Tikkun Tokens

$2,843 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 106 people in 14 months
Jaime Jenett  OAKLAND, CA
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” 
― Fred Rogers

What is a Tikkun Token?
Tikkun Tokens are free tokens to give to people who are seen doing something kind or thoughtful.

What  "Tikkun" Means
Tikkun means “to repair” in Hebrew. Tikkun Tokens are based on the Jewish idea of “Tikkun Olam”, or “repair of the world”.  Tikkun Olam is the idea that our purpose on the planet is to repair it and to make it better than it was when we got here.   Acts of kindness, particularly between strangers, and recognizing those acts, is one small way that can we repair the world.

Background
When our son Simon was an infant, he became very sick.  We spent 4 months in the ICU while he was gravely ill and a number of years nearly house-bound once he was released. 

One thing I remember most vividly about that time was how much even the smallest acts of kindness, including help from people we had never even met, meant to me. These moments of connection helped me get through one of the hardest experiences of my life.  

​Over the last few years, I have tried to pay it forward by doing Random Acts of Kindness whenever I can, but sometimes I’m just too overwhelmed to come up with creative ways to do them.  

I recently visited a friend in Tuscon, AZ and as we were packing up to take me to the airport to fly home, she gave me a Ben's Bells token.

I gave my token to someone I saw helping a mother travelling alone with a small child as we went through security at the airport. I was so inspired by his response and my own joy at the exchange that  I started sketching out my own project on the flight home.

I loved the idea of a simple tool people could use to recognize another person's act of kindness and that can be used as a small act of kindness in itself.  I wanted to root this project in the value I hold most dear, "Tikkun Olam", or repair of the world. 

 It is my most core belief that we can all be ambassadors of goodness and repair as we walk through the world.  My hope is that these tokens help people do that work.  

Benefits of Tikkun Tokens
Research shows that doing and witnessing acts of kindness not only helps our world, it can also help our brains.

Tikkun Tokens accomplish three goals:

REINFORCE: Tikkun Tokens reinforce the kind and thoughtful behaviors we all want to see more of. 

REWIRE: Most of us are overwhelmed with constant news about bad things and it has a negative effect on our brains.  Encouraging people to look for the goodness happening around them can actually help re-wire our brains by strengthening the connections related to happiness. 

RECONNECT: Humans are born wanting to connect with each other.  Just watch most children on a playground and time how long it takes them to make a new friend. Tikkun Tokens give people a tool to remember how easy it can be to connect with someone we don't know yet.

The money generated by this campaign will be used to pay for:
-The cost of the tokens
-Counter-top display cases to promote the Tikkun Tokens concept at local retailers
-Pay for postage for shipping Tikkun Tokens to anyone who wants to begin sharing them in their own community.  

To date, I have:
-Consulted with  a number of people on strategy and technical aspects of implementation.
-Designed a Tikkun Tokens logo
- Designed and ordered an initial set of 2,500 tokens 
- Purchased a domain name and built a website  ( www.tikkuntokens.org)
-Set up a Tikkun Tokens Facebook page  
- In conversation with a photographer to develop artwork to go on the website

Next steps:
-Set up photoshoot to get images for website
-Promote website and Facebook page  
-Meet with local merchants in my neighborhood to discuss setting up Tikkun Tokens displays at the register.
- Distribute Tikkun Tokens by mail to people who request them.

Supporters will have their generosity noted (by name) on the Tikkun Tokens website. Any amount over the $1000 asking amount will be used to purchase additional batches of tokens and display materials.

Any amount will help!
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Update 6
Posted by Jaime Jenett
1 month ago
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Wow! In just under a year, you have helped put over 14,000 Tikkun Tokens into circulation around the globe!

Today we hit the financial goal that was set to cover the cost of the tokens ordered so far. The orders are still rolling in, so I'm upping to goal with the aim to order another 5,000 tokens when the current stash gets low.

I had no idea how successful this experiment would be when it started it a little less than a year ago. None of it would have been possible without the support of people like you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Be the change you want to see in the world.

Jaime

P.S. to order more tokens or tell a friend about them, go to www.tikkuntokens.org.
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Update 5
Posted by Jaime Jenett
3 months ago
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WOW!!! There are now 10,000 tokens in circulation around the world and I need to re-order tokens AGAIN. I'm about to up the campaign goal to pay for another 5,000 tokens and postage. Thank you for supporting this project and helping spread the message that kindness is an essential and valued quality.
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Update 4
Posted by Jaime Jenett
7 months ago
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Thanks to everyone who has helped make this project possible! It's still going and I've upped my goal since we've ordered more sets of tokens. To date I think we've distributed about 10,000 tokens!!
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Update 3
Posted by Jaime Jenett
11 months ago
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We have distributed over 5000 tokens and are getting ready to order more, so we bumped up our goal to cover the new cost. Exciting marker of progress!
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$2,843 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 106 people in 14 months
Created December 27, 2015
Jaime Jenett  
MJ
$18
Margie Jacobs
3 days ago

my 7 year old daughter loves this idea

LW
$50
Laura Wood
7 days ago

Proud of you, Jaime

KO
$20
Kristi Odom
24 days ago
CS
$10
Claire Sallee
1 month ago
MO
$25
Michele Orpin
1 month ago

What a happy way to reach someone

$20
Edie Olson
1 month ago
NM
$55
Nola Masterson
1 month ago

goal is reached way to go Jaime

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Emily Justice
1 month ago
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Etan Weiss
1 month ago
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