Second International Conference on Personal Meaning: Freedom, Responsibility and Justice (Meaning Conference 2)

Venue: Park Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre

Location: Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

Event Date/Time: Jul 18, 2002 End Date/Time: Jul 21, 2002
Registration Date: Jul 21, 2002
Early Registration Date: Jun 01, 2003
Abstract Submission Date: Mar 31, 2002
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Mission statement

A truly positive psychology, capable of fostering individual and corporate excellence and improving the human condition, needs to explore new frontiers and network with all positive forces of change in different cultures.

The International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM) embraces the above vision. As an international, interdisciplinary association, it boasts of members from every part of the world, representing many professions.

What unites the members with such diverse backgrounds and perspectives is INPM’s focus on meaning as an integrating concept in understanding optimal human functioning and organizational transformation. INPM promotes health, peace, spirituality, and civic virtues through meaning-centered research and applications. For more information, please visit

Meaning Conference

The first International Conference on Searching for Meaning in the New Millennium was held in Vancouver, July 13-16, 2000. The keynote speakers included Dr. Yalom, Dr. Myers, Dr. Zeig and Dr. Spinelli.

The conference succeeded in breaking down traditional barriers between researchers and clinicians, and between educators, managers, and nurses.

According to feedback, the Conference was greeted as a unique experience of sharing new ideas with people from different cultures and working together to bring about a positive revolution. Building upon the success of the first Meaning Conference, the Second Biannual International Conference on Personal Meaning will be held in Vancouver, BC, July 18-21, 2002.

Confirmed speakers include Dr. Howard Gardner (Harvard University), Dr. Donald Meichenbaum (University of Waterloo), Dr. Mary Pipher (author of Reviving Ophelia), Dr. James Garbarino (Cornell U., author of Lost Boys), Dr. Jeff Zeig (Milton Erickson Foundation), Dr. Alfried Längle (Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, Vienna), Dr. Jordan Peterson (U of Toronto), and many more.

Conference theme

The theme for the forthcoming Meaning Conference is: Freedom, Responsibility, and Justice — cornerstones of the good life and a civil society.

Dr. Viktor Frankl has long contended that freedom of choice demands personal responsibility. A just society also demands equal opportunities of choice and fair treatment of all individuals.

Never in the history of humanity have so many freedoms been won for the individual in so many countries. The challenge is how to balance self-centered pursuit of freedom and happiness with a community-oriented positive psychology of responsibility and justice.

In light of mounting tensions and conflicts in the world, this challenge requires the best minds to consider all the psychosocial and cultural factors that contribute to responsible actions and justice in the global community.

Themes relevant to the Conference include meaning, optimism, faith, courage, coping, forgiveness, acceptance, peace, ethics, leadership, cultural differences, and so forth. Thus, the scope is large enough to encompass a wide variety of topics, involving different methodologies.


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