I spent the morning at Tuttle, weekly offline get together which started out as an extension of online discussions. I have been going to Tuttle since February, and regularly for the last six weeks or so. It is a bit like a cross between a BarCamp and a networking event – there are no presentations, so perhaps it is closer to a networking event, but there is no sense of anyone trying to sell themselves or their products.
Perhaps it’s closer to a tweetup (though I didn’t go to my first tweetup until after I had been to Tuttle, so I’d probably put it round the other way!).
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.
In the past few weeks, I have had some fascinating conversations about
- film-making in Mumbai
- how to take the momentum developed by a conference forward to catalyse change
- managing change in education
- electronic publishing and the future of books
- how on earth can social media make money
- how companies can leverage social media within their organisations (and how they can’t)
- collapsonomics and the recession
- the future of jazz in Britain
- the impact of social media on citizen-journalism
- the good and bad things about putting Government services on the internet
- intellectual property lawyers
- how to take new ideas to market
and an awful lot more.
So more than anything, Tuttle is eclectic and inclusive: all that it really requires is a willingness to participate. At times I feel a bit of an outsider, since it appears I am surrounded by experts, though always a welcome one.
Basically, Tuttle is a space in which to engage with interesting people in interesting conversations, in an open environment.
It is an excellent weekly event, and I am pleased that I was taken along back in February.
In fact, I can only think of one down point about Tuttle: all those conversations going on at once mean that it can get awfully loud…