Positive Revolution - August 2007
Positive Living Newsletter
From the International Network on Personal Meaning


Positive Revolution Redux:
Co-creating a network for positive changes
Paul T. P. Wong,
Ph.D. C.Psych

"...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 Article)

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.
(Full Article)

Featured Organization

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 Reach
Chris Schryer
Toronto, Ontario

One of my favourite movies is "Death to Smoochy" (IMDb.com 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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Dr. 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.

At 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 on www.meaning.ca.

The 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.


"The most heroic word in all languages is revolution."
-Eugene Debs

"By revolution we become more ourselves, not less."
-George Orwell

“When liberty comes with hands dabbled in blood it is hard to shake hands with her.”
-Oscar Wilde

“A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.”
-G. K. Chesterton

This electronic newsletter is published by the International Network on Personal Meaning.