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Why Meridian 180?

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Meridian Members are drawn from across the globe, represent all disciplines and include academics, practitioners and policy makers. Members participate in creative, inclusive discussions around themes of profound impact on the world. 


Online multi-lingual forums

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.

Participate in our active Forums (below) exploring the innovative responses of Frontline Workers and Global Cities to the current COVID-19 crisis. 

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View the summaries of past Forums here

Emergency online COVID-19 forums

Forum 1: Front line innovation

Medical professionals and public health workers are experimenting, learning, and innovating as they tackle COVID-19. A forum to enable colleagues who are on the front lines of the pandemic across the world to share knowledge and brainstorm solutions to the unprecedented challenges emerging from this global health crisis.


Forum 2: Global / local city innovations

Local cities have emerged as strong forces for effective and innovative response.  In this forum, we invite members to share key details on how their own city is coping with the pandemic – especially impactful activities which could be transferable to another global city for the benefit of its citizens. 

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Meridian 180 members: go to 'Member Forums' and log in.

Not a member? Email for quick access. 

    Collaboration Masterclasses

    Collaboration, like any other skill, needs to be learned.  

    Meridian 180 ran a series of masterclasses in collaboration at UNSW Sydney featuring leading collaborators and researchers. Revisit the masterclasses at your leisure.


    WATCH Masterclass 1: The genius of our time is a collaborative genius

    Today’s complex global problems will not be solved by an individual, no matter how brilliant. 

    Featuring Dom Price, Atlassian; Penny Burtt, Asialink; Prof Fleur Johns UNSW Law

    WATCH Masterclass 2: Languages in and of collaboration

    Have you ever had a sense that you might not actually be speaking the same language as someone with whom you ostensibly share a common language?

    Featuring Prof Ros Dixon (UNSW Law); Prof Nick Enfield (Uni of Sydney) and A/Pro Amanda Third (Western Sydney University). 

    WATCH Masterclass 3: Temporality, time and rhythm in collaboration

    Collaboration is affected by the different ways people relate to time and time pressures whether for personal, cultural or organisational reasons. 

    Featuring Prof Ben Newell (UNSW Sydney), Prof Dorottya Fabian (UNSW Sydney) and Chloë Spackman (Australian Futures Project)


    WATCH Masterclass 4: How our brains affect collaboration

    Our mental models, beliefs and heuristics can impede open and generous collaboration, affect how we engage with 'experts' and feed interdisciplinary mistrust.

    Featuring Dr Micah Goldwater (Uni of Sydney).


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