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.


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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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Disunited Kingdom: Does Brexit mean leaving one Union – and then breaking up another?


Monday 24 June, 18:30 – 19:30

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


Brexit has been the spur for the Scottish government to demand a new independence referendum. The vexed question of the Irish border is placing a strain on the relationship between Belfast and London. What will be left of the UK when the constitutional dust settles?

Marketing v the news: do brands have to have a point of view? (with Al Jazeera)


Tuesday 25 June, 18:30 – 19:30

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


As consumers have become more squeamish over brands’ ethics, many advertisers have, in turn, developed a zero-tolerance policy for risk when it comes to media placement and, in many cases, creative content. But the corollary of risk-aversion is neutrality, or worse, apathy – consumers can be just as harsh on brands that have no point of view on what’s happening in the world. How could or should advertisers orient their brand narrative to the live news agenda?


Is it time for men to start taking the pill?


Monday 1 July, 18:30 – 19:30

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


When the Supreme Court gave married couples the right to use the contraceptive pill in 1965, it looked like a step in the right direction towards women’s sexual freedom. But over 50 years later, with its side-effects, health risks and high costs, is it time for the onus of birth control to fall upon the male? Or is that just one responsibility that can never be truly shared?


Andrew Smyth

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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.