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we question the world...

20 Questions to the World is an exploration above all else, a mere invitation to ask questions.

For the past 4 years, we’ve reached out to “the other”, with great passion and curiosity, convinced that human beings can help us better understand the complex reality of our world. Beyond the spectacular and sensational, we have the feeling things aren’t as bad as they sometimes seem, and that “there are more things to admire in men than to despise” (Albert Camus).

...to understand humans...

Our questions about fears, needs, the future, education, etc. have already been asked to over 1,000 people around the world, with extremely varied social profiles. No need to be a sociologist or scientist to perceive the main trend emerging from the first 20,000 responses collected: as humans, we are much more similar to one another than we may think. Beyond our social, cultural, political and religious filters, a strong foundation of humanity binds us all together.

...and promote a sense of human empathy...

We always hear about what differentiates us, but rarely what connects us. 20 Questions to the World is an invitation to take an interest in the world through the most basic of prisms, humans themselves. It is an invitation to listen to the opinions of others in a process of understanding and openness. Finally, it suggests we see differences as an interesting source of curiosity, rather than a sterile source of fear. In a globalised world where everything has changed very quickly, openness, solidarity and empathy will prove essential in overcoming our major common challenges, whether they are social, economic or ecological. We spread our messages through various channels videos, books, artwork and always in a creative and enthusiastic way.

cyril bruyelle

After graduating from ESCP in 2013, Cyril Bruyelle has worked in many fields (entrepreneur, strategy consultant, music industry) before finding his way by reconciling his two passions: adventure and humans. That’s how 20 Questions to the World was born. He himself travelled around the world for over a year to conduct the first 500 interviews, and now manages the project from Paris.

the 20 questions

  • what did you want to do when you were a kid?

  • who would you like to have coffee with?

  • if you could pick something to be taught in every school in the world, what would it be?

  • what do you think is the main characteristic shared by all human beings?

  • who do you think is the happiest person in the world?

  • if you were president of the United States, what would be your first reform?

  • what do you need?

  • what would you do if you were given €1 million right now?

  • what innovation, realistic or not, would make your daily life much easier?

  • do you feel your quality of life is better or worse than that of your parents?

  • what information is most relevant to you in your country and why?

  • if you had to create a company, what would it do?

  • can you draw something beautiful? (on a Velleda slate)

  • can you sing something beautiful?

  • what are you afraid of?

  • what is your dream?

  • close your eyes, you're living in 2100, what do you see?

  • what is the most beautiful thing you have seen in your life?

  • if you were to write a book about today’s world, what would it be called?

  • what does religion mean to you?

  • what is your country’s cultural specificity that you are most proud of?

  • if you could have any job, regardless of money, what would it be?

  • if you had to describe our planet to aliens, what would you say?

  • what about you, what question would you ask the world?