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Tuttle Press Pack

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It's hard to pull stuff together like this, because we're deliberately vague, amorphous, undefinable, and determinedly non-mass-media - however I do think there's a value in putting something together that explains what we're about for potential new supporters. 

Please fill as you will (and remember, don't comment - edit!).


What Is Tuttle Club?

Tuttle is a loose association of like-minded, interested and interesting people who gather together to share ideas and experiences and to build something new out of the shared experience - on-line and off. 


The 'club' provides a free to attend, welcoming environment in which people can come and discuss ideas - the 21st century equivalent of the enlightenment coffee shop.  There is a common interest in new media and the exciting ways in which they may be used, but the conversations that take place in Tuttle span a great many topics.


People come along, meet new people, drink coffee, talk, scheme, build new businesses, find clients, suppliers and collaborators. In short, they work hard at getting things done while having fun.


Funding comes from donations, sponsors and.... (any legal status eg club/accounts etc?)


The London group meets every Friday morning from 10am.


Who is it for?

Tuttle is for anyone who is interested. There are no membership restrictions.  People come from all walks of life - including people who work in private, public and voluntary sectors - and from all political shades.


Most people have an interest in social media, but beyond that they defy categories. Tuttle has created a reputation around the world. There are frequent visitors from the USA, Asia and Europe, and the idea has spawned similar gatherings in UK (Birmingham, Brighton, Manchester, Reading, Sheffield, Tunbridge Wells and York) and in the USA (LA, ...).



Lloyd Davis found (rather than founded) Tuttle whilst he was wandering around the nascent London social media scene, traipsing from coffee shop to cocktail bar during the summer of 2007 to the myriad events happening. Russel Davies, Hugh Macleod, Mike Butcher, Toby Moores and Saul Kline all held regular events, almost every day of the week, in different places. A conversation with Helen Keegan about a dedicated space to house a mix of social, educational and work activities served as the catalyst.


Many further conversations lead to a facebook group that garnered 200 members in just a few days. Tuttle was born.


It was named Tuttle after Archebald "Harry" Tuttle, a character in the 1985 Terry Gilliam film Brazil. Tuttle - played by Robert De Niro - is a renegade air conditioning specialist who once worked for the government but left due to the amount of paperwork.



November 2007 first meeting held in the church hall at Bloomsbury Baptist Church

January 2008 resurrected after a blog by Mike Butcher

March 2008 first meet at Coach and Horses

xx Venue moved mainly to ICA  

X session at One Alfred Place

March 2009 First annual report produced

August 2009 - Two 'tuttles in the park' held in St James' Park

November 2009 - first Scuttle (evening Tuttle) held in Southwark 

September 2009,  Tuttle presented a half day session in conjunction with <a href="http://www.ted.com/">TED</a>, <a href="http://tedxtuttle.com/">TEDxTuttle</a>, which was supported by <a href="http://uk.sun.com/">Sun</a>.


Meaning to the Community

What does Tuttle mean to you?  What have you gained from attending?  What has happened to you as a result?


Tuttle provides a space outside work where issues and ideas can be discussed and problems solved.  Because of the unstructured nature of Tuttle, conversation flows freely and seemingly randomly.  The conversations create a large amount of energy and a capacity for change.


About Lloyd Davis

(Sorry Lloyd, I know you won't want to, but the media will want this info and may as well get an accurate version from you as an inaccurate one from elsewhere!!)



Tricky because we deliberately fly below the radar a lot of the time.  So we're mainly talking about appreciative blog mentions.

A thought: it might be better to just have a separate page for this, because journalists (mass media) don't generally want regurgitated stuff? Claire T (claireatwaves)


Many of the people who come to Tuttle write blogs.  Here is what some people have written:


http://patrickhadfield.wordpress.com/2009/05/22/what-i-like-about-tuttle-and-one-thing-i-dont/ "What there is is a load of people happy to talk about anything. There a lots of excellent conversations. A lot of the participants work in online media in one way or another (I don’t), and everyone there has an interest in social media, one way or another, so a lot of the conversations are about the internet, social media and the tools that we are beginning to take for granted in our lives."


http://patrickhadfield.wordpress.com/2009/07/24/some-conversations-at-tuttle-particularly-on-internet-identity/ "I find it an exciting space, but also quite challenging and tiring: it is full of interesting people, and the conversations are often quite passionate – these are people who believe in what they are doing.  I often feel that the conversations at Tuttle revolve around themes – of course, this might be because I am involved in each of the conversations I have (…obviously…); but it might also reflect this group’s underlying interests."


http://www.taylordavidson.com/writing/2009/09/22/tuttle-club/ "The first person I met at my first Tuttle when I walked up to the outdoor patio at Inn at the Park was Lloyd Davis (@lloyddavis). Only now do I realize how lucky I was... Everybody is welcome, and the people that come to Tuttle is a mighty diverse group of people; at the same time note that Tuttle isn’t an attempt to create something that is *for everybody*, but something that is instead *open to anybody*... The simple way Tuttle people get together means that people are getting to know each other in a way not usual for a business network. The richness of the connections that comes through the culture of Tuttle is the strongest and most appealing part of the group to me."


http://creativeagencysecrets.com/2009/04/11/tuttle-club-reflects-on-its-first-year/ "Yes the sharing of 'how to' knowhow is a key element of Tuttle that is missing in most other networking events that I go to.  I've learnt loads and occasionally had the chance to show off my own skills because of this very important element of the social rules at Tuttle... the group is TOTALLY not clicquey and everyone is made to feel welcome.  I like this a lot.  Come along and see if you like what you find."


http://mariemejamme.com/blog/tuttle-club-in-london/ "The Tuttle Club attendees really do have fun; I was one of them this morning and I did enjoy it. The Breakfast extended to lunch and took place at the InnPark- St James Park, I met really nice people with plenty of ideas. The ideas that can change our world."


http://www.blackphoebe.com/msjen/2009/06/tuttle-club-the-summ.html "Being in the park, on a deck, surrounded by grass and trees on such a lovely, sunny morning was the most delightful summery thing I can think of doing in London. Esp. when said activity includes great conversations with like minded geeks."



"[Tuttle] ... otherwise known as the London Social Media Café, with a mixed crowd of bloggers, journos, techies, and geeks chatting about life the universe and everything over a coffee or two. ... The attendees not only network but publicise their networking, drawing in others to discussions on business opportunities every bit as much as what they thought of the latest film or book."



"The Tuttle Club is a get-together over coffee (and croissants and doughnuts too this morning!) of a 'social networking / web 2.0 / geek-tech-blog' sort of crowd. And well interesting it was too. Highly recommended if you are of this ilk!"


Attributed to Steve Lawson: "Friday mornings are a shining testament to the power of curiosity. It all seems to have started with a ‘I wonder what would happen if…’ type question, and here we are, planning and scheming ways to push technology as far as we can into the world of usefulness.


Sponsors & Supporters


Bicester Village











Value to supporters

Somewhere else in the wiki or the annual report are some words from some of the early guys.  Need to ask ICA for something too.


Venue Requirements

Drawn from the List of Selection Criteria


Anything Else?











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