In 2015, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provided a comprehensive plan for a sustainable world by 2030. However, progress is not happening fast enough, and we urgently need to increase our collective abilities to face and work effectively with complex challenges.

This is why we are co-creating the Inner Development Goals (IDG) – a non-profit, open-source initiative committed to fostering inner development towards more sustainable futures. We research, collect, and communicate science-based skills and qualities that help us to live purposeful, sustainable, and productive lives.

"We research, collect, and communicate science-based skills and qualities that help us to live purposeful, sustainable, and productive lives."

We bring the power of inner development to global challenges faced by humanity.

Collaborate With Us


Our partnership offers a platform to exchange best practices, scale up skill-building initiatives, and shift the narrative on sustainability. Stand out in the realm of sustainable leadership.


Support the IDG Initiative by becoming a philanthropic partner. Lead in sustainability and human development and join conversations that matter.


Join a global academic network where country and language-based research teams help to co-create and develop the IDG Framework and toolkit


Participate in a fully-funded global leadership programme to accelerate sustainable development across civil society, academia and public and private sectors in your country.


The glocal IDG Hubs & Networks are a self-organised emerging ecosystem of groups of people and/or organisations supporting the IDG initiative


We welcome activities and events that are organised in support of the IDGs. Explore how to use the open-source Framework and Toolkit with your clients or at events.

Let’s stay connected. IDG is more than an initiative; it’s a movement in the making.

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Rooted in interdisciplinary research, the IDG Framework consists of 5 dimensions with 23 skills of human inner growth and development.

We bring the world's leading experts on leadership development and sustainability into a constructive dialogue on scaling collective inner development

“I think the Inner Development Goals project can be extraordinarily transformative for the human species. I would risk being that grandiose about it.”

Dr. Robert Kegan
Developmental Psychologist, Harvard University

“I think the IDG initiative is important because with that personal transformation, that inner development, comes external transformation.”

Amy C. Edmondson
Professor of Leadership, Harvard Business School

“The Inner Development Goals play a pivotal role in accessing deeper sources of knowledge essential for systemic change.”

Otto Scharmer
Senior professor, MIT & Founder of Theory-U

Join Us at the 2024 IDG Summit

Imagine a Summit designed by and for a global community committed to inner development for outer change…

Grounded in the 5 dimensions of the IDG Framework, experience a fusion of global perspectives from science, business, academia, and the arts as we collectively step into The Space in Between—a place of unlimited imagination and possibility.
Add your voice, passion and purpose to a growing global movement of changemakers harnessing the power of inner development to drive meaningful change in the world of business and beyond.

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