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. You can view some of these events below.
Training Opportunities and Roundtable Discussions
At New Hampshire Listens, our mission is to help New Hampshire residents talk and work together to create communities that work for everyone. If you are trying to figure out how to contribute in your local community during these next several weeks, we hope the following Local Listens Roundtables on Zoom will help spur your thinking. Join us to make a plan for staying connected, addressing bias, and building community.
All of these trainings are free and can be participated in by phone or computer using the free Zoom software. You'll want to download and test the Zoom software prior to the event. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact Michele Holt-Shannon.
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April 1 | 12 to 1 p.m. | Online
Many people continue to work throughout this public health crisis – from people stocking shelves in grocery stores, to healthcare workers, to those being asked to make everything extra clean. What can you do to rally others to show gratitude? Join this Local Listens Roundtable to share ideas and spur positive connections in your local community. We’ll share an adaptable outline and tips for hosting a chance for people in your community to support the helpers.
April 15 | 12 to 1 p.m. | Online
Join this Local Listens Roundtable for tips on hosting online spaces for connecting with neighbors and people in your community. Everything from meetings of decision makers and civic collaborators to a space for neighbors to check in, share information, and keep in touch while in varying levels of quarantine. Shared, synchronous online space can help reduce misinformation and spur sense making and problem solving. We’ll share adaptable outlines and tips for hosting.
Readiness to Reclaim Public Spaces
April 8 & 22 | 12 to 1 p.m. | Online
Join this Roundtable to share ideas and hear tips to reenter public spaces with care. Right now, we are separated. When we come back together, we want to make sure our fear doesn't amplify our biases. How can we return to public life and shared spaces in ways that support common sense and healthy practices without causing additional fear and discrimination? We’ll share ideas for helping people keep reasonable health practices while reassuring people as they engage again in public spaces.
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. This workshop helps enhance confidence to remain neutral, productively address issues, encourage and move conversation in a constructive manner. Fee $50 waived for students and those with financial need. Please contact Michele Holt-Shannon for a promotion code.
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This daylong workshop is designed to give participants an understanding of the critical role of facilitators in the broad spectrum of public engagement work. We spend time locating the work in local and statewide projects, walking through a typical talk to action process, and emphasizing the principles that guide our work. Prior facilitation experience is helpful but not necessary. Dress is casual and meals, refreshments, and training materials will be provided.
This training may be augmented by more extensive facilitator training offered annually by UNH Cooperative Extension. A $50 fee is waived for students and those with financial need. Please contact Michele Holt-Shannon for a promotion code.
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Please join UNH Cooperative Extension and NH Listens to experiment with the power of interactive practice in sticky facilitation moments. Even after years of experience in community facilitation or public meetings, a tough participant can still make a seasoned facilitator’s heart race. We will work with UNH Theatre professor David Kaye and his group, PowerPlay Interactive Development, to gain new insights, techniques and skills. Join us as we dig into those heart-racing moments. The $50 Fee may be waived for students and those with financial need. Just let us know!
Many people feel alienated from public life but the good news is that public officials have the power to address many of the frustrations driving people away from being engaged. In this interactive lab we will practice real life scenarios, learn about best practices, and give public officials tools for creating meetings that deal with conflict in a healthy and professional manner. Even after years of experience in community facilitation or public meetings, a tough participant can still make a seasoned facilitator’s heart race. We will work with UNH Theatre professor David Kaye and his group, Power Play Interactive Development, to gain new insights, techniques and skills. The $50 Fee may be waived for students and those with financial need. Just let us know! Hosted with our partners at UNH Cooperative Extension.