The ThinkIn is the engine of open journalism. And it’s open to you.

Tortoise ThinkIns are live, unscripted conversations where we harness the diverse experience and expertise of our members to shape the way we see the world. Members and guests can join the conversation in person – both in our newsroom and at venues across the UK and the world – or watch live online. So far, we’ve hosted ThinkIns in Amsterdam, New York, Lesvos, Manchester, Edinburgh, Davos, Bristol, Birmingham and Washington DC.

Coming to a ThinkIn is the best way to experience what Tortoise is all about. We’d love to see you.

£25

per ThinkIn for non-members

10

ThinkIn tickets per year included for members

How a ThinkIn works

1. Tortoise Notes

We’ll brief you in advance. Tortoise Notes are a short primer on the topic designed to stimulate and inform.

2. The ThinkIn

We’ll spark the conversation with a handful of experts, then it’s over to you. Speak up and hold forth or sit back and listen.

3. The Readout

The Tortoise take; our concise point of view, shaped by the discussion in the room. It’s often a springboard for further thought.

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Future of work ThinkIn with Fora – Is it possible for for-profit companies to be good for society, kind to their staff and gentle on the planet?

 

Tuesday 22 October, 18:30 – 19:30

 

Fora – Spitalfields, 35-41 Folgate St, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BX

 

With big business comes big responsibility. As employees and consumers, we’re becoming more aware and more demanding of commercial organisations’ ethical credentials. It has been said that we’re all ‘impact investors’ in a small way, voting with our purses. But can for-profits really tick all the boxes, or will it always be a question of damage limitation? From fast food and fast fashion, to tobacco, oil & gas and technology, is the idea of a truly benevolent big business just a myth?

Breakfast ThinkIn with BP – Should we stop using fossil fuels altogether?

 

Wednesday 23 October, 08:00 – 09:00

 

Fora – Fitzrovia, 16-19 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8DY

 

The world needs to cut carbon emissions to net zero. That means more steep growth in wind and solar power. It means phasing out coal and the internal combustion engine, but global energy demand will go on rising with living standards, especially in emerging economies. With enough investment in renewables, gas and carbon capture, power demand can be met from net carbon-neutral sources. But flying and shipping are likely to remain carbon-intensive for decades, and it could take that long to get India off coal. So is it pessimistic to say there’s a long-term role for fossil fuels, or just the truth?

Tortoise on the Road – Queen’s University – Will the UK survive Brexit?

 

Wednesday 23 October, 18:30 – 19:30

 

Rehearsal Room – Drama Film Centre, Queen’s University, 20 University Square, Belfast, BT7 1NN

 

How did we get here? A stable democracy which is now absurdly unstable, routinely compared to a banana republic or a failed state. A country with robust institutions, where self-described conservatives attack every organisation and judge who dares disagree with them. A place where Scotland had agreed to stay inside the union, only for English nationalism to rise in reply and rewrite the rules of Britishness. The Union is in greater jeopardy than ever and our unwritten constitution is being stretched to the very limit. What went wrong?

Andrew Smyth

This is exciting and necessary. “We don’t do breaking news, but what’s driving the news. Not the news as it happens, but when it’s ready.” I’ve pledged @Tortoise

Sophie Bagshott

Hadn’t known what to expect but found myself really enjoying tonight’s @Tortoise ThinkIn on use of tech – purposeful & insightful conversation that was open to all equally. In a nutshell: I’m a big fan.

Asad Dhunna

Went to my first @Tortoise ThinkIn today and it was absolutely sublime. Just signed up as a Founding Member. It really is the future of journalism.

Lucinda Day

Went to my first @Tortoise ThinkIn last night on gender. A really fun eve – full of lively comment & a totally inclusive atmosphere. Not at all like a traditional panel event.