Today the world is facing more common, global challenges than almost any other time in history. Whether climate change, migration, or inflation, no one is unaffected. But do we know what everyone really thinks about these issues?

What role does the Ukraine War play in South Africa? How does a Colombian farmer think about climate change? Does a business woman in Thailand feel that hard work leads to a better life?

Readers of The New Humanitarian are invited to sign up for a global dialogue programme, The World Talks, and find out. You will be matched for a one-on-one conversation with someone from a different country who thinks differently from you about a number of issues.

To take part, just fill out the Yes/No questions in the box below. We’ll also insert these questions into our articles for the next few weeks, so if you don’t have time now, you’ll be able to sign up later.

After registering, you will be matched with someone who thinks differently about the questions asked, and who lives as far away from you as possible. In June you’ll be introduced to your partner and, if you both confirm you want to meet each other, you can arrange to have a conversation. All conversations will take place online in English on 25 June.

The World Talks is a space for worldwide debate that brings people together who would never otherwise meet. This is an experiment. And by taking part, you can help bring the world just a little bit closer together.

The World Talks is organised by ZEIT ONLINE together with news outlets from 15 countries. This project is part of My Country Talks, the international dialogue platform developed in 2018 by ZEIT ONLINE. Since then, more than 250,000 people in more than 30 countries worldwide have participated in one-on-one conversations.

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