Falling off pedestals or getting ready for the future?

News drives events, events drive news. Are you a news gobbler? Is it the first thing you do when you wake up or the last thing at night?

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Today we will be considering three current news stories with a common theme – the pope, horsemeat and the Hadron Collider – to consider if things have to get worse before they get better. Is the disruption of change justified by the end result?

It may not be a traditional move to resign as pope, but do you see it as a wise and
generous move making way for new energy? With half of the world’s one billion Catholics
in the Americas (mostly South America) is it time for a non- European pope?

And while horses don’t seem to have any better argument for not being eaten than cows
or cod, the discovery that we are not eating what we thought we were strikes our primeval
instincts for self protection. D you think the current scandal is a sign of progress for
consumer protection or yet more evidence that everything is corrupt and misrepresented?

As for the Hadron Collider – it feels less exciting now we didn’t all go up in smoke, so how
do you feel about it being closed down for two years for maintenance and upgrades. When
it is switched on in 2015 with redoubled power will you still be interested?

So three examples in the news today of ways of moving from old ways to new. Are you
feeling hopeful or despairing. Or just uninterested in it all? Does the news even matter to
you? Hundreds of years ago we would have had no idea of most of the events in the news
– certainly not in the timescales we see today. Did it matter? Is the 24 hour news cycle
helping us evolve? Improve? Enjoy life?

Dive into the Thinking Tank today to share your insights and consider those of the diverse
group of participants we have come to expect. for a short while today think freely about
something that affects us all and let’s see where we can get together.

Join us to share your views on the news, on the day of the headlines.

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