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Local Game-Changers: Making Their Mark

Sep 30, 2018 12:38PM ● By Jenn Willhite

Indianapolis is home to several initiatives spearheaded by people that are taking meaningful action now to end business as usual on everything from gender equality, social justice, climate change and education. As interest in pursuing new ideas and initiatives that encourage a game-changer mentality keeps growing, here’s a sampling of organizations that are making a difference.

Conscious Capitalism Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Chapter of Conscious Capitalism is a movement that incorporates education and inspiration to “promote responsible business practices with civic involvement.” The idea behind conscious capitalism is that making money can be co-mingled with a greater community purpose and that the best results are achieved when individuals, organizations and businesses include civic engagement as part of their business practices. Conscious Capitalism Indianapolis offers quarterly engagements that educate and inspire attendees to lift up their community through business.

For more information, visit

Compassionate Indy

The mission of Compassionate Indy is “to inspire and empower all people to practice kindness while actively seeking to alleviate suffering.” The organization encourages individuals, corporate entities and community to “treat all beings and the environment with respect and concern” through values that include eco-consciousness, cooperation, transparency and hope. Compassionate Indy regularly offers community engagement experiences that educate, enlighten and encourage people to embrace values that make compassion and kindness to alleviate suffering a focal point in their approach to their personal and professional lives.

For more information about the organization and its events, visit

Desmond Tutu Center for Peace, Reconciliation and Global Justice

Named for the Nobel Peace Prize recipient Desmond Tutu, a South African Anglican cleric, the Desmond Tutu Center for Peace regularly offers community conversations to help create opportunities for sharing, learning, teaching and engagement among area residents. The Center’s mission is to empower the community through discussion platforms that give individuals a voice for social change. The community conversations offer a unique opportunity for discussion-based learning and solution-based thinking to promote healing and peace in a grassroots way. Additional programs the center offers include panel discussions, film screenings, workshops and book discussions.

Location:1000 W. 42nd St., Indianapolis. For more information, call 317-931-4219, email [email protected] or visit

Indiana Youth Group

Indiana Youth Group (IYG) is a drop-in center for area youth that range in ages from 12 to 20 years old that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and more. Individuals that are allies to the LGBTQ+ community are also welcome to take part in IYG. The center offers a variety of activities, services and affinity programs, as well as referrals and a place to hang out. IYG hours of operation are 4 to 7 p.m. Monday and drop-in hours are 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 3 to 11 p.m. Friday.

Location: 3733 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. For more information, call 317-541-8726 or visit

Peace Learning Center

Indianapolis’ Peace Learning Center (PLC) strives to “create a more peaceful world” through its youth programs that are designed to create a positive cultural shift in the dynamic between parents, teachers and students. PLC encourages communication over conflict, restorative practices in place of punishment and self-awareness to reduce impulsivity. The center offers a variety of programs ranging from anti-racism to meditation to educate and encourage youth and their families to make positive change. Programs are offered in a variety of locations around the Indianapolis area.

Location: 6040 Delong Rd., Indianapolis. For more information, call 317-327-7144 or visit

Top Floor Women

Top Floor Women is empowering women making changes in the way they network in the Indianapolis Metro area. The group fosters relationships that positively impact women’s interpersonal and professional relationships. The group’s free monthly meetings, held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month, offer attendees an opportunity to connect and learn from one another in a relaxed atmosphere. Featured speakers relay stories of hardship, strength, achievements and challenges.

Location: The Elevator, 26 E. Jefferson St., Franklin. For more information, email [email protected] or visit

Youth Power Indiana

As part of Earth Charter Indiana, Youth Power Indiana is a youth-driven climate stewardship and civic leadership organization that encourages youth to get involved in climate leadership in the Indianapolis and surrounding areas. As one of 15 other states engaged in youth leadership, Youth Power Indiana works to educate youth and the community about the consequences of man-made climate change as well as promoting the reduction of fossil fuel emissions in order to promote cleaner, renewable sources of energy.

For more information, visit

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