Working With Us

Photo showing the NH Listens team of Michele Holt-Shannon, Bruce Mallory, Andres Mejia, and Carrie Portrie

NH Listens partners with local communities, schools, and state-wide organizations to create environments that help move conversations forward. Working with us brings nonpartisan, civic engagement expertise into challenges your community is facing and helps guide the process, ensure broad outreach, and monitor fairness.

We design for virtual and in-person gatherings.

Our offerings are always tailored to each project, and may include: coalition building, issue framing, workshops on equity, facilitator training – including youth, designing and implementing community conversations, strategies for recruiting participants, analyzing and reporting on findings from conversations, and planning steps to move from talk to action.  

The first step is always a conversation with us. You can reach us by email at nh.listens@unh.edu or by phone at 603-862-0692. We look forward to working with you!

Testimonials from People We've Worked With!

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    “I look forward to setting our next steps to build upon the work of the series. Working with NH Listens was fantastic, thank you so much. I look forward to the next project we can do together!” 

    ~ Annette Carbonneau, Senior Program Manager, North Country Health Consortium

  • Image of the Dover, NH, Police Department shield

    “NH Listens is well organized and facilitates discussions in a manner where all opinions and views are shared in a respectful and constructive fashion. NH Listens helped my department hold a discussion with community members to assure mutual understanding and trust between the Community and our Police Officers. The event was well attended and met our goals. The follow-up report written by NH Listens was excellent and resulted in action steps to build upon the discussion.”  

    ~ Anthony Colarusso, Chief of Police (retired), Dover, NH; current Head of Security, Wentworth Douglass Hospital

  • Image of the Great Schools Partnership logo

    “Listening can be one of the most disruptive things you can do.  Stop and listen.  It can provide a pathway forward.”  

    ~ Steve Abbott, Independent Consultant, Great Schools Partnership


Steps for Hosting a Community Conversation

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Identify an issue that needs your community’s engagement.

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Organize a community conversation with participants, facilitators, and decision makers.

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The community conversation occurs over an evening, a full day, or a few.

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Decision makers and community members then work together to enact the recommendations.