What is Inner Development Goals

About the Inner Development Goals

The Inner Development Goals is a non-profit organization for inner development.
We research, collect, and communicate science based skills and qualities that help us to live purposeful, sustainable, and productive lives

The Inner Development Goals framework is fundamental in the work to reach the Sustainable Development Goals

We bring the power 

of inner development 

to all global challenges 

faced by humanity.

In 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals gave us a comprehensive plan for a sustainable world by 2030. The 17 goals cover a wide range of issues that involve people with different needs, values, and convictions. There is a vision of what needs to happen, but progress along this vision has so far been disappointing. We lack the inner capacity to deal with our increasingly complex environment and challenges. Fortunately, modern research shows that the inner abilities we now all need can be developed. This was the starting point for the 'Inner Development Goals' initiative


The IDGs initiative has co-creation at its center with ongoing development and input from more and more experts, scientists, practitioners and organisations around the world. In 2021 the first IDGs report was published that explains the background, method and framework with 5 dimensions and 23 transformational skills.

The report represents the results of the two online surveys based on input from 1000+ participants. We co-create in a community together with 23 supporting organisations and have conducted so far three MindShift - Growth that Matters conferences with 3000+ active participants in total.


The IDGs will provide an essential framework of transformative skills for sustainable development, a field-kit (in co-creation now) on how to develop these necessary skills - open source and free for all to use. The current IDGs framework represents 5 dimensions and 23 skills and qualities which are especially crucial for leaders who address SDGs, but fundamentally for all of us! It is the greatest possible accelerator to reach the Sustainable Development Goals and create a prosperous future for all humanity


The IDGs framework consists of five dimensions organising 23 skills and qualities of human inner growth and development. The framework has been developed by a team of international researchers after an extensive outreach consultation involving more than a thousand people.

Read the full report “Inner Development Goals: Background, method and the IDG framework” at this link.