Events

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

Upcoming Events

October
03

NH Listens: Understanding and Preventing Hate-Based Activity

The Maine and New Hampshire Seacoast area has experienced increased hate-based activity in recent months. Please join us for an informative presentation and Q&A with area police departments and lo ...
October
06

NH Listens: Understanding and Preventing Hate-Based Activity

The Maine and New Hampshire Seacoast area has experienced increased hate-based activity in recent months. Please join us for an informative online presentation and Q&A with area police departments ...
October
12

NH Listens: Basic Facilitator Training

 NH Listens: Basic Facilitator TrainingJoin 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 conc ...

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.

Basic Facilitator Training (Online)

October 12, 2022, 12 – 2 p.m.

Join this introductory training for tips and practice on key facilitator concepts for facilitating online and in person, including drawing people in, managing productive conversations, and strengthening your skills as a facilitator.

 Register for the October 12 Training


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


Facilitating for Public Engagement (In person)

October 28, 2022, 10:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Pease Public Library
Plymouth, NH

This workshop will provide training on the critical role that facilitators play in fostering and supporting public engagement. 

Prior facilitation experience is helpful, but not necessary. Dress is casual. A light lunch and training materials will be provided. The $50 fee may be reduced or waived for students and those with financial need. Please contact Michele Holt-Shannon for a promotion code.

 Register for the October 28 Training


Advanced Facilitator Training (In person)

November 4, 2022, 9:30 – 3:30 p.m.
NH Audubon Massabesic Center
Manchester, NH

This workshop is designed to offer a deeper dive into the tough moments that facilitators face.

Prior facilitation experience is helpful, but not necessary. Dress is casual. A light lunch and training materials will be provided. The $50 fee may be reduced or waived for students and those with financial need. Please contact Michele Holt-Shannon for a promotion code.

 Register for the November 4 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.

November - Fundamentals in Designing Community Conversations

November 2, 12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

This session will overview fundamentals in designing a community conversaition, including practices for building equity and inclusion. From framing a key issue to gathering facilitators, there's a lot that goes into hosting an event. Join NH Listens for some of their tips and time for you questions. 

 Register for our November 2 Lunch Box Series


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


Other Upcoming Events

Prior to any online sessions, you'll want to download and test the Zoom software. Please contact Michele Holt-Shannon with any questions regarding these sessions.

October - Our Community: Welcoming and Safe—Understanding and Preventing Hate-Based Activity (In Person)

OCTOBER 3, 6 – 8 p.m.
Kittery Community Center, STAR Theatre
kittery, Maine

The Maine and New Hampshire Seacoast area has experienced increased hate-based activity in recent months. Please join us for an informative presentation and Q&A with area police departments and local community groups working to address hate-based activity. Talk with your neighbors about proactive and effective ways to respond. Learn more about:

  • How to identify symbols affiliated with hate groups
  • Active groups identified in our area
  • How activity in the Seacoast compares regionally and nationally
  • Actions you can take if you encounter literature or activity of hate groups

Refreshments will be available. Childcare will be provided by local, background-checked professionals. 

This event is hosted by Kittery Police Department, Portsmouth Police Department, South Berwick Police Department, Granite State Progress, New Hampshire Council of Churches, New Hampshire Listens, United Against Hate on Seacoast, and additional area school districts & community groups.

 Register for our October 3 event


October - Our Community: Welcoming and Safe—Understanding and Preventing Hate-Based Activity (Online)

OCTOBER 6, 6 – 8 p.m.

The Maine and New Hampshire Seacoast area has experienced increased hate-based activity in recent months. Please join us for an informative presentation and Q&A with area police departments and local community groups working to address hate-based activity. Talk with your neighbors about proactive and effective ways to respond. Learn more about:

  • How to identify symbols affiliated with hate groups
  • Active groups identified in our area
  • How activity in the Seacoast compares regionally and nationally
  • Actions you can take if you encounter literature or activity of hate groups

This event is hosted by Kittery Police Department, Portsmouth Police Department, South Berwick Police Department, Granite State Progress, New Hampshire Council of Churches, New Hampshire Listens, United Against Hate on Seacoast, and additional area school districts & community groups.

 Register for our October 6 event

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.