Creative Associates International applauds the purchase of IPSI by Creative Learning


November 29, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Creative Associates International applauds the acquisition of the International Peace & Security Institute by the non-profit Creative Learning, which will expand its portfolio of services.

“We have a strong relationship with both Creative Learning and IPSI,” says Leland Kruvant, President of Creative Associates International. “Now that IPSI will be part of Creative Learning, I see new opportunities for all of us to work together in ways that offer greater value to our clients, host governments and beneficiaries.”

In particular, Kruvant anticipates more collaboration in the area of thought leadership on some of today’s most pressing topics, such as preventing and countering violent extremism.

Creative Associates International partnered with IPSI on the successful CVE Symposium in April, which drew hundreds of practitioners, elected officials and others. Creative Associates International partners with Creative Learning’s Aid to Artisans on the Sichuan Market Development Project, a five-year, $7.5 million program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Creative Associates International and Creative Learning are two independent organizations.

Creative Learning said in a statement that the acquisition of IPSI will greatly expand its activities in peacebuilding and training. The two non-profits will form a new division called IPSI at Creative Learning. ( 

Cameron M. Chisholm, Founder of IPSI and now Executive Director for IPSI at Creative Learning, said in a statement released by both non-profits: “IPSI at Creative Learning will pursue an even more ambitious agenda of training design, short courses, applied research and international education.”

The new division will focus on the complexity of today’s conflicts, working with a myriad of traditional and non-traditional peacebuilders to prevent and resolve violent conflict, as well as building resilient communities, Chisholm said.

Founded in 2009, IPSI designs and implements results-driven professional development and advanced education, ranging from direct practical skills to higher level conceptual frameworks that equip leaders to be effective in fragile and conflict environments. (

Creative Learning is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. Since its inception in 1977, Creative Learning has assisted communities, non-governmental organizations and educational institutions at home and abroad to foster change that has a lasting social impact.

Other nonprofits and programs that are part of Creative Learning include: Aid to Artisans; Global Education Initiatives; Human Rights & Advocacy; and America’s Unofficial Ambassadors.

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