New Hampshire Listens

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Are you a bridge builder? Change maker? Connector? So are we. Let us know how we can partner with you to deepen authentic engagement in your public serving work.

New Hampshire Listens is a community engagement initiative of the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. In the same way that we need the physical infrastructure of roads and bridges, we need infrastructure in our communities to support and sustain democracy. Our team believes that change comes from all directions, and it happens through many different means of engagement in our communities. 

We have worked with people in New Hampshire communities for over a decade to strengthen local, regional, and state efforts to improve public life. We are built on earlier work by cofounders Bruce Mallory and Michele Holt-Shannon, including community-based dialogue and engagement in Portsmouth leading to the creation of Portsmouth Listens in 1999. Since 2010, we worked at the local and state level to support respectful conversations of complex issues affecting New Hampshire residents’ everyday lives. Our work supports community-led action and change. We are a long-term anchor partner with Everyday Democracy.

We design thoughtful gatherings, meetings, and coalitions with state and local partners to achieve authentic engagement and more equitable decision making.

 

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    Discover the Local Civic Health Guide

    The Carsey School designed this guide to building community and bridging divides to help people at the local level collect data to better understand what factors bring people together or push them apart. 

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    2020 New Hampshire Civic Health Index Receives Gold Sustainability Award

    The 2020 New Hampshire Civic Health Index was the recipient of a gold award at the UNH Sustainability Awards held May 7, 2021. Read more about this achievement.

Upcoming Events

  • NH Listens Local Lunch Box: Spectrum of Engagement
    March 6th, 2024
     Join NH LIstens for a 45-minute informative and interactive session aimed at sharing bite-sized tips and resources from our toolbox for community engagement and facilitation. This session, Spectr ...
  • NH Listens: Advanced Facilitator Training
    March 27th, 2024
    Many of us are trained to remain neutral when we serve as facilitators. However, that doesn't mean we are passive in the face of bias and misunderstandings. This workshop helps enhance confidence ...
  • NH Listens Local Lunch Box: Facilitating Through Conflict
    April 10th, 2024
     Join NH LIstens for a 45-minute informative and interactive session aimed at sharing bite-sized tips and resources from our toolbox for community engagement and facilitation. The role of a facili ...

NH Listens News

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Granite State News Collaborative: Manchester group takes village approach to community engagement

Granite State News Collaborative: Manchester group takes village approach to community engagement

Michele Holt-Shannon...

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NH Public Radio: N.H. librarians learn how to lead community conversations that go beyond the book

NH Public Radio: N.H. librarians learn how to lead community conversations that go beyond the book

Michele Holt-Shannon, NH Listens...

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Upcoming Events: NH Listens Announces New Dates for Local Lunch Box Series

Upcoming Events: NH Listens Announces New Dates for Local Lunch Box Series

Upcoming Events: NH Listens Announces New Dates for Local Lunch Box Series

Starting March 2, Monthly Online Educational Series Offers Training & Resources for Facilitation and...

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