Icebreaker: Imagining the Future

Icebreakers are a common way to kick off training events or meetings, especially when not all participants know each other. They are a fun way for participants to get to know one another and to foster team building. This icebreaker has been adapted from an exercise in Resources to Support Managers Who Lead. It can be used to guide a homogeneous group (a group of people with similar backgrounds, experiences, or work functions) toward developing a common vision, or to help a heterogeneous group (a group made up of a variety of people with different backgrounds and experience) develop and compare unique visions.

In a heterogeneous group, participants are likely to have more diverse perspectives on developing a knowledge management (KM) strategy compared to a homogenous group. The ultimate goal and composition of the participant group should help you determine how to implement this exercise.