An icebreaker in a community is an act of starting a conversation through questions, games, or typically, introductions. Ice-breakers are a very common practice in communities as it helps warm up the conversations and reduces awkwardness.
Ice-breakers tend to ease people into the conversation by making sure everyone has gotten comfortable. It also creates a sense of regard for people to interact with others which helps break them through the nervousness.
Ice-breakers should be fun and always aim towards getting a few laughs and jokes from people. Laughter binds people together. It helps people become more open with each other and as a result are able to network, talk, and contribute without hesitating. Also, when people open up through ice-breakers, it makes them share things more easily and go in-depth with their ideas which leads to more insightful conversations.
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Community culture encapsulates the everything that makes the community whole - goals, vision, celebrations, events, rewards, recognitions, beliefs, rituals, and presence. A culture is what separates a community from the rest of the crowd. It gives an identity to the community and the people who are involved in it.