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Policing is male-dominated. That needs to change

On both sides of the Atlantic, the police have an intractable cultural problem. As a former police chief in the US, Jeff Patterson has seen it first hand. Here he outlines how the force’s treatment of female officers has changed over the years – and why it needs to be improved further still

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Getting to Net Zero: an Inuit perspective

Nobody understands what is happening in the Arctic better than its Indigenous people. Effective climate change adaptation means giving them more power over the resources on which they depend

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Orphaned by America

Thousands of children were separated from their parents at the US border under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. This is the story of how, five years later, 300 remain lost in a system designed to swallow them

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James O’Brien

The outspoken radio presenter on how to change your mind in a world that is notoriously unforgiving of uncertainty. 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.Radio presenter and writer James O’Brien doesn’t hold back. His previous book, How to Be Right, was all about winning arguments. In this ThinkIn he’ll talk about the follow-up, How Not to Be Wrong: The Art of Changing Your Mind, which is about making your mind up rather than making your voice heard. In a world that can be notoriously unforgiving of uncertainty, and sometimes actively hostile to nuanced discussion, taking the time to examine our opinions and ask where they come from is as important as it can be uncomfortable. `Editor: Matt d’Ancona, Editor and Partner, TortoiseBuy the book here. 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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Britain and slavery: Who profited and what should they do now?

What should companies that profited from slavery do now to make amends? 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.In the early 1800s, Benjamin Greene was running his own brewery and managing of a number of sugar plantations in the West Indies. When the British government abolished slavery in 1833, he was paid the equivalent of almost £500,000 in today’s money to compensate him for the loss of his ‘property’ – that is, men, women and children who had been kept as slaves on the plantations. Greene’s brewery is now the highly successful Greene King brewery chain, just one of 43,000 UK companies – including several major banks – named on a database at University College London to have directly or indirectly benefited from these compensation payments. What can and should these companies do now to make amends?Editor: James Harding, Editor and Co-founder, TortoiseHow 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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Will Nicola Sturgeon lead Scotland to independence?

Have the twin pressures of Brexit and Covid gifted independence to the SNP? 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.Some commentators suggest that Nicola Sturgeon’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis may be boosting support for Scottish nationalism. The Brexit Trade Bill, some have said, could trigger support for a ‘snap’ independence referendum. One recent poll showed 55% of Scots now favour independence. How has the economic and social case for an independent Scotland changed in a post-Brexit and post-Covid world? Does Sturgeon have the political capital to push through a second referendum, and on what timetable might it play out?Editor: James Harding, Editor and Co-founder, TortoiseOur invited experts include:Fiona Hill is a British political advisor and former Chief of Staff at Number 10 for Theresa May. John Lloyd is a journalist and co-founder of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. He is currently a contributing editor at the Financial Times. 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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In conversation with Nels Abbey

The brilliantly funny Nels Abbey speaks on his satirical self-help book ‘Think Like A White Man’, examining race and masculinity at work. 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 do we address racial inequality in the workplace? The brilliantly funny Nels Abbey offers ‘advice’ on how to be successful in a world that sets you up to fail. Think Like a White Man is Nels’ bold and satirical self help book which explains the rules by which mediocre white men continue to get ahead. It is one of the first satirical books on race by a black British author, and is an incisive and timely examination of racism and masculinity today.Editor: Liz Moseley, Editor and Partner, TortoiseBuy the book here. About Nels Nels Abbey is a British-Nigerian writer and media executive based in London. He was inspired to write Think Like A White Man by his direct experience of trying to build a career in white-dominated industries – first in finance and later in the media. He is also a co-founder of the Black Writers’ Guild, which issued an open letter to publishers calling on them to address the racial inequality within their organisations. Think Like a White Man is Nels’ first book, though his work also appears in the recently published anthology, Safe.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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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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Monetising the sisterhood: do toxic cultures thrive in ‘feminist’ companies

How do feminist businesses balance profit and purpose? Does ‘the sisterhood’ really work for everyone? 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.Does ‘the sisterhood’ work for everyone or are women unfairly judged and held to a different standard or is toxic workplace culture systemic? Audrey Gelman, co-founder of upmarket women-only members’ club and co-working space The Wing, resigned in June following accusations of systemic mistreatment of her company’s Black and brown employees. The Wing has won over 100m in funding and has been marketed as an intersectional feminist haven where all women are welcome. Christene Barberich, editor-in-chief of Refinery29 which is marketed as a progressive feminist women’s media brand, also stepped down in June after former employees took to Twitter to describe Refinery29’s “toxic company culture where white women’s egos ruled”. There are those who say a private members’ club and a lifestyle magazine are anachronistic to feminism anyway but are women being unfairly discriminated against?Chair: Basia Cummings, Editor and Partner, TortoiseOur special guests include: Yomi Adegoke is a multi-award winning journalist who is currently the woman’s columnist at The Guardian and the i paper. She is also co-author of the bestselling book Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible.Ilana Kaplan is a New Jersey-born writer and editor based in Brooklyn. With over 11 years experience, she has had columns at VICE, Refinery29 and Observer and previously held positions as the U.S. culture reporter for The Independent and as a contributing editor at PAPER Magazine. Her work has been published in The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, NPR, GQ, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Pitchfork, Variety, Billboard, etc.Jessa Crispin is a columnist for the Guardian US, as well as a contributor to publications The Baffler, The Boston Review, The New York Times. She is the author of The Dead Ladies Project and Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto. She is the co-author of the Screaming Women zine with Jen May. She currently lives in Baltimore.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.comWhat 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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A college with secrets

Sexual assault allegations from three different women against the same man. A grave allegation of sexual assault by a senior academic on a male student. And an historic allegation of sexual assault against another academic. These three cases all crashed into a Cambridge college within a few months of one another, early in 2018, each more complex than the last. This investigation asks: does the reputation of an institution and its close-knit group of tutors count for more than the welfare of students in their care?

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Policing is male-dominated. That needs to change

On both sides of the Atlantic, the police have an intractable cultural problem. As a former police chief in the US, Jeff Patterson has seen it first hand. Here he outlines how the force’s treatment of female officers has changed over the years – and why it needs to be improved further still

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Getting to Net Zero: an Inuit perspective

Nobody understands what is happening in the Arctic better than its Indigenous people. Effective climate change adaptation means giving them more power over the resources on which they depend

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A college with secrets

Sexual assault allegations from three different women against the same man. A grave allegation of sexual assault by a senior academic on a male student. And an historic allegation of sexual assault against another academic. These three cases all crashed into a Cambridge college within a few months of one another, early in 2018, each more complex than the last. This investigation asks: does the reputation of an institution and its close-knit group of tutors count for more than the welfare of students in their care?