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Each year, NH Listens hosts events throughout New Hampshire. These online and in person events range from engaging on statewide policy issues, supporting local community-led initiatives, and our own series of workshops for strengthening skills for bridge builders — facilitation, connection across differences, and sticking with tough conversations. We support a growing network of New Hampshire's skilled facilitators.

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We are grateful to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for their generous support.

Upcoming Events


NH Listens Local Lunch Box: When Someone Says WHAT?! Responding as a Facilitator

 Join NH Listens for a 45-minute informative and interactive session aimed at sharing bite-sized tips and resources from our toolbox for community engagement and facilitation. This session address ...

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.

Nothing scheduled – Stay Tuned!

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.

June - When Someone Says WHAT?! Responding as a Facilitator

June 7, 12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

This session will will address heart-racing facilitator moments and how to respond, so join NH Listens and others for a discussion on facilitating when emotions need our full attention. 

 Register for our June 7 Lunch Box Series

Building Bridges in the Human Family

Curious about the anti-black, anti-white divide? Want to discuss race and racism but are afraid to say the wrong thing or offend someone? Want to discuss how we can move on from our tragic past? Join us for a dialog series for people who genuinely want to listen. This will be a recurring online conversation from 4 to 5:30 pm on the following Sundays: March 19, April 16, May 21, and June 18.  Feel free to join us for one or all sessions.

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.