Pow Wow for the People was an all-day conference at People’s Liberty jam-packed with grantees, alumni and influential Cincinnatians. Not only was this opportunity beneficial for the grantees that were able to participate in the event, but it was also encouraging to see the speakers become curious and interested in the projects in process for each grantee. We spent the day having lively discussions, listening to inspiring stories and learning how different organizations came into being. The day started with Drew Money from Seven/Seventy-Nine speaking about the big role that visual storytelling plays in getting a message out into the world. Dr. Neal H. Mayerson from the Mayerson Family Foundations had a conversation with the group about how his foundation is different than other family foundations. Ryan Mulligan spoke about his inspiring organizations–Hero Design Company , Hilltop Stories and Happy To Wait. Last but not least, Bob Bonder Co-Founder of Rhinegeist and Tazza Mia told us his story about his business ventures that eventually led up to him bringing the uber successful Rhinegeist to life.
In between each speaker, we gave a few of our grantees time to present their project to the group. We asked them to bring questions or challenges that may have come to their attention as they continue working on their project. Having input from some of our key speakers offered helpful, new insight to the group with their expertise. The grantees that presented were: Kailah Ware–1Degree Of Separation; Julia Fischer–Play Library; Josiah Wolf–Space Walk; and finally Amy Scarpello speaking about Plop!
Thank you to our two residents overseeing the People’s Liberty alumni program—Jenny and Christina—for putting this event together and bringing inspiring people into our space.