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October 30, 2013

Value of 'risk' up for debate at Spirit & Place Festival

Public event is Nov. 10 at Indianapolis' Central Library

The public is invited to eavesdrop on a spontaneous conversation among four of Indiana’s nationally known risk takers who will chat together about the role of “risk” in individual and community life.

Speakers include Scott A. Jones, chairman, CEO, and co-founder of ChaCha; Sarah Fisher, professional race car driver and team owner; David N. Baker, iconic jazz performer, composer, and educator; and Phil Gulley, Quaker pastor and author. The group will consider subjects including how our city and state respond to risk, how society’s various sectors contribute to a risk-taking culture, the best ways to explore risk-taking, and whether it’s fair to conclude that Hoosiers are afraid to take risks. A public reception and Q&A will follow.

The 18th annual public conversation will close the 10-day Spirit & Place Festival 5:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Indianapolis Public Library Central Library’s Clowes Auditorium. The central Indiana festival begins Nov. 1.

Now celebrating its 18th year, the city’s largest collaborative festival is an extensive civic celebration engaging upwards of 20,000 people throughout central Indiana in dozens of programs presented in partnership with more than 100 organizations. A project of The Polis Center, part of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the festival’s mission is to stimulate conversation, community building, and civic action through creative collaborations among the arts, religion, and humanities. Inherent in the human experience, risk will be explored during the 2013 festival as a follow up to the 2012 focus on play. A broad range of events will explore risk through the lens of culture, faith, history, education, and more.

Jones is an American inventor and serial entrepreneur. He attended North Central High School, and graduated with honors from Indiana University in 1984, earning a bachelor of science degree in computer science. At the age of 25, he co-founded his first company. At Boston Technology, he obtained patents for technologies that now enable telephone companies worldwide to offer voice mail on a massive scale. Subsequently he founded Internet-based music service company Gracenote, now utilized by Apple, Yahoo, and Sony. Gracenote services are accessed globally at the rate of 24 billion times per year by applications such as iTunes. This company was sold to Sony in 2008 for $260 million. Presently he is chairman, CEO, and co-founder of ChaCha, a real-time answers service.

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