A participants guide to tuttle101

Tuttle Club London was an original idea from Lloyd Davis. The conversations and experiences I had there inspired tuttle101 in Medway (Rochester. UK).

Tuttle101 hosted at The Deaf Cat Coffee Bar (Rochester, Kent)
Tuttle101 at The Deaf Cat (Rochester, Kent)

It isn’t for everyone but it is for anyone.

Tuttle is a loose collection of people finding a way of working (and doing) better together (both offline and on). Focused on Connection, Inspiration, Collaboration and Learning through doing.

Leave your business cards at home and come with an open mind. It's about social interaction, a meeting of diverse minds and life experiences over coffee and conversation. At all times it should be fun and engaging – you're not an attendee, you're a participant. People show up without preconceptions over what will happen, be talked about or done. Anything can happen, and the environments and spaces change. It’s a philosophy rather than a collective noun. You Tuttle, rather than are part of Tuttle.

Tuttle provides people with an open platform to be social, build understandings and connect. It’s a neutral space to discuss and do.

Creative insights often come in non-linear ways, through seeing connections and similarities between things we hadn’t noticed before.
Sir Ken Robinson

Challenging stereotypical structures and traditional business mindsets tuttle101 explores elements of how people (you) can be creative at anything at all – anything that involves your intelligence. It is because human intelligence is so wonderfully diverse that people are creative in so many extraordinary ways… writing, music, dance, theatre, math, science, computing, philosophy, business etc. Tuttle doesn’t ask how intelligent you are; through random connections and conversations it helps you explore: How are you intelligent?

When you give participants freedom, you get chaos, but you also get incredible creativity – the unstoppable power of leaderless organizations. On one hand people have freedom to do what they want, on the other they develop a sense of social ownership and added responsibility – everyone becomes an active participant and guardian of sorts – the concept of ‘community’ takes on more meaning, empowering a better understanding of ‘neighbour’ and 'trusted connections'.

Tuttle can be a goad, a check, a sounding board, and a source of inspiration and support. Overlapping circles of people with similar interests who create something much greater than any of them could create individually – to become more than the sum of their parts.

Tuttle draws its name from the renegade heating engineer and suspected terrorist Archibald Tuttle (played by Robert De Niro) in Terry Gilliam's 1985 dystopian science fiction black comedy film Brazil. 

There’s no hierarchy, membership, name badges or even business cards. Simply come along, be open-minded and if nothing else enjoy the atmosphere. Over time you’ll form trusted, valued and inspiring relationships – you'll get out what you put in!

To accommodate those who can't participate during weekdays an occasional evening tipple101 usually involves beer or wine.

tuttle101 happened regularly between September 2009 and July 2014 and developed into the creation of Kent's first coworking community at http://cofwd.org