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Best Practices in Membership & Recruitment

February 21 @ 11:00 AM 12:30 PM CST

Best Practices in Membership & Recruitment

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

  • Pacific: 9:00-10:30am
  • Mountain: 10:00-11:30am
  • Central: 11:00am-12:30pm
  • Eastern: 12:00-1:30pm

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Join multi-intentional community founder and author Yana Ludwig for a workshop on best practices in membership & recruitment.

About the event

Having a membership selection process is critical to long term community viability and mission fulfilment. In this session, Yana Ludwig will provide you with detailed guidance for how to create a seamless and transparent process for both your community and potential members. 

Yana will cover membership criteria and timelines, while addressing those sticky questions about whether having a process is inappropriate exclusivity or just smart community building. She will also cover the necessary basics of recruitment practices.

(This is also a great chance to ask questions if you’ve read Yana’s book Building Belonging and need to know more for your group!)

In this workshop, you’ll:

  • understand the importance of a transparent process for joining your community
  • learn how to balance the community’s mission with potential member’s interests
  • get guidance on specific membership mechanisms that can increase your chances of a healthy social environment
  • learn about potential pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • walk away with a template to get started for your own group’s membership process

About your presenter

Podcast Episode 4 - Yana Ludwig

Yana Ludwig

Yana served on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Intentional Community for over a decade. She lived in community for 26 years and was a founder 4 times – all of her work is grounded in deep community experience. Her writing includes The Cooperative Culture Handbook (co-authored with Karen Gimnig) focuses on articulating a vision and practical pathway for intentional culture building; and many articles in Communities magazine. Her new book, Building Belonging: Your Guide to Starting a Residential Intentional Community, was released in May 2023.

Yana is the former Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage and Commonomics USA (an economic justice organization). She currently serves in that role for the North Coast Food Web in Oregon, where she lives with her partner and a couple of very fluffy four-leggeds. She is a dynamic, compassionate and thoughtful speaker and teacher, committed to creating a more just and resilient world. 

Learn more about Yana here.


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