New Year’s Eve: A 24-hour Party That Goes Around The World

December 31, 2011:  This world needs a larger vision and a constant demonstration of excellence. Let’s start on New Year’s Eve with the goal to do it every day to examine best business practices everywhere.

Key Questions:

  • Can we create a 24-hour party every December 31st?
  • Can we celebrate the New Year by time zone (TZ),  from the International Date Line (TZ #1) to TZ #24?

Today, with all our technology, it is entirely possible. Along the way, as the world turns, we can all visit every country of the world within 24 hours!

  • Why not? Every country. By time zone. Within the first time zone we’ll go north to south, then in the next, from south to north.
  • We can actually do it. There are only 195 countries and a few dozen territories.  In 24 hours there are 1440 minutes so each country can be be given at least five minutes. Regions of a country uniquely within a time zone could also be given that time.
  • We can be “live” and online.  We can be collaborating about the meaning and value of life as everything from professional broadcast cameras to web cams open up. We can have some fun. Meet the people who make the best food in a region. The best drinks! And, we can visit the best places to celebrate the New Year. One of the goals for this blog is to have this celebration fully active by 2024. By that time we can have many prizes from the travel professionals from every country around the world. People can go from the virtual world to the really real world.

Such an event could become one of the largest collaboration events in history.

Help. Prepare. Participate. Host. Partner.
Get your 24-hour orientation.

  • Redefining who we are: What would happen if millions of people together celebrate the same event at the same time?   Might we redefine togetherness?
  • Breaking records: If the party lasts that full 24 hours — possibly 26 hours from the open to “the-wrap” of the event, it could set many records on its first day? Then, if we celebrated the best within each country, we set the precedent to celebrate the best of business every day.
  • Hosts: What if every country, and every time zone had their own host to take us on a tour, a virtual event of the best of their country and then we all voted to determine the best within that time zone?

Let’s visit the best restaurants in each country. What happens if we all get the best traditional New Year’s recipe for each country. By the end of the celebration we each could have as many as 250 new recipes (195 countries plus the regions — nine more in Russia, two more in Australia, two more in China, one more in India, one more in Mongolia, four more in Canada and the USA, and two more in Brazil — and the territories.

  • Let’s go to the favorite hot spot.  We can learn the mix for their traditional New Year’s drink.
  • Then, let’s go where the big action is — to the country’s favorite place to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
  • Maybe we’ll open it up so the head of state can bring greetings on behalf of the country (or region). We can begin to get to know everyone, country-by-country in every time zone.
  • Each country’s host would be in charge of their few minutes. Live cameras everywhere could open it up to real time views and spontaneity.

We could start and end in Kiribati. This country of islands on the International Date Line is in Time Zone #1. Some of their islands are also in Time Zone #23 and Time Zone #24. All are spread out from the equator (There are already people in high places in Kiribati on board for this celebration to begin).

Who will be standing in the 18th hour as we finally reach New York City?

  • Who will be standing as we enter the 20th hour in Denver and Calgary? …as we visit the city of Angels in California and Vancouver on 21st hour? A lot of people will have fallen asleep, but new people will have joined us along the way.
  • It is a 24-hour party that will be at least 25 hours long, maybe even 26, before we all begin our recovery programs (sleep). We will have visited every country on earth. We’ll have heard at least 24 National Anthems. We will have lifted the glass and said, “Cheers” to the best of the past and our hopes for the future at least 24 times.

Let’s get to know the world by Time Zones

UTC or Coordinated Universal Time:  UTC is a useful tool to keep the entire world on same relative time with each other, but it is confusing to understand time zones and it clouds of our very understanding of the nature of time.  Throughout this website and television series,  every time zone will be known by the  number of hours behind the beginning of the new day. When it turns 12 AM in Kiribati on the International Date Line,  it will be 9 PM in Sydney (less 3 hours or TZ#3)),  8 PM in Seoul and Tokyo (TZ4), 7 PM in Beijing (TZ5), 4 PM in Mumbai (TZ8), 11 AM in London (TZ13), 4 AM in NYC (TZ18), and 1 AM in Hawaii (TZ23).  Once we know in which time zone a country or city is (and we know the time zone we are in), calculating the current time of another becomes easier.

A different perspective.  This is an introduction to a rather simple concept to use the 24 time zones to help orient our thinking about the world. It is an ordering system to learn geography and the approximate time (within a few hours) in most countries of the world.

The concept of the GTQ was first introduced in 2009. Those professional people who work to track and know the actual time in every location on earth have no use for the concept. It is too generalized.

However, if a person can visualize their GTQs, they begin to visualize the world in a new way. To do so, you need to be able to answer these key questions about the world’s time zones:

1.  What time zone are you in?     Clue: Always between 1 and 24

     There are 24 time zones, each a number between 1 and 24. Know your four. Start here.

2.  What is the time zone 12 time zones away?
     Clue: Subtract ( or add) 12; keep that number between 1 and 24.

Learn the name of a country (and capital) on “the other side of the planet”.

3. What time zone is 6 hours east of you? 
    Clue: Add 6.  Keep the number between 1 and 24.*

     Learn the name a country in that time zone six hours east of you.

4.  What time zone is 6 hours west of you?
      Clue: Subtract 6. Again, keep the number between 1 and 24.

      Learn the name of a country in that time zone six hours west of you.

When you know your four time zones, you know your GTQs.

Although the Universal Time Coordinates (UTC) is used for determining time throughout the world, why not use the Time Zone numbers — 1 to 24 —  to learn the relative relation of all the countries of the world and to determine the approximate time within each country?

Using a very simple logic, we begin with the area defined within 7.5 degrees east and west of the International Date Line and designate it, Time Zone #1.  Then for every 15 degrees of longitude, add another hour right up to Time Zone #24.  At any given time of the day, if you know the local time in your own time zone, you can more readily calculate the logical time in the other three quadrants. The net result is that you begin to visualize the entire earth’s 24 time zones and all the countries in each.

As you get your GTQ bearings, be sure to learn some of the simple things about those other three time zones. For example, what is the largest country and the largest city in the each? Once you are able quickly and assuredly to visualize each of your Global Time Quadrants, you will have begun the process of being able to calculate and know the time (within a few hours)  in every country of the world.

Small Business School is most active in the seven time zones of the USA:
•  Time Zone 18 includes the East Coast, from Maine to Florida.
•  Time Zone 19  cuts a wide swath from Chicago to Dallas to New Orleans.
•  Time Zone 20, known as Mountain Time in the USA, includes Denver and Phoenix.
•  Time Zone 21 in the USA, Pacific Standard Time, from Seattle to San Diego.
•  Time Zone 22 includes Juneau and Anchorage.
•  Time Zone 23 includes the Hawaiian Islands.
•  Time Zone 24 includes America Samoa.

*An exercise and demonstration

Now the first Small Business School office was in New Orleans (1994).  In 2009, Small Business School opened a little studio there.   That is within Time Zone #19 or TZ19.

The largest country that is on the other side of the globe that is within 97°30′E  to 82°30’E longitude is India and technically that slice of longitude defines TZ #7.  Tibet is also in TZ #7.  It is certainly not precise. India marks its time by a different set of determinants and China has designated every region of their country to be within TZ #5.

Six hours to the east is Time Zone #13 which is also known as Greenwich Mean Time, also the Universal Time Coordinate (UTC).   Of course,  there is the United Kingdom, but also Iceland, Ireland, Portugal, and Morocco, the Western Sahara  and thirteen other African countries.

Now, six hours to the west of New Orleans (TZ19)  is TZ #1.  Here you find Kiribati, New Zealand, Fiji and  others.

Define your four quadrants!  Once you have those four, begin to learn the locations of countries and principal  cities within each.  And now, you will begin to fill in the blanks time zone by time zone.  It is an exercise to learn the locations of countries relative to the technical definition of the time zone as defined by longitude. 

Today’s longitude and latitude lines  were established as recently as 1884 when delegates from 25 nations, all using their own unique designations,  convened the International Meridian Conference  and formally adopted a system that used the Greenwich, England meridian as the Universal Prime Meridian. It established or instantiated  the 0-points for longitude, and, of course,  the equator established 0-points for latitude. The rest is just  an extension based on elliptic geometries.  These lines are just a convention that has been recognized and is used by every scientific person in the world.