mustard seed principle: The story of INPM
President, International Network on Personal Meaning
Coquitlam, B.C., Canada
A tiny seed was planted a few years ago and
it has been growing steadily ever since. That is the story of the
International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM).
It began as an idea in one man's mind. The idea
was to establish a network of scholars and students from all over
the globe dedicated to the study of personal meaning and its applications.
From its inception, INPM was meant to be a different
kind of learned society, one that would be both international and
interdisciplinary. It was also intended to be a different kind of
organization, one that would be open, fluid, and dynamic, responding
to changing needs and rapid shifts in social conditions.
In short, it would be a new kind of association
held together by the strength of a shared vision rather than ideology
or professional identity.
This organizational experiment is still ongoing
and evolving. I hope that in the next stage of development, national
networks will be formed so that they can implement the vision of
INPM in their own languages.
Since the INPM is unlike any other professional
or academic association, sometimes it is difficult to explain to
others who we are as an organization. But it is never difficult
to communicate to people what really matters - the heart and soul
of the INPM and its vision to improve the human condition through
meaning and spirituality.