Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia—The International Conference On Searching for Meaning in the New Millennium attracted more than 300 attendees from all over the world to Richmond, B.C., July 13-16. The Conference may have served as a springboard for a positive revolution in the new millennium.
Keynote speaker David Myers, PhD, author of The American Paradox: Spiritual Hunger in a World of Plenty, provided compelling data on the decline of personal and social well-being in spite of the progress in technology and increase in personal wealth over the past decade. He pointed out the need for a social revolution in terms of restoring social capital, such as community, faith, charitable giving and volunteerism.
Other keynotes speakers, Irvin Yalom, MD, foremost authority on existential therapy, Ernesto Spinelli, PhD, academic dean of the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling at Regent’s College in England, and Jeffrey Zeig, PhD, president of the Milton Erickson Foundation, provided profound insights on the role of kindness, caring and meaningful encounters in healing.
Numerous presentations and symposia also emphasized the positive psychology of meaning, optimism and faith in enhancing well-being and recovering the passion for living. Attendees responded enthusiastically to the need and potential of humanizing a materialistic, competitive, high-tech society.
Paul Wong, PhD, conference chair and director of Graduate Program in Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University, said that the conference has generated much interest among attendees. Many have joined the International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM) to help promote the positive revolution of personal and social change through meaningful living.
The Meaning Conference was the first International Conference of INPM hosted by the School of Graduate Studies of Trinity Western University. Individuals interested in receiving tapes of keynote and plenary addresses please contact www.meaning.twu.ca or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Updated: 2012-08-21