Taos Institute

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Taos Institute
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FounderHarlene Anderson, David Cooperrider, Kenneth Gergen, Mary Gergen, Sheila McNamee, Suresh Srivasta, and Diana Whitney
Revenue (2017)
Expenses (2017)$560,934[1]

The Taos Institute is an American non-profit association of scholars and practitioners dedicated to exploring social constructionist ideas.[2]


The Taos Institute provides a newsletter, workshops, and consulting services.[3] Communities of mental health, social work, counseling, organizational change, education, community building, gerontology and medicine contribute to these offerings. The institute also serves as the home for the electronically distributed, Positive Aging Newsletter[4]and operates its own publishing company: Taos Institute Publications.[5]

There are presently approximately 500 associates representing over 20 nations.[6]


The Taos Institute was founded in 1991 by a group of scholars and practitioners interested in social constructionist ideas. The founders included Harlene Anderson, David Cooperrider, Kenneth Gergen, Mary Gergen, Sheila McNamee, Suresh Srivastva, and Diana Whitney. Primary attention was focused at that time on organizational development and family therapy, with practices of appreciative inquiry and co-constructive practices of therapy prevailing. Most of the founders remain on the executive board, but have since been joined by Dawn Dole, Robert Cottor, Sally St. George, Jane Magruder Watkins, and Dan Wulff. The institute currently functions as a virtual centered organization.[7]

The name of the Institute was derived, in part, from the fact that one of its founders, Diana Whitney, lived in Taos, New Mexico, and provided a geographic center for possible meetings. In 1993, the Institute held its first international conference in Taos.[8]

Degree programs[edit]

The Taos Institute offers a Masters program and a PhD program in Relational Leading.[9] It also offers a distance learning program (in conjunction with the Houston Galveston Institute).[10]


  1. ^ a b "The Taos Institute" (PDF). Foundation Center. 8 May 2018. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  2. ^ The University of New Hampshire. "Communication Conference to Explore Social Construction and Relational Practices". The University of New Hampshire. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  3. ^ Spencer, Gene. "The Taos Institute". Educause. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  4. ^ The Taos Institute. "Positive Aging Newsletter". The Taos Institute. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Taos Institute Publications". Barnes & Noble. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Inc. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  6. ^ The Taos Institute. "Institute Associates". The Taos Institute. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  7. ^ The Taos Institute. "Institute Officers and Board of Directors". The Taos Institute. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  8. ^ The Taos Institute. "Brief History". The Taos Insititute. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  9. ^ The Taos Institute. "Degree Programs". The Taos Institute. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  10. ^ The Taos Institute. "Partnerships". The Taos Institute. Retrieved 5 August 2015.

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