Dialogic and Collaborative Practices in Challenging Times:
A Zoom Seminar

Dialogic and Collaborative Practices in Challenging Times

A 3-day online seminar with Sheila McNamee and Harlene Anderson ​
February 24-26, 2022
12:00 – 3:00 pm EST
(New York time)

About the Seminar

February 24-26, 2022

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.



Sheila McNamee, Ph.D

Is Professor Emerita of Communication at the University of New Hampshire and co-founder and Vice President of the Taos Institute. She has held visiting professorships at the University of Parma, Italy; Utrecht University, Netherlands; University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; and City University of Hong Kong. Her work is focused on dialogic transformation within a variety of social and institutional contexts. More details at www.taosinstitute.net/sheila-mcnamee

Harlene Anderson, Ph.D.

Is a founding member of the Houston Galveston Institute, the Taos Institute, and Access Success. She is recognized internationally as being at the leading edge of postmodern collaborative practices as a thinker, consultant, coach, and educator. She takes her tools — her insights, her curiosity, her engaging conversational style, her leadership skills and her keen interest — to help professionals turn theory into new and often surprising possibilities for their clients, students, and organizations. More details at www.taosinstitute.net/harlene-anderson


Dialogic and Collaborative Practices in Challenging Times: A Zoom Seminar



Thursday, Feb 24, Noon-3 pm ET:

o   Overview of social construction and relational practices
o   Relevance of social construction and relational practices to contemporary challenges

Friday, Feb 25, Noon – 3pm ET:

o   Dialogic possibilities
o   Speaking, listening, responding, hearing and understanding

Saturday, Feb 26, Noon – 3pm ET:

o   Radical presence:  Putting ideas into practice