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What is a ThinkIn?

Our ThinkIns are not panel events. They’re live and unscripted conversations held in the newsroom that you can come along to and have your say, in-person or online. Join us and our expert guests to investigate the stories that matter. We call it organised listening, and it’s at the heart of what we do.

Are they recorded?

Just to let you know, we do record our ThinkIns to make them available to watch later on our website and for marketing. If you need any more info, just write to us at thinkin@tortoisemedia.com.

How do I get involved?

ThinkIns are for our members. If you’re not a member already, you can take out a free trial. Once you’re logged in as a member, the ‘Book now’ button will unlock your tickets.

All of our ThinkIns are available to join online, and some in person as well.

In-person ThinkIns

We’re delighted to welcome members back to our newsroom in Fitzrovia for in-person ThinkIns.

How many tickets are available?

We’ll be operating at about two-thirds capacity (40 members max) to begin with as we settle back into the newsroom. It’ll be on a first-booked, first-served basis.

What about Covid precautions?

Everyone is required to take a Covid lateral flow test before arrival. If you have any Covid symptoms despite receiving a negative lateral flow, please stay at home to help keep you, and our team, safe.

Wearing a mask is optional when standing and seated. We will do our best to ensure that all equipment, such as microphones and chairs, are cleaned before and during the events, but you may want to bring your own sanitiser as an extra precaution. 

There will be no requirement to check in on Track and Trace, although we would recommend this as an extra precaution.

Where do I go?

Our newsroom is located at:

22 Berners Street

What if I cannot join in person?

All in-person ThinkIns will be live-streamed, so you can just join online if you prefer.

Digital ThinkIns

Our digital ThinkIns use Zoom. It’s an online video conferencing and group messaging platform that means you can see the editors and guests talking to one another live and make a point, by typing in the chat function or by talking on your webcam.

How do I join a digital ThinkIn?

step 1. 

Get yourself set up

It’s a good idea to download the application onto your laptop or phone before the ThinkIn starts.

If you’re using your mobile phone, it’s easy. Just visit the App Store or Google Play store and download ZOOM Cloud Meetings free of charge.

If you’re using a laptop, it’s a bit more fiddly. Here goes…

  • If it doesn’t pop up automatically, visit the downloads folder on your computer and click on Zoom to install the programme. Click Continue through each stage to complete the installation

step 2. 

Register for the Digital ThinkIn

You’ll find upcoming Digital ThinkIns listed in the Tortoise app. Register for any ThinkIn you’d like to join in the same way as usual, by clicking on the “Book now” button.

step 3.

 Join the conversation in Zoom

We’ll mail the link out to you in your booking confirmation email. When the ThinkIn is due to start, click through on that link to open Zoom and join. If you join early,  you’ll go into a waiting room. We’ll open the ThinkIn a few minutes before its scheduled start time to give you a chance to see the other members who are taking part.

How can I change my ticket type after I’ve booked?

  • To upgrade a digital ThinkIn ticket to an in-person one, all you have to do is head back to the ThinkIn page on which you initially booked your ticket, click on the green ‘You’re booked’ button, then click ‘upgrade to attend in person’.
  • If you’ve booked an in-person ticket and can no longer attend or would like to switch to a digital ticket, get in touch with us at thinkin@tortoisemedia.com.

Hints and tips

  • Remember to enter your full (real) name so that the editor can introduce you if you’d like to contribute.
  • Your microphone will be automatically muted when you join. This makes it easier to hear what’s going on.
  • You can choose to have your webcam switched on or off. If you’d like to share a point of view in writing, you can type it in the chat function.
  • You can also ‘raise your hand’ if you’d like to speak. The editor will bring you in when s/he can.

Code of conduct

If everybody agreed about everything, there’d be no point in having a ThinkIn. All opinions, even those that are ‘unpopular’, are treated with courtesy and respect.