Generational Diversity Cards

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The essence of icebreaker questions is to foster connection and understanding among people.  Generational Diversity Cards support the work of Tim Elmore in his book, A New Kind of Diversity.  This deck of cards has icebreaker questions geared directly to different generations.  Many organizations have all five generations in their workforce, so these questions can help spark engaging conversations and create a sense of unity and empathy within the team. 

Builders: Born before 1946

Boomers:  Born roughly between 1946 and 1964

Gen X:  Born roughly between 1965 and 1980

Millennials (Gen Y):  Born roughly between 1981 and 1996

Gen Z:  Born roughly between 1997 and 2012

Feel free to mix and match these questions based on the group's composition and the time available for icebreaking activities. Remember that the main aim is to encourage open conversation and bridge the generational gap in a fun and respectful manner.

Activity Idea:

Generations Question Exchange – Icebreaker

Objective: To facilitate meaningful interactions and conversations about generational differences among participants through a question exchange activity.

Directions:

1.   Provide each participant with a set of Icebreaker question cards, with one card representing each generation (e.g. Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, Gen Z).

2.   Explain that participants must find a partner and take turns asking each other a question from the generation card they are holding.

3.   Encourage participants to listen actively and share their own perspectives on the questions to promote understanding and dialogue between different generations.

4.   After both participants have asked and answered a question, they should exchange cards with each other.

5.   Participants should then find a new partner and repeat the process with the new generation card they received.

6.   Continue rotating partners until all participants have interacted with multiple generations and discussed a variety of questions.

7.   Encourage participants to reflect on the conversations and insights gained from interacting with individuals from different age groups.

8.   After the activity, reconvene as a group for a debrief session where participants can share any interesting learnings or experiences from the question exchange.

 

This icebreaker question exchange activity will not only foster connections among participants but also promote understanding and appreciation of generational differences. Enjoy engaging in meaningful conversations and building bridges across generations through this interactive activity.