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.


per ThinkIn for non-members


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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Lunch ThinkIn – Who are “we”? Building communities that work for the 21st century?


Monday 2 September, 13:00-14:00

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


America is starkly unequal, fiercely polarised, and deeply fragmented. It’s been like that before in its history, but at the beginning of the 20th century American society began to turn itself around. It become more equal, less polarised, more committed to family and community. In a UK which shares some of modern America’s worrying traits, what lessons can we learn from America’s past and present? Robert Putnam is one of the most celebrated political scientists alive today; a man whose research on community and society have shaped a generation of thinking.


Tortoise Breakfast ThinkIn – Is globalisation dead?


Tuesday 3 September, 08:00-09:00

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


The future is already here, and it’s not global. Instead we have to figure out how to navigate a world of three poles: America, Europe, and a Chinese-led Asia, each with different approaches to economic policy, liberty, technology, and society. Global institutions like the World Bank, the WTO and the IMF may be irrelevant. Politics, business, finance and technology will have to adapt. Michael O’Sullivan, former Senior Investment Officer at Credit Suisse and professor of economics at Princeton, sketches this new world in his book The Levelling.


Tortoise on the Road – Bristol – How do we start to solve the mental health crisis?


Wednesday 4 September, 19:00-20:30

M Shed Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol, BS1 4RN


Tortoise is embarking on a long-term project to understand Britain’s mental health crisis, then to report on it and make arguments for change. It’s a subject of enormous scale and complexity. We need to hear the views and expertise of our members, of health practitioners in the public and private sectors, of those who’ve experienced mental health problems, their families and friends – the views and expertise of nearly all of us, in other words. What do we need to understand to make sense of the mental health crisis? What first steps should we consider as we begin the search for solutions?

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.