CFP Education as Relating (USA but Online)

Conferences

Call for papers: Education as Relating: A Global Online Conference, Taos Institute, August 9-11, 2021, online. Deadline: May 30, 2021.

Placing the power of relating at the center of education:

  • From Monologue to Dialogue
  • From Competition to Collaboration
  • From the Timeless to the Relevant

Education as Relating… The world is ready…the future is at hand… for replacing assembly-line classrooms with the vitalizing powers of relating. The directions are clear: from standardization to dialogue, from control to co-creation, and from regimentation to collaboration. Here lie the wellsprings of creativity, caring, and curiosity. Here we prepare for a global future in which inclusion, innovation, and improvisation are essential for a world in harmony. Be part of the program of this virtual conference designed for sharing and exploring practices, experiences, and inspirations in all aspects of education – within classrooms, communities, and outward to the circling globe. Come join in shaping the future of education.

 

Dialogic & Collaborative Practices in Challenging Times (Zoom Seminar)

EventsDialogic and Collaborative Practices in Challenging Times, offered by Harlene Anderson and Sheila McNamee, Taos Institute, January 28-30, 2021,12-3pm each day, Zoom seminar.

In this intensive, 9-hour Zoom seminar spread over 3 days (3 hours each day), Harlene and Sheila will introduce, discuss, and provide opportunities to put constructionist theory to practice. Given the challenges we confront globally, discussion will center on exploring the practical implications of social construction while giving ample space for us to collaborate in an effort to put these ideas into practice. Special attention will be given to participants’ own projects and professional contexts. We will provide ample time for sharing and interacting.

This workshop will be useful for those familiar with social construction and relational practice as well as those new or unfamiliar with these ideas. This is an opportunity to be in conversation with others who are working in or who want to work in relational ways. It is a chance to forge connections that might help us sustain relational practices.

Readings and other resource materials will be provided prior to the course.

Community Building Practices that Attend to Difference

Intercultural PedagogyCommunity Building Practices that Attend to Difference, with Taos Institute Associate Janet Newbury, Taos Institute/Positivity Strategist Podcast Episode 10.

How can community building practices be done in a way that attend to difference, and are genuinely committed to consider power relations and how they play out when working amidst differences? Community building comes with honor, privilege, and immense responsibility. Most challenging is to respectfully know when and how to show up, when is it useful to step back, create space, or bring someone along.

Janet Newbury, Ph.D., lives on Tla’amin territory, in British Columbia, Canada. She is a director on the board of the Powell River Division of Family Practice, a consultant who works on community-based initiatives, and an instructor in the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria. Her research and practice have focused on fostering the structural conditions that contribute to wellness for children, youth, and families – with particular interest in decolonization efforts.

CFP Taos Institute Silver Jubilee (Mexico)

ConferencesThe Taos Institute Silver Jubilee: Celebrating 25 Years of Innovations in Social Construction in Action Around the World. A Taos Institute Conference,  November 8-11, 2018 (Pre-conference days Nov. 7-8), Cancun, Mexico.

Join in to:

  • Celebrate the Taos Institute’s Silver Anniversary
  • Explore 25 years of innovation in social construction theory and practice
  • Meet colleagues and friends from around the world
  • Welcome a new generation of scholars and practitioners
  • Create opportunities for dialogue, sharing practices, performance and fun!

Note the two days of pre-conference workshops for deeper immersion into theory and practices of social construction.

MA Collaborative & Dialogic Practices Started (US/Mexico)

Graduate StudyThe Taos Institute, USA, and Kanankil Institute in Merida, Mexico, together offer a new program: Master of Arts degree in Collaborative and Dialogic Practices.
In this two-year online learning program participants will learn about and explore different applications of Collaborative and Dialogic Practices related to professional life as educators, social workers, managers, coaches, mediators, lawyers, psychotherapists, doctors, nurses, and communications working with individuals or organizations. The collaborative approach is based on an ideological shift in the way we think about language and knowledge. It is relating and conversing in a manner that includes a way of thinking with, talking with, acting with, and responding to the people with whom we meet in our professional activities.

The Master of Arts degree in Collaborative and Dialogic Practices (CDP) will introduce social construction and CDP for those new to it and help those familiar with it to deepen their understandings and practices. Drawing on the works of thinkers and practitioners such as Mikhail Bakhtin, Hans-Georg Gadamer,Kenneth Gergen, Jean Francois Lyotard, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, John Shotter, Ludwig Wittgenstein, as well as Harlene Anderson, Harry Goolishian, Lynn Hoffman, SheilaMcNamee, Tom Andersen, and Jaakko Seikkula, it specifically focuses on relational constructionist understandings of language and meaning-making, polyvocality, transformative dialogue, and appreciative and future-oriented perspectives.

CFP Succeeding in Africa: Social Construction in Action (South Africa)

Succeeding in Africa: Social Construction in Action
July 10 – 12, 2017 in Johannesburg, S. Africa

The Taos Instiute is partnering with the Institute for Transdisciplinary Development in S. Africa for a conference that 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.

Much has been researched and said about Africa’s problems and complexities and what should be done. This conference’s focus will be on what has been done – successfully. We will bring African projects, from small to mega, from all contexts and disciplines, in the focus. These success stories are going to be unpacked to establish how collaborative, transdisciplinary relationships have enabled success.

Come witness the stories, from the African continent, of collaborative, relational practices and transdisciplinary approaches as creative and innovative responses to solving complex challenges.

This conference will offer you the opportunity to engage in 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.

Call for Proposals Open Until March 15, 2017

Contribute and participate in this conference by submitting your presentation proposal illustrating how collaborative, relational and transdisciplinary practices have enabled you and/or your team to achieve transformative and sustainable success in a small or large scale project within one of the following critical focus areas:

  • Education (focus areas including among others primary education)
  • Infrastructure (focus areas including among others; water; electricity; science and technology that are environmentally sustainable)
  • Health (focus areas including among others combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases)
  • Economy (focus areas including among others SME development; entrepreneurial development; sustainable agriculture, high performing organisations)
  • Government (focus areas including among others good governance, stakeholder economic development, infrastructure development, poverty alleviation, education, sport etc.)
  • Culture (focus areas including among others fundamentalism and its effects on conflict and relationships; religion, race; gender)

Pre-Conference Workshops, July 8, 2017

Morning workshop: Social Construction, Relational Theory and Change Practices
Afternoon workshop: Stepping into a Transdisciplinary world