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Albert Einstein

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Top 5 Speaker
Mitch Ditkoff, the Co-Founder and President of Idea Champions, has recently been voted a top 5 speaker in the field of innovation and creativity by Speakers Platform, a leading speaker's bureau.
Awake at the Wheel, Book about big ideas If you're looking for a powerful way to jump start innovation and get your creative juices flowing, Awake at the Wheel is for you. Written by Mitch Ditkoff, Co-Founder and President of Idea Champions.
See Mitch's keynote address Enjoy a 7-minute interview with Mitch at the Ethical Sourcing Forum in NYC: 3/28/11
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A totally unique brainstorming salon. Great food. Great food for thought. Great people. Collaborate, have fun, get out of the box.

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The Idea Lottery

Want to know one of the "secrets" of creativity? It's about making new CONNECTIONS between seemingly unrelated elements. Let's take "drive in banking" for example. What else is it but the elegant COMBINATION of cars and banking? Or MTV. That really was just a new connection between music and television. All too often, however, we end up locked into old patterns and old "boxes," unable to see creative connections just waiting to be discovered. That's what the IDEA LOTTERY is all about... a simple idea generating tool to help you discover new connections and solutions.

How it Works

  1. Write your challenge as a "How can I?' question
  2. Write up to 15 "elements" of your challenge in the boxes
  3. Write up to 6 random words unrelated to your challenge
  4. Click "generate grid"
  5. Brainstorm (using new connections on your grid to spark ideas)
  6. Write new ideas about your "How can I" challenge
  7. Choose your hottest new idea and elaborate on it

Ready to begin?...

Step 1: Define your Challenge

How can I ...  

Step 2: Write the Main Elements of your Challenge
Write the main elements (i.e. pieces of the puzzle) of your challenge. Don't worry if you leave some blank, our hidden genie will fill in the rest.

Step 3: Write Unrelated Elements
Write unrelated elements, these should have no seeming connection to your "How can I?" challenge. Don't worry if you leave some blank, our hidden genie will fill in the rest.

Step 4: Generate your Idea Lottery Grid
Click here to request our hidden genie to create a grid.