Forum Summaries:

Meridian 180 publishes summaries of the central themes and ideas discussed in our online forums. Forum summaries are drafted by students and interns (and occasionally by Meridian members).

Global Financial Governance
Summary by Elise DeVido

This forum examined the conceptual turn from financial “regulation” to financial “governance” in legal research circles. When limits of theory and models are applied in a real world context, the importance of legal research to seal the gap is evident. (read more)

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Occupy Meridian 180
Summary by Elise DeVido

This forum opened up discussion regarding the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations that became viral in 2011. Many members shared their perspectives from across the world about the movement and how it varies in different countries. Some important questions included the meaning and impact of the movement and its cause. (read more)

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Keyword: Risk
Summary by Elise DeVido

Using the keyword format to provoke discussion, this forum prompted members to generate questions and comment on current global phenomena associated with the word “risk.” Topics ranged from the role of risk management experts to the definition of risk in an anthropological context. (read more)

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What is Happiness?
Summary by Elise DeVido

What is happiness? Is it an entity, something measurable? How do we obtain it? The concept of happiness has different implications throughout different cultures and languages. In this forum, members discussed the global implications of happiness as well as their beliefs about its meaning. (read more)

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Keyword: Apology
Summary by Elise DeVido

Though a routine action in our everyday lives, apologies appear prominently in markets, international diplomacy, and cross-cultural debate. The implications of the act of apologizing may be culturally or social far-reaching; though constructive, it may be a risky engagement. Is apologizing effective? (read more)

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