New Hampshire Listens

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» New Hampshire Listens recently received a platinum award at the UNH Sustainability Awards held May 7. Read more about this achievement.

New Hampshire Listens is a civic 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, bridges, and buildings, we need to build, strengthen, and sustain civic infrastructure to support a sustainable democracy. Our mission is to help New Hampshire residents talk and work together to create communities that work for everyone. We design for virtual and in-person gatherings.

In Solidarity: A message from the NH Listens team. Read more

A Message from Everyday Democracy: Standing together in the pain of crisis and the hope of transformation. Read more

Upcoming Events

  • Community Policing - session II
    December 2nd, 2021
      Charting a New Path: Understanding How Bias and Use of Force Can Be Addressed through Law Enforcement Training Thurs, Dec 2, 4:00-5:30pm (online) Part II of 4-part discussion series on Commun ...
  • No Time to Talk: Civility, Protest and Making Change
    February 2nd, 2022
    No Time to Talk: Civility, Protest and Making Change Truly resolving conflict always requires respectful conversation across differences in perspective, ideology, or identity. Getting to that con ...
  • NH Listens: Basic Facilitator Training
    March 23rd, 2022
    NH Listens: Basic Facilitator Training Join this 2-hour basic facilitator training for tips on facilitating that you can apply both on and offline. We’ll focus on sharing: Some key facilitator c ...
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NH Listens Awarded New Hampshire Humanities Grant

NH Listens Awarded New Hampshire Humanities Grant

NH Listens & Urban Rural Action to implement statewide engagement initiative...

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Testimonials from People and Organizations we've worked with

“NH Listens is well organized and facilitates discussions in a manner where all opinions and views are shared in a respectful and constructive fashion. NH Listens helped my department hold a discussion with community members to assure mutual understanding and trust between the Community and our Police Officers. The event was well attended and met our goals. The follow-up report written by NH Listens was excellent and resulted in action steps to build upon the discussion.”  
~ Anthony Colarusso, Chief of Police (retired), Dover, NH; current Head of Security, Wentworth Douglass Hospital

“Listening can be one of the most disruptive things you can do.  Stop and listen.  It can provide a pathway forward.”  
~ Steve Abbott, Independent Consultant, Great Schools Partnership

“I look forward to setting our next steps to build upon the work of the series. Working with NH Listens was fantastic, thank you so much. I look forward to the next project we can do together!”  
~ Annette Carbonneau, Senior Program Manager, North Country Health Consortium

NH Listens News

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Fulcrum: How one city made public meetings more participatory

Fulcrum: How one city made public meetings more participatory

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Foster's Daily Democrat: Portsmouth school district forms Equity Council for social justice

Foster's Daily Democrat: Portsmouth school district forms Equity Council for social justice

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NHPR: Nashua's Public Health Division awaits a report on listening sessions with residents of color

NHPR: Nashua's Public Health Division awaits a report on listening sessions with residents of color

New Hampshire Listens...

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