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Our Mission, Vision, and Core Values

Mission

Our mission is to inspire the innovator in everyone.

Vision

Our vision is to become a resource for innovation.

Core Values

The Staff and Volunteers of The Tech, in an effort to make a positive difference in the world, are committed to:

Creating playful and profound experiences
We commit to creating experiences that invite people to learn through play, evoke emotions of wonder and joy, contain solid and accessible science, show how technology can improve lives, provoke thought and inspire action, and represent our local Silicon Valley community.

Continually learning
We commit to acting on the belief that all people have the capacity to learn and grow through the awakening of their curiosity in an environment that rewards that curiosity. This ideal environment promotes learning from failures and others’ experience, creating a culture of feedback and the opportunity for learning from every experience. This commitment is supported with the time and resources to provide the reflection and mindfulness necessary for growth and development.

Acting with integrity
We commit to keeping our word. To do this, we will make promises based on well-informed and mindful decisions, honoring those promises and offering transparency in all that we do. We hold ourselves to high ethical standards to always do the right thing.

Being team players
We commit to collaborating with others, coming from a place of respect and generosity of spirit, honoring different opinions and perspectives, trusting that others will do the same. This culture of teamwork empowers all to speak the truth, stay in the conversation, and when necessary, question the status quo. This level of collaboration requires support for one another, a willingness to do whatever it takes, and hearty celebration of successes.

Embracing diversity
We commit to actively cultivating a welcoming and inclusive environment that reflects the diverse community that is Silicon Valley. This drives the scope of our outreach, and the tone and content of our communication to all constituents, including board, staff, volunteers, visitors, and vendors. It feeds the process of creating, marketing and delivering our programs. Valuing and encouraging diverse ideas from many sources results not only in a more well-rounded product, but more importantly, in a shared experience by all constituents of feeling valued and respected.

Being innovative
We commit to being innovative. Innovation is the practical expression of imagination. It turns ideas into reality. The Tech Museum provides the environment that supports this expression, seeing opportunities for innovation in our daily lives as well as around the world. When opportunities or challenges arise, we believe solutions exist, take risks to find answers, think “outside the box,” are willing to fail, persevere to the end, remain optimistic, and maintain our sense of wonder.

Valuing the local community
We commit to being involved with what’s going on outside our own front door – giving back to our community as well as inviting them into our home. We welcome by reaching out to collaborate with other Bay Area institutions, we stay involved by being aware of what’s happening around us, and by engaging in dialogue with others. This community is our home which we treat with integrity and respect.

Achieving excellence
We commit to creating and adhering to high standards of excellence, and we welcome being held accountable for the outcome and quality of our work. To ensure we consistently meet these standards, we support systems of feedback and response from our visitors, staff and volunteers. The outcome of this commitment will endear us to our visitors, embolden our staff to reach higher, and help us fulfill our mission in ways that exceed expectations.