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State of the Communities Movement with Yana, Sky and Cassandra
State of the Communities Movement with Cassandra, Sky and Yana Inside Community Podcast — Ep. 014 Join communities experts Yana Ludwig, Sky Blue, and Cassandra Ferrera for a panel discussion… Read More
Visiting Communities with Anthony ‘Campo’ Campbell
Visiting Communities with Anthony ‘Campo’ Campbell Inside Community Podcast — Ep. 013 Listen to ideas on how to best engage with communities you would like to visit, so you and… Read More
Creating Inclusivity with Sociocracy with Ted Rau
Creating Inclusivity with Sociocracy with Ted Rau Inside Community Podcast — Ep. 012 Hear Ted Rau share how sociocracy brings an incredible opportunity to cooperative groups to embody higher levels… Read More
Exploring Cohousing with Trish Becker
Exploring Cohousing with Trish Becker Inside Community Podcast — Ep. 011 Cohousing benefits include autonomy, resource sharing, social and emotional connection, and a model for engagement and democracy that reaches… Read More
Navigating Conflict and Restoring Connection with Alyson Ewald
Navigating Conflict and Restoring Connection with Alyson Ewald Inside Community Podcast — Ep. 010 Conflict is inevitable. Alyson Ewald shares how to have a good fight and transform harm into… Read More
Skillfull Facilitation for Any Situation with Laird Schaub
Skillful Facilitation for Any Situation with Laird Schaub Inside Community Podcast — Ep. 009 Moving groups through tough decisions can be tricky, if not impossible, without a skilled and well-trained… Read More
Income Sharing & Innovating Economy with Sky Blue
Income Sharing & Innovating Economy with Sky Blue Inside Community Podcast — Ep. 008 In this episode, I’m joined by Sky Blue to discuss income sharing and innovating economic models… Read More
Governance & Decision Making with Diana Leafe Christian
Governance & Decision Making with Diana Leafe Christian Inside Community Podcast — Ep. 007 When it comes to deciding who gets to make decisions and how decisions get made, the… Read More
Facilitation and Politics with Yana Ludwig
Facilitation and Politics with Yana Ludwig Inside Community Podcast — Episode 004 [Part II] This is a bonus conversation from episode 004 on Finding Co-Founders and Creating Cooperative Culture. Enjoy!… Read More
Finding Your Land with Jonah Mesritz
Finding Your Land with Jonah Mesritz Inside Community Podcast — Ep. 006 Sometimes the community dream only starts to “feel real” when the time finally comes for forming groups to… Read More
Demystifying Legal Frameworks with Clifford Paulin & Jonah Mesritz
Demystifying Legal Frameworks with Clifford Paulin & Jonah Mesritz Inside Community Podcast — Ep. 005 Do legal structures and documents make your head spin? Fear not! In this episode we’re… Read More
Finding Co-Founders and Creating Cooperative Culture with Yana Ludwig
Finding Co-Founders and Creating Cooperative Culture with Yana Ludwig Inside Community Podcast — Ep. 004 [Part I] Thinking of starting an intentional community? The first step is finding “your people”… Read More
Becoming a Steward of the Commons with Lee Warren
Becoming a Steward of the Commons with Lee Warren Inside Community Podcast — Ep. 003 There are many communities out there looking for capable and eager new members to become… Read More
Vision and Values with Dave Henson
This episode explores the topic of Mission, Vision, and Values in community. These guiding principles and founding documents help communities determine who they are and what they do. In many ways, this is the “intention” part of intentional community. Joining me on a deep dive into this topic is Dave Henson.
Why me? Why now? The Introduction
Why me? Why now? The Introduction Inside Community Podcast — Ep. 000 In this episode, I take a moment to introduce myself, tell you a little bit about my journey… Read More
What is Community? Fantasy vs. Reality
Hello friends and welcome to the Inside Community Podcast where I bring you along for an inside look at what it takes to create and sustain community. In this episode we are going to take a look at what we actually mean when we say “community.”
About the Podcast
The Inside Community Podcast brings folks along for an inside look at all of the beautiful and messy realities of creating and sustaining a community. We provide useful and inspiring content to support people on their quest for resilience, sustainability, and connection.
Through essays and interviews with experts, we examine a variety of topics related to communal living — 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. Whether you are wondering what it would be like to live with friends, share resources, and explore a more interconnected way of being, or live in community, and are looking for tips and tricks to overcome your community’s latest hurdle, the Inside Community Podcast will meet you where you are on your journey with topical episodes and fearless investigations.
Meet Your Host
Inside Community Podcast host Rebecca Mesritz is a community builder living in Williams, Oregon. In 2011, Rebecca co-founded the Emerald Village (EVO) in North County San Diego, California. During her ten years with EVO, she supported and led numerous programs and initiatives including implementation and training of the community in Sociocracy, establishment of the Animal Husbandry program, leadership of the Land Circle, hosting numerous internal and external community events, and participation in the Human Relations Circle which holds the relational, spiritual and emotional container for their work.
In June of 2021, with the blessing of EVO, Rebecca and 3 other co-founders relocated to begin a new, mission- driven community and learning center housed on 160 acres of forest and farmland. Rebecca is passionate about communal living and sees intentional community as a tool for both personal and cultural transformation. In addition to her work in this field, she also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from San Diego State University and creates functional, public, and interactive art in metal, wood, and pretty much any other material she can get her hands on. She’s currently growing Bound for Color, creating and selling bespoke and naturally dyed art, homegoods and wearables. She is a mother, a wife, an educator, a nurturer of gardens, an epicurean lover of sustainable wholesome food, and a cultivator of compassion and beauty.
The Inside Community Podcast is sponsored by the Foundation for Intentional Community (FIC). Reach out if you are interested in sponsorship or advertisement opportunities on the podcast.