U.S. Congress – Korean National Assembly Exchange Program – Reflections

On July 25, 2014 20 young leaders descended upon Washington DC to partake in the 2014 U.S. Congress – Korean National Assembly Exchange Program. This unique program, funded by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and jointly sponsored by the U.S. Congress and Korean National Assembly, is designed to broaden the perspectives of Korean and American young people on: the legislative process; the history of U.S. – Korean relations; and current economic, political, and security aspects of the bilateral relationship. The program also provides the U.S. and Korean participants with first hand experience of each other’s...

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Opportunity: A guest blog from Meridian Social Innovation Fellow Tamara Steen

On May 4, 2015, Meridian welcomed the inaugural cohort of the Meridian Social Innovation Fellowship to Washington, D.C. The eight Fellows – who hail from Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and Spain – are global problem-solvers who bring together networks and resources to solve critical challenges facing their organizations, communities, and countries.  Meridian has brought together this distinguished group to drive ground-breaking advancements in the fields of youth and women empowerment, cultural integration, entrepreneurship, science, technology, and education. “Dream yourself along another day. Never miss opportunity” (Pete Murray, Opportunity) I am Tamara Steen from the Netherlands, I grew up...

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It’s all about the Spirit: Meridian Social Innovation Fellows in Detroit

By Meridian Social Innovation Fellow Javier Garcia Rodrigo   “Why Detroit?” my colleague Alberto Di Minin asked Jacques Panis, president of Shinola, the company that symbolizes one of the great success stories of business in the recent history of the formerly glorious city of Detroit. “In principle,” Alberto followed, “there should be more interesting locations across the US to establish a business, right?” Listening carefully, Mr. Panis answered without hesitation: “The People,” he told us. “Actually, it’s not what we are doing for the city; it is what the city is doing for us,” he added, under the watchful...

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US Embassy in Madrid Highlights Meridian Social Innovation Fellows

 In the US Embassy in Madrid‘s May 2015 e-newsletter on entrepreneurship, Adriana Brito Ruiz, Youth Embassy Council Member, interviewed Meridian Social Innovation Fellows Javier and Cristina on their social innovation projects. The following are excerpts from these interviews, translated into English by Meridian Program Associate Eirene O’Connor. If you would like to read the interviews in their entirety, please email Eirene at eoconnor@meridian.org On May 4, 2015, Meridian welcomed the inaugural cohort of the Meridian Social Innovation Fellowship to Washington, D.C. The eight Fellows – who hail from Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and Spain – are global problem-solvers who bring...

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Enabling the Fourth Estate

It is abundantly clear the maintenance of a free press is inherently tied to the well-being of the American republic. Globally speaking, the ability of journalists throughout the world to act as unbiased watchdogs is absolutely crucial to the well-being of democracy moving forward in the twenty-first century. It is not coincidental that some of the most repressive and tyrannical regimes in our history played host to severely limited press sectors. Simply put, the freedom of a nation’s press is directly related to the capability of liberty and transparency to flourish within that state. In recent decades, we have...

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