Much of this decade, it seems, has been spent trying to get into the minds of people on the leading edge, the ones who — by virtue of their status — tell the rest of us where to eat, what to listen to, or where to hang on a Saturday night.
An industry of coolhunters sprang up, paid to keep an eye on the streets and interpret the next big thing. Authors turned their attention to these movers and shakers: In 2000, Malcolm Gladwell wrote the best-selling “The Tipping Point,” which examined how ideas, behaviors, products and messages spread like viruses. Three years later, Ed Keller and Jon Berry wrote “The Influentials,” proclaiming that one in 10 Americans shapes the opinions and behaviors of the other nine. These influential types start trends and movements, connect people to each other, see voids and fill them, and stay ahead of the curve. In other words, they make our cities more entertaining and interesting places to be.
Behold Metromix’s list (Part 1) of people whose ideas, energy and talent are putting Indy on the map.
Next week: Meet 25 more!