16 May Why I CPSI…

Each June, I make my way to the Creative Problem Solving Institute or CPSI (pronounced “sip-see”). I’ve been attending since 2003 and this year will mark my 15th CPSI. I was so excited, I went two times that first year, as they had winter and summer sessions.

For those who have not heard me speak of CPSI, it is the longest-running professional and personal development conference dedicated to the field and study of creativity and innovation. This year marks the 62nd conference and if you think my 15 attendances is noteworthy, there are folks who come back decade after decade upon decade. That’s how game-changing, career-changing, life-changing it is!

CPSI is sponsored by the Creative Education Foundation(www.creativeeducationfoundation.org). In all transparency, I am currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the organization. My enthusiasm doesn’t begin and end with the conference. It runs deeper for me and for many because of the meaningful work of the Foundation.

Let me get back to that title, “Why I CPSI”. I have many reasons. First, at its core, this is where you learn and then build on the foundations of Creative Problem Solving, as originally introduced by Alex Osborn and Sid Parnes. In the Springboard course (which I have had the honor of teaching several times), you receive a gift and one that can be re-gifted infinitely. We all face challenges. The world is full of them. The CPS model gives you the mindset, the skillset, and the toolset to come up with unique, actionable solutions – it is a path to “possibility” using applied creativity.

The second reason “I CPSI” is about this incredible balance of professional and personal growth I have seen in others and myself because of this conference. The CPS model and what follows can be applied to every aspect of life. So, whether you’re stymied in the lab in search of new product introductions, struggling in the boardroom with difficult conflicts, or trying to figure out your personal 10-year vision, CPSI offers an environment where that exploration is welcome and encouraged at every level.

Finally, CPSI is fun. Some people find their tribe there. Some people just dig the rich conversations with diverse attendees from around the world. Others whoCPSI lead marketing organizations, teach children, invent stuff, legislate policy, facilitate workshops, build, heal, grow – you name it. But, as one, they are open to possibility and excited to expand their knowledge of creativity, innovation, and change.

One last pitch. According to the World Economic Forum (Future of Jobs Report, 2016), the top three skills sought after by employers in 2020 will be 1) Complex Problem Solving; 2) Critical Thinking; and 3) Creativity. That, in a nutshell, is the trifecta that CPSI delivers. I promise you won’t be disappointedAND 2020 is seriously not that far away.

I encourage you to take a look for yourself and consider joining me in Buffalo this coming June (14th – 19th). I’m happy to answer any questions you have aboutCPSI or CEF. To register or learn more, visit www.cpsiconference.com. As a board member of CEF, I’m pleased to offer you my personal discount codeTHOM20, which you can use during the registration process to save 20%. Now, that’s a good deal to get more of what the world needs.

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