What is the Tikkun Institute?
The Tikkun Institute is the research and theory/public policy development arm of the Tikkun community. It will develop the next generation of intellectuals, writers, and activists through a Fellowship program. Fellows will recruit writers and thinkers, solicit articles, and inspire communities to become more socially, politically, and spiritually engaged.
A central goal of the Tikkun Institute is to re-envision society and its economic and political arrangements in order to protect the life-support-system of Earth from the environmental destruction that scientists tell us is escalating every year. It also seeks to provide ideas, strategies, and analysis of politics, culture, and intellectual life as well as to unveil and fight classism, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and “othering” in all its dimensions. We call the world we seek The Caring Society—Caring for Each Other and Caring for the Earth. What exactly that looks like and how to get there is part of the research we encourage.
Tikkun Fellows are committed to this work in a variety of ways. They have taken on the responsibility to help foster these conversations and promote action wherever they may be located geographically. The Tikkun Institute can also use its track record and 501(c)(3) status to help freelance researchers and activists apply for funding that furthers our goals.
The Tikkun Institute will create a transnational group of leaders who actively pursue values of love, caring, and justice in their communities. We predict that:
- By the end of the first two years, the work of Tikkun Fellows will increase our annual article publication rate by 40%
- By the end of the first two years, Tikkun Fellow’s outreach along with our website redesign will increase our average monthly website traffic by 40%
In an increasingly divisive world, the Tikkun Institute will train the next generation of leaders in social activism methods based in empathy and compassion. Fellows will develop their intellectual prowess while bringing what they’ve learned back to their communities to spark meaningful progressive change, and the Tikkun Institute will ensure that this vital group of emerging leaders have the tools they need to create the change the world requires. Tikkun has the history, connections, and guiding principles to make sure this vision becomes a reality. What we do not yet have is the funding to make all this happen, so we are starting with Tikkun Fellows who volunteer their time with us.