Applying social innovation, community and organizational ethnography, we work in local contexts for sustainable impacts. From fundraising for small non-profit and social change organizations to position papers for international NGOs, we bring creative and practical solutions to the needs of communities and organizations by helping to define and advance project goals.


We work with artists and writers, social entrepreneurs and thought leaders who want to create a more beautiful, balanced and just world. Our training programs include online coaching and one-on-one sessions with industry professionals, as well as project concept design and implementation, editing services and ideation.

Tressa Berman, Ph.D.

Photo: Jeff Heffner

Founder and Principal Consultant: Tressa Berman, Ph.D.

Working with a team of international advisors, I serve the needs of institutions and organizations that rely on experienced, well-networked professionals. I also work with individuals to bring visionary projects to fruition and help them to thrive.
Tressa brings more than 25 years of cross-sector experience as a former university professor, a practicing art curator, author, non-profit executive director and active contributor to global arts and cultural forums. She is also a certified meditation teacher and brings more than 20 years of contemplative practice to mindful leadership training.

Our Advisory Team is an international network of colleagues with diverse backgrounds and skills that include Curatorial and Exhibition Development; Cultural Planning and Heritage; Fund Development and Grantsmanship; Strategic Design; Educational Assessment and Curriculum; Program Design; Diversity and Inclusion; Cultural Research and Social Practice. Client projects are specifically tailored to meet your unique needs. The IICP team takes an ethics-based approach that protects client confidentiality, while building confidence through reliability on deliverables.

We have worked with a wide range of clients and affiliates, including:

Common Ground Conferences, Ltd.

- International Conference on the Arts and Society

- International Conference on the Image

- International Conference on Diversity

California Academy of Sciences, Department of Anthropology

Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture

Smithsonian Institution Museums

· National Museum of American Indian

· National Museum of Natural History

· Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

UNESCO – Document on the Protection of Cultural Heritage

California State University, Fresno (Jewish Studies Program)

International Marketing and Management Associates, Ltd

Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara

Manresa Gallery at the University of San Francisco

San Francisco International Arts Festival

Auckland International Arts Festival

Port of Oakland Public Arts Commission

de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Nordland Research Centre, Tromso, Norway
(Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change)

Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison (HCGM)
Mel and Leta Ramos Family Foundation

Nevada Museum of Art


We have also worked with a wide range of community-based organizations, including:

BorderZone Arts, Inc., San Francisco and Melbourne

Merrepen Arts Center and the Naiuyu Community
(Northern Territory, Australia)

Four Bears Tribal Museum
(Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota)

Phoenix Boys and Girls Club, Arizona

Bay Localize (a project of Earth Island Institute)

Billboards for Peace, Inc.

Auckland International Arts Festival, New Zealand

Art for All, Los Angeles

aSHEville Museum, North Carolina

"Heart of Piru" Community Planning, Ventura County, California


In our effort to cultivate mindful leadership qualities, we also work to advance contemplative missions, including Buddhist organizations and inter-faith and secular dialogue projects.
Individual and private clients include artists, writers, gallerists, art collectors and social investors.

Contact Inter-Cultural Practice

For rates and consultation information email Tressa or call +1 (310) 709-2356