June 27, 2014
We Speak Right Brain AND Left Brain

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Because our blog is entertaining and our home office is in Woodstock, some organizations overlook us -- assuming we are a niche player. Not true. Here's a sampling of our clients And, by the way, we were the first company ever hired by AT&T to teach creative thinking to their work force. We speak right brain AND left brain.

Idea Champions

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June 22, 2014
Blue State Digital in the House!


We're psyched!

Blue State Digital -- a new media strategy and technology firm that specializes in online fundraising, advocacy, social networking, and constituency development has invited Idea Champions to custom design and lead a three-day brainstorm facilitation training for some of their movers and shakers in September.

We're honored and are very much looking forward to working with these fine folks to see how they can make their brainstorm sessions even more engaging and effective.

How did they find us? By googling "brainstorm facilitation."

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What is YOUR big idea?

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June 21, 2014
Einstein Recommends Idea Champions!


Creative thinking
Culture of innovation

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June 18, 2014
An Airport, an I-Phone, and Magic

OK, all you under-funded entrepreneurs, start-ups, filmmakers, non-profits, dreamers, teen wizards, and closet geniuses -- here's your inspiration for the day: a 5-minute video shot by weary traveler and lighting designer, Richard Dunn, on his iPhone, late one night at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas. On the making of the video

All by myself from Richard Dunn on Vimeo.

In what ways can YOU create some kind of "selfie" media moment to get the word out to the rest of us -- something that entertains and inspires? You don't need a lot of money. Or any. All you need is a good imagination, some time, and the willingness to do something different.

Idea Champions

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June 11, 2014
Brainstorming Website Coming Soon!

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Idea Champions

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June 07, 2014
Got Ideation Process?


Need one?

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June 04, 2014
What Is Your Big Idea?

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I know you have a big idea. A juicy one. One you have a hard time not thinking about. What is it? And what is your next step to get it out of your head and into the world?

Brainstorming made easy
My book on the matter
Make the most of offline ideas

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June 02, 2014
Solar Freakin' Roadways

Here's a brilliant idea and an Indiegogo project worth supporting.

Idea Champions

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June 01, 2014

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One thing I've noticed during the past 25 years of delivering innovation-sparking services to a wide range of forward thinking organizations: People in business have a tendency to get overly complicated -- equating complexity with value -- as if the harder it is to understand something, the more meaningful that something must be. (Like the image below). Not true. When it comes right down to it, things are a lot simpler than we think.


If you have 60 seconds to spare (the first test to see if you have over-complicated your life), take a look at what some very savvy people have said about the matter -- then take a moment to ask yourself how YOU can simplify your life.

"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." - Confucius

"If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself." - Albert Einstein

"It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials." - Bruce Lee

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." - Leonardo da Vinci

"The more simple we are, the more complete we become." - August Rodin

"Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple." - Pete Seeger

"Beware the barrenness of a busy life." - Socrates

"Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you." - Lao Tzu

Simplify problem solving

Simplify the effort to engage your workforce
Simplify brainstorming
Simplify engaging innovation in others
Simplify understanding what we do

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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.

Click here for the simplest, most direct way, to learn more about Idea Champions' semi-fearless leader, Mitch Ditkoff. Info on his keynotes, workshops, conferences, and more.
Storytelling for the Revolution
Storytelling for the Revolution is Mitch Ditkoff's newly published book about the power of personal storytelling to elevate the conversation on planet Earth. Provocative. Evocative. And fun. YOU have stories to tell. This book will help you tell them.
Storytelling at Work
"The world is not made of atoms," wrote the poet, Muriel Rukeyser. "It's made of stories." Learn how to discover, honor, and unpack the stories of yours that show up "on the job" in Mitch Ditkoff's award-winning 2015 book, Storytelling at Work.
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.
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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.
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.
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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