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2018: Courage, Faith, and Meaning: Existential Positive Psychology’s Response to Adversity

August 2-5, 2018 | Vancouver, Canada

The 10th Biennial International Meaning Conference was held August 2-5, 2018 at the Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The conference theme was “Courage, Faith, and Meaning: Existential Positive Psychology’s Response to Adversity.”

In a fragmented academia with competing tribes, the INPM has provided the unique function of attracting people from different schools of psychology and disciplines to work together in grappling with the major challenges confronting humanity. The world remains a dangerous and chaotic place with deepening polarization and rising authoritarianism. Therefore, the original mission of the INPM is needed now more than ever—to pursue meaning, both as an antidote to chaos and a contributor to wellbeing from an integrative perspective.

Highlights of this conference included the second Second Wave Positive Psychology (PP 2.0) Summit with one panel on Meaning in Life and another one on Mature Happiness, the second Meaning-Centered Interventions Summit, a program track for coaches and HR and OD practitioners, a special Celebration for the 20th anniversary of the INPM and the 80th birthday of founder Dr. Paul Wong, and a special event on Decoding Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life — all of which was livestreamed!

Sponsors included Sunshine Coast Health Centre; Meaning-Centered Counselling Institute Inc.; Honey Family Foundation; Carrina Wong Chan; Center for Meaning and Purpose; Positive Psychology Program; and Constructivist Psychology Network.


Invited speakers included Roger Tweed, Piers Worth, Pninit Russo-Netzer, Dmitry Leontiev, Yukun Zhao, Julia Yang, Eileen Dowse, Laura Atwood, Yannick Jacob, Gordon Carkner, Claude-Hélène Mayer, Seph Fontane Pennock, Kathy Story, and Solomon Makola. Learn more about the invited speakers.


Thanks for a wonderful conference experience… I was totally impressed by the way that attitudes have changed, as reflected in the kinds of ideas that were being expressed at the conference.

Bruce Alexander, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor, Simon Fraser University

Thank you for organizing and leading the last conference in Toronto; after a few weeks of coming back home in Mexico, I have been able to savor all of the great knowledge you and your team were able to add in order to produce a simple but highly effective event. No doubt all of the learnings will be very well used in our University. Luis Antonio Gutierrez Aladro, Ph.D.

Vice Chancellor, Universidad TecMilenio

Thank you so much for another wonderful conference. I know that it was a lot of work for both of you [Paul and Lilian], and I would like you to know that I am extremely grateful for all that you have done to make it happen. Thank you!

Joan Ewasiw

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Alberta

Thank you very much for the wonderful conference.

Claude-Hélène Mayer, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, European University in Frankfurt

Thank you for an awesome conference.

Zvi Bellin, Ph.D., L.P.C.C.

Assistant Professor, John F. Kennedy University

What a marvelous and powerful conference!

Diana Gomez de Molina

Chaplain, National Institutes of Health

The conference went great. It was a wonderful collection of people, working on and sharing ideas around the awakening of personal meaning.

Jim Rough, M.B.A., M.S.E.E.

Director and Founder, Center for Wise Democracy

Thank you for a wonderful conference! I learned so much from all the sessions I attended and greatly enjoyed interacting with the other participants. Much of what I learned will be of great help to me in my ongoing work with attorneys and judges. I also was very gratified by the positive response to my own interactive workshop on Immunity to Change. We had a full room and all the participants were deeply engaged. My only regret is that there were so many wonderful speakers and intriguing topics that I didn’t have time to attend everything I was interested in seeing. Too many blessings!

Kathy Story, M.A., J.D.

Owner, Story Consulting and Coaching

It was a privilege and a pleasure to come all the over from Israel to Vancouver to join your “tent.” I have been following the INPM for a couple of years but finally had the opportunity to come. It has felt like home from first sight. Specifically, the talk you gave of living with cancer was inspiring.

Dana Pereg, Ph.D.

Head of M.A. Program in Organizational Behavior and Development, IDC Herzliya

Thank you so much for organizing such a wonderful conference. As a Master’s student of psychology in Hong Kong researching meaning in life, the conference broadened my horizon and inspired me a lot. It is also very warm to gather together a group of researchers with similar research interests to build networks. I can’t exaggerate how much the conference meant to me.

Steven Chu, B.A.

Student, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Thank you so much for the hospitality, and the great conference!

Yukun Zhao, Ph.D. Candidate

Administrative Director, Positive Psychology Research Center in Tsinghua University

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