If you happened to be one of the attendees at TEDxBGU in Be’er Sheba, Israel this May, you probably were asked take a selfie … with a stranger.
That’s because the team at this University event decided that they’d help attendees break the ice in a manner students know well: selfies. Team members roamed the venue with oversized picture frames labeled #selfiewithastranger, encouraging attendees who didn’t know each other to bond via photograph.
“After two people take a picture together, it only seems natural to introduce oneself and hopefully start a conversation,” said organizer Joshua Kugler. “Our goal was to encourage conversation between people who didn’t come to the event together.”
“Our event theme was ‘Roots’,” Kugler said. “Roots isn’t solely about where one comes from, but also where one is going. So our thought was that this is a way to hopefully encourage strangers at the event to meet new people and have interesting conversations with them.”