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.

January 8: Solving Public Problems- The Deliberative Dialogue Process

Posted January 10, 2015

Solving public problems is a challenging task. Pittsfield Listens- in partnership with NH Listens- seeks to build engaged community that can share their experiences and resources for getting 'unstuck' and solving public problems that affect NH residents' everyday lives.  On Thursday January 10, Pittsfield community members and groups joined for this months Community Connection to learn more about:

  • the process of public engagement and deliberative dialogue;
  • how Pittsfield Listens and this process can be a resource to solving local issues;
  • the role of the facilitator, and what it means to become trained to facilitate small groups in community wide conversations. Facilitators have the opportunity to assist in local, regional, and statewide dialogues. This is a great precursor to the facilitator training to take place in February;
  • how Pittsfield Listens moved through this process in 2011 to support giving more voice to people in the community as part of the redesign efforts of Pittsfield Middle High School.

Thank you to all who participated and braved the cold winds and snow to join for this evening of soup and learning!

Thank you, Kathy!

Posted December 29th, 2014

Kathy Bleckmann has a big heart for the Pittsfield community, and is no stranger to community service and event planning.  We are grateful for all the skills, creativity, near life long experience as a resident of Pittsfield, and the behind-the-scenes support she shared as Program Assistant with Pittsfield Listens for the past 6 months.  She is moving on from this position to dedicate her time more fully to her family business obligations. We wish her all the best, and look forward to sharing in community efforts with her in other ways- including as a trained facilitator with Pittsfield Listens.  Thank you, Kathy!

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


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens

can change the world..." November's Community Connection


Posted November 25, 2014

On Thursday November 13th approximately 20 students, parents and other community members gathered to share a meal and discuss Margaret Mead’s famous quote- 


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world;       indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

The group exlpored interpretations of the quote, values that inform their role as community members, what keeps one from taking action- even with passionate views on an issue, and what issues/problems they are most likely to act on.  Read More about the conversation here, including the connections made for working together to impact change in Pittsfield.

Thank you for your nominations!

Posted November 24, 2014

Thank you to all the community members who took pause and made a nomination as part of Pittsfield Community Impact Awards 2014!  We received many nominations across the 15 awards categories- a true testament to all the incredible individuals and groups in Pittsfield helping to make it a great place for everyone to live, learn, work, and play! We look forward to celebrating with you all at the Awards Ceremony at 6 pm on December 11th at the Scenic Theatre (6 Depot St.), with dinner and celebration at Jitters Cafe to follow.


Remember to Vote- Tuesday November 4

Posted November 3, 2014

Voting for the 2014 State General Election will be held Tuesday November 4th, 2014 from 7:00 am- 7:00 pm at the Pittsfield Town Hall- 85 Main Street. Click here for a sample ballot.

Who is eligible to vote? New Hampshire residents who are United States citizens and who will be 18 years of age or older on election day, are eligible to vote.  There is no minimum period of time you are required to have lived in the state before being allowed to register.  You can register in the town or ward in which you live.

Can I register to vote on election day? YES! If you are eligible to vote, you can register at the Town Hall on election day.

What do I need to register to vote? No matter when or where you register to vote, you will be required to fill out a standard voter registration form, and you will be asked to show proof of identity, age, citizenship, and domicile.  These qualifications may be established by signing an affidavit(s), available at the Town Hall.

Student-Centered Learning 101

Posted October 21

'Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.' -William Butler Yeats

On Thursday October 9, Pittsfield Listens and the Pittsfield School District co-hosted a Community Connection on Student-Centered Learning, where community members joined to learn about SCL and how it has positively impacted Pittsfield Middle High School and the greater community.

The evening began with an open reception and dinner, with the opportunity to look at photos, articles, videos and handouts on Pittsfield Middle High School’s re-design and Pittsfield Listens’ community engagement efforts. Read More...

Nextdoor Pittsfield crossed the 100 member mark!

Posted October 10, 2014

Congratulations, neighbors! We recently crossed the 100 member mark on Nextdoor. We should all be proud of how far we've come. Don't forget to invite neighbors so we can connect with even more of our community.  Help spread the word or join today at

Nextdoor Pittsfield is a private online social network, where we share events, items for sale/free, safety concerns, ideas, and more. Nextdoor helps you... 

  • Get to know your neighbors
  • Share local recommendations
  • Lend, borrow and give away
  • Keep the neighborhood safe
  • Stay informed

Learn More at

Y.O.A.C. Kicks off the Fall Semester

Posted September 29, 2014

The Youth Organizing & Action Committee has kicked off their fall semester with a strong start! Weekly meetings in September included participatory activities to build deeper community, develop leadership skills, and envision the steps bring about positive change in the community.  In addition, members are preparing for their Participatory Action Research.  Read More....

Vote today and help the Pittsfield School Board win the Larry O'Toole Award and a $100,000 grant!

Posted September 10, 2014

The Pittsfield School Board is one of six regional nominees for the Larry O'Toole Award. This is an annual leadership award given out by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation to an individual or organization that has exhibited great leadership through innovation or courage in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward. Voting is now open online. The nominee with the most votes will receive a grant of $100,000 for their organization or school. Click here to cast your vote and help spread the word to your family and friends.  Voting will be live until September 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm EST

Youth Leadership Institute

Posted August 27, 2014

On August 21-23, youth leaders from across New England gathered to discuss youth voice, leadership, and student-centered learning. Youth Organizing & Action Committee* leader and Pittsfield Middle High School Student Heather Cole was one of the students to participate. Check out the live video blog on how she gets school credit for something she loves doingAlso, take a look at the live video blog and Storify from the conference. Read More

August Community Connection: Everyday Leadership

Posted August 22, 2014

On Thursday, August 21st, community members gathered for Pittsfield Listen’s monthly Community Connection Series at The Pittsfield Youth Workshop. The theme for this month was everyday leadership, and how simple it can be. The question “How many of you are completely comfortable with calling yourselves a leader?” was posed to the group before watching an entertaining TED Talk from Drew Dudley. Read More

Y.O.A.C. Celebrates One Year!

Posted August 14, 2014

Y.O.A.C. Summer Retreat

Congratulations to the members of the Youth Organizing & Action Committee on a successful first year! The Y.O.A.C. was founded by students in August 2013 with a goal to have a youth driven group that empowers student voice and leadership to bring about positive social change in the community.  Pittsfield youth in grades 7th- 12th are welcome to join. ​Read More...

Nextdoor Pittsfield

Posted August 1, 2014

We love our neighbors! Our community is using a private online social network called Nextdoor Pittsfield, where we share events, items for sale/free, safety concerns, ideas, and more. Nextdoor helps you...

  • Get to know your neighbors
  • Share local recommendations
  • Lend, borrow and give away
  • Keep the neighborhood safe
  • Stay informed

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Communication in Pittsfield

Posted July 30, 2014

What would it look like to have accessible and effective communication in Pittsfield, including between community and the schools?

Over the course of three months in the summer of 2013, a group of ten community members worked together to conduct community-based research on the issue of communication and information sharing in Pittsfield.  The Summary Report highlights key actions and solutions explored, as well as a more details look at the process used and the data that was gathered. Read More...

Community Connection July 17: Communication in Pittsfield

Posted July 3, 2014

Join to learn about the key themes and findings from the Communication Action Committee's research, and the action plan for next steps.  To include plans for community bulletin boards around town, an online neighborhood forum, and suggestions for existing groups to help make their communication more accessible and effective! 

Thursday July 17 at Pittsfield Youth Workshop (5 Park st.).  Dinner at 6:15 pm  Program from 6:30- 7:30 pm 

Please RSVP to Molly at info @ or call/text 312-6980. All are welcome!

Pittsfield Listens Annual Cookout

Posted July 2, 2014

On June 26th, 2014 community members joined for a night of appreciation and thanks at the second annual Pittsfield Listens Summer Cookout! Approximately 80 friends and neighbors gathered at Dustin Park for this celebration with friends, neighbors, and family from throughout Pittsfield who share a commitment to make our community a great place for everyone to live, learn, work, and play. Participants included those directly connected with Pittsfield Listens events and committees as well as those who were strolling through the park and accepted the invitation to join in. The meal was deliciously catered by Annie’s Catering of Laconia- providing burgers, hotdogs, and other summertime classic recipes. Before everyone sat down to enjoy the meal and some conversation we all gathered in a large circle and took part in a step in circle. Read More...

Pittsfield Listens Announces New Program Assistant

Posted June 24, 2014

Pittsfield Listens is pleased to announce the new Program Assistant, Kathy Bleckmann!

Kathy is a near life long resident of Pittsfield and is excited to be working in the community she grew up in.  After several years in manufacturing and some time exploring artistic pursuits, Kathy says “it will be gratifying to focus on building up the positive in my hometown.” As an active member of The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce and a new Girl Scout leader, Kathy is no stranger to community service and event planning at the town wide level.  In addition, she brings skills in marketing and communications, volunteer management, and facilitation.  Kathy is a trained facilitator with NH Listens, and has been involved in several of the Pittsfield Listens dialogues already.

Kathy is no stranger to Pittsfield Listens, Pittsfield community involvement and service, and to many of you. It is all joy and privilege to have her join in this exciting work as part of the Pittsfield Listens’ staff team. Welcome, Kathy!

Pittsfield Parent Connection explores parent, family, and community engagement in the schools

Posted May 26, 2014

‘I'm involved in the school. There are lots of us who are excited to work on making the school best fit for us. School is for us, so it’s important that we are part of the change.’ -PMHS Student

'Students are around the table and part of making decisions- that is a change for our town.’ -Community Member

On May 13th, the Pittsfield Parent Connection hosted a meeting to explore the opportunity for a community conversation on parent, family, and community engagement in the schools. The meeting was facilitated by Pittsfield Listens and NH Listens, and met at the Pittsfield Youth Workshop.  Learn more!

April Community Connection on Economic Development in Pittsfield

Posted April 24, 2014

Economic Development Committee Members Donna & TedAt the Community Connection on Thursday April 17th, we welcomed members of the Pittsfield Economic Development Committee (EDC) to share about their continued efforts to spur economic growth in our community. Community members then connected in small groups to explore ideas and priorities for strengthening economic development and working with the EDC. Ideas included a Farmers Market, 'Pop-Up' businesses, music and arts in the parks, and a beautification competition to stage window fronts. Read more in this month's Community Bulletin for highlights from the presentation and small group discussions that followed. Also, check out the photos. Thank you to the community members who joined and to the team of presenters from the EDC- Donna Ward and Ted Mitchell.

Learning Studios at PMHS: Students share experiences at Community Connection

Posted March 25, 2014

On Thursday March 20, community members joined together for the Pittsfield Listens Community Connection. This month’s focus was on the Learning Studios* and Student Centered Learning at Pittsfield Middle High School. After enjoying dinner from Jack’s Pizza, we learned about student and teacher experiences in Learning Studios, as presented by 8th grader Emlee Sanuth, HS Junior Quinn Boyce, and Middle School English teacher Chris Davitt. Read more in this month's Community Bulletin for highlights of the presentation and discussion with participants that followed.


Pittsfield Meet the Candidates Night!

Posted March 12, 2014

On Monday March 3rd, 2014 Pittsfield Listens, in collaboration with The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce, held Pittsfield’s Meet the Candidates Night. Pittsfield Listens provided volunteer facilitators who supported small group discussions at four separate tables. This year, the Pittsfield Listens Youth Organizing & Action Committee (Y.O.A.C.) hosted a youth table reserved for teenagers of Pittsfield. Approximately 40 members of the community attended.Read More...

PMHS Justice Committee presents at Pittsfield Listens monthly series

Posted January 27, 2014

What is Restorative Justice? What does it have to do with Student Centered Learning? Why is it a good fit for the Pittsfield Middle High School? Community members joined together for the Pittsfield Listens monthly Community Connection on Thursday January 16th at the Pittsfield Youth Workshop to learn more. Following a presentation from students with the Justice Committee (JC), participants broke into small groups to ask questions and share feedback. The following are some highlights of what was learned and feedback from participants. Read More...                 

Schools Can’t Do it Alone: The Role of the Pittsfield Community and School in Supporting Student Centered Learning

Posted January 6, 2014

Schools Can't Do It Alone

Overview:  Pittsfield Listens hosted two gatherings in October 2013 to bring people together to learn more about student centered learning, explore specific initiatives being implemented as part of the Pittsfield school redesign effort, talk about their impressions and share input.  In the end, over 33 people participated.

Read More... 


2013 Pittsfield Community Impact Awards!

Posted December 20th, 2013

Pittsfield Community Impact Awards 2013Congratulations to all the nominees and awardees of the 2nd Annual Pittsfield Community Impact Awards, hosted by Pittsfield Listens! It was a packed house for Awards Night at The Scenic Theater on Thursday Dec. 19th, with a joyful post ceremony celebration at Jitters Café. Read More...



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