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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The Responsibility100 Index: is big business pulling its weight?


Monday 23 September, 18:30-19:30

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


In the first Tortoise corporate responsibility index we have used the UN Sustainable Development Goals to rank the FTSE100 on the burning social and environmental questions of the 21st century. Big companies are key to tackling these questions, are they doing enough? If not, why not?

Breakfast ThinkIn – Left behind: how do we protect jobs in an AI future?


Tuesday 24 September, 08:00 – 09:00

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


AI represents yet another challenge to those whose prospects have been dashed by deindustrialisation, labour mobility and globalisation: the “left behind.” What chance does this demographic have in a world of automation and algorithms? What is the future of work? And is there a serious chance of closing the skills gap?

Family Separation: the solutions


Wednesday 25 September, 18:30 – 19:30

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


More children are being removed from their families in England and Wales to protect them from physical and emotional abuse than at any point since current records began 25 years ago. Nearly everyone agrees this isn’t sustainable. How might we start to fix families – or is it the systems that judge them unfit that need fixing?

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.