TOM TOM VALUES

At the decade mark, we’ve spent time reflecting on what matters to us most, and what people participating have told us again and again; Tom Tom is more than ideas, it’s an event that leaves people inspired and ready to create.

 It’s these values that make it all possible:

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WE BELIEVE IN
TOMORROW

The future can unite us, sparking our ability to dream big. Optimism and hope break down barriers and unshackle us from the past. We can acknowledge and learn from the past, without it defining our future.

WE BELIEVE IN
COMMUNITY

The act of gathering together is at the heart of everything we plan and do.  This grassroots buy-in from hundreds of local organizations, all collaborating to showcase the best their hometown has to offer, is what keeps us going.

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WE BELIEVE IN
CREATORS

We celebrate everyone that imagines a new idea and takes the initiative to make it real. The power of the committed entrepreneur, founder, official, activist, and citizen to make change cannot be overstated.

WE BELIEVE IN
EXPERIMENTATION

Try something new. See if it works. Enjoy the freedom to fail. We know this for a fact: saying “yes” to new ideas and new ways of doing things, has made our whole organization possible and we celebrate that audacious spirit in others.

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WE BELIEVE IN
BELONGING

We aspire to create and support a community where everyone “belongs,” where you can be yourself and know your community of friends and neighbors will look out for you. There’s a lot that can divide us and reinforce how we are different — we look to provide a space for open-minds and open-hearts. 

WE BELIEVE IN
HUMILITY

We’re here to learn and to listen. Our desire is to move beyond our upbringings and hold empathy for others. We may not always agree, but we also recognize we don’t know everything! We aspire to truly listen to each other and share experiences and ideas. 

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WE BELIEVE IN
FUN

Building community can be hard work. But what gets us beyond our differences — both real and perceived — is the ability to come together and enjoy each other. Letting go and having a good time with friends and neighbors is the groundwork for a stronger community. Here’s to having fun!