Engaged Communities

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Since its founding, New Hampshire Listens has built strong connections with key partners and groups to transform, strengthen, and sustain civic infrastructure in the Granite State. We primarily design dialogue-based engagement opportunities as means for people to make connections, learn together, and move forward with shared decision-making.  

Some communities find it valuable to create local coalitions, community workgroups focused on such topics as health and wellbeing, school funding, gun violence, trail use, etc. Others develop Local Listens groups that build authentic relationships across their community and develop sustained capacity to address a wide range of community issues over time. Over the years many Local Listens groups organized to connect and engage their communities including, Dover Listens, Nashua Listens, Newmarket Common Ground, North Country Listens, Ossipee Listens, Portsmouth Listens, Rochester Listens, and others. If you and others are interested in supporting a more engaged and equitable community, check out the resources below for organizing as a group.  


Our resources bank includes guides and tips to help inform your work to create a more equitable and engaged community. From hosting a community conversation, a local candidate’s event, or connecting with other civically minded people to organize a local coalition or Local Listens group, there are concrete ways to strengthen civic engagement and participation in your community. Contact New Hampshire Listens for more ways that we can support your work

Steps for Hosting a Community Conversation

Four steps to hosting a community conversation