Tom Tobia

I am a designer, and the founder of Makerversity, a making and learning space at Somerset House, London.

Additionally I work with people, groups, organisations and institutions to design and explore ideas for social change. In particular, I'm interested in alternative education, building resilient populations, digital manufacturing, technology, food and how they all interconnect.

tom@tomtobia.com
+44 (0)7764 745 637

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Makerversity: Making and learning at Somerset House, London

A shared making and learning space in the heart of London, providing an affordable and accessible space for learning, experimentation, production and enterprise.

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The Future Is Here: A&J featured in landmark Design Museum exhibition.

imageThe Assemble & Join team are extremely proud to have been exhibited as part of The Future Is Here exhibition at The Design Museum, London in Summer 2013.

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British Council Maker Library: Prototype making and learning spaces

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Maker Libraries is a British Council project commissioned as part of Connect ZA, a programme starting in 2014 which aims to create connections between young creatives and audiences in the UK and South Africa. The Maker Library Network at the Open Government Partnership Annual Summit (OGP) is a learning experiment that brings together ThingKing in Cape Town and Makerversity in London.

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Maker Portraits: Some of the local visitors to A&J Lower Marsh

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Portraits of some of our workshop participants at Assemble & Join, with the objects they made during their time with us.

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A short film documenting Assemble & Join’s time on Lower Marsh.

Assemble & Join: Public Access Digital Manufacturing, Lower Marsh

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A temporary collaborative community workshop in a re-purposed cafe. Using digital manufacturing, local people are able to design, develop and implement physical changes to the public realm in and around Lower Marsh, Waterloo, London.

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Meet Market: Earning While Learning

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Meet Market supports young people to develop confidence, transferable skills, and potentially turn a profit by designing, developing and running their own market stalls.

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ROOM FOR TEA:
A home-sharing social enterprise
imageA start-up enterprise supported by The Design Council and funded by the Technology Strategy Board through their Independence Matters Programme to find innovations that enable older adults to live more independent lives.

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Community Kite Project: Free kite-making and flying workshops

imageWe run kite-making and flying workshops for everyone and anyone. After a fantastic residency at Space FiftyFour in March 2012, we are now ‘on tour’, running workshops and flying days at various locations across the UK, Norway (courtesy of the Norwegian Government!) and Costa Rica.

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BARKING RIVERSIDE: Creative community building

imageBuilding and making our way to a more cohesive community in Barking, London.

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World’s Largest Bee Hotel: Co-built habitat at Barking Riverside

imageA Guinness World Record for the biggest man-made bee habitat in the world.

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Creative Partnerships: Outdoor Learning at Belvue School

imageCollaboratively developing learning environments at a school for young people with special educational needs.

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Spitalfields Crypt Trust: A social enterprise run by former addicts/homeless people

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CORNWALL APP:

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