I know World Have Your Say doesn’t normally base a programme on a poll – let alone a BBC poll – but we just felt that this one was very relevant to what we really care about – what the world is talking about.
The World Speaks is a survey from the BBC’s international news services which has tried to chart what’s on the world’s mind by asking 27,000 people from 23 different countries
Deliberately seeking out those who aren’t usually given a voice it hopes to gauge the real global agenda from the world’s citizens; and not that of the politicians, the media and the “commentariat”. We’ve decided to put it to the test with our audience.
The World Speaks asked people three things:
• To identify unprompted, the biggest challenges facing the world
• To gauge the seriousness of the biggest issues from a list
• What topics they talked about with friends and family
Now, unfortunately I cannot give you access to the poll just yet as it is top secret!
The results will be given at an event at Chatham House in London on the 18th January and World Have Your Say will be there to discuss the results with a live audience and the rest of the world. So let me know what’s on your mind. What do you think are the biggest issues facing the world?
And here is a sample of the issues that the people polled where asked about.
Rising cost of food/energy
Human rights abuses
State of global economy
Spread of human disease
From this list what do you think are the two biggest issues and which two do you most talk about with your friends and family?
I’d also like to know which country you are from to see if you are representative of your countries answers.
Of course our listeners are invited to the event which is at Chatham House, London, 17.45 until 19.00. Drop me an e-mail at email@example.com and I will book you a place and give you more details.