November 29, 2009
Vote for Me Today!

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GOOD NEWS! I've just been nominated as a "Top 5 Speaker" in the field of innovation & creativity by a prestigious speaker's bureau. Now the fun begins... and the voting.

If you have 30 seconds and feel that I have made a meaningful contribution to this field, click the link below, scroll down to #7, and check the box next to "Mitchell Ditkoff." Thanks!

Vote here

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November 27, 2009
Sand Animation from the Ukraine

This is a mind blower -- the winner of Ukraine's "You Got Talent" award expressing the history of her country via sand animation. (Thanks to my son, Jesse, for the heads up).

Kseniya Simonova

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November 17, 2009
The Top 100 Learning Tools of 2009

Here are the top 100 netcentric learning tools as compiled by Jane Hart, social learning consultant and all around bright light.

Jane surveyed 278 top learning professionals to generate this list, so a good deal of thought and consensus has gone into it. Some of these tools you already know about. Some you don't.

And while you're at it, check out Idea Champions' Free the Genie ( didn't quite make the list this year).


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November 15, 2009
"The greatest invention in the world is the mind of a child." - Thomas Edison


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November 11, 2009
Here Come the 15-Year Olds!


Tom Peters once said that unless 20% of a company's workforce was under the age of 20, they didn't have a chance.

I totally agree -- especially now that my kids, Jesse and Mimi, are 15 & 12.

Their creativity and resourcefulness blow my mind. See the image above? Photoshopped by Jesse, my son. If you have a photo or illustration that needs to be tweaked, repaired, refined, improved, or manipulated in any way, he's your guy. Forget about outsourcing to a 30-year old from Mumbai. How about a 15-year old from Woodstock? Faster, cheaper, and cooler.

Contact Jesse today:

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November 03, 2009
14 Ways to Get Breakthrough Ideas

Here are 14 ways to get breakthrough ideas, excerpted from my ChangeThis Manifesto, available here for downloading.

1. Follow your fascination
2. Immerse
3. Tolerate ambiguity
4. Make new connections
5. Fantasize
6. Define the right challenge
7. Listen to your subconscious
8. Take a break
9. Notice and challenge existing patterns and trends
10. Hang out with diverse groups of people
11. Brainstorm
12. Look for happy accidents
13. Use creative thinking techniques
14. Suspend logic

Additional catalysts for generating breakthrough ideas can be found here.

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Who Are We?

Idea Champions is a consulting and training company dedicated to awakening and nurturing the spirit of innovation. We help individuals, teams and entire organizations tap into their innate ability to create, develop and implement ideas that make a difference.

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.
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