The Taos Institute, designed to advance social constructionist ideas and practices, is a virtual organization operating around the globe and founded in Taos, New Mexico in 1993.
Our mission is to bring together scholars, practitioners and students concerned with the social processes essential for the construction of reason, knowledge, and human value. Social constructionist theory and practice locates the source of meaning, value and action in the relational connection among people. It is through our social and relational processes that we construct the world. We are committed to exploring, developing and disseminating ideas and practices that promote relational, creative, appreciative and collaborative processes in families, communities and organizations around the world through a social constructionist lens. Our work is in creating promising futures through social construction, and positive change one conversation at a time.
We achieve our educational ends through conferences, workshops, publications, a PhD program, certificate programs, distance learning programs, newsletters, and web-based offerings. We work at the interface between the scholarly community and societal practitioners from communities of mental health, social work, counselling, organizational change, education, community building, gerontology, healthcare and more.
We develop and explore the ways in which scholarly research can enrich professional practices, and practices can stimulate scholarly inquiry.