• Organization TypeInstitute
  • Staff51-100
  • HeadquartersUnited States
  • Founded1997
Founded in 1997, the Meridian Institute is dedicated to helping people involved in society's toughest issues solve problems and make informed decisions. At Meridian Institute, they design and facilitate collaborative solutions to some of society’s most complex and controversial issues. In addition, Meridian offers expert administrative and meeting logistics services, as well as the creative and appropriate application of information technology tools, to support the projects. Meridian Institute helps people solve problems, make informed decisions, and craft solutions to address society’s most complex and controversial issues. They accomplish this by designing and applying collaborative approaches, including facilitation, mediation and strategic consultation. Meridian’s professionals have decades of hands-on experience working on these topics. They bring objectivity to controversial and contentious topics, advocating only for an outcome based on collaborative problem solving. The people they work with value the roles as neutral third parties who encourage fairness, inclusiveness and respect for diverse viewpoints.   Services Multi-Party Problem Solving Meridian Institute brings together diverse stakeholders to identify and solve problems of mutual interest. These multi-party processes range from one-time information exchange workshops to in-depth, multi-meeting processes. Examples include: Mediated negotiations Policy dialogues Advisory committees Workshops Conferences Stakeholder consultations Expert working groups and assessment processes Public-private partnerships and institutions Site-specific, community-based collaborations Technology development and innovation processes   Strategy Assessment and Planning Meridian helps public, private, and nongovernmental organizations understand political trends, stakeholder perspectives, and internal dynamics and priorities to aid in developing focused strategies and improving internal decisions. They offer an array of services to individual institutions, including: Strategy development and revision Issue mapping Information collection, synthesis, and dissemination Scenario building Facilitation of external advisory groups   Leadership in the Theory and Practice of Collaboration The professionals have more than three decades of experience designing and implementing collaborative problem-solving approaches and are well-known as leaders in the field. They make it a priority to participate in furthering the use of collaborative approaches throughout society. For example, they: Speak at conferences and educational institutions Contribute the insights and case examples to researchers Convene and facilitate reflective workshops and conferences Serve on advisory panels in the field   Information Services Meridian Institute offers three daily news services— AGree: Transforming Food and Ag Policy, Food Security and Ag-Biotech News, and Food Security and Ag-Biotech News (French). These news services, which are available free of charge via e-mail, RSS news feed, and online, provide succinct summaries of articles from peer-reviewed journals, international news wires, and a variety of publications from industry, government, and nongovernmental organizations. Food Security and Ag-Biotech News covers global developments relating to agriculture and food security, with a strong emphasis on issues related to the controversy over agricultural biotechnology. These news services are examples of the unique and useful tools and strategies developed by Meridian Institute to help people solve problems and make informed decisions.   Information Technology Services Meridian Institute provides information technology services in support of the projects. Applications of information technology are tailored to meet the communication, information, and data management needs of the clients and projects. With these innovative tools, they can design the most appropriate and cost-effective strategy for meeting a project’s objectives, using both online and traditional face-to-face settings. Meridian has the ability to support projects with the following IT tools and services. Publicly available project websites that include document libraries, contact lists, calendars, discussion forums, media support (e.g., photo galleries and streaming video), links to social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, RSS feeds, listservs, wikis, polling tools, and more. Collaboration portals for project participants using SharePoint. These portals have the same functionality as the websites described above, but in a password-protected environment, so project participants can share draft documents and work together collaboratively online. Online dialogue capabilities that enable dozens, hundreds, and even thousands of people to engage in dialogue. These tools enable broad engagement and dialogue beyond what would be possible through traditional face-to-face meetings. Additional tools such as online surveys, online forms for providing input (e.g., on draft documents), “mind-mapping” techniques, real-time voting tools, and web-supported teleconferences.   Logistical and Meeting Planning Services Expert logistical support is integral to efficient and effective meetings. Meridian has extensive experience providing complex logistical and administrative support for domestic and international meetings. The support services include: Developing administrative procedures to ensure the efficient operation of each project and its meeting needs Locating meeting space, anywhere in the world, that is appropriate to meeting objectives Securing space, food, lodging, and transportation for meetings Assisting with the development and distribution of background materials and logistical information to meeting participants Developing and maintaining participant databases Providing on-site meeting support  

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    • Meridian Institute Fellowship Program
      United States

    Staff at Meridian Institute have experience in


    • development
    • market research
    • youth
    • tertiary education
    • media affairs / public relations


    • world bank group


    • united states
    • dominican republic
    • costa rica
    • haiti
    • argentina


    • managerial experience
    • business development
    • experience in recruitment
    • with experience in conflict areas

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    Company Offices
    • United States (headquarters)
    • Dillon
    • 105 Village Place PO Box 1829


    Primary sectors

    Market Research
    Logistics / Supplies
    Data Management
    Farming / Crops
    Project Support
    Events / Training
    Financial Services
    Civil Rights
    Agricultural Financing

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