Co-creating a network for positive
Paul T. P. Wong,
"...In my last function as
INPM President, I would like to take stock of what has transpired
since then. This new century has already witnessed many catastrophes
and tragedies. More than ever before, the world is mired in a deepening
crisis. And yet, this crisis also represents a new opportunity for
renewal and change. I still firmly believe that INPM can contribute
to a positive revolution.” (Full
Arun Gandhi Reflects on Working Toward Peace
The greatest challenge in promoting
nonviolence is the English language and its limitations. The next
is our perception, rooted for centuries, that violence is the only
way we can resolve our problems.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was created
to dramatically increase resources to fight three of the world's
most devastating diseases, and to direct those resources to areas
of greatest need.
As a partnership between governments, civil
society, the private sector and affected communities, the Global
Fund represents an innovative approach to international health financing.
Work WIthin Your
One of my favourite movies is "Death to
entry). It's a dark comedy exploring the seedy underbelly of
Children's Television. Ed Norton plays the protagonist (Sheldon
Mopes/Smoochy) trying to make an honest living in a payola world,
where everybody is looking to make a buck, no matter the consequences.
As an idealist, Mopes regularly repeats the tag-line "You can't
change the world, but you can make a dent". The funny thing
is, I actually took that to heart. I have been told by parents,
pastors, politicians, and teachers, to do my part to make a difference,
but there was something so affirming in that statement. It's okay
not to be able to change the world. But by doing what you can, you
will make a dent. I echo Dr Evan's call to use what means and position
we've been blessed with to try to affect change. That's why we've
been running the "Featured Organization" section in this
newsletter. Perhaps I cannot hand out anti-malarials to people in
Ethiopia, but I can point you to the people who can. Maybe you can't
afford to sponsor a child through an NGO like World Vision, but
you can learn about the realities many children of the world face,
and advocate on their behalf, in conversations you have every day.
You can raise your children to be aware of the world around them,
and help them find ways to take an active role in helping others
(like these two
guys, Josh and Tater, my dear friend's younger brothers, raising
money for clean drinking water). To paraphase Bono (Irish rock star,
not Edward de), instead of asking God to broaden your influence
so you can affect change, look around and see where God has already
impowered you to make a difference.
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Paul T. P. Wong’s keynote address at the 65th Anniversary
Conference of the International Council of Psychologists in San
Diego on August 13 was well received. His PPT presentation on “Radical
Positive Psychology for Radical Times” will be made available
on www.meaning.ca soon.
the 2007 APA Convention in San Francisco (August 17-20), Dr. Wong
gave an invited Fellows address entitled “Multicultural Competencies
in Scientific Psychology: Why and How.” This too will be posted
date for our next International Meaning Conference in Toronto will
be July 24-27, 2008. Please keep that weekend open and plan to be
with us. The main theme is tentatively: Death and Dying: The Last
Frontier of Positive Psychology.
heroic word in all languages is revolution."
we become more ourselves, not less."
comes with hands dabbled in blood it is hard to shake hands with
thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against
-G. K. Chesterton