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.

Book a ThinkIn

The body: a guide for occupants with Bill Bryson

Tuesday 19 November, 08:00 – 09:00


Join us in the Tortoise newsroom for a special breakfast ThinkIn with Bill Bryson. His new book, The Body: A Guide for Occupants is an extraordinary exploration of the human body which will have you marvelling at the form you occupy. If you’ve ever wondered what really goes on inside your head, heart and beyond, Bill Bryson will help you understand the miracle of our physical and neurological make up.

Do you have to be a psychopath to be a CEO?

Wednesday 27 November, 18:00 – 19:30


Executive burnout is common. At the world’s 2,500 largest companies, the CEO turnover rate was 17.5% in 2018, according to PwC. The new model of responsible leadership is meant to show by example that, ‘it’s OK to not be OK’. When the big boss finds themselves struggling, who is there to support them? Are businesses at risk because there’s not enough understanding of the mental health pressure of jobs like these?

OMG – A ThinkIn with Richard Dawkins

Monday 2 December, 18:00 – 19:30


The outspoken atheist is back. His latest book, Outgrowing God, confronts profound questions about religion, marshalling science and philosophy to interrogate what he sees as the hypocrisies of all the religious systems. He joins Tortoise to debate it all with our members.

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.