George Mason UniversityThe Program on Social and Organizational Learning (PSOL) is an interdisciplinary academic unit within the School of Public Policy at George Mason University aimed at developing an understanding of "social learning," the way knowledge comes to be discovered and conveyed in social systems and organizations.
Address:School of Public PolicyArlington Original BuildingMail Stop 3B13401 North Fairfax Dr.Arlington, VA, 22201-4411Phone: (703) 993-1142
Contact: Leslie Metzger, Director of AdmissionsSchool of Public PolicyPhone: (703) 993-8099Email: [email protected]
Public Conversations ProjectThe mission of PCP is to foster a more inclusive, empathic and collaborative society by promoting constructive conversations and relationships among those who have differing values, world views, and positions about divisive public issues. The central objective of the Public Conversations Project is to avoid repeating unproductive debates and to develop new modes of communicating that lead to mutual understanding, respect, and trust. This reduces the costly effects of conflict and creates new possibilities for change.
Address:46 Kondazian StreetWatertown, MA 02472-2832Phone: 617-923-1216Email: [email protected]
Public Dialogue ConsortiumWe are a group of educators, consultants, and practitioners who promote high quality communication on public issues. We envision a world in which communication in the public sphere is humane, constructive, and beneficial to all.
San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA
Contact: Kimberly and Barnett Pearce807 Wharfside RoadSan Mateo, CA 94404, USAPhone: 650-574-7343Kimberly Pearce at [email protected]Barnett Pearce at [email protected]
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Contact: Stephen W. Littlejohn, President504 Luna Blvd. NWAlbuquerque, NM 87102-1930, USAPhone: (505) 246-9890Email: [email protected]
The Qualitative ReportThe Qualitative Report is an online journal devoted to writing and discussion of and about qualitative, critical action, and collaborative inquiry and research.The Qualitative ReportISSN 1052-0147
The Qualitative Report Guide to Qualitative Research Websites: https://tqr.nova.edu/websites/
Address:Nova Southeastern University3301 College AvenueFort Lauderdale, Florida 33314 USA
Contact: Ronald J. Chenail, Ph.D.Email: [email protected]Phone: 954.262.7055
Qualitative-Research.netFQS is a peer-reviewed multilingual online journal for qualitative research. The main aim of FQS is to promote discussion and cooperation among qualitative researchers from different countries and social science disciplines.
Contact: Dr. Katja MruckFreie Universität BerlinFB 12, WE 09Habelschwerdter Allee 4514195 Berlin, GermanyEmail: [email protected]Phone: 0049 / (0)30 / 838 - 55 725
Re-authoring TeachingRe-authoring Teaching is a consortium of narrative practice teachers, practitioners and enthusiasts from around the world who seek to promote training and continuing education in a narrative approach to therapy, organizational, and community work. The term, “Re-authoring Teaching” is a play on the term “Re-authoring Conversations” that Michael White and David Epston coined in their original description of narrative therapy.
Relational BuddhismRelational Buddhism envisions Buddhist Psychology as a meta-view: mind is not gridlocked under-the-skin-in-the-skull-behind-the-eyeballs-in-between-the-ears but spaced in people’s interactivity; thus ‘we can’t share brain, but we can’t but share mind’…
The Relational CenterThe Relational Center is committed to promoting dialogue for the purpose of engaging individuals, families, organizations and communities in social change through collaborative counseling, professional and public education, organizational consulting and community building.
Address:5486 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036Phone: (323) 935-1807Email: [email protected]
Relational Change. Better relationships. Better world.Relational Change promotes a relational approach in all walks of life. Together with our associates and affiliated centres in the UK and Europe, we aim to deliver value to people, groups and communities in the areas of Organisational Development, Community Building, Coaching andPsychotherapy.
Relational ConstructionismWelcome to this website, devoted to relational constructionism and related methodologies of inquiry and transformation. A relational constructionist or social constructionist thought style involves some very different ways of thinking about what it is to be a person, about knowledge, power, inquiry, organizational and community development and transformation or change work. My purpose in providing this site is to help interested persons to know more of this style of thinking and practice.
Relational ThinkingToday, the organizations that are part of our network help businesses change the way they work to get the best out of their employees, strengthen ties with investors and build trust between stakeholders. We are also actively working with policy makers and academics worldwide to highlight the benefits of good relationships and the pressing need for reform in the way we do business, policy and community life.
Remembering Practices.comRemembering practices are a narrative approach to grief psychology that emphasize the ongoing story of relationship.
Research DialoguesWelcome to this blog, my on-line attempt to articulate movement within a social inquiry project shared by fourteen Collaborative therapists from Scandinavia, USA, Australia, Mexico, and Canada. Response to the blog is always enthusiastically received at the following address: jdefehr @klinic.mb.ca
Robyn Stratton-Berkessel - Positivity Resources
Robyn Stratton-Berkessel - Appreciative Inquiry Resources
The Salem CenterThe Salem Center for Therapy, Training, and Research is a home to clinical practitioners who are interested in developing skills that allow them to move closer to their hopes, dreams, and values in their work. We are committed to respect and accountability in our work with individuals, couples, families, professionals, groups, agencies, and clergy, who consult us for help with problems. Our professional training and programs for clinicians are based on Narrative and Dialogic therapy traditions, ideas, ethics, and practices. To learn more about these traditions, please go to our Mission page.
Address: 204 Lafayette StreetSalem, MA 01970Phone: 978-744-7162
Saybrook Graduate SchoolFor 30 years Saybrook's goals have been the advancement of understanding human beings and the human condition, the encouragement of full expression of the highest human possibilities, and the furtherance of emancipatory values in individuals, communities, organizations and the world at large.
Address: 450 Pacific St.San Francisco, CAPhone: 415-433-9200
Servant LawyershipSupporting transparent communication among stakeholders after adverse medical events
Sistemas HumanosHuman Systems Center Consulting is a system of ongoing training programs, training, intervention and care from a systemic and social construction in Colombia. We provide therapeutic care, development and management of projects from the systemic and social constructionist ideas.
Sistemas Humanos es un Centro de Consultoría Sistémica que desarrolla programas de formación, capacitación, intervención y atención desde el pensamiento sistémico y contruccionista social en Colombia. Ofrecemos servicios de atención terapéutica, desarrollo y gestión de proyectos desde las ideas sistémicas y construccionistas sociales.
SocioDynamic Counselling. A Constructivist PerspectiveSocioDynamic Counselling was created by Vance Peavy, Professor Emeritus of the University of Victoria, former editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Counselling and a leading voice in the profession of counselling in Canada as well as in Europe, Australia and the USA.
Social psychology and social intervention (Psicología Social y Socioconstruccionismo)Welcome to this blog on social psychology and social intervention. Without wishing to be exhaustive we have attempted to gather information about this approach to social psychology. We invite you to enter all sections and participate with your comments and posts. If you wish to post on the blog write to [email protected] and we will send an invitation. This website/blog is also in Spanish.Social Constructionist Counselor Educators' ListserveAre you involved in training counselors using social constructionist ideas and want to discuss these ideas with other counselor educators? Consider joining the Social Constructionist Counselor Educators' Listserve, moderated by Tom Strong and David Pare. For more information email: [email protected].
The Virtual FacultyThe Virtual Faculty is a group of constructionist scholars working toward a global education program for psychology. Contact: Andrew Lock, Department of Psychology, Massey University, New Zealand
University of SheffieldOur mission: We want to understand the world and make it better. Our vision: We want to be one of the best universities in the world. Our identity: We were founded with the help of penny donations from Sheffield people.
Welcome to WilgespruitWelcome to our newly created website! Whether you are familiar with Wilgespruit from the past, or only come to know of us now, this website is our attempt to give you an idea of where we have come from and where we are going.