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Bigger Ideas, Smaller Indiana conference on Wednesday, June 24

Imagine what might happen in a room full of Indiana’s most passionate artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, community organizers, educators, spiritual leaders, politicians, activists and communicators. Imagine this group spending an entire afternoon together. . . sharing a common experience, engaging in deep thinking, thoughtful discussion and open to new relationships.

Now picture yourself there too.

I’ve been a proud member of Smaller Indiana since its inception, and have watched it grow from a handful of members to nearly 6,000 people who live and work in the state and want to talk about its three C’s: community, culture, commerce.

Smaller Indiana is now hosting its Bigger Ideas, Smaller Indiana conference on Wednesday, June 24 at the Athenaeum Theatre at 401 E. Michigan Street, in downtown Indianapolis.

The list of pre-registered attendees looks like a veritable Who’s Who of Indiana’s thought leaders, visionaries, and community activists.

If you’re a big thinker and love talking about the big picture with people, you need to be here. Registration for the 5 hour event are $125, and you can register online here.

Speakers for the event include:

  • Dr. Scott Massey, President, Meridian Institute – Co-author of Renewing American Culture: The Pursuit of Happiness, President of the Meridian Institute, and immediate past President of the Indiana Humanities Council.
  • Dr. Sally Brown, Founder and President, Ambassadors for Children – Ambassadors for Children offers short-term humanitarian trips and sustainable projects to serve children worldwide.
  • Mark Hill, Managing Partner, Collina Ventures – One of Indiana’s most influential technology leaders and successful venture capitalists. Was inaugural chair of the Techpoint foundation, serves on the Executive Committee of the United Way of Central Indiana, and is an Adjunct Professor at the Indiana University School of Informatics.
  • Jennie Devoe, Song Writer & Performing Artist – Professional musician known for a unique vocal style, compelling sound, “soulful hippie-funk vocals,” and hypnotic, manic energy.
  • David Forsell, President, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful – KIB is a private, non-profit organization that unites people to beautify the city and improve its environment, fostering community pride.
  • Ken Johnson, Chaplain, Indianapolis Colts – A hope dealer and an inspiration to everyone he meets, from inner city kids, to professional athletes to white collar professionals. Has ministered to the individual needs of players, coaches and staff for over 18 years.

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