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As we generate meaning together we create the future.


Taos Institute conferences are global events with participants coming from many different countries. Our past conference included participants from over 20 countries.


Our conferences are multi-disciplinary with presenters and participants from organizational change, leadership, community development, education, psychology, therapy, social work, medicine, law, coaching and mediation. The multi-disciplinary aspect of our conferences is always a highlight for participants. A great learning opportunity for students, academics, professionals and practitioners.


The conference is a blend of whole group plenary dialogue and interaction, internationally recognized keynote speakers, hands-on break-out sessions focusing on practices and theory, short presentations called TAD talks (similar to TED talks), panel discussion, dialogue  sessions, poster sessions, and lots of sharing and getting to know the other participants.


Everyone there contributes to the rich dialogue and learning. We hope you will join us.



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Relational Practices in Conflict Transformation, Mediation and Peacebuilding
From the Intimate to the International
Early Bird Registration
Ends Sept. 15th.

The Taos Institute board of directors invites you to join us as we explore relational practices that bring about peaceable and collaborative relations.

November 14-17, 2012 in
San Diego, California.

Practitioners, academics, students, researchers and community members are invited to come together to share and create new forms of relational, collaborative, and appreciative practices for peacebuilding, conflict transformation and mediation in families, organizations, communities, and the world.


There could not be a more important moment for this gathering.  As inequality, interpersonal violence, community conflict, environmental destruction, political unrest, terrorism, and general global unease   proliferate, it becomes increasingly important for us to share and expand our relational resources for peace.


Keynote Speakers
Kenneth Gergen -  Conflict from a Constructionist Standpoint: Resources for In

dianawhitney Diana Whitney -  Toward Wholeness: Me, Thee and We

  J.Winslade G. Monk
John Winslade and Gerald Monk -  Mediating Conflict in Intimate Relationships

C.Gibbs Charles Gibbs -  The URI Story and the Art of Peacebuilding

S.McNamee Sheila McNamee and Panel Discussion - Beyond Agreement: Coordinating Complexity and Difference 

Workshops and Presentations

Below is a sample of the program that is developing. We hope you will plan to join us at this important gathering.
  1. Public Dialogue as Community Organizing
  2. Talk to Me: Hostage Negotiation Meets Education
  3. Sticks & Stones: A Systemic Intervention
  4. Stories Move Mountains: Harvesting Local Wisdom for Post-Conflict Leadership and Transformation
  5. Public Dialogue as Community Organizing
  6. The Dance of Me and We: Mindsets and Practices for Sustaining Relational Leadership Practices in Conflict
  7. Children and youth peace builders in Colombia: From the deficiencies and deficit in violence contexts to the possibilities and potentials in peace building education contexts.
  8. A Generative Strategy for Peace- Building Negotiations Using Relational Self Construals
  9. Constructing Relationships with Youth
  10. Resolving Money Conflicts: It's in the Meaning, Not the Amount
  11. Beyond Surviving the War
  12. 'Sitting down on the same side'. A Colombian experience on conflict transformation and reflective practices.
  13. Truth Talks: America's First Forays into Truth and Reconciliation
  14. Fostering Collaboration among Health Care Professionals
  15. Passion, Presence, and Poetry: A Relational Approach to Transforming Organizational Conflict
  16. Transforming Lives by Being Present
  17. Sense of Senselessness: How UN and NGO Workers Construct Identity in their Work as Trauma Responders
  18. A "War" of Words
  19. Application of Classical Psychodrama Techniques to Conflict Resolution
  20. Preferred Positionings in Supervision: Reflective Practices for Conflict Transformation
  21. Narrative Consultation for Conflict in Groups
  22. From Positionality to Relationality: A Buddhist-oriented Relational View of Conflict Escalation and its Transformation
  23. Facing stigma and violence: a relational perspective for promoting social justice
  24. Incomplete Reconciliation, A Step to Live Together

  • And many more.... 
Register Now. Early Bird Registration ends Sept 15th. After that, the registration fee increases by $100.


Hotel Reservations - We have a limited number of guest rooms held at the Bahia Resort and Conference Center on Mission Bay at our special conference rate of $99/nt. Once our limited number of rooms is gone, the regular room rate will go into effect. Reserve your room now to guarantee the special rate.

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