Haile Fellowship Drop-In Session B
Do I need to have a solution to the challenge already?
No. You should come with a passion for the challenge, but be open-minded to what the solution (or solutions) may be.
Is there an ideal team structure?
Our goal is to build a team of people with a diverse, yet complementary, set of skills, perspectives, and backgrounds.
How is the team of three being decided?
The Fellow team will be decided by a panel of jurors. Jurors will narrow the initial applicant pool down to nine finalists. The nine finalists will be notified and invited to join a one day workshop where they’ll work together on a variety of problem-solving activities. This workshop will inform the selection for the three Fellows.
This is a big challenge. So, what happens after the six months?
You’re totally right. A challenge this big can’t be completely solved in just six months. By the end of the project, we expect several projects and prototypes to have been launched, tried, documented and reviewed. These learnings may then be used to either scale new projects, launch a new variation of an idea, or provide insight as to why a potential idea needs adjusted or should continue to be tested.
The schedule: Is there any flexibility?
Fellows must be able to commit to a full day of work on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Additional time outside of this schedule or a shift in hours based on project needs (ex. a half-day Thursday and a half-day engagement on Sunday when the market is full) may be arranged by the team and should be anticipated.
Any general tips on filling out the application?
Utilize the links to showcase your personality and display how you possess the qualities that we are looking for in a Fellow. Use the questions to provide a picture of who you are, what your mindset and perspective is and why this is the right time for you to take on this challenge. Remember that this year we are looking for people who are in love with addressing the challenge; not with pursuing one idea or solution.
Does anyone own the rights to the project output?
No. Our hope is that any ideas produced from this project are transferable to other neighborhoods and markets and provide learnings that other community leaders who are grappling with this same challenge can utilize.
What’s the provided workspace?
Workspace, including dedicated desk-space, will be provided at People’s Liberty’s. The Corporation for Findlay Market can also provide meeting space as needed.
What do you mean by the “spirit” of the neighborhood?
We’ll be looking to the team to define this. However, a question you can ask as you explore the meaning could be, “Why has the market been a community anchor that was survived and thrived for over 160 years?”
What is the role and participation of the key stakeholders in this project?
Fellows will be supported by dedicated staff from People’s Liberty and Findlay Market to help guide the discovery process, coordinate logistics, provide connections, arrange partner meetings, support event promotion and serve as project advisors.
What are some of the questions that keep the Findlay Market team up at night?
Are we fulfilling our values and missions?
Are the decisions we are making today the best decisions for Findlay Market to continue to thrive in 5 years, 10 years, 30 years…?
Are we maintaining a diverse shopper, vendor mix and market culture?
Haile Fellowship Drop-In Session A
Q: What are the major differences between the 2019 Haile Fellowship and previous Haile Fellowships?
A: People’s Liberty typically asks those applying for the Haile Fellowship to apply with a specific project or idea; then, two people are selected to individually work on a project. For the 2019 Haile Fellowship, 3 people will work together for 6 months to create and implement actionable solutions to a predetermined civic challenge.
Q: Are you looking for Fellows based on the idea or the person?
A: The person. The Fellows will work together over the course of 6 months to collectively develop ideas and actionable solutions.
Q: I have an idea of what I want to do. What if I am selected and working with 2 other people who have very different ideas than me?
A: You may come in with an idea, but be prepared to be open-minded. We anticipate that the first month of work is about discovery: learning about Findlay Market, separating perception from realities, meeting merchants and residents for interviews, etc. Then, the 3 Fellows will collectively work to develop ideas and actionable solutions. Being okay with not knowing the solutions coming in will serve you well.
Q: Why this challenge?
A: There have been several cycles of investment and disinvestment, integration and migration out of neighborhood, etc. over the course of Findlay Market’s history. In 2019, Findlay Market is in the midst of an investment period. We are most interested in making sure that the spirit of this neighborhood is something people are connected to, love, and are proud of so this neighborhood anchor continues to exist in the years to come.
Q: Will Findlay Market be scaling this project after 6 months?
A: Sure—if the solution is compelling and worth scaling.
Q: Could you speak to what you see as an actionable product of this? Is the end goal to make it happen in 6 months?
A: People’s Liberty expects real, tangible prototypes to emerge within the 6-months.
Q: A big piece of People’s Liberty’s mentality is to build future leaders. What’s being put into place in the Fellowship to support that?
A: There are certain qualities all civic and community leaders possess. The Fellowship program is intended to better equip leaders with the skills they need to make effective change in our city. Fellows will be surrounded by thought-leaders throughout the duration of the Fellowship who will facilitate workshops, host trainings, and provide coaching to help each Fellow develop their competencies.
Q: Why are you bringing in 3 Fellows to solve this problem when PL and the Findlay Market Corporation already know much of the landscape of the FM neighborhood?
A: People’s Liberty is interested in developing leaders who are better equipped to respond to civic challenges.
Q: Should Haile Fellows expect to consider other assets outside of Findlay Market, like buildings in the neighborhood that aren’t necessarily in or part of the market?
A: Fellows should consider the whole neighborhood, as well as people who don’t live in the neighborhood.
Q: What are you defining as the “Findlay Market neighborhood”?
A: The Findlay Market district is between Elm Street and Race Street and from Findlay Street to Liberty Street. Establishing a better understanding of the geographic boundaries that constitute the Findlay Market neighborhood will be explored at the beginning of the Fellowship.
Q: Is Findlay Market concerned about grocery stores popping up close by, like the new Kroger?
A: Certainly there is impact, though Findlay Market is not in competition with Kroger. That is important; a reminder to ask why: why isn’t Findlay Market in competition with Kroger? How is it different? Those differences are likely the places we seek investment to continue to make the Market a unique shopping experience.
Q: What is being done right now to preserve the culture and stories of Findlay Market? Is there a historian or videographer working on documentation?
A: Findlay Market is currently going through the process of focusing on the physical history of the Market, such as building history, what the buildings were used for, what businesses were initially here, and who lived there, as well as those peoples’ background and demographics. The initial product from these findings resulted in a decade by decade look at the neighborhood. From there, Findlay Market must decide how to use that data to tell stories and how to begin to create a storytelling piece that includes current business owners and multigenerational experiences. Maybe this will emerge as an opportunity for the Fellows?
Q: Does Over-the-Rhine have a master plan that’s available and up-to-date?
A: The most up-to-date plan is from 2007.
Q: How involved are community partners and nonprofit resident organizations, like OTR Community Housing?
A: While Findlay Market and People’s Liberty are co-leaders for the Haile Fellowship, relationships with other community partners will be invaluable to tackling the challenge.
Q: What are your partnerships with other markets, and how does that play into your daily practices?
A: Relationships with other markets are rather informal. The International Public Market Conference will show that there’s a common thread and set of challenges that public markets face no matter where they are. Markets tend to attract a similar set of business owner types. Locally and regionally, Findlay Market is unique in its management structure, which transitioned from public to private management in 2003. The market most similar to Findlay Market is the West Side Market in Cleveland.
Q: Does Findlay Market experience more freedom being privately owned than other similar market structures that are publicly owned?
A: Results certainly show that it offers a different environment. Being privately owned allows Findlay Market to focus on the health of the market and allows it to get somewhat outside of political conversation. Findlay Market is still operated by city, but day-to-day management is private, which frees us up the Market to leverage philanthropic support.
Q: Does Findlay Market follow the same model as Cleveland’s market?
A: No. Though they are similar, Cleveland is still publicly managed and its city departments run most operations.
Q: Many shops at Findlay Market have high-end and expensive products. How do you ensure that those shops don’t isolate shoppers?
A: The market does not work if the offerings are all the same: if so, a portion of the shopping community is left out. Findlay Market includes both prepared, high-end offerings and products that focus more on economic value. Shops are intentionally and thoughtfully placed in their locations to promote variety. Additionally, we are seeing a desire for places like Artichoke, where shoppers can also get supplies that aren’t food. We’ll likely see more of that as the FM district continues to grow and change. Findlay Market will always have food, but other shops help to create a more vibrant environment.
Q: How much of the Fellowship is understanding the people in the community?
A: A big part. The market means different things to different people. Most people are here for an experience. For some, that wanted experience is the interaction with a vendor; for others, it’s the vibrancy of the market; and even still, for some, it’s sitting on the patio and having a beer. All these things are unique to the individual. These experiences and diverse audiences will certainly factor into the learning process throughout the Fellowship.
Q: Will there be a way for Findlay Market vendors to communicate with the team?
A: Yes. Merchants see the day-to-day of Market life and will be a wonderful and invaluable asset for the Fellows.
Q: There are many different voices competing to identify the neighborhood. Developers are creating things that may not necessarily reflect the voice of the neighborhood., particularly regarding preservation. Has Findlay Market gone to community council or other groups to tackle this?
A: The Corporation of Findlay Market doesn’t see its primarily role as developer. Its job is to communicate Findlay Market’s vision for the district to those who are developers. The Corporation seeks to connect outside owners of buildings to possible local tenants.
Q: The application asks to include 2-4 links. What kind of content should I include?
A: Worthy links include anything that gives the jury an idea of who you are and what you’re passionate about. Examples of links that would showcase your personality and strengths: a link to a video of you walking around Findlay Market talking about what you love; a link to an article that features your work; a link to a web version of your CV; a link to a design portfolio; etc.
Q: How do you objectively review applications?
A: People’s Liberty brings in a jury made up of local Cincinnati experts. Many will be picked because they’re used to interviewing people or because they have an HR background and excel in looking at what qualifications will make a good leader and team player, as well as what characteristics from different applicants complement each other.
Q: How do full-time employees approach employers about navigating this opportunity?
A: Since this is so specific, we’d recommend giving us a call for a chat.
Haile Fellowship Information Session
Q: Are the application questions specific to the challenge? Or specific to my competencies and abilities?
A: Fellowship application questions focus on who you are. Finding solutions to the challenge will be a part of the Fellowship once the winners have been selected.
Q: If I want to attend a drop-in session, do I have to commit to the entire time-window, or can I just drop by to ask a question?
A: You can stop by or stay the whole time. We know your schedule may not allow you to stay the entire time, so we deliberately selected various dates and times in hopes to accommodate a wide range of availability.
Q: The 2019 Fellowship will have 3 Fellows working together; does that mean if I win, I select my 2 team members?
A: All 3 winners will be chosen from the application pool, through juror reviews and the finalist workshop. You will not chose your own team members.
Q: How will applicants be notified that they are workshop finalists, and how many people will be participating in the workshop?
A: Applicants will be notified by 5pm on Friday, February 8 if they are a finalist. 9 people will be selected as finalists. 3 will be selected as winners of the Haile Fellowship. Winners will be notified by Friday, February 15.
Q: Who is driving the Haile Fellowship project? What will project management look like?
A: People’s Liberty and the Corporation for Findlay Market will co-lead the process. The staff at People’s Liberty will be available along the way for ongoing support and project management.
Q: What does success look like from People’s Liberty’s point of view?
A: Success looks like the development and implementation of a real, tangible prototype solution to the challenge by the end of the 6 month Fellowship. This could be a series of experiments, trial and errors, or one big solution. Success also looks like 3 leaders better equipped to respond to civic challenges.
Q: Why is this Haile Fellowship only 6 months?
A: People’s Liberty is a 5-year experiment, which will cease operation in September 2019. PL hopes that selecting 3 Fellows to work together and offering a flexible schedule and access to partners will help with the constricted timeline.
Q: Who are the partners for the challenge?
A: Findlay Market is the leading partner for the Fellowship. Other partners will be selected by the Fellows as they work to decide how to solve this challenge over the course of six months.
Q: Is the challenge about embracing the history of the market or about changing it?
A: The challenge is about preserving the essence, character, and history of the market, all while knowing that change is inevitable. We seek Fellows who are able to embrace and honor the past while acknowledging a changing future.
Q: Is the goal of the Fellowship to get more people of color (or more diverse audience) to come down to the market?
A: Diversity can be a focus for you in the Fellowship if you see that as a way to tackle the challenge.
Q: Are Friends of Findlay Market still around? And can someone speak to the current challenges of Findlay Market?
A: Over the course of the Fellowship, Fellows will be encouraged to seek out entities like these, with the support of People’s Liberty, to discover what the existing challenges are and to propose thoughtful solutions. This is what part of the Fellowship is about: to do research and ask questions like these.