Icebreakers are short group activities that allow the various people inside a new group:
Use icebreakers at the start of a group activity to engage them to get to know each other and establish relationships for the rest of the gathering. Icebreakers can also be used if a group of people who know each other well feel embarrassed because they have to tackle a difficult or new subject together.
Marc Steinlin posted an important strategic message about Icebreakers on the KM4Dev list in October, 2008 and wrote “ “I think it's important that you consider carefully, what you want to create as foundation of the workshop to come. In my experience - and that of others - you have the first 30-60 minutes to establish a “culture” and set the tone for the entire rest of the workshop. Ie. if you want people to carefully listen to each other, you have to make them doing that in the beginning. If you want them to interact and create networks of relationships, they should have a first opportunity to do so. This is why conventional openings with key notes are so detrimental - they immediately create a climate of talking heads, disengagement, boredom - and afterwards organisers are surprised if participants don't listen, don't participate, don't engage…“
The facilitator invites all the participants to take part in the icebreaker. Depending on the method, there are different ways of using icebreakers.
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