2002: Freedom,
Responsibility, Justice.

JUly 18-21, 2002 | Richmond, Canada

The 2nd Biennial International Conference on Personal Meaning was held July 18-21, 2002 at the Executive Airport Plaza Hotel in Richmond, B.C., Canada. The conference theme was “Freedom, Responsibility, Justice.”

Building on the same theme of meaning and spirituality for the first conference, the focus for this year was especially timely in a post-9/11 world. At this conference, the vision for positive revolution continued, a revolution that takes place not in the political arena, nor in a military theatre, but at the deepest level of humanity. This conference aimed to offer challenges for personal transformation and social change.

Different from other academic conferences, which are almost exlcusively devoed to paper presentations, this conference—with over 90 presentations—attempted to create a holistic and relational space that facilitated synergism between academics, practitioners, and activists.

Special features for this conference included Art Exhibits, music throughout the conference, a Philosophers’ Café, open sessions, and the Templeton Course on Spirituality and Healing.

Hosted by the INPM, Sponsors included Trinity Western University, John Templeton Foundation, Milton H. Erickson Foundation, the Foundation for Ethics and Meaning, BC Council for Families, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the individuals P. Austin Wong, Don Jenkins, and Canadian Springs Water.

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Arun Gandhi, Ph.D.

James Garbarino, Ph.D.

Harold G. Koenig, M.D., MHSc.

Alfried Längle, M.D., Ph.D.

Donald Meichanbaum, Ph.D.

Mary Pipher, Ph.D.

Ernesto Spinelli, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Zeig, Ph.D.

Invited speakers included Adam Blatner, M.D., Richard Bradshaw, Ph.D., Audrey Cook, M.Phil., Michael Donahue, Ph.D., Alvin Dueck, Ph.D., Robert Emmons, Ph.D., John Calvin, Ph.D., Drew Leder, Ph.D., Dmitry Leontiev, Ph.D., Daniel Helminiak, Ph.D., Lois Holzman, Ph.D., Ishu Ishyama, Ph.D., Silvia Längle, Ph.D., Robert Leark, Ph.D., Salvatore Maddi, Ph.D., Paul B. Pedersen, Ph.D., Larry Pennings, Jordan Peterson, Ph.D., Christina M. Puchalski, M.D., Kirk Schneider, Ph.D., Richard Tedeschi, Ph.D., Bernard Weiner, Ph.D., and Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D.

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