The most frequently asked question about #tuttle is: “Is it still going?” To which the answer is “Yes, still Fridays, still 10am-noon, still no agenda, currently on Level 5 at RFH”
And. We operate on a much smaller pool of people, which means the possibility of more intimate conversation (I’ve had some doozies!), but also the risk of stagnation that lack of diversity brings.
I am often reassured that “it’s not about you, Lloyd, it’s about me: I have work to do; I don’t manage my time well enough; I’d love to come but it’s just too far if I haven’t anything else in town; I’m always thinking about coming, it’s just that…”
I’m also reminded regularly that people do still long for space to be themselves, where no-one tells them what to do and they can talk about what they want to talk about without an expected outcome/output/powerpoint/post-its on the wall. A thing that’s not about the thing but about the relationships and potential for things to happen that builds over time.
I’ve been thinking about this for a while, but talking to Jon Hickman for his article on Social Capital has helped me remember what a good thing this can be and how I don’t believe the time for it has passed. Stories about online social networks spying on us and manipulating our streams to study our emotional responses as well as the constant drip, drip of acquisitions that lead either to sunsetting or unscrupulous use of personal data – these are the things we’ve talked about and organised against in places like #tuttle but my experience of the current crop of events is that these conversations are still squeezed into the breaks and space after the main speaker rather than the focus of getting together in the first place.
So how can you help?
Firstly, you can just come along. No need to register or submit your details anywhere, just turn up at the Royal Festival Hall sometime between 10 and noon and chat (and bring someone with you if you want).
Secondly you can help me develop a sustainable model for me keeping this thing going and making it better over time. The main issue has always been that while others have built working relationships and created opportunities, I’ve had a massive injection of Social Capital which is hard to pay the rent with. I also don’t really want to take money from outside the community while understanding that some people in the community don’t have a lot of money to give.
I’m looking at Patreon as a micro-patronage platform for subscriptions toward developing and rebooting the event. Some of you have kindly “micro-patronised” me before – the difference this time is that I’d want to tie levels of support to some pretty specific goals and to allow for much lower donations per person. Patreon offers both these functions.
In connection with that, you can help me by suggesting what those goals might be. So far I’ve got:
- Working with new venue(s);
- Creating an online presence more worthy of 2014 than 2007;
- Reviving Tuttle Consulting;
- Setting up a marketplace for #tuttlers to sell their wares;
- Doing other themed events for the community.
But I need to know what else? What did you always wish would happen either at or between #tuttles if only somebody could take the time to?
So let me know what you think about any of that: Yes? No? Yes. but do it another way? No, but have you ever thought of?