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. The primer

We’ll brief you in advance. Tortoise Notes are a short primer on the topic designed to stimulate and inform.

2. The event

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 journalism

Our journalism is influenced by our members. Each week, we take the standout comments and insights from our ThinkIns and publish them in our app.

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Is this the beginning of the end for the BBC?

Tuesday 25 February, 08:00 – 09:00


Criticism of the BBC, and in particular the way it is funded, which has bubbled away for decades has finally reached boiling point. Accusations of anti-Tory bias in its election coverage seem to have galvanized Boris Johnson’s government into action. If license fee evasion is decriminalised, has the question now become when, not if, the entire organisation is dismantled?


Living longer, financing well: Can your bank balance cope with your longer life?

Thursday 27 February, 18:30 – 19:30


If we're increasingly likely to live to 100, who is going to pay for it? How does an ageing population plan for a long retirement? In the future, will we all run out of money? And what role should the government play in funding our increasingly long lives?


Our partner for this ThinkIn is Habito, the UK's largest online mortgage broker.

A ThinkIn with Sir Terry Leahy

Thursday 3 March, 08:00 – 09:00


From stacking shelves at Tesco, to becoming the company CEO, Sir Terry Leahy talks of the highs and lows of being in charge of Britain’s largest retailer for 14 years. Widely regarded as Tesco’s most successful chief executive, Leahy was instrumental in the creation of the Tesco Clubcard and the slogan “Every little helps” and was named British Business Leader of the Year in 2003. In 2011, he became a venture capitalist, investing in multiple start ups across the UK. He is also an avid football fan and a special adviser to Everton FC.

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.