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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Featured Activity: PANDEMICA - The ONE Campaign

The Intercultural Development Research Institute supports a new effort by The One Campaign to correct the current global inequity in access to Covid-19 vaccine:

#Pandemic, the animated miniseries launched by The One Campaign with the aim of raising awareness of the global population on the crucial importance of quick and universal access to the vaccine, is released today.
The protagonists of the 7 videos, voiced by Bono Vox, Penelope Cruz, David Oyelowo and others, tell us the story of Pandemica, the purgatory of the Pandemic, where we are all stuck waiting for the fateful liberation; a liberation that can only happen through the vaccine guaranteed to all.

Read the full presentation of Pandemica and watch the videos


IDRInstitute Statement of Anti-Racism and Social Justice

The Intercultural Development Research Institute affirms its solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the unceasing attention it brings to the systemic denial of equal humanity woven into the fabric of American society. We agree that, until that fact is acknowledged and rectified, there can be no real progress in moving towards building a just multicultural society.

We do not think that the default condition of humankind is social justice, nor that removing the impediment of prejudice will let justice prevail. On the contrary, humans have mostly exalted their own familiar groups and derogated others in endless real or imagined struggles for survival. Building social justice therefore demands much more than restructuring racist institutions, although recognizing personal and systemic prejudice is a necessary beginning. The larger imperative is to restructure consciousness itself – to extend our perception of self beyond our particular group and into larger constellations of diverse peoples.

We are committed to pursuing these goals in the following ways:

  • To resist the commercial temptation of offering half-measures to create the appearance of anti-racism, and instead to insist that diversity, inclusion, and intercultural programs always target the development of new consciousness as the major goal.
  • To focus on building critical masses of people who recognize the deep roots of racism in our consciousness and who are committed to co-evolving new forms of adaption to human diversity.
  • To support any critical group that is willing with the writing, research, and resources of the Institute, particularly by framing social justice within a more general coherent development of intercultural consciousness.


Meeting the (Intercultural) Future

Meeting the (Intercultural) Future   Milton J. Bennett, Ph.D. January 11, 2021 When we think of building a more equitable ...
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Why America Was Great

Why America Was Great   Milton J. Bennett, Ph.D. August 28, 2020 Much ink has flowed about the greatness of ...
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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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Making Diversity Work for the Future

Brambles Fast Track Leadership Group, May 25-27, 2021 IDRConsulting/BID conducted an online program for two regional top leadership groups using ...
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Paradigms, Pandemics, and Power: Lessons for Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

SIETAR Deutschland July 23, 2020 Milton Bennett presented an online webinar for SIETAR Deutschland July 23, 2020. The talk encompassed ...
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Turning International Executive Coordination into Effective Intercultural Teamwork

SAS EMEA Executive Team, May-July, 2020 IDRConsulting/BID conducted a three-session online program of intercultural development, including use of the Intercultural ...
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