The Instagram-savvy among you won’t need Tortoise to tell you what The Wing was. But, this week, we investigate what was behind its rise and fall. In fact, The Wing – a club with a sense of mission and a membership of mostly millennial women – wasn’t the only “girl boss” business to close in the summer of 2020. What’s gone wrong? Basia Cummings’ Slow Newscast explores how a brand of corporate feminism allied with social media scrolled its way into our lives and then collapsed. This week’s File is Feminism Inc.
We have a slightly different rhythm for ThinkIns this week. Tonight, P.J. O’Rourke on the state of the United States, then Open News as usual tomorrow lunchtime. Our second Global AI Summit runs through the day on Thursday, with invited experts in ethics, entrepreneurship, neuroscience and engineering from the Alan Turing Institute, MIT, the World Economic Forum and more. The final day of the Tortoise Covid Inquiry is this Friday, when our investigation asks key questions about the prime minister in particular, considers the adequacy of the healthcare industry’s response, and examines the role of the media.
Our last full week of ThinkIns for 2020, now open for booking, is all about leadership. We’ve invited people into the newsroom who have all stepped up to lead in one way or another. The week begins on Monday 7 December with Nicola Adams, the most successful female boxer of all time and one half of Strictly’s first competitive same-sex dancing couple. On Wednesday 9, it’s the turn of former Labour leader Ed Miliband, and on Thursday 10 we’re joined by two of 2020’s biggest stars who have given so much joy to so many of us this year, Olive and Mabel (with their owner Andrew Cotter) for Tortoise’s inaugural PetIn.
If that doesn’t put a smile on your face, our Creative Sensemaker Live at lunchtime on Friday 11 December is an arts and culture look-ahead to 2021 to celebrate the return of festivals, galleries – and Bond. Here’s hoping that, in 2021, it’ll all be back.
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