Meaning in crisis / Crisis in meaning
How to envisage, study and create a meaningful world for all people & nature
The world is in crisis! Forests are burning. Icecaps are melting. The corona virus is raging through the continents. Economic inequality has disconnected people from each other. The extreme right dominates politics, and governments are run by populists. How can we make sense of these crises? How can we still live a meaningful life? How can young people grow up? How can we respond to this? Crash into a psychological crisis? Surrender? Lock ourselves up in a personal bubble? Or rebel? Find our own alternative niche within the chaos? Or dream about a meaningful society for all? How can we help ourselves and others with these questions?
At this third IMEC International Meaning Conference in London, we are connecting thinkers and doers from many disciplines, to create together a vision of a meaningful world for all people and nature. How can we envisage this? How can we research this? What can we do, in our daily lives, and as psychotherapists, coaches, or political activists? What could politicians do? We want to connect and learn from each other’s theoretical and practical wisdom, from different disciplines: existential philosophy and therapy, coaching, positive and phenomenological psychology, sociology, politics, history, theology, anthropology, business, HR, and art. We are researchers, practitioners in mental health care, philosophers, activists and artists. Researchers share their findings. Psychologists, sociologists and activists describe their experience. The pre-conference program offers hands-on skill workshops for therapists, researchers and activists.
This not your ordinary conference. We walk the talk, by creating meaningful connections during the conference. We have many interactive and creative forms of connecting, via lectures, workshops, debates, experiential exercises, live client demonstrations, social events… Anyone can propose a presentation, workshop or symposium, and contribute in the open spaces in the program. In the social program, there is opportunity to show your creative talent with music, poetry, art and other forms!
Dates: Friday 2 July 2021 pre-conference worshops
Saturday 3 July 2021 day with lectures and parallel sessions
Sunday 4 July 2021 day with lectures and parallel sessions
Venue: TBC Central London
Social: Friday evening: conference welcome drink
Saturday evening: buffet & creative program
Sunday evening: post-conference drinks
Friday, Saturday, Sunday morning: mindfulness session as start of the day
Feedback IMEC 2019 from survey
‘This conference has changed my life’
‘It is now three months later, and I am still talking about it on a daily basis’
‘I will be back, and I will bring all my colleagues!’
‘Inspiring, warm, connecting, fun, serious: everything I like!’
‘My research has become so inspired!’
‘We were all equal: from famous professors to first year students; we were just bonding.’
‘My work with clients has become deeper and more meaningful’
‘I feel fired up to change the world.’
‘So frustrating, that the next conference is two years away!’