The work of public engagement and deliberative dialogue is only as strong as its facilitators. We look forward to connecting with new and experienced facilitators across the state who are interested in serving as a small group facilitator, learning skills and strategies for helping all voices to be heard, and networking with other NH citizens who are invested in proactive problem solving. Facilitators assist local communities as well as regional and statewide partners in the design and delivery of deliberative processes. We generally offer a small stipend to facilitators for statewide projects and tend to work with volunteers for local projects. 

Facilitator Path:
Participate Train Record Co-Facilitate Facilitate

People who serve as facilitators for NH Listens follow a pathway from participation in an event to serving as a recorder, the being trained and co-facilitating a group and finally facilitating their own group. We provide feedback from participants after each event and share feedback with one another to continually improve our skills. NH Listens assigns trained facilitators based on experience, skill level, and project location. Anyone is welcome to become trained as a NH Listens facilitator.

Training: Facilitating for Public Engagement

NH Listens offers low-cost trainings several times a year, specifically oriented toward facilitating for public engagement. This training may be augmented by more extensive facilitator training offered annually by UNH Cooperative Extension.

Workshop Description: 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.

Facilitator Network Registration

Registering in our facilitator database will help us reach out to you for opportunities for local and statewide projects. In the same way that we value a mix of perspectives in our participants, we also value a mix in our facilitator network. By registering with NH Listens, we will collect contact information and a few details about who you are. If you have been in touch with folks at NH Listens or with a local Listens organization who has asked you to complete a Facilitator Profile, please do so here. The information you provide will be used by NH Listens when we are seeking facilitators AND by the local Listens organization of your choice. Our messages are limited and you can unsubscribe to this list at any time by contacting us at NH.Listens@unh.edu.