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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Tortoise. Open Journalism


This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

We are overwhelmed by information. The problem isn’t just fake news or junk news, because there’s a lot that’s good – it’s just that there’s so much of it, and so much of it is the same. Most of it is in a hurry. A lot is partial and confusing. Too many people chasing the news, but missing the story. It’s made people anxious and distrustful. It’s not nearly fun or funny enough. No wonder we’ve all been feeling bewildered and, frankly, exhausted. Drowned out and locked out of power.

We believe it’s time that changed.  To learn how to live well in a world where everything moves at breakneck speed, we believe we need to slow down to wise up.  We are building a different kind of journalism. One that opens up. Gives everyone a seat at the table. Creates a system of organised listening. News that reflects the way we really are and shapes the world we want to live in.  We’d love you to join us.

We’ve worked on plenty of projects with codenames. We’ve been in enough meetings behind closed doors. We think we’ll do better work by opening up.

  • We think everyone should have a seat at the table.
  • We’d like you to become a member of our newsroom.
  • We’re interested in getting the best stories – or the best angles on them.
  • We want to be systematic.
  • We’re committed to organised listening.
  • We’ll go out of our way to hear from other people.

At the heart of what we do is the ThinkIn. It’s modeled on what we call a leader conference in the UK, an editorial board in the US. It’s a forum for civilized disagreement. A place to sift through what we know to come to a clear, concise point of view. We’re opening it up to you. Every evening, Monday to Thursday, we’ll throw open the doors to our London newsroom. Digitally and physically. Tune in or come in. We want to hear what you think, drawn from your experience, energy and expertise.

Don’t worry if you think you don’t know enough to comment – we all feel that way. So we prepare Tortoise Notes for every ThinkIn – an all you need to know guide to the subject we’re discussing, whether it’s cryptocurrencies or the Marvel movie franchises, the state of racism or the rise of veganism. And when the conversation is done, we don’t drift off. We provide the Tortoise Take – our point of view, informed by what we’ve heard.

As of October 31st, this project has raised $557,000 of their $95,292 goal. This project has 16 days left to raise as much as it can. For a pledge of $13, you will get a one year membership.  For a pledge of $64, you will get a five-year membership.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tortoisemedia/tortoise-open-journalism-a-different-kind-of-newsr?

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