What an Awesome 3 Months!

Where we’ve been

My time here at People’s Liberty is coming to a close and what a time it has been. I’ve been to so many places and met many new faces in the past three months. Below are some of my favorite places and events we’ve been to.

Who We've Met

It’s hard to look back and remember all the places we’ve been, all the hurdles we’ve jumped, but I’ll never forget the people I’ve met. Some of the coolest people on the planet are:

The PL Full Time Staff
Jake, Aurore, Megan and Eric

Haile Fellows
Chris and Brandon

Resident and pin-maker extraordinaire

The crazy, cool, inspiring peeps we call
The PL Grantees

Cincy Stories founders
Shawn and Chris

PL’s favorite loiterer

Where We'll Go

My future is undetermined. But I know one thing for sure... once a Mad Philanthropist, always a Mad Philanthropist.

Peace out,


Temporary Walls

I have never fully understood how things become a part of a room.

At the start of this summer residency, we were invited to make the space feel our own. To bring in plants, photos, anything we want to decorate the walls and desk areas. Now, two months in, my space remains mostly bare with essentials only: post-it note reminders, monthly calendars, and a plain white wall interrupted by a swiveling glass window. 

Maybe this is simply a mark of temporality; the desks of the core team are lively and colorful, full of design work, family mementos, random trinkets. Or maybe the openness of the walls remains a testament to the mindset I have consciously crafted over time.

Walls, much like skin, are meant to separate the things around them and protect the things inside. To draw attention to either is a conversation in comfort and interest. I am starting to understand how inadvertently these walls—the ones on me and the ones around me—function in compliment to one another. One speaks, the other is silent. 

In the office there are two things that repeatedly catch my eye. One is a cat that waves its paw around the clock. The other is poster of an orange marked with a map of Findlay Market. These things have become part of the room in a way that if they were removed, the space would feel different. This speaks to the energy and multifacetedness of PL.

I’m constantly reminded how what we surround ourselves with are what reflect and color our outputs. These are things we want to display on a wall, the people we encounter in a space, the ideas thrown back and forth in particular ways. At People’s Liberty I’m learning how to craft these things with intention, and how to derive a permanent mindset of creative action from these temporary walls.




Christa Kaodi: Moving the Ceiling

MOVING THE CEILING [and other resident tasks]

I tend to thrive on information, tasks with end-goals, and activities that are creative and constant. People’s Liberty has offered all of these things, each with a reminder that process itself is a process. This is important as I’m discovering the many steps makers take to translate ideas into concrete projects.

Here are three things I’ve learned so far.

1. Drink out of a measuring cup.

    As a recent graduate I’ve spent a lot of time sitting at desks. I spent the greater part of four years at university in some combination of the same 5 rooms. While I welcome familiarity into my life, I also recognize the benefit of small moments of whimsy: like grantee Brandon Black drinking his water from a measuring cup. It’s a little silly, yes, but also somehow transformative. It’s looking at something and turning it into something else.

2. Get locked out.

    On a recent drive to cover the city in posters for our upcoming event, Globe in the Dark, I found myself in an unfortunate situation. I’m standing in the rain, the posters are in my car, and the doors are locked. In the hour it took for AAA to get me on the road again, I thought about productivity, and how an unexpected moment of isolation can be an improvised, mental workspace.

3. Move the ceiling when you have the chance to.

    During my first week as resident, we visited the Cincinnati Observatory in Mount Lookout Park. The dome ceiling is connected to a huge, vintage crank wheel. I was surprised at the opportunity to turn the wheel, and open the ceiling to let the sky in. So far, PL has been about seeing a range of opportunity, extending it, and somehow figuring out how to get your hands on it.  

Process is a process; I’m on step one.

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