About

The Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI) is 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.

Over 100 practitioners and CEF Leaders come together for a week to train others in deliberate creativity, innovation and change leadership. Attendees learn the tools and techniques of Creative Problem Solving, innovation, and other creativity practices. With nearly 500 people from more than 20 countries attending annually, this is the largest conference of its kind.

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 in deliberate creativity, innovation, and change leadership. To help make the case to your boss to attend, share “What To Tell Your Boss”.

As a CPSI attendee 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 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.


GET INVOLVED

Our staff and volunteers make CPSI amazing! If you want to get involved, consider volunteering as a Wing or by sharing a special skill you have. We also offer a Work-Exchange opportunities for university students. There are a limited number of opportunities, so contact bslazak@creativeeducationfoundation.org ASAP if you are interested.


CPSI TEAM

Core Team
dahlbergSteven Dahlberg, CPSI Director
sdahlberg@creativeeducationfoundation.org

– General questions about the conference
– Leader signups and presenter submissions
– Program selections
– Sponsorships
 

slazakBeth Slazak, CPSI Manager
bslazak@creativeeducationfoundation.org

– Volunteering: CPSI decorations, event planning, logistics, greeters
– Work-exchange program (university students): program aides, setup and tear-down, runners

 

Volunteer Program Team
Advanced/Core: Tony Billoni, Gui Sarkis
Extending: Jane Fischer, Suzie Nussel, Duane Wilson
Spark/Immersion: Laura Delprato, Tricia Garwood, Naomi Skarupinski
Youth Wise: John Frederick, Liz Marchetti, Judy Reid

Wing Team
TBA