17 episodes

Take an inside look at the beautiful and messy realities of creating and sustaining an intentional community. Enjoy useful and inspiring stories to support you on your journey towards resilience, sustainability, and connection.

Join community builder Rebecca Mesritz for interviews with experts in a variety of topics related to living communally --- from governance and decision making to ownership models, from navigating coparenting to navigating finances, from how to find your people to how to actually live with them.

Learn more and support at ic.org/podcast

Inside Community Podcast Inside Community

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 33 Ratings

Take an inside look at the beautiful and messy realities of creating and sustaining an intentional community. Enjoy useful and inspiring stories to support you on your journey towards resilience, sustainability, and connection.

Join community builder Rebecca Mesritz for interviews with experts in a variety of topics related to living communally --- from governance and decision making to ownership models, from navigating coparenting to navigating finances, from how to find your people to how to actually live with them.

Learn more and support at ic.org/podcast

    Ep 014: State of the Communities Movement

    Ep 014: State of the Communities Movement

    We wrap up our first season with a thoughtful conversation with communities experts Yana Ludwig, Sky Blue, and Cassandra Ferrera on the state of the communities movement (and if it is even a "movement"!)  We discuss the complexity of challenges facing both individual communities and the greater collective Community to meet both the everyday social, financial, and emotional needs of members as well as address larger systemic issues that are being dealt with in society on a broader scale.  Yana, Sky, and Cassandra have been engaged in these discussions together for years as friends, FIC board members, and community advocates and today they share their insights in what could be considered "advanced community theory."

    Yana Ludwig is a cooperative culture pioneer, intentional communities advocate, and anti-oppression activist. She serves on the FIC board, and is a trainer and consultant for communities, worker owned cooperatives and nonprofits. She is the author of Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, The Cooperative Culture Handbook (with Karen Gimnig),  and the soon-to-be-released Building Belonging: Your Guide to Starting a Land-based Intentional Community. Yana Ludwig Training and Consulting

    Sky Blue (They/Them pronouns) has spent 22 years living, working, and organizing in intentional communities, cooperatives, and community organizations. They are currently working with a group of people to start a new community, and work as a community consultant as part of The Next Big Step. They take a whole systems approach to helping groups uncover and address underlying issues and dynamics, develop shared understanding, and find ways to move forward together. sky@ic.org.

    Cassandra Ferrera's real estate career and community activism has focused on the edge of cultural innovation where cooperation meets land stewardship. She has provided agency, complex contract design, consulting and cooperative governance support to dozens of communities and land projects. A licensed real estate agent in California since 2003, Cassandra’s license is with the progressive Green Key Real Estate brokerage in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is currently co-founding The Center for Ethical Land Transition, a non-profit organization that supports solidarity and justice in land transitions. www.cassandraferrera.net

    If you want to learn more about Community, check out the The Foundation for Intentional Community. You can learn more about FIC and access full show notes at ic.org/podcast. Your financial support of Inside Community helps us to continue to create meaningful and exciting content and I hope you’ll consider donating through our website while you are there. Podcast listeners, use this code INSIDE20 and get 20% off FIC's amazing bookstore.

    Communities Magazine is a primary resource for information, stories, and ideas about intentional communities. Subscriptions are available and more than 400 back-issue articles are posted for free on the at www.gen-us.net/communities

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    • 1 hr 37 min
    Ep 013: Visiting Communities with Anthony "Campo" Campbell

    Ep 013: Visiting Communities with Anthony "Campo" Campbell

    Are you ready to see how other communities are doing it or perhaps are looking for a community to join?  Well, visiting communities in person is the best way to learn what works and what doesn't work for you.  Communing With the Campbells is the project documentary filmmaker Anthony "Campo" Campbell and his family have been sharing with the world through TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram, sharing their global communities tour and bringing a new spin to how the world sees the movement.  Campo joins me in this episode to talk about how to best engage with communities you would like to visit so both you and your host gets the most benefit from your time together.



    Join their journey on TikTok @Communing_with_Campbells  

    on YouTube @ Communing With the Campbells

    and on Instagram @Communing_with_the_Campbells



    Follow the show and see inspiring images and videos of community life on Facebook and Instagram @InsideCommunityPodcast - I’d love to hear from you there!  You can find the show on TikTok @InsideCommunity If this content has been meaningful or useful to you, please subscribe, rate and review, and share with your friends and folks you know who are curious about living Inside Community.If you want to learn more about Sociocracy or any aspect of building community, check out the Inside Community Podcast sponsor, The Foundation for Intentional Community. FIC is an incredible resource center with weekly events, online courses, classified advertisements, an extensive bookstore and lots of free educational materials. You can learn more about FIC and access full show notes at ic.org/podcast. Your financial support of Inside Community helps us to continue to create meaningful and exciting content and I hope you’ll consider donating through our website while you are there.



    Check out the Foundation for Intentional Community's amazing bookstore 

    Podcast listeners, use this code INSIDE20 and get 20% off



    Communities Magazine is a primary resource for information, stories, and ideas about intentional communities—including urban co-ops, cohousing groups, ecovillages, and rural communes. Each full-color quarterly issue focuses on a specific theme. Subscriptions are available and more than 400 back-issue articles are posted for free public reading on the website.https://www.gen-us.net/communities/

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Ep 012: Creating Inclusivity with Sociocracy

    Ep 012: Creating Inclusivity with Sociocracy

    Sociocracy brings an incredible opportunity to cooperative groups to embody higher levels of inclusivity through their governance.  As a sociocracy trainer and transgender man living in community, Ted Rau has a unique story and perspective on how to make organizations function better and be more supportive to all their members.

    Ted Rau is 42 years old and a trainer, consultant, and co-founder of the non-profit movement support organization Sociocracy For All.  He grew up in Germany and studied linguistics before earning his Ph.D. in linguistics there in 2010. He moved to the USA and fulfilled a long-held wish to live in an intentional community where he still lives with his five children and 70 neighbors in a cohousing community in Massachusetts. Ted's perspective is influenced by being transgender, by his interest in Nonviolent Communication and social justice, by being part of a global sociocracy organization at work, and a parent at home.

    Learn more about Ted and his work at www.sociocracyforall.org/community/ and on Instagram @Sociocracy4All

    Sociocracy Demystified Course co-taught with Jerry Koch-Gonzalez

    5 week online course starting June 23   www.ic.org/sociocracy-course   Podcast listeners, use this code INSIDE30 and get 30% off

    Ted Rau's Books:

    Who Decides Who Decides?

    Many Voices One Song - co-written with Jerry Koch-Gonzalez

    Check out the Foundation for Intentional Community's amazing bookstore 

    Podcast listeners, use this code INSIDE20 and get 20% off



    Follow the show and see inspiring images and videos of community life on Facebook and Instagram @InsideCommunityPodcast - I’d love to hear from you there!  You can find the show on TikTok @InsideCommunity If this content has been meaningful or useful to you, please subscribe, rate and review, and share with your friends and folks you know who are curious about living Inside Community.If you want to learn more about Sociocracy or any aspect of building community, check out the Inside Community Podcast sponsor, The Foundation for Intentional Community. FIC is an incredible resource center with weekly events, online courses, classified advertisements, an extensive bookstore and lots of free educational materials. You can learn more about FIC and access full show notes at ic.org/podcast. Your financial support of Inside Community helps us to continue to create meaningful and exciting content and I hope you’ll consider donating through our website while you are there.

    Communities Magazine is a primary resource for information, stories, and ideas about intentional communities—including urban co-ops, cohousing groups, ecovillages, and rural communes. Each full-color quarterly issue focuses on a specific theme. Subscriptions are available and more than 400 back-issue articles are posted for free public reading on the website.https://www.gen-us.net/communities/

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Ep 011: Exploring Cohousing with Trish Becker

    Ep 011: Exploring Cohousing with Trish Becker

    For many folks interested in more interconnected ways of living, yet not financially or energetically prepared for something like an income sharing community, cohousing provides the benefits of greater sustainability and resource sharing, more social and emotional connection, and that beautiful neighborhood vibe all while allowing members a higher degree of autonomy.  In many ways it can be seen as the best of both community living and the default worlds.  Today we’re going to explore the ins and outs of cohousing with my guest Trish Becker.

    Trish Becker is the Executive Director of the Cohousing Association of the United States, CohoUS for short, a national nonprofit that seeks to grow the collective housing movement. CohoUS supports forming and existing communities, as well as the professionals who build them through education, trainings, resources and connection. Trish is a founding member of Aria Cohousing and Chase Street Commons, a micro-village built upon the principles of cohousing. Trish also did Tedx talk on cohousing and is a passionate advocate for housing solutions that address our collective crises of loneliness, environmental degradation and housing inaccessibility.

    For more information on the National Cohousing Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, August 26-28, visit National Cohousing Conference

    More Links:

    CohoUS (Cohousing Association of the US)

    Trish's Tedx talk about cohousing

    CohoUS’ new IG handle is @cohousingusa. Find trish @trishyloulou

    Check out the Foundation for Intentional Community's amazing bookstore 

    Podcast listeners, use this code INSIDE20 and get 20% off

    If you want to learn more about cohousing or any aspect of community, check out the Inside Community Podcast sponsor, The Foundation for Intentional Community. FIC is an incredible resource center with weekly events, online courses, classified advertisements, and lots of free educational materials. You can learn more about FIC and access full show notes at ic.org/podcast. Your financial support of Inside Community helps us to continue to create meaningful and exciting content and I hope you’ll consider donating through our website while you are there.

    Communities Magazine is a primary resource for information, stories, and ideas about intentional communities—including urban co-ops, cohousing groups, ecovillages, and rural communes. Each full-color quarterly issue focuses on a specific theme. Subscriptions are available and more than 400 back-issue articles are posted for free public reading on the website.  https://www.gen-us.net/communities/

    Follow the show and see inspiring images and videos of community life on Facebook and Instagram @InsideCommunityPodcast - I’d love to hear from you there!  You can find the show on TikTok @InsideCommunity If this content has been meaningful or useful to you, please subscribe, rate and review, and share with your friends and folks you know who are curious about living Inside Community.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 010: Navigating Conflict and Restoring Connection with Alyson Ewald

    Episode 010: Navigating Conflict and Restoring Connection with Alyson Ewald

    Conflict in life is inevitable. Today's guest Alyson Ewald talks about how to have a good fight, how to transform harm into connection, and the importance of creating conflict systems that are personal and effective for your community.

    Alyson Ewald works with individuals and groups to design systems and practices that support learning, connection, creative conflict engagement, and collaborative decision making. She also facilitates the social dimension of Gaia Education's online course in sustainable design. 

    Alyson has spent thirty years leading environmental and educational programs both within the US and abroad. She has received training and experience in English teaching, Permaculture, Alternatives to Violence, Nonviolent Communication, and Restorative Circles. She has also served as a Board member for Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Scotland County Farmers' Market, and the Foundation for Intentional Community (FIC). She is a Missouri certified teacher, a certified Permaculture designer, and an avid student of governance, conflict, and justice. In 2005 she co-founded Red Earth Farms, a homesteading community in northeast Missouri, U.S., where she continues to practice permaculture and social transformation. 

    Learn more about Alyson and her work at www.AlysonEwald.com.

    Alyson also mentioned the work of Dominic Barter and you can learn more about him and Restorative Circles at www.restorativecircles.org

    Sign up for Alyson's 5-week online course, Tough Talks: How to Communicate with Grace and Compassion That Works, starting June 25th. 

    https://www.ic.org/communication-course/ref/179

    Podcast listeners, use this code INSIDE30 and get 30% off. 

    If you want to learn more about facilitation or any aspect of building community, check out the Inside Community Podcast sponsor, The Foundation for Intentional Community. FIC is an incredible resource center with weekly events, online courses, classified advertisements, an extensive bookstore and lots of free educational materials. You can learn more about FIC and access full show notes at ic.org/podcast. Your financial support of Inside Community helps us to continue to create meaningful and exciting content and I hope you’ll consider donating through our website while you are there.

    Communities Magazine is a primary resource for information, stories, and ideas about intentional communities—including urban co-ops, cohousing groups, ecovillages, and rural communes. Each full-color quarterly issue focuses on a specific theme. Subscriptions are available and more than 400 back-issue articles are posted for free public reading on the website.  https://www.gen-us.net/communities/

    Follow the show and see inspiring images and videos of community life on Facebook and Instagram @InsideCommunityPodcast - I’d love to hear from you there!  You can find the show on TikTok @InsideCommunity If this content has been meaningful or useful to you, please subscribe, rate and review, and share with your friends and folks you know who are curious about living Inside Community.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 009: Skillful Facilitation for Any Situation with Laird Schaub

    Episode 009: Skillful Facilitation for Any Situation with Laird Schaub

    Moving groups through tough decisions can be tricky, if not impossible, without a skilled and well-trained facilitator to hold folks through the process. Laird Schaub joins us today to talk about the how’s and why’s of excellent facilitation. You'll learn from his 40+ years of lived community experience and training in facilitation, and leave with practices you can use in your community conversations.

    Read Laird's incredible bio in our show notes at ic.org/podcast.

    Learn from Laird in the following 10-hour webinars through FIC in 2022:


    Conflict • 5 consecutive Tuesdays • Oct 25-Nov 22 ic.org/conflict-course/
    Consensus I • 5 consecutive Thursdays • Sept 15-Oct 13 ic.org/consensus101
    Consensus II • 5 consecutive Wednesdays • Oct 26-Nov 23 ic.org/consensus201/
    Membership • 5 consecutive Tuesdays • May 10-June 7 ic.org/membership-course/
    Facilitation  • 5 consecutive Tuesdays • Sept  13-Oct 11 ic.org/facilitation-course/

    Podcast listeners, use this code INSIDE30 and get 30% off Laird's courses!!

    Laird leads a two-year facilitation training program where students meet eight times for intensive 3-day weekends. In addition to classroom time where he teaches the elements of skilled facilitation, half the time is spent preparing for, delivering, and debriefing live facilitation, where the students run the meetings and the trainers are a safety net. For more info email laird@ic.org

    If you want to learn more about facilitation or any aspect of building community, check out the Inside Community Podcast sponsor, The Foundation for Intentional Community. FIC is an incredible resource center with weekly events, online courses, classified advertisements, an extensive bookstore and lots of free educational materials. You can learn more about FIC and access full show notes at ic.org/podcast. Your financial support of Inside Community helps us to continue to create meaningful and exciting content and I hope you’ll consider donating through our website while you are there.

    Communities Magazine is a primary resource for information, stories, and ideas about intentional communities—including urban co-ops, cohousing groups, ecovillages, and rural communes. Each full-color quarterly issue focuses on a specific theme. Subscriptions are available and more than 400 back-issue articles are posted for free public reading on the website.

    https://www.gen-us.net/communities/

    Follow the show and see inspiring images and videos of community life on Facebook and Instagram @InsideCommunityPodcast - I’d love to hear from you there!  You can find the show on TikTok @InsideCommunity If this content has been meaningful or useful to you, please subscribe, rate and review, and share with your friends and folks you know who are curious about living Inside Community.

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Mindfully Healing ,

Wonderful podcast

Words of wisdom for all, especially those of us living in intentional community but not exclusive to that population. Very enlightening- Thank you!!

Jim Tregeser ,

Good guests, immature host

The guests are generally good and the topics apropos to community living. Unfortunately, the host is very opinionated and does not hold a good vessel for the guests to express themselves. She displays significant discomfort with various topics, injecting a lot of nervous laughter and deflecting commentary. This is especially apparent in the Income Sharing and Facilitation episodes. She needs to take a look at her blind spots and listen more instead of just laughing stuff off.

patrick ironwood ,

There has never been a better time

With all that we’ve learned and witnessed the changing of the world it is in our social structures within it there’s never been a better time to become acquainted with and begin to explore the amazing potential’s of becoming oneself with others in community. These discussions Will help us all in developing the blueprints for the new social world ahead.

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