Creative Education Foundation

The Creative Education Foundation's mission: CEF is the centre for Applied Imagination – helping individuals, organizations and communities transform themselves as they confront real-world challenges.

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

Along with Sidney Parnes, Osborn developed the Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem Solving Process. For more than 50 years, CEF has been teaching adults and children in organizations, schools and communities how to use this proven process to develop new ideas, solve problems and implement solutions.

CEF fosters a culture of courage that is open, dynamic and diverse. It is a community where a passion for creative thinking, learning and the sharing of ideas thrives.

CEF invites people to apply their imagination to their lives, work and communities ...

As the pioneer in creating and delivering programs, products and services that integrate creativity into adult and childhood education, CEF touches thousands of people’s lives each year. Explore these ways of engaging with CEF and discover ways to unleash your creativity to transform the world ...

Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI): This annual, international conference inspires people to learn, to engage and to support the global use of Applied Imagination and creativity. This is the place to develop your creative abilities, learn to apply a proven creative thinking process, discover tools and techniques to generate more and better ideas, increase team innovation, encourage young students to think more imaginatively, and improve your community.

Journal of Creative Behavior: For more than 40 years, JCB has been the benchmark scientific periodical with the most current research in creative thinking. Stay up to date on cutting-edge ideas about creativity in education, psychology, business, arts and more. Subscribe now!

CEF YouthWise: This outreach program teaches young people how to apply Creative Problem Solving to make positive changes in their own lives ... and to collaborate with youth and adults in their schools and communities to solve challenges creatively and for the common good.

CEF Membership: Become part of the movement to promote Applied Imagination for improving quality of life – especially through creative education and youth, creative aging and retirement, and creative communities and cities. Expand your creative network by becoming a CEF Member today.

CEF Donorship: Join with others who value creative thinking and action. Make a difference by supporting CEF’s outreach and mission through financial giving.

Consulting and Training: CEF teaches Creative Problem Solving to organizations and communities through in-services, training, facilitating, consulting and more.

External Links

Creative Education Foundation Web Site