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IDEAS, NEWS AND RESOURCES  | December 2016    
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December 2016

This month we welcome  Rocio Chaveste and Papusa Molina  as they share news of the upcoming conference in Spain this coming spring..

Collaborative and Dialogic Practices

By Rocio Chaveste and Papusa Molina .
Some years ago, 2010 to be more precise, a group of people who attended, every year, the International Summer Institute with Harlene Anderson, started to talk about creating a certificate program in Collaborative and Dialogic Practices (ICCP).  In 2011, three programs started: one in Brazil with Interfaci coordinated by Marilene Grandeso, one in Mexico City with Grupo Campos Eliseos coordinated by Sylvia London, and one in Yucatan at the Kanankil Institute coordinated by Rocio Chaveste.
The purpose of this new International Certificate Program in Collaborative and Dialogic Practices was to provide practitioners with an interdisciplinary program that provides an intensive, in-depth study of postmodern-social construction-relational theory and the possibilities for personal, organizational, and social transformation that flow from this orientation. From the beginning, the program focused on the theoretical and philosophical assumptions of collaborative-dialogic practices as transformational and the application within and across disciplines, contexts, and cultures.
So, five years later, we have two programs in the US, eight in Latin America (México, Colombia, Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina), three in the EU (Belgium, Spain and the Czech Republic), one in China and two others in their early stages of developing in Cyprus and Norway.  We are all involved in organizing our Third International ICCP Congress that will take place March 30-31 and April 1-2 at the university of La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain and we would like to invite you to join us there to share, learn and explore many collaborative and dialogic practices.
So, why is this important and why do we think it will be amazing if you could be there?  Because we know, from personal experience, that being part of this community has brought incredible friendships, opened the horizons of our work, provided possibilities for cross-cultural and multilingual projects, and more than anything else, we know how to have fun together. 
In a more serious tone, as we look across the globe, the times and processes that we are going through, demand that we bring our desires and conversations into actions for a better future where dialogues and relations are the center of our communities. We hope to see you in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.
Hugs from Mexico,
             Rocio and Papusa

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3rd International Conference of Collaborative 
and Dialogic Practices 
Conversations with and among Education, Research, Health, Social Practices, Psychotherapy...

March 30 - April 2, sponsored by ICCP and TI, 
in the Canary Islands, Tenerife, Spain
A tri-lingual conference - Spanish, Portuguese, English 

New Conference Announcement: 

Succeeding In Africa: Social Construction in Action

Save the Date: July 10 - 12, 2017

Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre, Johannesburg

The Institute for Transdisciplinary Development (ITD), in collaboration with Taos Institute, proudly announces 'Succeeding in Africa: Social Construction in Action' to be presented in Johannesburg South Africa in July 2017. More than one billion people live on the African continent. It is a continent that challenges its people, amongst others, to eradicate hunger and poverty, achieve universal primary education, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensure environmental sustainability, address fundamentalism and its effects on conflict and relationships as well as to achieve global partnerships for sustained development. 

This conference aims to create the context for both large and small group dialogue with the intent to harvest new learnings about how people together - across disciplines and in participation with local knowledges - can co-create innovative practices to address complex challenges successfully. We will focus on the successes of Africa and look into the future of Africa through 'possibility lenses'. It is about witnessing the tenacity of Africans to co-create life-giving possibilities and opportunities in the face of complex challenges and to take these stories of possibilities into the future. By attending this conference you will have the opportunity to join actively in this conversation and reap the benefits of collaboratively exploring and understanding how transdisciplinary, relational approaches can contribute in making a difference in the lives of the people you journey with.

Website and more information to come! Be looking for all the details and registration links in January. 



Taos Institute Workshops
  • Practical Tips for Writing a Dissertation | ONLINE workshop - Jan. 15 - March 10, 2017, with Rich Furman - Register by Dec. 15th. 
  • Social Construction: Premises and Practices | Online workshop - April - May, 2017, An Online Workshop, with Celiane Camargo-Borges and Dawn Dole 
  • Social Construction, Relational Theory and Transformative Change Practice  |  June 2-14, 2017, with Ken and Mary Gergen, in their home in Wallingford, PA.
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International Relational Research Network Meeting and Global Dialogue

January  25, 2017  
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM US Eastern Time

What: We invite you to join with us in conversation to continue to create a space for an international network to generate conversations and collaborations around relational research.
    1. Explore
    2. Engage
    3. Dialogue
    4. Share
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  • What is relational research to you? How is relational research influencing how you think about and do research?
  • How does having the 'relational' as central in your research, change or affect your research design and process?
  • How do you see yourself as a relational researcher? 
  • What are the opportunities for collaboration and learning?
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Taos Institute Publications, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-938552-31-1

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Welcome (Bienvenidos) to the International Journal of Collaborative Practices. The Journal brings together members of a growing international community of practitioners, scholars, educators, researchers, and consultants interested in postmodern collaborative practices.

Sponsored by Taos Institute and Houston Galveston Institute

I ssue 6- Available Now in English and Spanish - 
International Journal of Collaborative-Dialogic Practice 

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Issue 7 - coming soon.

brings together members of a growing international community of practitioners, scholars, educators, researchers, and consultants from diverse disciplines who are interested in collaborative-dialogic practice based in postmodern-social construction assumptions. This community responds to important questions in social and human sciences such as:
  • How can our practices have relevance for the people we meet in our fast changing world?
  • What will this relevance accomplish? For whom? And, who determines it?
The Journal provides a bilingual forum for the exchange of ideas and practices from diverse practitioners and scholars around the world. This forum aims to help produce and promote relationally responsive-dialogic processes which generate new opportunities and new futures in our working and living together locally and globally. 
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