Kathryn Britton, MAPP '06, former software engineer, is a coach working with professionals to increase well-being, energy, and meaning in their work lives (Theano Coaching LLC). She is also a writing coach, facilitator of writing workshops, and teacher of positive workplace concepts at the University of Maryland. Her own books include Smarts and Stamina on using positive psychology principles to build strong health habits and Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life. Full bio. Kathryn's articles are here.
It is time again for the biennial Meaning Conference. Ryan Niemiec wrote a summary of the last conference, held in Toronto in 2008. Can it be that two years have gone by! This year the conference will be held in Vancouver British Columbia on August 5-8. The early registration fee is still available until July 15. Register here or click on the logo to the right.
This will be the sixth time the conference has been held. Each time has had a specific theme. The theme this year is “Creating a psychologically healthy workplace: Meaning, spirituality and engagement.” Here are words from the conference announcement:
Work is more than a means of making a living or creating wealth. It can also be a higher calling that ennobles the soul, endows life with meaning, and enhances humanity.
Much can be done to humanize the workplace, to which we devote most of our adult life. Much needs to be done to discover the transcendental and transformative dimensions of honest work.
Speakers will include many positive psychology contributors whose names appear frequently PPND, including
- Robert Biswas-Diener
- Todd Kashdan, from George Mason University
- Diana Whitney, a founder of Appreciative Inquiry
- Kathryn Britton (I am going to discuss a shared and valued purpose at work.)
- Alex Linley from the Centre of Applied Positive Psychology.
- Ryan Niemiec from the VIA Institute
There will also be people from existential psychology and other contexts. Check out the conference site for the growing list of speakers. Some specific examples include:
- Alexander Batthyany from the Viktor Frankl Institute, Vienna
- Merv Gilbert, of the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Collaborative in British Columbia
- Salvatore R. Maddi from the University of California (Irvine) and The Hardiness Institute
- Michael Novak, author of Business as a Calling: Work and the Examined Life
The announcement describes the conference as ideal for all those concerned with positive organizational development. Continuing education credits will be available through the Milton Erickson Foundation.
In the words of Dr. Paul Wong, conference chairman,
If you happen to live close by and can’t make the whole conference, there are two events open to the public: the Saturday evening awards dinner, where Dr Alexander Batthyany will present the Dr Viktor Frankl Lecture and the Sunday afternoon public lecture by Dr Michael Novak.
“This is one of the few international conferences where some of the best minds in positive psychology and existential psychology meet face to face in the same room. We expect to see creative sparks flying as we share research findings and theoretical ideas, and as we debate what makes for a positive workplace and how to live the good life.”
I am looking forward to becoming a Meaning Partner. Come join us in Vancouver – it is usually beautiful there in August.
Convention Center, Vancouver BC courtesy of mybulldog