The series will ask a different question each month
The Big Question is a new series on the BBC in the North East and Cumbria, examining big issues that affect life in our region - and we need your help.
The series runs until March 2010 and will ask a new question each month. First in the spotlight is employment.
There are more than 124,000 people out of work in the region and many people are asking: "Why can't I get a job?"
We'll be trying to answer that question from 19 October and we'd like you to join the debate. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be a whole week of coverage on Look North, BBC Newcastle and online on BBC Tyne.
See some of our stories from the region:
We need your help
For our next Big Question in November we want to know - Are you proud of your community?
You can contact The Big Question team by filling in the form below or you can call them on 0800 092 7300.
Disclaimer: The BBC may edit your comments and cannot guarantee that all emails will be published.