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

NH Listens Fellow of the Month!

  • "I became a teacher to be the adult I needed as a West side kid, a Korean-American, as a ‘raised as a French-Canadian,’ as the only person of color in nearly every class, as a kid who never had a teacher of color..."       ~ Tina Kim Philibotte, Chief Equity Officer, Manchester School District
    "I became a teacher to be the adult I needed as a West side kid, a Korean-American, as a ‘raised as a French-Canadian,’ as the only person of color in nearly every class, as a kid who never had a teacher of color..."       ~ Tina Kim Philibotte, Chief Equity Officer, Manchester School District

Upcoming Events

  • 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 ...
  • NH Listens: Advanced Facilitator Training
    April 22nd, 2022
    NH Listens: Advanced Facilitator Training This training is on Zoom and focuses on enhancing confidence to remain neutral (on the topic), productively address issues, encourage and move conversati ...
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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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Former NH Listens Program Manager Now Serving as NH Public K-12 District Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

Former NH Listens Program Manager Now Serving as NH Public K-12 District Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

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Breaking Barriers: Carsey Alum Deqa Dhalac ‘13G Inaugurated as Nation’s First Somali-American Mayor

Breaking Barriers: Carsey Alum Deqa Dhalac ‘13G Inaugurated as Nation’s First Somali-American Mayor

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Upcoming Event – No Time to Talk: Civility, Protest and Making Change

Upcoming Event – No Time to Talk: Civility, Protest and Making Change

Feb. 2022 Online Panel Discussion Examines When to Use Dialogue – and When to Use Protest – When...

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