Welcome to the IDRInstitute!
In addition to this website, the Intercultural Development Research Institute is a physical place with offices in Washington State, USA and Milan, Italy. More importantly, it is a group of people dedicated to coherent theory and experience. Most centrally, IDRInstitute is a “school of thought.” The main focus of our work is on intercultural/multicultural social relations, but the constructivist and developmental theories we support apply to a wide range of other contexts: critical thinking in education, strategic leadership in global corporations, and sustainable development in international cooperation. In these and other areas, changing conditions are demanding the new forms of conscious adaptation that we are exploring.
IDRInstitute is a nonprofit corporation registered in the State of Oregon, USA, and IDRInstitute Europa is a non-profit cultural association registered in Italy. The two entities operate together to propose constructivist research and projects, generate funding, and publish results in print and electronic media.
IDRAcademy is the academic wing of IDRInstitute. It conducts public and in-house courses in “new paradigm” constructivist theory and practice for professionals in teaching, training, coaching, and administration. In addition to individual course certificates, IDRAcademy offers the Diploma in Constructivist Development for completing the total 100-hour curriculum.
IDRConsulting is the business wing of IDRInstitute. It coordinates a network of professional interculturalists to consult with corporations on issues of global leadership and multicultural team management, with schools and universities on issues of international study and domestic multicultural relations, and with agencies on community relations and sustainable human development.
The course will establish the new paradigm of constructivism that is supplanting positivism and relativism in social science and show how it supports intercultural consciousness.
Mon, Nov 5, 2018, 9:30 AM–
Wed, Nov 7, 2018, 6:00 PM CET
This course is about how to redefine the goals and methods of intercultural training in a way that preserves the ideas of cultural identity and diversity while avoiding the pitfalls of political correctness.
Mon, Nov 12, 2018, 9:30 AM –
Tue, Nov 13, 2018, 6:00 PM CET
Study abroad is a natural part of our adaptation to the exponential social change facing our species. But the lofty goals of a sojourn may be overwhelmed by the logistics of travel, the delights of tourism, and/or the various distractions of “personal growth.”
Thu, Nov 15, 2018, 9:30 AM–
Fri, Nov 16, 2018, 6:00 PM CET