Very Unique Vision
President, International Network on Personal Meaning
Coquitlam, B.C., Canada
What makes the International Network
on Personal Meaning (INPM) stand out among thousands of professional
From its inception, INPM has always
aspired to promote the positive psychology of meaning research,
meaning applications, and meaningful living. It is intended to be
multidisciplinary and international.
Some tension is inevitable in pursuing
this unique vision of inclusiveness. We experienced it at our first
Conference last July as well as in our Planning Retreat in January.
For example, several individuals
interested in developing meaningful organizations and communities
felt that there was too much emphasis on research and clinical psychology.
However, judging from all the feedback from participants, last year’s
conference was a resounding success in spite of failure to achieve
a better balance in programming.
Personally, I feel that a certain
amount of tension is both necessary and good for INPM, because all
of us can be enriched by cross-fertilization and creative conflict.
Diversity and inclusiveness will strengthen us if we exercise mutual
respect and humility towards those different from us.
I hope that our lack of homogeneity
does not translate to a lack of cohesiveness. What binds us together
is the recognition of the central role of personal meaning in all
aspects of positive psychology and positive communities. We all
want to make a difference in the world through research or application
of the transforming power of meaning.
The main theme for our next conference
is Freedom, Responsibility and Social Justice – three basic facets
of personal meaning. We expect that record numbers of researchers,
practitioners, educators and reformers from all over the world will
come to exchange ideas on how we can cultivate responsible use of
freedom and enhance social justice.
Much has been accomplished since
the last conference. Our website www.meaning.ca
continues to attract large numbers of visitors. Our publishing program
will be launched this year. New members are being added every month;
they come from every part of the world. INPM has become truly international
At next year’s conference, a new
President for INPM will be elected. (The procedure for election
will be posted on our website soon.) It is my hope that succeeding
Presidents will further the unique vision of INPM.