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Where to find us

These days we’re on Level 5 of the Royal Festival Hall.  Still no agenda, still Fridays, still 10 till noon-ish.  Just come and bring a pal and have a chat.

In summer months or if it’s warm we usually go out onto the balcony area.

You might like to pick up a coffee down on Level 2 before you come upstairs (or of course you may not!)

See you soon.

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I woke this morning to a tweet from Joanna Geary suggesting that I “might dispute your first status” – huh? It turns out Desi Velikova is starting an event next month called “London Social Media Cafe” and was tweeting to people: “We’re organising the first London Social Media Cafe and thought you might be interested” – the site refers to the Birmingham and Toronto SMCs as inspiration but makes no direct reference to our work.

Although I was initially riled, once I’d had a coffee and looked through it all again, I saw there was nothing to get hung-up about. As I said, nearly 5 years ago, “I own nothing here”.

Just to set the record straight so no-one has to dig through blogs and wikis or actually talk to someone to find out the answer – the thing that we now call Tuttle or the Tuttle Club started out as the London Social Media Cafe. I wrote about it first on 8th August 2007. In the early days we used a wiki atlondonsocialmediacafe.pbworks.com Soon after people found that #tuttle was much less of a mouthful than #LondonSMC and we got on with the important business of talking to each other, building relationships and having a laugh rather than worrying about what we were called.

Good Luck with it, Desi!

(cross-posted from Perfect Path)

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I’m taking part in this - I’ve written about it here

So I thought we’d move Tuttle over to the Barbican just for the month of August.  Meetup in the foyer, there’s a Costa Coffee and lookout for me and anyone else you might know :)

Probably back to RFH again afterwards, but who knows what opportunities may arise?!

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Finding Us On A Friday

We meet every Friday from 10am to midday-ish at the Centre for Creative Collaboration, 16 Acton St, London WC1X 9NG. Everyone’s welcome.

Searching for #tuttle on twitter will always give you the most up-to-date idea of what’s going on.

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If you’ve been at Tuttle over the past few weeks, you’ll have heard Lloyd talk about the new rota to make sure that the different things that have to happen to enable Tuttle to function each Friday actually get done.

We started off with a sign-up sheet – that’s right, a real piece of paper! – but we’ve now added this as a page on the wiki.

There are six different tasks, although one of those – opening up the building – is usually done by Brian (since he has the keys!). The others are

  • welcome, meet and greet – making sure that newcomers, guests and everyone else is made to feel welcome and comfortable
  • coffee and tea-maker – making sure that there is sufficient coffee and hot water for tea throughout the morning
  • tidying up – making sure that the space is kept tidy and clean
  • announcements – collecting and making the 11am community announcements
  • looking after coffee money – rattling the tin and counting any money donated

Just because you sign up for a task on a particular Friday doesn’t mean that it is your sole responsibility – there are usually lots of people to help make coffee and tidy up. We just want to make sure someone says they’ll do it so the same people don’t have to do it every week.

You can sign up to do one or more tasks on one or more Fridays on the service rota page of the wiki. Please take the time to do so if you can – it is down to us to make Tuttle happen each week!

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First visit to Centre for Creative CollaborationThis Friday, 5th February, we’ll be meeting at the brand spanking new Centre for Creative Collaboration which is a University of London project that our lovely Brian Condon has been working on for some time. If it works out OK I’m hoping that the Centre will become our home for the next period. I’ve been appointed Social Artist in Residence. It’s all very exciting.

You’ll find us at 16 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NG from 10am.

Right now, it’s a completely blank space. So we need some help to get up and running on Friday.

Chinwag are generously providing pastries as we’re part of Social Media Week London.

There are a few things that we’ll need to support us every week:

A kettle or two (we have a water boiler for day to day tea & coffee but Tuttle’s quite demanding) We’re oK on this front, ta!
A couple of those squirty flasks for serving the coffee & hot water [UPDATE Julia from Chinwag is bringing ONE - always good to have our own - donors' generosity will be noisily exposed to the world]
Plastic plates [hmmm...]
Loo roll [Patrick says he'll bring some]
Paper handtowels [possible samples from manufacturer - see comments below]
Ornaments and small pieces of art

IMPORTANT: If you’re bringing any of the above along, please let me know by e-mail so that I can make sure we don’t get 30 kettles and can’t get in the door for paper towels etc.

(obviously we *could* go out and buy those ourselves but I’m thinking that some people in our community might like to provide them in return for a small plaque in the centre noting their generous support)

Everyone can also help by donating any of the following:
A mug
A teaspoon
Special Needs Coffees & Teas
Biscuits
A bunch of flowers
Cushions
Or anything you think would help us make it a bit more homely.

Though if you have none of these, you’ll still be welcome!

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Just a quickie to let anyone know who thinks this is the best place to look that we’ll be the guests of 1000heads at their offices in Great Windmill Street, a hop, skip and a jump (or two depending on the length of your legs) from Piccadilly Circus (yes even closer than i-NET)

We’ll be there this Friday, 22nd Jan and the following 29th Jan from 10am until midday, but no doubt there’ll be folks heading off for shenanigans after that.

PS the *best* place to look for location updates is always a search on twitter for #tuttle

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