Institute for Developing Across Differences

Welcome to the IDD Global Community

Faces of the IDD

Reflecting the wide diversity of professionals who make up the IDD’s Global Community, we regularly invite members to share how they contribute to and experience their work in the greater Differences field:

Dr. Elif Durgel, experienced intercultural trainer at the Teacher Development Center and independent coach in The Netherlands

Mohit Kanade, senior consultant at Cognizant, a multinational IT services and consulting company, and university lecturer in Germany

Dr. Sherwood Smith, Senior Executive Director for Inclusive Excellence & Faculty Engagement at University of Vermont and CQ Strategies in the US

Ana Carolina Cassiano, Brazil-based facilitator and learning designer who heads education development at AFS Intercultural Programs 

Join our bi-monthly online sessions in 2024

IDD Global Community of Practice (gaping void)
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The IDD is a vibrant global community dedicated to supporting all who do the essential work of helping individuals, organizations, and societies develop across differences. In other words, we aim to serve YOU.

Join experienced peers and friends of the IDD along with IDD host Nadine Binder for the IDD’s regular Global Community of Practice sessions taking place every other month.

Read on to learn how it works, whom it’s for and what opportunities we offer you to expand your global peer network.


January 31, 2024 – 11am-12pm EST / 5-6pm CET
Facilitating conversations on polarizing or “hot” topics

March 27, 2024 – 9-10am CET / 7-8pm AEDT
Keeping up motivation & energy in times of crisis

May 22, 2024 – 11am-12pm EST / 5-6pm CET 
Latest research trends for developing across differences

July 31, 2024 – 11am-12pm EST / 5-6pm CET 
Ethics in our work of developing across differences

September 25, 2024 – 9-10am CET / 5-6pm AEST
The power of contact- and project-based learning

November 20, 2024 – 11am-12pm EST / 5-6pm CET 
Employee resource groups – do they work? 

Each call has a broader theme and typically 1-2 invited speakers will provide a brief introduction to kick off and inspire our community conversations in small groups and in plenary. We capture our main insights and resources to be shared with the whole community after each Global Community of Practice gathering.

*Topics might be subject to change


So that we can collectively and individually improve our impact, “nerd out” together and expand the field.

Connect with colleagues from around the world —most with 10+ years in the field (but all are welcome)—from across the greater Differences realm (such as intercultural communication, DEI, global learning, global competence), different professional backgrounds, and sectors. 

We meet to discuss and share ideas, practices, scholarship, and experiences in an informal, noncommercial setting.


To accommodate our Global Peers in different time zones, we alternate the time of our sessions. We also share insights and resources from each session with the entire Global Community of Practice.

Each session offers some opening thoughts on the respective topics, followed by self-facilitated discussions in breakout rooms and in plenary. While you are welcome to share what you have been working on and connect with others for collaboration, please do not use this as a platform to showcase or sell your services.


Please only complete this form if you have not yet signed up for the IDD Global Community of Practice in previous years. If you are already a member of the IDD Global Community of Practice, you will receive invitations and reminders for our 2024 sessions via email. 

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