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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Should pseudoscience be outlawed?


Thursday 18 July, 18:30–19:30

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


Are we in an age when respect for knowledge is slipping away? The campaigns against vaccination are shockingly successful. In politics, respect for experts in politics has slipped away. Is this the edge of a bigger trend? Or is it just that experts have over-claimed what they really know – and now been found out? If it is a real problem, what can we do about it?


From wellbeing to crisis point: how can we start to fix the mental health crisis?


Monday 22 July, 18:30–19:30

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


Mondays in the Tortoise newsroom get lively. These ThinkIns are the heart of our editorial planning for the weeks ahead. It’s when we discuss what’s happening right now in the world and ask you to help us filter what matters. Come and tell us what you think, what you know, and what you want us to do about it. Together, we’ll figure out how to get to grips with the world around us.


Can we invent our way out of the climate crisis??


Wednesday 24 July, 18:30–19:30

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


We need to cut carbon emissions fast, they are racing in the opposite direction – ever upwards. Does this mean it’s time for huge geo-engineering projects to halt global warming by other means? Mirrors in space? Aerosols in the stratosphere? Bubbles in the ocean? Entrusting the planet to the mad professor school of science may be the only option if we cannot curb our addiction to energy.

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.