What we do
Occasional meetups bring members of the All One City network together to share ideas and inspiration, seek resources and trade information. Meetups are by invite only. All members are invited to every meetup, and members are encouraged to invite up to two additional people who could benefit from the network.
All One City is proud to be the producer and co-sponsor of Funk Parade, DC's largest community-led celebration of its music, arts and culture. Taking place annually in the U Street neighborhood, Funk Parade features over 12 hours of music, dance and visual art spread across two dozen performance areas, all day and night, with the mighty Funk Parade in the afternoon.
doer's summit (proposed)
An annual summit of the most engaged, entrepreneurial minds in the civic engagement space in DC, going away for a weekend to rapidly prototype and resource as many new projects as possible.
All One City isn't just a community of dreamers, it’s a community of doers. If you are here, it is not just because you have great dreams for the city, but because you work hard to make them happen. The All One City network is open and diverse -- and here to help you share resources and ideas with others to do more great things, faster and better. The more we people have committed to sharing together, the more we can do together.
The network is not for self-promotion. The network is not for debating issues. It's for sharing resources to accelerate projects to make the District better, through building a "culture of abundance." More on all this below.
All One City exists to help its members help each other advance the following values:
- building community
- honoring arts and culture
- improving access to basic needs
- supporting and including local businesses, and
- expanding philanthropy.
This is an experiment. This is an open system. It's built around four principles, explained below.
01. culture of abundance
A culture of scarcity is one in which my success means that others fail. A dollar I raise is a dollar no one else gets. It pits individuals and groups against each other.
A culture of abundance is built on the belief that one person's success increases another person's chances of success. When one innovative project succeeds, it draws attention to others in the space; when one artist succeeds, it brings greater interest in other emerging artists. Which means helping each other shorten the distance from concept to success benefits all of us.
"Resources" is often a euphemism for money. But resources are all of the things we need to make an idea a reality. Resources address needs. Money is a vehicle to obtain a resource, but many times what a project needs is a space to hold classes, a wall to paint on, or the paint itself. Or the right contact in city government, or an introduction to a property owner, or special expertise. These resources are as necessary as money, and they are what this network can excel at sharing.
Diversity is essential for the network, in as many dimensions as possible. Diversity in backgrounds, ages and neighborhoods, but diversity in interests, experiences and inspirations, too. Homogeneous groups tend to share the same needs. The more disparate communities are represented in this room, the more networks are represented, the more resources we bring to the table together. It’s a worthy goal, and it’s essential.
The All One City Network should be always open: First, it's a 24/7/365 effort. Members should feel comfortable contacting each other any day of the week, not just in person at events. All One City is present when we are working with each other, not just when we’re all together in a room. And second, it should be always open in the sense that we actively seek to be the most radically diverse community of people who love their city.
“Together we can challenge the systems which perpetuate our city's greatest failings.”
justin rood | Founder
Over seven years ago I had a dream about a Funk Parade, and began creating the community to realize it.
It was an all-volunteer effort. The vision was a celebration produced by the people of the city for the people of the city.
The first Funk Parade took over two years to build. We had to create, from scratch, a community network that could support an event of its size and complexity. My co-founder and I held over a hundred in-person meetings and many more phone calls -- with community groups, local businesses, city officials, churches and more.
Since then, that community has produced four Funk Parades. It has helped raise over a quarter million dollars, booked and paid hundreds of musicians and other artists, and brought together hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians to celebrate DC arts and music and the spirit of Funk.
A while ago I realized, the best thing to come out of this effort wasn't Funk Parade. It's this network of amazing people. It turns out, throwing a Funk Parade attracts some of the most talented, most creative, most caring people in the city. Isolated, we can only do so much. But together, our resources are immense.
That’s what has made Funk Parade possible. Meeting space, fundraising expertise, sandwiches for high school band members -- everything Funk Parade needs has come from this network. But every member of this network has a dream or an idea or a vision of his or her own to make the city better. Everyone has their own Funk Parade. So how can we make those happen? What if we had a way for all of these wonderful amazing people to meet each other and find the resources they need to make the city great?
That’s what the All One City network is. A way to bring you together and help you have the best chance of finding the brilliance, the people, and the resources you need to make your dream happen.
- Justin Rood