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 Washington, 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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Upcoming Courses

IDRInstitue collaboration with Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire USA  (CANCELLED DUE TO PANDEMIC EMERGENCY)

Applying the New Paradigm: Global and Domestic Intercultural Learning” Milton J. Bennett, Ph.D.

Embodied Culture: Discovering the Feeling of Self and Other in Cultural Context” Ida Castiglioni, Ph.D.


Why Doesn’t This Feel Weirder?

Why Doesn’t This Feel Weirder?   Milton J. Bennett, Ph.D. March 28, 2020 I am an American currently in Milan, ...
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RPCV: Really Prepared for Corona Virus

RPCV:  Really Prepared for Corona Virus   Milton J. Bennett, Ph.D. March 22, 2020 As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, ...
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Power and Paradigms

Power and Paradigms   Milton J. Bennett, Ph.D. www.idrinstitute.org July 21, 2019 I suppose most readers of this blog will ...
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Japan Society multicultural relations

Japan Society for Multicultural Relations 2019 Conference

Japan Society for Multicultural Relations, Tokyo November 16 - 17, 2019 Milton Bennett presented two speeches: “New Theoretical Implications of ...
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TraINErS – Training Intercultural Nursing Educators and Students

IDRInstitute is partner of the Erasmus+ project "Training Intercultural Nursing Educators and Students - TraINErS", is coordinated by Artesis Plantijn ...
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A Blank Slate? Brain Science and Cultures

Director Milton Bennett shared a plenary panel with Professor and Researcher Ying-yi Hong on the topic of Culture, Cognition, and ...
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