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Pittsfield Meet the Candidates Night

Posted March 12, 2015

Photo Credit: Cameron Johnson of the Concord Monitor












On March 2nd, Pittsfield Listens and the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce hosted a community conversation with candidates running for local office.  In total, fourteen candidates running for various positions were in attendance (Nicholas Hayes, Denis Beaudoin, Clayton Wood, Daren Nielsen, Daniel Greene, Roland Carter, Pat Heffernan, Dan Schroth, Harry Vogt, Erica Anthony, Gary Mullen, Jeffery Swain; including two write-in candidates- Linda Freese and Art Morse)Four candidates were unable to attend (Cara Marston, Paul Metcalf, Bill Miskoe, William Tahnk ). Pittsfield Listens facilitators supported small group discussions at five separate roundtables. For the second year in a row, the Pittsfield Listens Youth Organizing & Action Committee (Y.O.A.C.) hosted a youth voice table reserved for students of Pittsfield.  Approximately 60-70 members of the community participated. In addition to the opportunities for community members to ask questions directly of the candidates at roundtables, everyone shared their ideas on the question: What are the critical issues you think are a priority for our next elected leaders?  

See the summary of themes here.  

Also, check out the photos from the evening here and the Article in the Concord Monitor from March 2: "In Pittsfield, Candidates' Night is at roundtables, not podiums"

Congratulations to our newly trained facilitators!

Posted February 25, 2015


Pittsfield community members joined for a day of practice and skill building at the Facilitating for Public Engagement Training on  Monday February 23rd, hosted by Pittsfield Listens and NH Listens. Thank you to everyone who participated! We appreciate your energy and interest, and look forward to having you as part of our facilitator network.

Pittsfield Listens stands for roundtables, not podiums. We seek to bring people together for productive conversations that lead to informed community solutions. The process we use for community dialogues offers a way for everyone's unique perspective and experience to contribute to decisions and changes that affect the Pittsfield community. Visit What we Do on our website to learn more.


Posted February 2, 2015

Monday March 2nd
6:15-6:30 pm Refreshments, 6:30-8 pm Program
in the Pittsfield Middle High School Cafeteria

Join to meet and ask questions of candidates for local office, and share your priorities for Pittsfield.

Community voice- All participants are invited to join in small groups (8 to 12) for the opportunity talk about what matters most to you for the Pittsfield community.

Engage with candidates for local office- As the candidates rotate among the participant groups, they interact directly with all participants over the course of the event. In this way, voters have a chance to hear all candidates respond to their questions and measure the candidates on their own standards.

Youth Voice- Middle and high school aged youth are welcome to join the youth only table, sponsored by the Youth Organizing & Action Committee (Y.O.A.C.).

Chilcare available upon request. For more information or to RSVP, contact Molly at molly (at) pittsfieldlistens.org or 603.312.6980.

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The Greater Chamber of Commerce and Pittsfield Listens are non-partisan and do not endorse any individual candidate.

Posted January 29, 2015


















Monday February 23rd from 9:30 am- 4:30 pm

at the Pittsfield Middle High School Media Center

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. Childcare available upon request.   Free for Pittsfield community members- including Pittsfield residents, PMHS students, and people who work in Pittsfield. $40 fee for non-Pittsfield community members. 

Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Contact Molly for more information 603-312-6980 or molly (at) pittsfieldlistens.org

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Pittsfield Community Impact Awards 2014

Posted December 15th, 2014

Congratulations to all the nominees and awardees of the 3rd Annual Pittsfield Community Impact Awards, hosted by Pittsfield Listens! It was a packed house for Awards Night at The Scenic Theater on the snowy evening of Thursday December 11th. From the beautiful stage decked for the holidays and being joined by the 2012 or 2013 Community Impact Awardees to help present the awards to this years recipients, it was a very special celebration of the Pittsfield community. The festivities continued with food and friends for a post-ceremony celebration at Jitters Café. Thank you to everyone who joined to celebrate the incredible people and many efforts that are having a positive impact on the Pittsfield Community! Read more here

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