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Meridian 180

Meridian 180

Transformative Leadership

Welcome to Meridian 180

Meridian 180 develops strategies for crisis preparedness from an interdisciplinary perspective through multilingual exchange, working to cross the divide between the academy, industry, and the public sector.

We seek to anticipate and prepare intellectually and politically for future environmental disasters, political and military conflicts, economic crises, and problems of social justice globally. Our methodology is to assemble a unique global group of creative thinkers, build relationships among them, and develop adaptive solutions that can mitigate the impact of these challenges.

Worldwide Responses to COVID-19

Forum Summaries

Meridian Forums are a unique and innovative venue for shared learning and experimentation. Thought leaders from partner universities or key experts initiate digital forums and invite member participation to explore critical risks and opportunities for crisis preparedness in key focus areas.   

Every contribution posted by members in the forum is translated into Chinese, English, Japanese, and Korean. Forum Summaries, which outline the central themes and ideas discussed among members in Meridian Forums, are posted publicly here after the close of each forum. Browse the forum summaries.



Food and Agriculture Beyond the Pandemic

Amid COVID-19, the durability of our “food chain”—consisting of production, distribution, food service, ready-to-eat food, and restaurants—has been tested and, in some areas, broken...
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Fukushima victims’ lives still uprooted, 10 years on

By Mohamed Abdelfattah It has been 10 years since a major earthquake and tsunami triggered the Fukushima nuclear accident of 2011. Now, the Japanese...
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Northwestern Buffett Hosts Virtual Meridian 180 Global Summit

The world experienced unprecedented change over the last year, as the global COVID-19 pandemic upended the ways of life many had come to take...
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