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Smaller Indiana, Bigger Ideas Conference

Smaller Indiana

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

Smaller Indiana, Bigger Ideas Conference

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What is Smaller Indiana, Bigger Ideas?

The Smaller Indiana, Bigger Ideas conference is a ½ day event featuring six unique speakers who live and work in Indiana. Each speaker will present an inspired, 20-minute talk reflecting his or her own distinct, personal and passionate perspective on issues that affect all of our lives. These talks will focus on a wide variety of topics such as: Arts / Culture, Business, Civic Planning, Education, Science and Technology.This Smaller Indiana, Bigger Ideas event is inspired the the TED Conference. Like TED, we will be video taping all talks and sharing them with the world via the Web. We expect this will be the first of a series of Bigger Ideas events.


Smaller Indiana Founder, Pat Coyle, discusses Bigger Ideas


Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Doors open: Noon

Program begins: 1pm

Program concludes: 5pm

There will be planned breaks every hour.


Why Smaller Indiana, Bigger Ideas?

Smaller Indiana’s mission is to make creative people and innovative ideas easier to find here in Indiana. We believe that connecting people is the key to improving our local community, economy and culture. And Smaller Indiana isn’t just about connecting local people to local people. We want to show the world what’s happening here in Indiana. With this Bigger Ideas event, we seek to shine a spotlight on just a few of the amazing people who live and work in our home state, especially people who do not typically get the spotlight; and to help the world to see what’s happening here.

Who: The speakers were selected from a list of nearly 100 nominees suggested by members of Smaller Indiana, so this is truly a grass-roots celebration of innovation and original thinking in Indiana.


Confirmed Speakers

Dr. Scott Massey, President, Meridian Institute

Scott Massey is a community strategist, educational leader, author and innovator. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University with a focus on cybernetics, and the philosophy of science and logic. He also holds a graduate minor in English literature. Dr. Massey is the co-author of Renewing American Culture: The Pursuit of Happiness, and author of over 50 articles and speeches, and a book of poetry. He is the former President of the Indiana Humanities Council, and in 2004, he served as national chairman for The Aspen Summit on Rethinking the Public Humanities.

Dr. Sally Brown, Founder and President, Ambassadors for Children

Sally Brown is Founder and President of the non-profit organization, Ambassadors for Children, which offers short-term humanitarian trips and sustainable projects to serve children worldwide. She has traveled to over 130 countries and has held numerous positions from airline stewardess to C.E.O. Sally went from the galley to the boardroom in 30 years with the travel club and airline. Sally’s passion for travel sprang for a childhood experience. Homebound for over six months while in third grade with rheumatic fever, she began collecting postcards from exotic vacation spots throughout the world. That was the beginning of a long, deliberate path toward a life of travel---a path that would lead Sally to every corner of the world with her career and later her family. Both through her actions and her words, Sally inspires people to step out of their comfort zones and find real personal growth.

David Forsell, President, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

David E. Forsell, President of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and 1989 graduate of DePauw University, is among ten recipients of a 2008 NUVO Cultural Vision Award. Established ten years ago, the program recognizes individuals and organizations in Indianapolis doing innovative work and to celebrate the spirit of community. "The NUVO Cultural Vision Awards are about shining a light on the talented people and creative enterprises," write the weekly newspaper's editors.


Jennie Devoe, Song Writer & Performing Artist

Jennie Devoe is a professional musician known for a unique vocal style. Beyond DeVoe's compelling sound, and her "soulful hippie-funk vocals," is her hypnotic, manic energy. She is capable of engaging totally, locking eyes, her conversation instantly confessional and intimate, wacky and profound as she rockets from topic to topic. With her pierced nose, bohemian affectations, there's a rowdiness and youth about her, and to make her laugh is to bask in her particular brand of strange sunshine.

Mark Hill, Managing Partner, Collina Ventures

Mark Hill is one of Indiana's most influential technology leaders and successful venture capitalists, but his success and commitment are not limited to his busines activities. Mark serves the local community in a variety of ways. He was inaugural chair of the Techpoint foundation, serves on the Executive Committee of the United Way of Central Indiana, is an Adjunct Professor at the Indiana University School of Informatics, is on the board of CICP and recently joined the Indianapolis board of Teach for Americ; and at the request of the last three governors he has served the state of Indiana in various capacities.

Ken Johnson, Chaplain, Indianapolis Colts

Ken Johnson is a hope dealer and an inspiration to everyone he meets, from inner city kids, to professional athletes to white collar professionals. Born into an impoverished situation both monetarily and spiritually, Ken generously shares his journey from the challenges of his birth-given circumstances to the rise above his childhood influences to lead a life built on faith in God. In addition to speaking to over 250 groups annually, Ken is currently serving as the Chaplain for the Indianapolis Colts where he has ministered to the individual needs of players, coaches and staff for over 18 years.

How to reserve your seats:

Set your own price for Bigger Ideas
Smaller Indiana, Bigger Ideas promises to be a very special event. Already we have nearly 100 people registered, many of whom are well known CEO's and Presidents of local organizations.

Yet even with solid demand for Bigger Ideas tickets, we've also received dozens of requests for scholarships and discounts...it seems this economy is making it tough for folks to afford full priced tickets, even though they want to be there. Our mission is to make people and ideas easier to find, so...

...so we're going to try something unusual.

We're inviting our Bigger Ideas guests to set their own ticket prices. Just pay what you think its worth.

That's right. You choose the price you want to pay for Bigger Ideas.

But don't wait much longer. Tickets are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

How does it work?

Currently, tickets for Bigger Ideas are $125 each.

We set that price because we feel the quality of the event is very high, and we want to make sure that only the most sincerely interested people attend.

Deadline extended - tickets can also be purchased for $60, $90 or $125 while supplies last...

Attendees will be able to select the price they want to pay. There is no catch. All tickets are created equal. Everyone in attendance will have the same access to the ideas and opportunities for personal exchanges available.

We hope people will see the value in Bigger Ideas and invest the full value of the ticket, but we understand that not everyone who wants to attend can afford it right now. So instead of spending a bunch of money trying to advertise, we thought we'd invest that money differently by extending more affordable opportunities directly to the members of Smaller Indiana.

What we don't want

We don't want people buying tickets just because they're cheap. If this thought crossed your mind, please do not take me up on this offer. Just wait for the "talks" to become available on the Web, and leave that seat for someone who really wants to be there.

This offer is meant for folks who see the value in Bigger Ideas.

People who will bring their open minds, and passion to the event. People who will come prepared to fully engage in listening to the speakers and exchanging ideas with fellow attendees. If you honestly would pay full price, but simply can't, then this offer is for you.

Before you set your price

We hope you will consider the value you're already receiving from Smaller Indiana and the value you will get from Bigger Ideas before selecting the price you wish to pay, but we also want to make sure that anyone who wants to attend can afford to do so.

Remember, Bigger Ideas promises to be groundbreaking.

They say that true, breakthrough innovation springs from environments where there is a "diversity of thought." That's why we're taking pains to attract a diverse group of scientists, educators, students, artists, entrepreneurs, technologists, clergy, non-profits and others; and that's why we selected the six keynote speakers who will be featured.

Attendees will hear great talks, but perhaps more importantly they will to get a chance to meet other inspired people. The ideas shared and the new relationships that form on June 24 will no doubt spark cross-pollination of ideas, and lead to new breakthroughs in our community our culture and our local economy.

We are expanding the conversation.

Too often the most valuable educational opportunities and personal networks are only available to folks who are "in the know," or who can afford to pay the highest prices. The TED Conference, for example, costs $6,000 and there is a waiting list! That's a tragedy. When great minds and inspired hearts can't afford to attend, everyone loses. That's why we decided early on to make scholarships available. So far we've granted over 30 full scholarships to people - mostly people from the not-for-profit sector - who've written to share who they are and why they want to attend. These people will get in for free, but they'll more than pay for themselves by applying themselves before, during and after the event.

Sadly, we cannot make any more scholarships available unless more people pay for tickets. This event is not free to produce...and we have lofty objectives...

We are shining a spotlight on Indiana...by investing the money required to video tape all speakers and publishing the talks via the Web.

We're raising money to support worthy, local causes...

Smaller Indiana will donate 10% of the net proceeds from this event to each of three charities: The Athenaeum Foundation, Giving Sum and Flanner House Charter School.

And we're trying to make Smaller Indiana stronger...

Of course some of the money will go to strengthen the Smaller Indiana community platform. Smaller Indiana has itself grown from a big idea into a local small business that helps make people and ideas findable. Which is precisely what we're doing with Bigger Ideas as well.

Here's how to get your Bigger Ideas ticket at your price:

1. Click on the "Enter discount Code" button at the top of this page

2. Enter the discount code that reflects to the price you want to pay:
Enter sixty and you will pay $60 per ticket
Enter ninety and you will pay $90 per ticket

If you don't enter a discount code, you pay for the full value of the ticket, $125, and you'll help to pay for others who cannot afford full price.

Tickets supplies are extremely limited. Please order now.

I sincerely hope this new set your own price offer helps you afford to join us. Please consider it...but don't wait too long. You don't to miss your chance to register.

And in the meantime, please keep telling your friends about Bigger Ideas.


Scholarships available:

For those who want to attend, but cannot afford to buy a ticket, we are offering limited number of Scholarships. These free seats will be reserved for people working for the government or civil service, employees of non-profit organizations and students.

Scholarships are now full


A portion of the net proceeds from this event will be donated to the following:

Giving Sum

Athenaeum Foundation

Flanner House Charter School


Smaller Indiana, Bigger Ideas Conference is sponsored by:



Central Indiana

Community Foudation



Venue Information:

The Athenaeum Theatre (formerly the American Cabaret Theatre) provides a perfect setting for the first Smaller Indiana Bigger Ideas Conference. Guests will be seated “Cabaret Style” at small tables of up to four people each. We expect this format will make it easy for attendees to meet new people, and discuss the ideas being presented from the stage.

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When & Where

Athenaeum Theatre
401 E Michigan St
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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Smaller Indiana

Smaller Indiana is a local community with global reach. We welcome people from every discipline and culture. Smoosiers tend to have at least two things in common: they seek a deeper understanding of the world, and they hope to turn that understanding into a better future for us all.

Our mission: to make people and ideas findable. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. And we believe Indiana is filled with people who have valuable things to say. So we're collecting the best of the best, and building clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the Indiana’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.

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