WHAT IS TOM.
Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM) empowers local communities of Makers to apply innovation and technology to solve overlooked challenges faced by Need-Knowers.
TOM is creating impact locally and globally by bringing together like-minded people around a shared vision of a more inclusive world.
WHO IS TOM.
All TOM communities are made up of:
Students, entrepreneurs, engineers, designers, healthcare professionals and anyone with a passion for social impact and problem-solving.
Dedicated volunteers who plan, organize, and manage TOM activities in their local communities.
Individuals with a disability and/or who have an intimate knowledge and understanding of neglected needs that have no viable market solution.
WHERE IS TOM.
TOM Communities exist in homes, colleges and universities, in makerspaces and FabLabs, and just about anywhere one can set up a 3D printer or basic local manufacturing equipment.
Simply put - TOM is changing people’s lives, through technology and innovation, and by bringing people together to build community. TOM’s moonshot goal for the coming decade is to improve the lives of 250 million people through affordable, customizable, and easily replicable community-driven solutions.
TOM started with a simple observation that in every society, there is abundance and scarcity living side-by-side. In other words, in every society, you have many talented people with a range of expertise alongside many people who have basic unmet needs (or “neglected challenges”).
TOM’s process of innovation brings together the expertise and the needs, allowing a user-focused solution to be created. All TOM solutions are open-source and shared with the world through our online platform.
To date, over 72 communities in 27 countries, have worked on 595+ prototypes with the help of over 5,500 volunteers. From Tel Aviv to Tokyo and from Melbourne to Mexico City, TOM Communities are repairing the world through open innovation.