New Mexico First's hallmark activity is the statewide town hall, a public service we provide to the people and policymakers of New Mexico. In addition, we provide a number of contractual services with communities, regional alliances, government agencies, universities, nonprofit organizations, and businesses. All our events revolve around the concepts of consensus and public input. We bring people together and identify common ground. Contact us to learn more about the fee schedule.
New Mexico First generally convenes one statewide town hall every year. This town hall focuses on a topic that has statewide interest, priority, and potential impact. For this topic, we conduct extensive research, convene a series of citizen dialogues around the state, and develop a layperson’s background report as preparation for participation in the town hall. Then, people engage in a two-day deliberative town hall that produces concrete, actionable recommendations for the legislature and other policymakers.
In addition to our annual statewide town hall, New Mexico First develops customized events and research papers for communities, government agencies, universities, nonprofits and businesses. Are you a decision-maker struggling with a problem that needs a widely accepted solution? Does your community need to develop a shared vision for growth and development? Is your agency considering a new policy that requires citizen feedback?
New Mexico First has a history of over 25 years in solving these problems. Our nationally recognized process and highly skilled facilitators can get you past arguing to action. Whether you need a full three-day town hall or a one-day summit, our events provide participants with a well-researched and balanced background report, a unique process to reach consensus, and concrete recommendations.
There is a time for collecting input – and there is a time for action. For groups that are ready for action, New Mexico First manages implementation teams, strategic planning sessions, working groups, or task forces. Often, these projects require our support for extended periods of time, generally 4-12 months.
New Mexico First leadership training provides a well-defined, step-by-step approach to help people learn to run productive meetings. Whether you want to learn how to become a better group facilitator or simply a better participant in a group setting, this workshop will provide you with the knowledge and skills that enable groups to generate, develop, and select between ideas to reach consensus.
Our leadership training workshop introduces participants to the processes that optimize group participation and effectiveness. Training covers event design, issue framing, discussion facilitation, consensus-building, and recording consensus statements and recommendations.
Upon completion of this training, workshop participants can become eligible to serve in a discussion leader or recorder role at events organized by New Mexico First. In addition, this training makes participants more effective group facilitators in a wide variety of situations in their work organizations and communities.
While New Mexico First generally offers an open enrollment workshop per year, this two-day workshop can also be customized to meet the needs of a specific group. If you are interested in enrolling in one of our open enrollment workshops or scheduling a customized training session, please contact us.