TEDxIndianapolis 2014: The Visionaries Next Door

Not to alarm you, but Indianapolis is practically overrun with revolutionaries. We’re not talking about the ones who want to chant manifestos at you or show you their favorite novels on Marxism. (Though they’re good folks, really they are.) We’re talking about people with world-changing stories and surprising perspectives. Fellow Hoosiers who want share their Big Ideas and transform the way you think, feel, and act, at this year’s TEDxIndianapolis, which explores the theme Get Outside IN.

People like Ukamaka Oruche, committted to improving the mental health of children and families here in Indianapolis, even as she works to transform health service in Nigeria. Like Kiko Suarez, of the Lumina Foundation, who is striving to raise the educational bar for all Americans. And Neelay Bhatt, of PROS consulting, who is passionate about the ways in which sports and outdoor activity can enrich our lives.

At this year’s TEDx, you’ll be inspired by local artists and connectors like DeAmon Harges, who channels his art into social change and community, and Holly Combs, whose Department of Public Words uses positive messages in artistic ways to make our city, and our citizens, brighter.

You’ll have the chance to hear from such world-changers as Allan Boesak, whose work was instrumental in ending apartheid in South Africa, and who continues to strive for human rights as director of the Desmond Tutu Center at CTS and Butler University. And Raymond Burke, whose research through Kelley School of Business focuses on consumer behavior in new retail environments. You can also check in with Erika Gibson and DeShong Perry-Smitherman, co-founders of A Girl’s Gift, who are helping to nurture the next generation of confident, visionary women.

They’re all from right here in Central Indiana. So the next time you find yourself in a crowded elevator, pay attention. You could be rubbing elbows with a bona fide game changer.

TEDxIndianapolis 2014 takes place on Tuesday, October 21, just over a month away. The entire day of revolutionary views is just $69 ($79 with lunch) through the end of September. Early-bird pricing ends September 30, so get your tickets right away!


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