Presenting By The People x WeDC House: A Day of Dialogues Imagining the Future of Washington, DC and the World

Part of Halcyon’s By The People festival, the event is presented in collaboration with the Washington DC Economic Partnership, and hosted at Eaton DC

(Washington, DC) May 23, 2019 – Halcyon, the nonprofit behind the By The People arts and dialogue festival, has collaborated with the Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) for a day of dialogues titled, “By The People x WeDC House,” taking place on Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm, hosted at Eaton DC.

WeDC House is a partnership between WDCEP and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) to promote the WeDC campaign, positioning Washington, DC as the “Capital for Inclusive Innovation.” Through activities that facilitate new business connections within the private and public sectors including technology, innovation and creative economies, the campaign is able to showcase the city’s dedication to inclusivity, diversity and innovation with a focus on its communities, talented workforce and residents.

Halcyon’s By The People festival takes place in every quadrant of the city, bringing people together around the themes of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. By The People connects international artists, the District’s rapidly growing art scene, and the city’s long history of civic dialogue and debate. Through robust arts programming and dialogue, By The People puts human connection front and center, reminding us that more unites us than divides us.

“Collaborating with creative partners throughout the District gives us an opportunity to expand our audience and broaden our abilities to highlight Washington, DC as the capital of inclusive innovation,” said Keith J. Sellars, President & CEO of WDCEP. “The WeDC House at this year’s By The People festival will be the first of its kind, and we look forward to using this forum to promote our businesses and residents.”

Dialogue is a critical component of both By The People, a festival dedicated to building bridges within and between communities through art and dialogue, and the WeDC Campaign, focused on providing access, opportunity, resources to people, companies, and organizations in a way that aligns with their values and are represented in front of the world through unique programming, premier networking and one-of-a-kind activations.

The “By The People x WeDC House” dialogues will discuss the current state of food, transportation, and sports and entertainment, including how these issues will impact all of us into the future for Washington, DC and the world.

“In a town full of panel discussions and forums, this event puts a fresh lens on dialogue,” said Kate Goodall, CEO of Halcyon. “By The People x WeDC House takes extraordinary speakers and challenges them to envision what a better world might look like in each of their fields.”

Dialogues titles include:

·       Access, Justice and the Environment: The Future of Food

·       From Here to There: The Future of Transportation

·       Games & Gigs: The Future of Sports and Entertainment

Panelists and moderators include:

·       Ahmad Ashkar, CEO, Hult Prize Foundation, Founder, Falafel Inc.

·       Lauren Biel, Executive Director, DC Greens

·       Mark Ein – Washington Kastles, Overwatch franchise owner, Venturehouse Group

·       Karen Finney, CNN Contributor

·       Laura Hayes, Food Editor, Washington City Paper

·       Ryan Kelly, Head of Marketing and Communications, Virgin Hyperloop

·       Eric Kessler, Board Chair, James Beard Foundation and Founder, Arabella Advisers

·       Zach Leonsis, Monumental Sports Network and Axiomatic

·       Erik Moses, President, DC XFL

·       Steven Taylor, Regional Director, Lyft

·       Reese Waters, Host, Get Up DC!, WUSA9

Three discussions will be followed by a happy hour and dance party featuring live performances by DC-based artists, open to all event guests. Like all By The People festival events, the day of dialogues will be free and open to the public, with pre-registration requested due to limited capacity. More information can be found at


About Halcyon

Halcyon is a new kind of nonprofit organization. We lift up innovators and creators, giving them the tools and opportunities they need to bring their ideas to life. Some of Halcyon’s signature programs are residential fellowships including the Halcyon Incubator, Incubator Intensives, and Halcyon Arts Lab. Other programs include By The People, an arts and dialogue festival, and the Halcyon Awards, which recognize extraordinary accomplishment in areas like art, social enterprise, and policy. Since its founding, Halcyon has built programing around the core tenets of space, community, and access, continuously evolving to identify and provide a haven for big dreamers and risk-takers the world over.

About Washington DC Economic Partnership

The Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) is a non-profit, public-private organization that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports business and promotes Washington, DC as a leading global city. Our mission is to promote DC’s economic and business opportunities and support business retention and attraction activities. Our partners including private companies and public-sector organizations give us access to a variety of resources including signature, award-winning publications, program, activities and site location assistance. Follow Washington DC Economic Partnership on Twitter ( and Facebook (

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