ZEIT ONLINE is launching a global dialogue experiment: on June 25, “The World Talks” will bring people from all over the world together for cross-border one-on-one conversations to discuss topics such as climate change or equality. An algorithm will form conversation pairs with participants who represent opposing views and live as far away from each other as possible.  

For “The World Talks”, ZEIT ONLINE is cooperating with an international media network from 15 countries, including Unbias the News, a global media newsroom creating space for journalists who experience structural barriers in the field. 

As a cross-border newsroom by Hostwriter, working towards a more equitable and inclusive world of journalism, “we are excited to partner with Zeit Online to launch the first global dialogue format”, says Mercy Abang – co-managing Director at Hostwriter.

Other partners for the World talks include News24 from South Africa, El Tiempo from Colombia, Organización Editorial Mexicana from Mexico, NV from Ukraine, the exile media Meduza from Russia, The Mirror from the UK, The Caravan and The Quint from India, Pulse from Ghana, RED/ACCIÒN from Argentina, Hankyoreh from South Korea, Workpoint Today from Thailand, The New Humanitarian from Switzerland, The Green Line from Canada, and the Gedi Group from Italy. 

“The World Talks” is part of “My Country Talks,” an international political dialogue platform developed by ZEIT ONLINE in 2018. Since then, more than 250,000 people worldwide have signed up for a controversial one-on-one conversation in over 30 countries. Participants can now register for “The World Talks” here. 

“Europe Talks” and “My Country Talks” have been awarded the Jean Monnet Prize for European Integration and the President’s Award of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA), among others. In 2021, “My Country Talks” was shortlisted for the Nannen Prize.