Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Most of Us Think That Change Is Happening Too Fast and Too Often

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Most of Us Think That Change Is Happening Too Fast and Too Often

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Byline: David Whetstone Culture Editor

NEARLY half of all adults think society is changing too fast, according to a poll made public ahead of a debate tonight in Newcastle.

The poll, carried out by YouGov for the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), reveals that 46% of adults are alarmed by the pace of change - although 22% of respondents aged 18-24 believed change was not happening fast enough.

This is food for thought for panellists at The Challenge of Change, taking place at Newcastle Civic Centre to mark the 10th anniversary of the AHRC which allocates Government funding for research in the arts and humanities.

They are writer and broadcaster Lemn Sissay, historical novelist Philippa Gregory, Prof David Armitage of Harvard University and Emma Tucker, deputy editor of The Times.

The debate will be chaired by Prof Matthew Grenby who is director of the new Newcastle University Humanities Research Institute (NUHRI).

Ahead of the debate, which starts at 7.30pm in the banqueting hall and is free and open to all, The Journal published a list of 50 things which have changed over the past 50 years and Newcastle University also invited suggestions.

On The Journal's list were 'pubs open all day', 'phones like mini-computers in your pocket', 'recycling', 'jogging and gym membership', 'gay marriage' and 'no smoking in public places'.

"No mention whatsoever of world hunger, wars, climate change or political intolerance," complained Peter Christian on our website.

The university asked people to name the most important change they had seen and the change they would most like to see.

Jim, 66, from Newcastle, said 'reduction in deference to local and national establishment figures' and 'wider public acceptance of the need to ensure that all members of society are treated with respect'.

Neil, 51, from Hartlepool, offered 'mobile technology' and 'more people power'.

"Big business runs more of your life than people realise," he added.

A 29-year-old from Newcastle, 'TDC', answered 'austerity' and 'eradication of food poverty' while Fiona, in her 30s and from Tyne & Wear, said 'the technological revolution' and 'greater tolerance and understanding between communities locally, nationally, internationally'. …

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