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Each year, NH Listens hosts a number of events throughout New Hampshire. These online and in person events range from engaging local communities to increase participation, creating civic spaces to strengthen our civic fabric, and training the region’s network of skilled facilitators.

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Upcoming Events


NH Listens: Advanced Facilitator Training

 NH Listens: Advanced Facilitator TrainingThis training is on Zoom and focuses on enhancing confidence to remain neutral (on the topic), productively address issues, encourage and move conversatio ...

NH Listens Lunch Box: Facilitating Strong Emotions in Community Conversations

  NH Listens Local Lunch Box Sessions: December 7 - Facilitating Strong Emotions in Community ConversationsThe Lunch Box Series sessions are 45-minute online learning opportunities aimed at adding ...

Upcoming Facilitator Trainings

Prior to any online trainings, you'll want to download and test the Zoom software. Please contact Carrie Portrie with any questions regarding these trainings.

Advanced Facilitator Training (Online)

November 30, 2022, 12 – 2:30 p.m.

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 to remain neutral, productively address issues, encourage, and move conversation in a constructive manner.

 Register for the November 30 Training

Upcoming Local Lunch Box Sessions

Prior to any online sessions, you'll want to download and test the Zoom software. Please contact Carrie Portrie with any questions regarding these sessions.

December - Facilitating Strong Emotions in Community Conversations

December 7, 12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

This session will overview some key concepts and tips for facilitators. As facilitators we are always building new skills through practice and reflection, so join NH Listens and others for a discussion on facilitating wehn emotions need our full attention. 

 Register for our December 7 Lunch Box Series

NH Listens News

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NH Listens’ Campus Listeners Program to Train UNH Faculty, Staff & Graduate Students to Serve at Contentious On-Campus Events

Training for the Campus Listeners program is sponsored by the UNH Carsey School of Public Policy; the UNH Office of Community, Equity, and Diversity; and the UNH Aulbani J. Beauregard Center for Equity, Freedom and Justice. Civic engagement group NH Listens – a part of the Carsey School of Public Policy at UNH – will host a training for its Campus Listeners program. The training will take...
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Granite State News Collaborative: Manchester group takes village approach to community engagement

Michele Holt-Shannon
The Granite State News Collaborative recently covered the work of grassroots nonprofit Manchester Community Action Coalition and the importance this and similar organizations play at a community level. The news outlet interviewed Michele Holt-Shannon, co-founder and director of NH Listens, who shared how while grassroots organizations are critical to creating social change and often face a whole...
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NH Public Radio: N.H. librarians learn how to lead community conversations that go beyond the book

Michele Holt-Shannon, NH Listens
New Hampshire Public Radio recently reported on a facilitator training offered by NH Listens to librarians located across New Hampshire. The training equips librarians with the tools they need to facilitate better community conversations in all kinds of contexts.