What it Means to Be Human — 2024 September 21

On September 21, 2024, you can join the online Global Meeting on Equinox for a global converstation about What it means to be human. This time, the theme is: Cooperation: Can we do it better? You can meet speakers and participants from all over the world.

Over the course of 18 hours and 8 sessions, we travel online from Oceania via East Asia, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Latin America to North America. On the way, we get a variety of perspectives on what it means to be human, how we cooperate, the role of economy in how we cooperate, and how we can change it.

The Global Meeting on Equinox is a global conversation about what it means to be human and how we can create a future where everybody can thrive. What it Means to Be Human is also a book and a series of online activities that are open to everybody around the globe.

Why we need this now: article by Bob Bunge: https://medium.com/bildung/what-it-means-to-be-human-why-we-need-this-conversation-now-e6e146a4f05d


Program in the making


Oceania, East Asia, Asia, & the Middle-East: 04:00-12:00 / 4am-12pm UTC

Hosts

Ines Medeiros
Brazil

Józefa Fawcett
UK

Martin Ivarson
Sweden

Robert McTague
USA & Romania

Oceania:

04:00-05:45 / 4:00am-05:45am UTC
16:00-17:45 / 4:00pm-5:45pm Wellington
14:00-15:45 / 2:00pm-3:45pm Melbourne

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East Asia:

06:00-07:45 / 6:00am-07:45am UTC
15:00-16:45 Tokyo / 14:00-15:45 Beijing

The Korean cooperative Hansalim has an impressive 900,000 consumer members and 2,300 farmer members. Their mission is solidarity between consumers and food producers, they are very successful at it, and Dr. Miseong Cho is going to tell all about it.

Hansalim: A Solidarity Based Cooperative
Miseong Cho
Korea

Today, the means of cooperation is generally money; we organize and exchange work through setting a price. But it wasn’t always like that, and maybe there are more meaningful ways of organizing cooperation.
Suggested reading & podcast: Embrace the heretic

Means of Cooperation; Male and Female Money
Pindar Wong (tentative)
Hong Kong

Asia:

08:00-09:45 / 8:00am-09:45am UTC
15:00-16:45 Bangkok / 13:30-15:15 Mumbai

How can neighborhoods self-organize to solve local problems and create sources of income for those who have none? And what would housing look like if it were built around being good neighbors? Meet neighborocracy and Joseph Rathinam!

Neighborocracy and democratic housing
Joseph Rathinam
India

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The Middle East and Conclusion:

10:00-12:00 / 10:00am-12:00pm UTC
13:30-15:30 Tehran / 11:00-13:00 Rabat

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Africa, Europe, Latin America, and North America:
14:00-22:00 / 2pm-10pm UTC

Hosts

Ines Medeiros
Brazil

Józefa Fawcett
UK

Martin Ivarson
Sweden

Robert McTague
USA & Romania

Africa:

14:00-15:45 / 2:00pm-3:45pm UTC
16:00-17:45 Cape Town / 15:00-16:45 Lagos

For the economy to be sustainable, it must bring people together and take nature and other context into account. The African concept Ubuntu entails, among other things, “I am, because we are;” communities allows me to become me. One of them is the work community.

A sustainable economy is an Ubuntu Economy
Folarin Gbadebo-Smith
Nigeria

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Europe:

16:00-17:45 / 4:00pm-5:45pm UTC
19:00-20:45 Kyiv / 18:00-19:45 Paris

The way nature works and the way the current economic model works are fundamentally different. Ulrich Loening lists 9 ways they are fundamentally different, one of them is the concept of growth.
Suggested reading: Ulrich Loening’s Harmonise with Nature.

An Economy in Harmony with Nature
Ulrich Loening
UK

Throughout the history of humanity, we have collaborated and traded. How can we create an economy that takes into account the full human experience and makes it meaningful and culturally enriching?
Suggested reading: Lene Rachel Andersen’s Polymodern Economics.

A Meaningful, Culture-based Economy
Lene Rachel Andersen
Denmark

Latin America:

18:00-19:45 / 6:00pm-7:45pm UTC
15:00-16:45 Sao Paulo / 13:00-14:45 Bogotá

Speaker TBA

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North America:

20:00-22:00 / 8:00pm-10:00pm UTC
16:00-18:00 / 4pm-6pm Washington DC
13:00-15:00 / 1pm-3pm Vancouver

Zak is one of the contributors to the book What it Means to Be Human, and at the previous event he spoke about The Last Educators: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dynwKfsFxUo

Topic TBA
Zak Stein
United States

Steve is one of the contributors to the book What it Means to Be Human.

The bildung human
Steve Joordens
Canada