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.
Reopening with Care and Caution – Designed for Coming Back Teams
Wednesday, May 27 | 12 – 1 p.m.
Over 200 people across New Hampshire joined our Readiness to Reclaim Public Spaces Roundtable. We focused on reopening public spaces with a commitment to care and inclusion. This Roundtable on Reopening with Care and Caution will build on that work and is designed for Coming Back Teams from communities, schools, and organizations. What opportunities will you have for a reset? How can you take advantage of reopening to make things better for everyone? We’ll learn more about implicit bias and dig into strategies for acknowledging fear and discrimination and bringing strong leadership and values to a reopening that fosters belonging and fairness for all.
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.