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Tuesday 21 January 2020

What does a world without work look like?

Wednesday 22 January 2020

Decolonising museums and galleries

Slow journalism from award-winning writers


Society. Identity.
Countries. Belief. Arts.

Why this story?

“To understand Boris Johnson we need to understand Steve Bannon, the self-appointed father figure of right-wing nationalism.”

Matt d’Ancona

100 year life.

Health. Public policy.
Living. Education.

Why this story?

“Governments have the power to separate children from their parents, and they’re doing so more and more often. Why?”

Polly Curtis

Our planet.

Geopolitics. Environment.
Natural resources.

Why this story?

“Is it too late to save the world’s coral reefs from global warming?”

Giles Whittell


Fairness. Investment.

Why this story?

“Has over-valuation of tech companies created another dangerous financial bubble that’s fit to burst?”

Alexi Mostrous

New things.

Technology. Engineering.

Why this story?

“8chan is an online nightmare of racism, misogyny and extremism. Who’d want to invent a site like that?”

Ceri Thomas


Data. Insight.

Why this story?

“We’ve ranked the FTSE 100 companies by their commitment, in words and deeds, to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”

Alexandra Mousavizadeh


Millennial living.
Scabrous humour.

Why this story?

“As resident cartoonist, I just draw versions of what happens IRL. Tales of politics, popular culture and millennial life. ”


Photo Essays.

Stories in pictures.

Why this story?

“Heartbreaking visual inventories that lay bare the dehumanising US immigration process, which strips people of everything they own.”

Jon Jones


Podcasts. Interviews.
Audio stories.

Why this story?

“On the soggy steps of the Embassy, Richard told us his story of three years at the centre of a diplomatic nightmare.”

Ravin Sampat

What we’re working on


Support our crowdfund to publish a series of collectible books that describe a brighter future.

Tech Nations

We start this year reporting on the Silicon Valley giants like countries rather than just companies. First up: Apple.

Global AI Index

Which countries are leading, which are ready and which are being left behind?

Hear what our members have to say

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Zahid Rawat

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Suzanne Taylor

“Tortoise has already replaced my cynicism with a smile when reading the news. Delightfully written and well-researched.”
Ishaan Malhi

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