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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...
Meridian Institute, in partnership with the Energy Future Coalition and on behalf of the Rockefeller Foundation, convened in December 2009 a diverse group of 44 leaders from the electricity sector to explore the value and viability of pursuing a research and dialogue process on critical issues facing...
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...
Starting in 2003, Meridian assisted the US Department of Homeland Security in designing and facilitating new collaborative approaches between the private sector and government entities on critical infrastructure protection. In 2006, Meridian assisted owners, operators, and associations from the Highway...
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,...
Until recently, enthusiasm for protection of special places in the United States has focused mainly on land-based natural wonders. Yet the U.S. exclusive economic zone encompasses more ocean area than the combined land area of all 50 states. These ocean waters contain incredible places found nowhere...
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 facilitating...
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,...