About CPSI

The Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI) is the world’s longest-running creativity conference – offering a one-of-a-kind personal and professional training opportunity that brings together a diverse cross section of business leaders, educators, community activists, students, and more.

More than 100 practitioners and CEF Leaders come together for a week to train others in deliberate creativity, innovation and change leadership. Participants learn the tools and techniques of Creative Problem Solving, innovation, and other creativity practices. Nearly 500 people from more than 20 countries participate annually – and we hope YOU will be one of them!

Whether you are new to deliberate creativity or a 40-year veteran, CPSI offers learning opportunities for everyone.


WHY ATTEND?

CPSI is where you learn the skills that you and your organization need to stay competitive in today’s rapidly changing world. At CPSI, you will engage an array of workshops geared toward personal and professional development – all centered around processes for fostering creative thinking and doing.

As a CPSI participant, you will learn through listening and observing, but mostly by doing. You will learn a proven, disciplined and repeatable approach for Creative Problem Solving. For the many participants who return year after year, CPSI has become a professional home and a must-attend event. CPSI is truly unique:

IT’S ENGAGING
You’ll explore every facet of creativity and innovation among an international community of like-minded people sharing best practices and life experiences from a variety of cultures, backgrounds, and professions.

IT’S INSPIRING
You’ll learn creative techniques and methods that can be used personally and in the workplace immediately. You’ll emerge renewed and armed with the skills that you and your organization need to stay competitive in today’s challenging marketplace.

IT’S FUN
You’ll be in a dynamic, multi-dimensional learning environment brimming with collegiality, playfulness, openness, challenge, spirit, and purpose.

At CPSI you meet like-minded, intelligent, curious, and experienced people from all walks of life, creating connections that will be the basis for a lifetime of continued learning and exploration.


OUR HISTORY

Founded in 1954, the Creative Education Foundation is the recognized world leader in applied imagination. Alex Osborn, an ad man and educator, not only founded CEF and CPSI, but also invented brainstorming and co-founded the ad firm, BBDO. His classic book, Applied Imagination, continues to inspire the work of CEF.

With Sidney Parnes, Osborn developed the Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem Solving process. For more than 60 years, CEF has been teaching adults and children how to use this proven process to develop new ideas, solve complex problems, and implement innovative solutions.

The first annual Creative Problem Solving Institute was held in 1955 at the University of Buffalo.