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.

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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.

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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.

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Facilitating Intercultural Consciousness:
Applying the New Paradigm

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

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Embodied Culture

This course will activate this long journey of discovery that leads to incorporating intercultural competence into one’s praxis of living.

Fri, Nov 9, 2018, 9:30 AM–
Sat, Nov 10, 2018, 6:00 PM CET

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Constructivist Intercultural Training and Assessment

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

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The Intercultural Dimension
of International Educational Exchange

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

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We are all Losers

We are all Losers By Milton J. Bennett The losers in the current US presidential travesty are not just those ...
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Darwin on Trump: Size Does Matter

Darwin on Trump: Size Does Matter By Milton J. Bennett Size matters, but it doesn’t make you superior. I’m talking ...
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President Trump and the Insufficiency of Love

President Trump and the Insufficiency of Love By Milton J. Bennett Since the electoral decision of 11/9 (the world will ...
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Developing Contextual Consciousness

Global Leadership Program, London, June, 2018. As part of his core faculty responsibility, Milton Bennett designed and conducted the module, ...
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Cultural Competency Cadre

Clark County School District, Nevada, June, 2018. Cultural Competency Cadre Completion of a two-year IDRAcademy curriculum for education professionals on ...
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Intercultural Competence

AON EMEA HR Directors, Milan, Italy, May, 2018. Ida Castiglioni and Milton Bennett conducted a seminar in Milan for AON ...
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