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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The Sacklers and the money behind culture

Tuesday 21 May, 18:30–19:30

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




For decades the Sacklers were one of the most famous and feted philanthropic families in the world. However it has become clear that the money of several family members has come from the manufacture of the opioid OxyContin, implicated in the opioid crisis in America and the Sacklers have been described as “essentially a crime family … drug dealers in nice suits and dresses.” But does it matter? The imperfect Medicis gave the world Michelangelo: bad money can do good things. But should galleries accept it?

Tortoise on the Road – Sunderland – The state vs the family: does the government no longer trust parents?

Wednesday 22 May, 11:00 – 12:15

St Marks Community Association, Saint Mark’s Terrace, Millfield, Sunderland, SR4 7BN


The number of children being separated from their parents and put into foster families and care homes has risen by 25 per cent. One in five children are referred to social services. In some cities and communities, the number is much, much higher than that. Are there more children at risk from dangerous, neglectful parents? But, depending on your age, your income, your race, your geography, it seems society and the state are less confident in your ability to be a responsible parent. Is government really on the side of the family?

Is Netflix better than the BBC?


Wednesday 22 May, 18:30 – 19:30

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



All-star dramas and water-cooler documentaries have made Netflix home of the TV everyone is talking about. As the deep-pocketed streaming giant inches towards global domination we ask: is the BBC, and all it stands for, doomed?


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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.