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This month Dawn Dole shares the news of the New Taos Institute Website...

Visit the New Taos Institute Website

Dawn Dole Executive Director
It's been a year since we began to envision a new website for the Taos Institute and in these past 12 months, there have been many people working together, sharing, exploring, dreaming and creating throughout this process. We want to thank everyone who contributed to the birth of the new look and design of our website. It truly has been and continues to be a collaborative and enlivening initiative.

With a brighter, lighter look, and a streamlined structure, we hope you find this website enjoyable and full of resources and connections. The purpose of the Taos Institute is to spread the ideas and practice of social construction around the world to help bring about more relational, vibrant, collaborative and appreciative ways of being in and understanding the world together. This website is our voice and the means by which we create connections as we  explore, develop and disseminate the new theories and generative practices that promote creative, appreciative and collaborative processes in families, communities and organizations around the world.  

On our website, as you explore, you will find links and pages to:
  • The many programs and learning opportunities including the PhD program, conferences, workshops, certificates and more -  
  • And you will want to keep an eye on the page we call 'What's New', where we will highlight the things that are upcoming, new and exciting - 
We invite you to spend time on the new website, bookmark pages to which you want to return, connect with people you want to meet, read books that are available for free download, use the "translate feature" to view the site in various languages, and stay up on the latest news and offerings. Please let us know if you have suggestions or ideas. And of course, if you see something on the site that is not working properly, let us know so that we can correct it. You may email for assistance.  

Taos Institute Events and Gatherings  - The Many Ways to Get Involved.....
Registration now open!        

November 10-12, 2016
Pre-conference workshops - Nov. 9-10, 2016

Cleveland, Ohio  (Home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!) 

At The Global Center for Health Innovation (

A Taos Institute Conference in collaboration with the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (

This conference will bring together scholars and practitioners to explore, share and develop ideas and practices around health and effective healthcare through relational, appreciative, and collaborative initiatives. We will explore how this fundamentally depends on a vast matrix of relationships. Relationships between and among patients, families, physicians, nurses, administrators, educators, insurance adjustors, attorneys, social workers, mental health practitioners, and clergy, are all included.
Conference themes will include Innovations in Relational, Collaborative, and Appreciative Practices in:
  • Patient, Family, and Professional Relationships
  • Healthcare Organizations, Policies, Practices and Whole System Change
  • Healthcare Education
  • Connecting Community and Healthcare
Who should attend:
  • Healthcare providers and practitioners - All those involved with care giving at all levels of care
  • Healthcare and medical educators
  • Consultants to healthcare organizations
  • Students from all healthcare professions
  • Healthcare Executives, Senior Managers and other Leaders
  • Insurance companies, lawyers and policy makers
  • Patients and community members
Keynote Speakers 
We are thrilled with the speakers who will be joining us in November and invite you to take a look at them on our website:   Plenary Session Speaker


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. 



Taos Institute Workshops
  • NEW Online - Relational Leading: Do we know what it means in practice?  |
    Sept. 28 - Nov. 23, An Online Workshop, with Ginny Belden-Charles and Keith Kinsella
  • Collaborative Inquiry: A Methodological Exploration | Sept. 29-30, with Celiane Camargo-Borges, and Jasmina Sermijn, Belgium
  • Social Construction: Relational Theory and Transformative Practices | October 27-29, with Harlene Anderson and Sheila McNamee, Durham, NH
  • Social Construction: Premises and Practices | Oct. 31 - Dec. 12, An Online Workshop, with Celiane Camargo-Borges and Dawn Dole 
For details about these workshops and to register visit:


New Online Workshop - Sept. 28 - Nov. 23, with Ginny Belden-Charles and Keith Kinsella

Are you interested in:
  • Exploring the influence of social constructionist thinking in your leadership work?
  • Strengthening your capacity to help your team, organization or clients work together across differences; and in complex, multi-stakeholder and global contexts?
  • Developing new strategies for creating novel and generative solutions to entrenched organizational difficulties?
Relational Leading might offer one answer. By focusing on the conditions and processes for encouraging co-creativity, collective meaning making, fluidity and responsiveness in our action taking, and shared accountability for achieving systemic outcomes, this emerging viewpoint offers promise for thinking afresh about approaches to leading that can work in today's complex, diverse, and uncertain environment. 

In this 8-week online course we will seek to help you improve your practice of leading relationally through an intense focus on experimenting with and reflecting on your actual practice. Applying cycles of action research over the period of the course to your own selected practice challenge, we'll explore relations between intentions, actions and outcomes, and identify both the benefits of, and what creates conditions for, leading to be experienced as relational.


FREE Downloadable Books 
We are thrilled to bring you all the WorldShare Books and we hope you will  take a few minutes to download your free copies today.  

New Book: 
See all the WorldShare Books >
Donate to the Peggy Penn WorldShare Books Fund 
This fund helps to cover the expenses of offering these online books free of charge to anyone in the world. 
Relational Research Network Meeting

September 14, 2016 (Save the Date)
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM US Eastern Time

Hosted by: The Taos Institute Relational Research Network Core Planning Team
(Kristin Bodiford, Rocio Chaveste, Dawn Dole, Marco Gemignani, Papusa Molina, Edgardo Morales, Paloma Torres)

What: We invite you to join with us in conversation to begin to create a space for an international network to generate conversations and collaborations around Relational Research.
    1. Explore
    2. Engage
    3. Dialogue
    4. Share
    5. Create
  • What is relational research?
  • What can a network for relational research become?
  • How might we meet/join people who would like to study around particular research topics (couples, addiction, leadership etc.)?
  • Are there projects on which we could collaborate together - transdisciplinary, multi-voice that we could design together?
  • What's next? What are the opportunities for collaboration and learning?
Join the network online dialogue group:

More information to come... look for information in the August newsletter.
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Participate in online conversations, share resources, ask questions, connect with others doing similar work. Also, we feature special events on this community website.

Join in many different forums, groups and conversations:

1. Taos Institute Europe
2. Collaborative Governance
3. Relational Learning
4. Relational Research
5. Taos Latin America
6. Intergenerativity and Innovation

and many more at:


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 now available!

Issue 6

Relationships and Conversations that Make a Difference

by Harlene Anderson

  The International Journal of Collaborative-Dialogic Practice
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. 

This new Issue 6, available now, features contributions from practitioners and scholars in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, England, Mexico, Sweden and the United States.

John Shotter leads the issues with his exploration of orienting ourselves to the 'other' and the 'otherness' in our surroundings, suggesting a perspective of so-named mental disturbances out in the world of everyday life, rather than as a dysfunction solely within an individual. Newbury and Hoskins discuss the challenges of teaching/learning that invites learners to experience the transformational potential of collaborative approaches to change. The importance of reflection is also explicated in the article by Losantos and colleagues as they reflect on their research inspired by social construction. premises. Talavera's shares how literature enhances her therapy practice, though what she shares can be applicable to any disciplinary practice. Alcocer and colleagues highlight the importance of reflecting on our practices as they pause to explore an often posed question: what do people from different countries think about the meaning of family.


 The International Journal of Collaborative Practices is available for free, online, in both English and Spanish. Visit:

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The Taos Institute's mission is to bring together scholars and practitioners concerned with the social processes essential for the construction of reason, knowledge, and human value.

We are committed to exploring, developing and disseminating ideas and practices that promote creative, appreciative and collaborative processes in families, communities and organizations around the world through a social constructionist lens.

We look forward to your participation in the dialogue.  Keep up with our updates!

Dawn Dole, Executive Director
The Taos Institute
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