Facilitators

The work of public engagement and deliberative dialogue is only as strong as its facilitators. New Hampshire Listens looks 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 Opportunities for Facilitators

NH Listens offers low-cost trainings several times a year, specifically oriented toward facilitating for public engagement.

Facilitating for Public Engagement

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 (hyperlink to here: http://extension.unh.edu/Community/Civic-Engagement) Fee $40 is waived for students and those with financial need.

 Friday, October 9, 2015
9:00 – 4:00 PM
 
Rochester, NH  
Frisbie Memorial Hospital Conference Center 
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The Facilitation Laboratory: An active exploration of the practice of facilitation

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 $25 Fee may be waived for students and those with financial need. Just let us know!

 Wednesday, December 2, 2015
2:30 – 5:00 PM
 
Durham, NH  
University of New Hampshire, Memorial Union Building 330/332
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Public Meeting Facilitation Laboratory:  Practicing for the Unexpected in Public Meetings                        

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 $25 Fee may be waived for students and those with financial need. Just let us know! Hosted with our partners at UNH Cooperative Extension.

To be scheduled in winter 2016


Advanced Facilitator Workshop On Being a Facilitator: Making Certain Neutral does not mean Passive

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 $40 waived for students and those with financial need. Hosted with our partners at Everyday Democracy

Saturday, December 5, 2015 
9:00 – 4:00 PM 
Location Manchester Area (TBD)
 

 

The Facilitation Laboratory is sponsored by Cooperative Extension, Carsey School of Public Policy, and the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of New Hampshire, New Hampshire Housing, Primex3 with generous support from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

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.