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In 1997, a Meridian staff member served on a team of facilitators that conducted a workshop convened by the University of Wyoming’s Institute for Environment and Natural Resources. The workshop addressed the integration of collaborative approaches into decision-making processes carried out under...
In November and December of 2006, Meridian facilitated three regional “listening sessions” for the Conservation Fund on the topic of conserving open space in the United States and the potential role of the US Forest Service in such an effort. The sessions were held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Washington,...
Meridian Institute Senior Partner Michael Lesnick serves on a 10-member panel of the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council called the Committee on Private-Public Sector Collaboration to Enhance Community Disaster Resilience. Dr. Lesnick brings to the committee his  experience...
In 2000 and 2001, Meridian Institute staff participated on an external review and facilitation team assisting the senior management of this national environmental group in their development of a global vision and elements of an organizational strategic plan. Meridian staff conducted employee interviews,...
In 1998, the vinyl industry formed a National Advisory Council made up of members with diverse expertise and perspectives, including representatives from environmental organizations, the building products and waste management industries, and academia. The purpose of the Council was to provide policy...
In July 2010, President Obama signed an Executive Order that established the National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes and created an interagency National Ocean Council to oversee its implementation. The policy calls for, among other things, regional efforts...
Meridian Institute worked with Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) to design and facilitate a three-part visioning process to help Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMC) develop a military logistics strategy. The intention of the strategy was to leverage and develop private-sector capabilities to meet...
From 2002 to 2004, Meridian designed and facilitated quarterly “thought leadership” meetings for the National Security Directorate at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee. These day-long meetings brought together current and former military intelligence officials; national security professionals...
Meridian staff helped the National Security Directorate (NSD) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop a multi-year initiative in the areas of next-generation counterproliferation and post-conflict/post-disaster international development through the NSD’s Thought Leadership Initiative. To develop...
Meridian designed and facilitated the launch and bimonthly steering committee meetings of the National Security Technology Coalition, a homeland security technology development consortium. The goal of the Coalition was to expedite the research, development, testing, and manufacture of critical security...