The People of CEF

Meet the people behind CEF, including the staff, the current board of trustees, lifetime trustees, past presidents, and trustees emeriti. Learn More »

A History of CEF

Founded in 1954, CEF is the recognized world leader in Applied Imagination. Learn more about the history of our organization. Learn More »

CEF Awards

Take a look at the amazing people recognized by CEF for their innovative contributions to creativity, their communities, and the world around them. Learn More »

Our Mission

The mission of the Creative Education Foundation is to spark personal and professional transformation by empowering people with the skill set, tool set, and mindset of deliberate creativity.

Our Vision

Our vision is to unlock the creative genius in everyone. The Creative Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization of leaders in the field of creativity theory and practice. Every day, principles fostered by CEF programs are helping someone, somewhere in the world, develop new products, make business operations run more profitably, restructure organizations and agencies to become more effective and less encumbered, reinvigorate economies, make improvements in our schools, revitalize communities, and replace ineffective methods and systems with new, more workable ones.

We convene businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for women and girls, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change.

The Core Values of CEF

  • Dialogue
    • Discussing matters of deep concern
    • Listening to and considering opposing views
    • Courageously and tactfully expressing one’s views
    • Fostering a high clash of ideas and a low clash of egos
  • Serious Play
    • Having fun and showing curiosity
    • Incorporating new concepts
    • Pioneering and reinventing
    • Showing a willingness to take risk
    • Manifesting joy in our work
  • Diversity
    • Seeking different perspectives
    • Maintaining positive regard
  • Quality
    • Producing work that is recognized for excellence
    • Striving to be the benchmark for quality in creative practice
  • Integrity
    • Align our actions with our values
    • Enacting trust, respect, openness, honesty and fairness
    • Acting responsibly and in the best interests of CEF
    • Being responsible for our commitments and our actions
  • Selfless Service
    • Giving without seeking reward or recognition
    • Being humble