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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.
Workshops & Trainings
Highly engaging learning experiences that increase each participant's ability to become a creative force for positive change
Brainstorm Facilitation
High impact certification training that teaches committed change agents how to lead groundbreaking ideation sessions
Cultivating Innovation
Your "best and brightest" are the future leaders of your company, but unless they know how to foster a culture of innovation, their impact will be limited. A one-day workshop with us is all they need to begin this journey.
Our Blog Cabin
Our Heart of Innovation blog is a daily destination for movers and shakers everywhere — gleefully produced by our President, Mitch Ditkoff, voted "best innovation blogger in the world" two years running.
What's the Problem
Einstein once said that if he had 60 minutes to solve a problem, he'd spend the first 55 thinking about the problem, and the next 5 solving it. This is the workshop he would have invented if time wasn't so relative.
Team Innovation
Innovation is a team sport. Brilliant ideas go nowhere unless your people are aligned, collaborative, and team-oriented. That doesn't happen automatically, however. It takes intention, clarity, selflessness, and a new way of operating.
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Webinars for online training If you enjoy our blog, you will love our newly launched webinars! Our training is now accessible online to the whole world.
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.
Featured in Alltop Guy Kawasaki's Alltop "online magazine rack" has recognized Idea Champions' blog as one of the leading innovation blogs on the web. Check out The Heart of Innovation, and subscribe!
Face the Music Blues Band The world's first interactive business blues band. A great way to help your workforce go beyond complaint.

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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.

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