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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 Local Lunch Box: Effective Co-Facilitation

NH Listens Local Lunch Box Sessions: June 1 – Effective Co-Facilitation The Lunch Box Series sessions are 30-minute online learning opportunities aimed at adding bite-sized tips and resources to ...

Coffee and Conversations: The NH Charter School System

Coffee and Conversations: The NH Charter School SystemJoin us for a conversation with a panel of NH Charter School leaders to discuss the charter school system in the state, its challenges, and be ...

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)
April 22, 2022, 12 – 2:30 p.m.

This training is on Zoom and is focused on those difficult moments where people are in dialogue across significant differences – differences where stereotypes and misunderstanding are a major dynamic. 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 misunderstandings and harmful dynamics. This workshop helps enhance confidence to remain neutral (on the topic), productively address issues, encourage and move conversation in a constructive manner.

Please join on a computer if possible. We understand everyone has different access to technology and welcome you! There are some interactive components, but it is also possible to listen in.

 Register for the April 22 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.

NH Listens’ new Local Lunch Box sessions are 30-minute online learning opportunities aimed at adding bite-sized tips and resources to our toolboxes for community engagement and facilitation. Ellie Masson, a student fellow with NH Listens, describes the March 2 discussion, titled Asking Good Questions.

The role of a facilitator in many spaces is to support the group in working with and moving through conflict. Conflict and tension can serve as useful spaces for the group to grow and go deeper on an issue, often leading to more thoughtful, innovative, and diverse solutions. This training will help you build the skills to identify conflict, tension, and harm in real time, build tolerance to hold space for conflict resolution, and know when to intervene as a facilitator.


May 2022 – Recruiting a Mix of Perspectives

May 4, 12:30 – 1 p.m.

For many issues and conversations, diverse perspectives allow us or our group to look at topics in ways we had never considered before. To have a dialogue about an issue that impacts the whole community, it’s important that the whole community is represented and included in that space. This training will help you explore best practices and strategies for authentic recruitment of diverse perspectives – especially voices that are often missing from public dialogue – as well as cultivate a welcoming and productive environment for all participants.

 Register for our May 4 Lunch Box Series

June 2022 – Effective Co-Facilitation

June 1, 12:30 – 1 p.m.

You do not have to do this work alone! When possible, call upon your co-facilitators to help each other host the dialogue or community event. Effective co-facilitation involves strong communication, planning, and nimbleness as you each let your individual strengths and skills shine through. The two (or more) of you can support each other by handling logistics, as well as the dynamics of the group, keeping the event smooth and productive. This training will share skills and tips for you to successfully work with your co-facilitators at your next event.

 Register for our June 1 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.