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“Now it’s a war”

The plight of Romania – suffering horrendously from Covid – shows that getting vaccine doses to the countries that need them is only start of the challenge

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Pfizer’s war

It’s been said often enough: the pandemic has been like a war. Economically, on civil liberties and the deaths it has caused, it’s hard to find a better comparison. And just like a war it places responsibilities on companies that make vital supplies which are different from peacetime – to profit, but not to profiteer

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Vaccine hoarding is a scandal. But the problem can be fixed – fast

Poorer nations have barely received any doses, while richer countries build up ever greater surpluses. All that is lacking is the political will to get the jabs to where they are needed

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Modi hails the vaccinated as “Strong Arms” – but there are far too few of them

India has suffered terribly from the failure of its populist government to order anything like the number of doses it needs – and must now hope that the international community acts with urgency

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A ThinkIn with Ruby Wax – on reasons to be cheerful

We all feel glum – but the bestselling author and comedian Ruby Wax says there’s plenty of news to be positive about…. Our daily digital ThinkIns are exclusively for Tortoise members and their guests.Try Tortoise free for four weeks to unlock your complimentary tickets to all our digital ThinkIns.If you’re already a member and looking for your ThinkIn access code you can find it in the My Tortoise > My Membership section of the app next to ‘ThinkIn access code’.We’d love you to join us.How can we take the wheel from our overworked, over-stressed and over critical minds and swerve ourselves onto a happier highway? Treat yourself to an hour listening to Ruby Wax, bestselling author, comedian and leading mental health campaigner. In characteristically whip smart and sardonic style, Ruby will hold forth on the future of humanity and our planet. It’ll be a treat. Her new book, And Now for the Good News…To The Future, is out on 17th September. Editor: Merope Mills, Editor and Partner, TortoiseBuy the book hereAbout RubyRuby Wax is a successful comedian, TV writer and performer of over 25 years. Ruby additionally holds a Masters’ degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University and was awarded an OBE in 2015 for her services to mental health. She is the author of books Sane New World and A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled and has toured all over the world with the accompanying one-woman shows. Both books have reached the number one spot on the Sunday Times bestsellers list and a third book, How to Be Human: The Manual was also a major bestseller. In March 2017 she launched Frazzled café in partnership with Marks & Spencer and has been running daily sessions online at Frazzled.org during the coronavirus lockdown. Her memoir, How do You Want Me? was published with a new introduction in April 2020. To date, Ruby has sold over one million copies of her books worldwide.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.The link to join the conversation will be emailed to you after you have registered for your ticket to attend. When you click the link, you enter the digital ThinkIn and can join a live conversation from wherever you are in the world. Members can enter their unique members’ access code to book tickets. Find yours in My Tortoise > My Membership in the Tortoise app.If you have any questions or get stuck, please read our FAQs, or get in touch with us at memberhelp@tortoisemedia.comRead our ThinkIn code of conduct here.What is a Tortoise ThinkIn?A ThinkIn is not another panel discussion. It is a forum for civilised disagreement. It is a place where everyone has a seat at the (virtual) table. It’s where we get to hear what you think, drawn from your experience, energy and expertise. It is the heart of what we do at Tortoise.

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How do we live with loneliness?

Why is the 21st century the loneliest ever, and what can we do about it? Our daily digital ThinkIns are exclusively for Tortoise members and their guests.Try Tortoise free for four weeks to unlock your complimentary tickets to all our digital ThinkIns.If you’re already a member and looking for your ThinkIn access code you can find it in the My Tortoise > My Membership section of the app next to ‘ThinkIn access code’.We’d love you to join us.Even before Covid-19 made the term ‘social distancing’ so familiar, UK government statistics reported that up to a fifth of all UK adults feel lonely most or all of the time. Loneliness is beginning to affect us all, and often in surprising ways. What is the “loneliness economy” and how should we feel about it? Why does AI risk making us feel even more lonely? What is the link between loneliness and politics – could loneliness even affect the outcome of the US election? Join Noreena Hertz, author of The Lonely Century, and other invited experts to explore why the 21st century is the loneliest ever, and how we can learn to cope with it.Editor: James Harding, Editor and Co-founder, TortoiseBuy Noreena’s book hereOur invited experts include:Noreena Hertz is an economist, best-selling author and broadcaster. She was named by The Observer as “one of the world’s leading thinkers”. Her new book, The Lonely Century, is out now. Baroness Barran MBE was appointed Minister for Civil Society in July 2019, with a responsibility for the cross-government work programme on tackling loneliness. She has previously had extensive experience in the charity sector, including founder and and chief executive of the domestic abuse charity SafeLives for 13 years until 2019. 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.The link to join the conversation will be emailed to you after you have registered for your ticket to attend. When you click the link, you enter the digital ThinkIn and can join a live conversation from wherever you are in the world. Doors open at 6:25pm for a welcome and briefing. Come early to get settled, meet the team and chat to other members. ThinkIn starts at 6:30pm. Members can enter their unique members’ access code to book tickets. Find yours in My Tortoise > My Membership in the Tortoise app.If you have any questions or get stuck, please read our FAQs, or get in touch with us at memberhelp@tortoisemedia.comRead our ThinkIn code of conduct here. What is a Tortoise ThinkIn?A ThinkIn is not another panel discussion. It is a forum for civilised disagreement. It is a place where everyone has a seat at the (virtual) table. It’s where we get to hear what you think, drawn from your experience, energy and expertise. It is the heart of what we do at Tortoise.

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Sensemaker Live – Uni in isolation: grin and bear it, or your money back?

Make sense of this week’s major news stories in a live editorial conference with Tortoise editors. Our daily digital ThinkIns are exclusively for Tortoise members and their guests.Try Tortoise free for four weeks to unlock your complimentary tickets to all our digital ThinkIns.If you’re already a member and looking for your ThinkIn access code you can find it in the My Tortoise > My Membership section of the app next to ‘ThinkIn access code’.We’d love you to join us.Tens of thousands of students are paying more than £9,000 a year for university tuition that so far is online if it’s happening at all. Having been urged to take up their places they are also at far greater risk than the general public of catching Covid. Covid is not their fault. Debts are no laughing matter. Don’t they deserve a refund?Editor: Giles Whittell, Editor and Partner, TortoiseOur invited experts include:David Kernohan is an Associate Editor of Wonkhe. He has also worked for the University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales). He’s an expert in teaching quality enhancement policy, funding policy, sector agency politics and history, research policy, and the use of technology and data in Higher Education.Josh Sandiford is a Tortoise Student Ambassador, a third year politics student at The University of Manchester and the Deputy Editor of the student newspaper The Mancunion. 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.The link to join the conversation will be emailed to you after you have registered for your ticket to attend. When you click the link, you enter the digital ThinkIn and can join a live conversation from wherever you are in the world. Members can enter their unique members’ access code to book tickets. Find yours in My Tortoise > My Membership in the Tortoise app.If you have any questions or get stuck, please read our FAQs, or get in touch with us at memberhelp@tortoisemedia.comRead our ThinkIn code of conduct here. What is a Tortoise ThinkIn?A ThinkIn is not another panel discussion. It is a forum for civilised disagreement. It is a place where everyone has a seat at the (virtual) table. It’s where we get to hear what you think, drawn from your experience, energy and expertise. It is the heart of what we do at Tortoise.

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Is everything we know about food wrong? With Professor Tim Spector

One of the world’s leading scientists reveals why so much of the current advice on food and nutrition is dangerously inaccurate. Our daily digital ThinkIns are exclusively for Tortoise members and their guests.Try Tortoise free for four weeks to unlock your complimentary tickets to all our digital ThinkIns.If you’re already a member and looking for your ThinkIn access code you can find it in the My Tortoise > My Membership section of the app next to ‘ThinkIn access code’.We’d love you to join us.Professor Tim Spector, one of the world’s leading scientists, believes almost everything we’ve been told about food and nutrition is wrong. Join us to listen to insights from his extraordinary new book Spoon-Fed, through which he will encourage us to question every diet plan, official recommendation, miracle cure or food label we encounter. Chair: Ceri Thomas, Editor and Partner, TortoisePre-order the book hereAbout Professor TimProfessor Tim Spector is a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and honorary consultant physician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals. He is a multi-award winning expert in personalised medicine and the gut microbiome and the author of four books, including the bestselling The Diet Myth.Professor Spector is on the scientific advisory board of health science company ZOE. The ZOE Covid Symptom Study app is being used by over 4m people to regularly report on their health, making it the largest public science project of its kind anywhere in the world.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.The link to join the conversation will be emailed to you after you have registered for your ticket to attend. When you click the link, you enter the digital ThinkIn and can join a live conversation from wherever you are in the world. Doors open at 6:20pm for a welcome and briefing. Come early to get settled, meet the team and chat to other members. ThinkIn starts at 6:30pm.Members can enter their unique members’ access code to book tickets. Find yours in My Tortoise > My Membership in the Tortoise app.If you have any questions or get stuck, please read our FAQs, or get in touch with us at memberhelp@tortoisemedia.comRead our ThinkIn code of conduct.What is a Tortoise ThinkIn?A ThinkIn is not another panel discussion. It is a forum for civilised disagreement. It is a place where everyone has a seat at the (virtual) table. It’s where we get to hear what you think, drawn from your experience, energy and expertise. It is the heart of what we do at Tortoise.

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Living Better: In conversation with Alastair Campbell on mental health

Listen to Alastair Campbell’s intensely personal story about coping with depression. Our daily digital ThinkIns are exclusively for Tortoise members and their guests.Try Tortoise free for four weeks to unlock your complimentary tickets to all our digital ThinkIns.If you’re already a member and looking for your ThinkIn access code you can find it in the My Tortoise > My Membership section of the app next to ‘ThinkIn access code’.We’d love you to join us.”Last Christmas I almost killed myself. Almost. I’ve had a lot of almosts. Never gone from almost to dead. Don’t think I ever will. But it was a bad almost.”Alastair Campbell built a career at the very top of UK politics as the so-called ‘spin doctor’ for former Prime Minister Tony Blair. He has been a vocal critic of the government’s communications strategy throughout the pandemic.His new book, Living Better: How I Learned to Survive Depression, is a deeply personal account of his lifelong struggle with mental ill-health. It’s a painful but ultimately hopeful story that takes in his childhood, family and work relationships, as well as his relentless quest to understand the condition and the treatments for it. Stephen Fry has said of Living Better, ‘Superbly readable, supremely useful. Unflinching, clear-eyed, honest, raw and revealing, it may be the most important achievement of Alastair Campbell’s vivid and varied career.’Join us to listen to his story and reflect on how we might look after ourselves and each other better. Chair: James Harding, Editor and Co-founder, TortoiseBuy the book hereAbout Alistair CampbellAlastair Campbell is best known for his role as Tony Blair’s chief spokesman and strategist. He has written several bestselling books, including The Blair Years and Winners. A former ‘Mind Champion of the Year’, he is an ambassador for several mental health charities. In November 2017 he was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in recognition of his role in breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness.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.The link to join the conversation will be emailed to you after you have registered for your ticket to attend. When you click the link, you enter the digital ThinkIn and can join a live conversation from wherever you are in the world. Members can enter their unique members’ access code to book tickets. Find yours in My Tortoise > My Membership in the Tortoise app.If you have any questions or get stuck, please read our FAQs, or get in touch with us at memberhelp@tortoisemedia.comRead our ThinkIn code of conduct here.What is a Tortoise ThinkIn?A ThinkIn is not another panel discussion. It is a forum for civilised disagreement. It is a place where everyone has a seat at the (virtual) table. It’s where we get to hear what you think, drawn from your experience, energy and expertise. It is the heart of what we do at Tortoise.

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In conversation with Stephanie Yeboah

Stephanie Yeboah tells it like is, on body positivity, intersectionality, mental health and more. Our daily digital ThinkIns are exclusively for Tortoise members and their guests.Try Tortoise free for four weeks to unlock your complimentary tickets to all our digital ThinkIns.If you’re already a member and looking for your ThinkIn access code you can find it in the My Tortoise > My Membership section of the app next to ‘ThinkIn access code’.We’d love you to join us.Thirty-one-year-old plus-size blogger Stephanie Yeboah has experienced racism and fatphobia throughout her life. Her first book, Fattily Ever After, is the story of her journey towards self-acceptance. Join us – and probably a fair few of Stephanie’s 180,000 Instagram followers – to listen to Stephanie explain the history of the black ‘body positivity’ movement, and share her experiences of fetishisation, online dating, fast fashion and loneliness. Stephanie tells it like it is. This ThinkIn is must-attend for anybody who has struggled to find self-worth (or even just fashionable clothes that fit and feel good) in a world full of discrimination and judgement.Editor: Liz Moseley, Editor and Partner, TortoiseBuy the book hereAbout StephanieStephanie Yeboah has been a part of the fat acceptance/body positive community since 2014. Since then, she has written many pieces on her blog, on social media platforms and in external publications on topics such as intersectionality in the body positivity movement, standards of beauty within the movement and self-love. She’s spoken at the Women of the World Festival, Oxford University, Africa Utopia, the Youth Select Committee, the London College of Fashion diversity panel and many others. 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.The link to join the conversation will be emailed to you after you have registered for your ticket to attend. When you click the link, you enter the digital ThinkIn and can join a live conversation from wherever you are in the world. Doors open at 6:25pm for a welcome and briefing. Come early to get settled, meet the team and chat to other members. ThinkIn starts at 6:30pm. Members can enter their unique members’ access code to book tickets. Find yours in My Tortoise > My Membership in the Tortoise app.If you have any questions or get stuck, please read our FAQs, or get in touch with us at memberhelp@tortoisemedia.comRead our ThinkIn code of conduct here.What is a Tortoise ThinkIn?A ThinkIn is not another panel discussion. It is a forum for civilised disagreement. It is a place where everyone has a seat at the (virtual) table. It’s where we get to hear what you think, drawn from your experience, energy and expertise. It is the heart of what we do at Tortoise.

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How to love the skin you’re in with influencer Flo Simpson

Influencer Flo Simpson tells it all on body positivity, going viral, self care and beating trolls. At Tortoise, we’re determined to reflect the voices of young people in our journalism. That’s why NextGen ThinkIns are free to join for students and apprentices. On top of that, thanks to our partners, you get a complimentary membership of Tortoise thrown in with your ticket. What’s not to like? Flo Simpson is a body positivity blogger with over 61k followers on Instagram. At the start of lockdown, she downloaded TikTok on a whim to record her progress as she tried to fit back into her old jeans. Now, with over 23.4 million likes on her videos, the 21 year old student is using her newfound social media fame to help people of all ages and sizes to love the skin they’re in.As one of 15 British TikTokers chosen to trial the platform’s new monetisation programme, Flo is also at the forefront of using the increasingly popular social media platform as a side hustle.We’ll be chatting to Flo to hear how she became so popular, the reality of beating internet trolls and why she’s passionate about spreading self love online. Bring your questions for Flo and personal reflections on body positivity and the pressure to be perfect, to the first ThinkIn of our NextGen series. How can we learn to love ourselves in an increasingly negative digital space? Editor: Liz Moseley, Editor and Partner, TortoiseA bit about FloSick of the common online diet culture, Flo began posting on Tiktok in lockdown with the goal of fitting back into her old jeans. She threw the scales out the window and has been doing it her own way ever since, sharing her journey with her 655k TikTok followers.She quickly went viral, but that also left her open to trolls on the platform. This included comments targeting the hair on her arms, a symptom of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. But, she hasn’t let that stop her. Flo is using her videos to teach people of all ages & sizes to love their bodies, because, as she says, “we only get one life and one body”.Just like many young people, she’s juggling university, a social life, a part time job and trying to eat a bit healthier at the same time. She’s 21, from Portsmouth, and just finished her degree in law at Solent University.What is NextGen?With education and employment opportunities in turmoil, young people’s voices are, perhaps, the ones those in power most need to hear. Introducing NextGen ThinkIns, by Tortoise. Launching in Autumn 2020, a live virtual event series that puts you face to face (over Zoom..) with artists, politicians, activists and business people for an honest conversation like no other. One hour, one editor, one amazing speaker and a room full of young people. The world is chock-full of ‘virtual events’ these days – but we believe there’s nothing quite like this. NextGen ThinkIn speakers are all world-changers in their field. They’re people with stories to tell – of love and death, success and failure, health, hustles, protests, politics and everything else that matters. As for what we’ll talk about? That’s up to you. About TortoiseTortoise is a different kind of newsroom. One in which everyone has a seat at the table. We’ve created a place, in the real world and the virtual one, where people can come, listen, learn and, importantly, say what they really think. That’s why, with the help of our partners, Tortoise is making another 5,000 complimentary memberships available to students and apprentices across the UK, to ensure young people’s stories are front and centre in Tortoise journalism. If you’d like to join us, you can become a member when you sign up for this event.

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“Now it’s a war”

The plight of Romania – suffering horrendously from Covid – shows that getting vaccine doses to the countries that need them is only start of the challenge

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Vaccine hoarding is a scandal. But the problem can be fixed – fast

Poorer nations have barely received any doses, while richer countries build up ever greater surpluses. All that is lacking is the political will to get the jabs to where they are needed

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Modi hails the vaccinated as “Strong Arms” – but there are far too few of them

India has suffered terribly from the failure of its populist government to order anything like the number of doses it needs – and must now hope that the international community acts with urgency

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A ThinkIn with Ruby Wax – on reasons to be cheerful

We all feel glum – but the bestselling author and comedian Ruby Wax says there’s plenty of news to be positive about…. Our daily digital ThinkIns are exclusively for Tortoise members and their guests.Try Tortoise free for four weeks to unlock your complimentary tickets to all our digital ThinkIns.If you’re already a member and looking for your ThinkIn access code you can find it in the My Tortoise > My Membership section of the app next to ‘ThinkIn access code’.We’d love you to join us.How can we take the wheel from our overworked, over-stressed and over critical minds and swerve ourselves onto a happier highway? Treat yourself to an hour listening to Ruby Wax, bestselling author, comedian and leading mental health campaigner. In characteristically whip smart and sardonic style, Ruby will hold forth on the future of humanity and our planet. It’ll be a treat. Her new book, And Now for the Good News…To The Future, is out on 17th September. Editor: Merope Mills, Editor and Partner, TortoiseBuy the book hereAbout RubyRuby Wax is a successful comedian, TV writer and performer of over 25 years. Ruby additionally holds a Masters’ degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University and was awarded an OBE in 2015 for her services to mental health. She is the author of books Sane New World and A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled and has toured all over the world with the accompanying one-woman shows. Both books have reached the number one spot on the Sunday Times bestsellers list and a third book, How to Be Human: The Manual was also a major bestseller. In March 2017 she launched Frazzled café in partnership with Marks & Spencer and has been running daily sessions online at Frazzled.org during the coronavirus lockdown. Her memoir, How do You Want Me? was published with a new introduction in April 2020. To date, Ruby has sold over one million copies of her books worldwide.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.The link to join the conversation will be emailed to you after you have registered for your ticket to attend. When you click the link, you enter the digital ThinkIn and can join a live conversation from wherever you are in the world. Members can enter their unique members’ access code to book tickets. Find yours in My Tortoise > My Membership in the Tortoise app.If you have any questions or get stuck, please read our FAQs, or get in touch with us at memberhelp@tortoisemedia.comRead our ThinkIn code of conduct here.What is a Tortoise ThinkIn?A ThinkIn is not another panel discussion. It is a forum for civilised disagreement. It is a place where everyone has a seat at the (virtual) table. It’s where we get to hear what you think, drawn from your experience, energy and expertise. It is the heart of what we do at Tortoise.

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How do we live with loneliness?

Why is the 21st century the loneliest ever, and what can we do about it? Our daily digital ThinkIns are exclusively for Tortoise members and their guests.Try Tortoise free for four weeks to unlock your complimentary tickets to all our digital ThinkIns.If you’re already a member and looking for your ThinkIn access code you can find it in the My Tortoise > My Membership section of the app next to ‘ThinkIn access code’.We’d love you to join us.Even before Covid-19 made the term ‘social distancing’ so familiar, UK government statistics reported that up to a fifth of all UK adults feel lonely most or all of the time. Loneliness is beginning to affect us all, and often in surprising ways. What is the “loneliness economy” and how should we feel about it? Why does AI risk making us feel even more lonely? What is the link between loneliness and politics – could loneliness even affect the outcome of the US election? Join Noreena Hertz, author of The Lonely Century, and other invited experts to explore why the 21st century is the loneliest ever, and how we can learn to cope with it.Editor: James Harding, Editor and Co-founder, TortoiseBuy Noreena’s book hereOur invited experts include:Noreena Hertz is an economist, best-selling author and broadcaster. She was named by The Observer as “one of the world’s leading thinkers”. Her new book, The Lonely Century, is out now. Baroness Barran MBE was appointed Minister for Civil Society in July 2019, with a responsibility for the cross-government work programme on tackling loneliness. She has previously had extensive experience in the charity sector, including founder and and chief executive of the domestic abuse charity SafeLives for 13 years until 2019. 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.The link to join the conversation will be emailed to you after you have registered for your ticket to attend. When you click the link, you enter the digital ThinkIn and can join a live conversation from wherever you are in the world. Doors open at 6:25pm for a welcome and briefing. Come early to get settled, meet the team and chat to other members. ThinkIn starts at 6:30pm. Members can enter their unique members’ access code to book tickets. Find yours in My Tortoise > My Membership in the Tortoise app.If you have any questions or get stuck, please read our FAQs, or get in touch with us at memberhelp@tortoisemedia.comRead our ThinkIn code of conduct here. What is a Tortoise ThinkIn?A ThinkIn is not another panel discussion. It is a forum for civilised disagreement. It is a place where everyone has a seat at the (virtual) table. It’s where we get to hear what you think, drawn from your experience, energy and expertise. It is the heart of what we do at Tortoise.

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Sensemaker Live – Uni in isolation: grin and bear it, or your money back?

Make sense of this week’s major news stories in a live editorial conference with Tortoise editors. Our daily digital ThinkIns are exclusively for Tortoise members and their guests.Try Tortoise free for four weeks to unlock your complimentary tickets to all our digital ThinkIns.If you’re already a member and looking for your ThinkIn access code you can find it in the My Tortoise > My Membership section of the app next to ‘ThinkIn access code’.We’d love you to join us.Tens of thousands of students are paying more than £9,000 a year for university tuition that so far is online if it’s happening at all. Having been urged to take up their places they are also at far greater risk than the general public of catching Covid. Covid is not their fault. Debts are no laughing matter. Don’t they deserve a refund?Editor: Giles Whittell, Editor and Partner, TortoiseOur invited experts include:David Kernohan is an Associate Editor of Wonkhe. He has also worked for the University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales). He’s an expert in teaching quality enhancement policy, funding policy, sector agency politics and history, research policy, and the use of technology and data in Higher Education.Josh Sandiford is a Tortoise Student Ambassador, a third year politics student at The University of Manchester and the Deputy Editor of the student newspaper The Mancunion. 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.The link to join the conversation will be emailed to you after you have registered for your ticket to attend. When you click the link, you enter the digital ThinkIn and can join a live conversation from wherever you are in the world. Members can enter their unique members’ access code to book tickets. Find yours in My Tortoise > My Membership in the Tortoise app.If you have any questions or get stuck, please read our FAQs, or get in touch with us at memberhelp@tortoisemedia.comRead our ThinkIn code of conduct here. What is a Tortoise ThinkIn?A ThinkIn is not another panel discussion. It is a forum for civilised disagreement. It is a place where everyone has a seat at the (virtual) table. It’s where we get to hear what you think, drawn from your experience, energy and expertise. It is the heart of what we do at Tortoise.

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Is everything we know about food wrong? With Professor Tim Spector

One of the world’s leading scientists reveals why so much of the current advice on food and nutrition is dangerously inaccurate. Our daily digital ThinkIns are exclusively for Tortoise members and their guests.Try Tortoise free for four weeks to unlock your complimentary tickets to all our digital ThinkIns.If you’re already a member and looking for your ThinkIn access code you can find it in the My Tortoise > My Membership section of the app next to ‘ThinkIn access code’.We’d love you to join us.Professor Tim Spector, one of the world’s leading scientists, believes almost everything we’ve been told about food and nutrition is wrong. Join us to listen to insights from his extraordinary new book Spoon-Fed, through which he will encourage us to question every diet plan, official recommendation, miracle cure or food label we encounter. Chair: Ceri Thomas, Editor and Partner, TortoisePre-order the book hereAbout Professor TimProfessor Tim Spector is a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and honorary consultant physician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals. He is a multi-award winning expert in personalised medicine and the gut microbiome and the author of four books, including the bestselling The Diet Myth.Professor Spector is on the scientific advisory board of health science company ZOE. The ZOE Covid Symptom Study app is being used by over 4m people to regularly report on their health, making it the largest public science project of its kind anywhere in the world.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.The link to join the conversation will be emailed to you after you have registered for your ticket to attend. When you click the link, you enter the digital ThinkIn and can join a live conversation from wherever you are in the world. Doors open at 6:20pm for a welcome and briefing. Come early to get settled, meet the team and chat to other members. ThinkIn starts at 6:30pm.Members can enter their unique members’ access code to book tickets. Find yours in My Tortoise > My Membership in the Tortoise app.If you have any questions or get stuck, please read our FAQs, or get in touch with us at memberhelp@tortoisemedia.comRead our ThinkIn code of conduct.What is a Tortoise ThinkIn?A ThinkIn is not another panel discussion. It is a forum for civilised disagreement. It is a place where everyone has a seat at the (virtual) table. It’s where we get to hear what you think, drawn from your experience, energy and expertise. It is the heart of what we do at Tortoise.

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Living Better: In conversation with Alastair Campbell on mental health

Listen to Alastair Campbell’s intensely personal story about coping with depression. Our daily digital ThinkIns are exclusively for Tortoise members and their guests.Try Tortoise free for four weeks to unlock your complimentary tickets to all our digital ThinkIns.If you’re already a member and looking for your ThinkIn access code you can find it in the My Tortoise > My Membership section of the app next to ‘ThinkIn access code’.We’d love you to join us.”Last Christmas I almost killed myself. Almost. I’ve had a lot of almosts. Never gone from almost to dead. Don’t think I ever will. But it was a bad almost.”Alastair Campbell built a career at the very top of UK politics as the so-called ‘spin doctor’ for former Prime Minister Tony Blair. He has been a vocal critic of the government’s communications strategy throughout the pandemic.His new book, Living Better: How I Learned to Survive Depression, is a deeply personal account of his lifelong struggle with mental ill-health. It’s a painful but ultimately hopeful story that takes in his childhood, family and work relationships, as well as his relentless quest to understand the condition and the treatments for it. Stephen Fry has said of Living Better, ‘Superbly readable, supremely useful. Unflinching, clear-eyed, honest, raw and revealing, it may be the most important achievement of Alastair Campbell’s vivid and varied career.’Join us to listen to his story and reflect on how we might look after ourselves and each other better. Chair: James Harding, Editor and Co-founder, TortoiseBuy the book hereAbout Alistair CampbellAlastair Campbell is best known for his role as Tony Blair’s chief spokesman and strategist. He has written several bestselling books, including The Blair Years and Winners. A former ‘Mind Champion of the Year’, he is an ambassador for several mental health charities. In November 2017 he was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in recognition of his role in breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness.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.The link to join the conversation will be emailed to you after you have registered for your ticket to attend. When you click the link, you enter the digital ThinkIn and can join a live conversation from wherever you are in the world. Members can enter their unique members’ access code to book tickets. Find yours in My Tortoise > My Membership in the Tortoise app.If you have any questions or get stuck, please read our FAQs, or get in touch with us at memberhelp@tortoisemedia.comRead our ThinkIn code of conduct here.What is a Tortoise ThinkIn?A ThinkIn is not another panel discussion. It is a forum for civilised disagreement. It is a place where everyone has a seat at the (virtual) table. It’s where we get to hear what you think, drawn from your experience, energy and expertise. It is the heart of what we do at Tortoise.

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In conversation with Stephanie Yeboah

Stephanie Yeboah tells it like is, on body positivity, intersectionality, mental health and more. Our daily digital ThinkIns are exclusively for Tortoise members and their guests.Try Tortoise free for four weeks to unlock your complimentary tickets to all our digital ThinkIns.If you’re already a member and looking for your ThinkIn access code you can find it in the My Tortoise > My Membership section of the app next to ‘ThinkIn access code’.We’d love you to join us.Thirty-one-year-old plus-size blogger Stephanie Yeboah has experienced racism and fatphobia throughout her life. Her first book, Fattily Ever After, is the story of her journey towards self-acceptance. Join us – and probably a fair few of Stephanie’s 180,000 Instagram followers – to listen to Stephanie explain the history of the black ‘body positivity’ movement, and share her experiences of fetishisation, online dating, fast fashion and loneliness. Stephanie tells it like it is. This ThinkIn is must-attend for anybody who has struggled to find self-worth (or even just fashionable clothes that fit and feel good) in a world full of discrimination and judgement.Editor: Liz Moseley, Editor and Partner, TortoiseBuy the book hereAbout StephanieStephanie Yeboah has been a part of the fat acceptance/body positive community since 2014. Since then, she has written many pieces on her blog, on social media platforms and in external publications on topics such as intersectionality in the body positivity movement, standards of beauty within the movement and self-love. She’s spoken at the Women of the World Festival, Oxford University, Africa Utopia, the Youth Select Committee, the London College of Fashion diversity panel and many others. 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.The link to join the conversation will be emailed to you after you have registered for your ticket to attend. When you click the link, you enter the digital ThinkIn and can join a live conversation from wherever you are in the world. Doors open at 6:25pm for a welcome and briefing. Come early to get settled, meet the team and chat to other members. ThinkIn starts at 6:30pm. Members can enter their unique members’ access code to book tickets. Find yours in My Tortoise > My Membership in the Tortoise app.If you have any questions or get stuck, please read our FAQs, or get in touch with us at memberhelp@tortoisemedia.comRead our ThinkIn code of conduct here.What is a Tortoise ThinkIn?A ThinkIn is not another panel discussion. It is a forum for civilised disagreement. It is a place where everyone has a seat at the (virtual) table. It’s where we get to hear what you think, drawn from your experience, energy and expertise. It is the heart of what we do at Tortoise.

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How to love the skin you’re in with influencer Flo Simpson

Influencer Flo Simpson tells it all on body positivity, going viral, self care and beating trolls. At Tortoise, we’re determined to reflect the voices of young people in our journalism. That’s why NextGen ThinkIns are free to join for students and apprentices. On top of that, thanks to our partners, you get a complimentary membership of Tortoise thrown in with your ticket. What’s not to like? Flo Simpson is a body positivity blogger with over 61k followers on Instagram. At the start of lockdown, she downloaded TikTok on a whim to record her progress as she tried to fit back into her old jeans. Now, with over 23.4 million likes on her videos, the 21 year old student is using her newfound social media fame to help people of all ages and sizes to love the skin they’re in.As one of 15 British TikTokers chosen to trial the platform’s new monetisation programme, Flo is also at the forefront of using the increasingly popular social media platform as a side hustle.We’ll be chatting to Flo to hear how she became so popular, the reality of beating internet trolls and why she’s passionate about spreading self love online. Bring your questions for Flo and personal reflections on body positivity and the pressure to be perfect, to the first ThinkIn of our NextGen series. How can we learn to love ourselves in an increasingly negative digital space? Editor: Liz Moseley, Editor and Partner, TortoiseA bit about FloSick of the common online diet culture, Flo began posting on Tiktok in lockdown with the goal of fitting back into her old jeans. She threw the scales out the window and has been doing it her own way ever since, sharing her journey with her 655k TikTok followers.She quickly went viral, but that also left her open to trolls on the platform. This included comments targeting the hair on her arms, a symptom of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. But, she hasn’t let that stop her. Flo is using her videos to teach people of all ages & sizes to love their bodies, because, as she says, “we only get one life and one body”.Just like many young people, she’s juggling university, a social life, a part time job and trying to eat a bit healthier at the same time. She’s 21, from Portsmouth, and just finished her degree in law at Solent University.What is NextGen?With education and employment opportunities in turmoil, young people’s voices are, perhaps, the ones those in power most need to hear. Introducing NextGen ThinkIns, by Tortoise. Launching in Autumn 2020, a live virtual event series that puts you face to face (over Zoom..) with artists, politicians, activists and business people for an honest conversation like no other. One hour, one editor, one amazing speaker and a room full of young people. The world is chock-full of ‘virtual events’ these days – but we believe there’s nothing quite like this. NextGen ThinkIn speakers are all world-changers in their field. They’re people with stories to tell – of love and death, success and failure, health, hustles, protests, politics and everything else that matters. As for what we’ll talk about? That’s up to you. About TortoiseTortoise is a different kind of newsroom. One in which everyone has a seat at the table. We’ve created a place, in the real world and the virtual one, where people can come, listen, learn and, importantly, say what they really think. That’s why, with the help of our partners, Tortoise is making another 5,000 complimentary memberships available to students and apprentices across the UK, to ensure young people’s stories are front and centre in Tortoise journalism. If you’d like to join us, you can become a member when you sign up for this event.

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Pfizer’s war

It’s been said often enough: the pandemic has been like a war. Economically, on civil liberties and the deaths it has caused, it’s hard to find a better comparison. And just like a war it places responsibilities on companies that make vital supplies which are different from peacetime – to profit, but not to profiteer