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Sensemaker Live: American culture and values

Sensemaker Live: American culture and values

This event is exclusive to Friends of Tortoise

Make sense of this week’s major news stories in a live editorial conference with Tortoise editors.

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Sensemaker Live is our chance to get under the skin of a ‘live’ news story. Our Sensemaker team choose a topic a few days beforehand.

Editor: Giles Whittell, Editor and Partner, Tortoise

Sensemaker Live is in partnership with Santander

How does a digital ThinkIn work?

A digital ThinkIn is like a video conference, hosted by a Tortoise editor, that takes place at the advertised time of the event. Digital ThinkIns are new to Tortoise. Now that our newsroom has closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, we feel it’s more important than ever that we ‘get together’ to talk about the world and what’s going on.

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We value the support that those partners give us to deliver original reporting, patient investigations and considered analysis.

We believe in opening up journalism so we can examine issues and develop ideas for the 21st Century. We want to do this with our members and with our partners. We want to give everyone a seat at the table.

Sensemaker Live is in partnership with Santander

It was never fully realised but there was at least a quorum for freedom balanced by conscience; for innovation balanced by responsibility; for truth, justice, science and equal rights. If America was a house its foundation was democracy. Its roof was the rule of law, its boiler-room the market. It seemed strong, but after one political cycle’s worth of lies and yes-men it seems somehow pathetic. Does it still have that epic capacity for self-renewal that brought it back from civil war and Great Depression? Does it still believe in a place called Hope?

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editor and invited experts

Matt d’Ancona
Editor and Partner

Patrick Davies OBE
Former Deputy Head of Mission to the USA. Patrick took up his post as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Washington and UK Permanent Observer at the Organisation of American States in September 2013. Patrick has worked in various environments around the world, often in times of crisis or transition.

Lauren Gambino
Senior political reporter at the Guardian US, based in Washington D.C. In 2016, she covered the Clinton campaign. This cycle she is covering Democrats and the Biden campaign.

Darryl Pinckney
Long time contributor to The New York Review of Books and author of novels, Black Deutschland and High Cotton, and the works of nonfiction, Busted in New York, Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy and Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature.