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Break the Ice with Collaborative Purpose


An opportunity for building connections in a community happens when a gathering of people shake off their formal, guarded, business-like demeanor and step lightly into personal topics. People feel good when they are able to share things about themselves. Brief, yet meaningful glimpses, into the lives of your neighbours, colleagues and policy makers helps to identify the things that bind us together.

Here are a few easy, non-threatening and actually quite fascinating ideas of things to learn about and share with people;


  • favourite children’s song or rhyme
  • favourite season (and why)
  • location of early childhood home
  • names of your ancestors
  • what makes your family unique and even “quirky”
  • exciting initiatives going on in your organization
  • ideas for reducing stress
  • traditions  



Here’s a challenge for you. Pick an ice-breaker topic and integrate it into these four places that you live and contribute to the world:

  1. In your social groups (book clubs, sports teams, service groups) – find ways to bring up more personal interactions formally and informally.
  2. If you are part of a work meeting – use these topics as a way of introductions.
  3. If you are a social media users  – ask your connections and post your own response.
  4. Be super random – ask the cashier at the grocery store one of these questions instead of chatting about the weather (imagine how many weather conversations she/he must have over the course of a day!)


As a “village raiser” – challenge yourself to be the first one to break the ice.

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