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On the move again

We’re temporarily, but not catastrophically, homeless for now. It’s more an embarrassment of choices than not having anywhere to go, but the London Capital Club closed this week and so please don’t turn up there.

The [Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/TuttleClubLondon/) is usually the most up to date place to find out more or you can always ping [Lloyd on Twitter](https://twitter.com/lloyddavis).


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I’m experimenting with distributing equal amounts of a cryptocurrency called Grantcoin to everyone who turns up at Friday morning Tuttle.  I wrote about it here.

I received 11473.877824GRT at the start of the quarter.  There are 15 tuttles in the quarter so that makes:

764.9251 per Tuttle
less 0.01 GTR fee

764.9151 per Tuttle

(this week I’m still learning, I made a mistake and transferred the pot *plus* the fee and not *minus* it – doh!)

So 764.9251 has gone to my twitter wallet and I’m tweeting 1/11 of it – 69.538645GRT – out to the following twitter users who attended:


Instructions for using the Grantcoin Twitter Wallet

As Grantcoin is currently selling for about 70 satoshi, the estimated Sterling value of each person’s handout this week is £0.025 (tuppence-halfpenny in the old vernacular).



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I’m going to be writing here for a bit about Tuttle & Co, Tuttle Inc., Tuttle Consulting and any other ways of saying Tuttle as a business (TaaB – there’s another one). I’m looking for your help with refining these ideas and getting us up and running with some work.

We’ve met now every week for eight years. Some of us have put teams together to beef up existing client work, some have brought half-baked ideas to a Friday morning and gone away with a big project to do, others have mused that they’d like to do something with x and immediately found collaborators. But often things are raised and then just hang there for a while waiting for someone to pick them up and run. Sometimes these things just fade away and die. That’s probably alright, but what if we had a way of making that decision together? In fact a way of making lots of decisions together, because hey, whoever heard of having too many decisions to make or too many projects to contribute to?

How can we make formal the informal relationships that we have, incorporate our unincorporated group with the intention of creating value for other organisations and for us all as a community? And all the while continue to just have fun talking on a Friday morning?

Well, as with the British Council project, that we did oooh nearly seven years ago now, I would want something that is congruent with the way that Tuttle feels. This might not be well-defined. It might actually exist in various different versions in just about everybody’s heads but some of the principles that have emerged are:

Action Research and learning – we develop the thing by doing it and reviewing regularly
Openness – we do it in the open unless there’s good reason not to
We establish and protect reputation through publication
Everyone’s welcome – It’s not for everyone, but it should be for anyone
One member one vote (so equity may be sold but not for any sort of control)
No debt, Low overheads
Equality of opportunity and fairness in the division of any spoils
Being an exemplar for other organisations
Developing new business models for a digital economy
Always learning from others, always improving

Any more occur to you? Any of these that you have a problem with?

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From Dominic Pride

Enjoyed the event and I asked the following question:

“What happens when AI is the only option?” It was prompted by a comment made by @drjackuk about the lack of support for doctors in decision making leading to a high risk factor for patients undergoing an operation.

Along the way we uncovered the following:
-AI may well be the best option. Already planes use narrow AI to minimise pilot error and reduce cognitive load. Can this reduce risk in driving, for example?
-For AI to work, everyone must subscribe to it. A system where only part of the population cedes control to an algorithm may not work
-Personal liberty is at stake. What happens when you task an algorithm to act in your best health interests, and it mines information from different sources of your life and informs real / digital health professionals

Dominic Pride


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From Jed Baxter

My write up of the ‘political’ stream is now posted on Medium.


Please add the conversation there if I left any out.

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I’ve been chatting to Al Robertson at Tuttle for a while now about a consulting model and process that might emerge from the network in addition to but not in competition with the small and hypernimble JFDI crowd.

Al’s a great thinker, writer and strategist, he has the interestingness of the plannerly crowd that introduce me to him and he also knows how to put a good pitch together. So he sent me the following. I was tempted to fiddle with it, but I’ve gained just enough sense to know when I can’t add anything more, so I present here unedited, for your perusal, pontification and the picking of holes. I’m starting to try this out with potential clients – ideas and introductions to more folk who might find it useful are very welcome.

The Crowd – Tribe – Team process

Tuttle consultancy is rooted in the Crowd – Tribe –Team process. Before describing what that is, we should define a Crowd, a Tribe and a Team.

The most open, freeform way of organising a group of people is as a Crowd – that is, a disparate group of people with no clearly defined internal relationships, or external goals. A Crowd is a seed. It’s full of potential, but that potential needs attention and focus to help it grow.

When Crowd members start to engage with each other, they begin to discover others who share their particular interests, or they realise that they all share a common interest set. The Crowd then begins to assemble itself into one or more, more purposeful, Tribes. A Tribe is a loosely organised group of people, united by common passions or ambitions. A football crowd, for example, isn’t really a crowd at all; it’s a football tribe.

As Tribes develop, they become more organised, and their members become more action orientated. They begin to create clearly defined aims that spring from and support their shared passions or ambitions. In order to achieve these goals, Teams are formed. Individual Teams are created with specific goals in mind, and are assembled from Tribe members with the relevant expertise or interests.

The Tuttle Club began as a Crowd, but it has now become a Tribe. Within that Tribe, individual Teams are working to complete clearly defined tasks. One Team, for example, is putting together a book on Twitter, while another has been thinking about how Tuttle can use its tribal expertise to help other groups of people. While working through that process, we’ve realised that the Crowd – Tribe – Team process can be a very useful consultancy tool.

We begin by meeting you as a Crowd of highly experienced, highly creative and highly competent people. As we engage with your business, we work with you to create a series of Tribes – groups formed around your specific business issues, made up of those most engaged by them, and with experience most relevant to them. Finally, each Tribe becomes a Team, committed to delivering clearly defined solutions to specific, carefully considered issues.

That process evolves the traditional solution-orientated consultancy model, by understanding that asking the right questions is as important as developing effective solutions. So, it brings a very broad range of expertise to bear on the process of understanding and framing those questions. This helps our clients look in new directions for highly creative, highly original and highly effective responses to their business issues, and ensures that delivery of those responses is based on an in-depth understanding of those issues.

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This is the beginning of a call for developers, but I probably need some help fleshing out the spec first.

It started with the sign-up page on the wiki falling into disuse – maybe it will recover, but I think it’s served it’s purpose – most people just turn up, or they don’t.

However there’s still a need for information about who’s going. Some people want reassurance that there’s going to be *someone* else there. Others may want to know which people that they know are going. It’s also useful to know after the event who was there so that you can follow up conversations or connect in a non-spammy way with people you didn’t get to see.

The non-spammy bit is very important, I want the information to be available, but I want to maintain the trust of people who come to twitter that their data won’t be harvested by unscrupulous folk. Of course it’s been possible to snaffle data from the start using the wiki, but it doesn’t seem that anyone’s bothered yet.

So I want you to treat this post as a draft specification for a new tool, a bot for which the principal user interface is twitter. I imagine it working like an irc-bot. I send messages in a pre-specified form with certain parameters and I receive a message back which either confirms an action I’ve taken or gives me some information (where that information won’t fit into a tweet it will need to be stored somewhere readable and linked to).

The core functions I have imagined so far are:

Going – defaults to adding you to the list of people coming to the next tuttle but with optional date parameter, returns a confirmation that your message has been recieved.

WhoIsGoing – returns a list of people already signed up, records (somewhere – where?) the fact that you asked.

IsTuttleOn – returns “yes” except when it doesn’t 🙂

WhatTime – returns 10am except when it doesn’t

WhatIsTuttle – returns standard description. Can take username as a parameter so you can let someone know (for the scenarios where a n00b asks “dude, wtf is a tuttle?”

WhoWent – takes date parameter, returns list of people who signed up.

You get the idea.

As a user, can you think of other functions you’d like to use? Can you think through the implications of such functions and let me know if there’s something stupid in there? Let’s throw this around for a little while – I’m particularly interested in understanding ways in which it could be simplified or abstracted from for use by other meetups or else extended for us to perform other functions than Friday meetups.

As a developer, what are the holes? What else do you need to know to be able to start building a prototype? I’m language or environment agnostic at the moment and would like outputs to be available in multiple forms, not just the existing wiki. Beyond the twitter API you might consider getting this bot to talk to the pbwiki API (perhaps “Going” writes some details from your twitter profile to a wiki page) or you might look at it talking to the Eventbrite API or whatever.

I hope it goes without saying that all parts of the development process should be Open Source – you should be prepared to share your code with others for the benefit of the Tuttle community and anyone else who wishes to use it.

(also, apologies, I’m forgetting to say thankyou to @yellowpark, @evangineer and @robocallaghan for helping me get my thinking this far)

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oxtuttle #2I took an impromptu trip to Oxford today to do a lightning inspection of the newly formed social media cafe there 🙂 Luckily everyone at the Jam Factory (also confusingly labelled The Old Marmalade Factory) had their 27B/6’s ready, in triplicate and duly signed and stamped. Also the main entrance on Park End Street was a cunning diversion from the real entrance round the corner – that will have put off any clueless opportunists who insist on reading maps and addresses literally. 10/10

But seriously, it was great to see another little outcropping of tuttle spirit with people who’d never been to another tuttle getting it straight away and seeing the benefits.

Big thanks to Colin, Donna & Robbie at 1000heads for getting it started and keeping going.

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21112008558I’ve been checking in with the folk at the ICA about how things are going from their point of view and the general picture is “Hoorah for us!” Thank you for being so well-behaved, lovely and interesting. I’m having discussions over the next few days that I’m hoping will result in being able to announce a whole other bunch of cool things to do there.

Having up to 70 people in the bar on a Friday is clearly a good thing for them and I’d like us to be able to keep it going with goodwill. One of the reasons we meet somewhere like this, rather than just camping out in some cafe or other is to avoid pissing people off, but however welcome and lovely we are, the bar is a commercial enterprise and so there are a couple of niggles with the caterers that we can easily deal with.

Firstly, generous bunch that we are, we’ve recently gotten into the habit of folk bringing along donuts and cakes. Obviously, we all love to celebrate the birthdays of our special members, but it would be appreciated if we didn’t bring stuff in from outside. They’re very happy to put stuff on for us specially if we ask in advance and they’re looking at what pastries & cakes can be on sale from this week on. I’m inclined to say that if we have a sponsor, perhaps we should include something for such sweet things and that I will let the caterers (and you) know ahead of time. And if you’ve something to celebrate and want me to arrange some confectionery to share with the throng, let me know.

Secondly you’ll have noticed me at midday encouraging you to buy some lunch or move away from the upper bar to let luncheoners in. The caterers are seeing a little dip in their Friday lunch covers. I’m interested to know why more people don’t buy their lunch there and I think there’s an opportunity for us to influence things to our mutual benefit. My first impressions are that it’s likely to be either about the cost or about the content of the menu.

So please do let me know, in the comments, by twitter DM or otherwise whether you’d be more interested in lunch on Fridays if there were a special deal for Tuttlers or if you have looked at the menu and have some suggestions for how it could be more engaging to you.

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Definitely the busiest tuttle so far – we had nearly 70 people signed up on the wiki and although they didn’t all make it, the numbers were swelled by many more who hadn’t said they’d come.

For the first time, for those who still have no idea what happens at a tuttle, I did what I’ve meant to do for ages, I wandered around with my recorder and captured reactions from some of the folk. Mike doesn’t like it being called podcasting, as you’ll hear, so welcome to Tuttle Radio.

This is also for those lovely Lawsons who are clearly pining for something tuttlish.

Download (13MB)

(cross-posted from Perfect Path)

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