What is Creative Problem Solving?

Often the only way to achieve a creative outcome is by overcoming a series of challenges. The creativity of this nature isn’t easy to do and it takes more than ordinary effort. It takes more than persistence! It takes careful, deliberate thought, and needs a good dose of imagination. The bigger the challenge, the more imagination that is needed. 

Of the many problem-solving models out there, Creative Problem Solving (CPS) is one that leverages imagination (Fox & Fox, 2010; Isaksen, Dorval & Treffinger, 1994). As the name plainly shows, it's a particular kind of problem-solving: it’s problem-solving with the aim of achieving a creative outcome. And it is well named: studies have shown that training with this model is highly effective in producing creative outcomes (Scott, Leritz & Mumford (2004).  For this reason, Curiosity 2 Create programs draw generously from the CPS model, featuring many activities that explicitly teach tools and principles of CPS.