Besides his higher education experience in New York, Mr. Pilarski has assisted state agencies in leadership development, strategic planning, and organizational development. While engaged in this work, he introduced ethics training into an existing leadership program and enlisted the Institute for Global Ethics to assist in the effort.
“I had read Rush Kidder’s book, ‘Shared Values for A Troubled World’, and was extremely impressed with its quality and intellectual rigor,” says Pilarski, explaining his interest in the Global Ethics approach. “I was especially moved by Rush’s notion that people, no matter who or where they are, have more in common than at odds. I was excited that the IGE team, including Paula Mirk, would take on this challenge of developing ethics training for senior managers or administrators.”
“I was not only impressed with Rush Kidder’s fundamental idea that all of humanity has shared, core values that can form the basis of an ethical culture,” notes Pilarski, “but also with how the Institute has developed a practical way to actually determine appropriate ethical action. Various philosophies and theologies tend to teach the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of ethics, but how to make ethical decisions and how to behave are what IGE focuses on. These practical concepts are extremely important … and what makes IGE’s methodology so unique.”
Pilarski, who is based in North Carolina, is currently involved in identifying schools in the region that might be suitable candidates for IGE’s Ethical Literacy® Learning Community.
For more information about the Ethical Literacy® Learning Community, visit http://www.ethical-
About the IGE
Founded in 1990, with offices in Rockport, Maine, New York City and London, the Institute for Global Ethics (http://www.globalethics.org) is an independent, nonsectarian, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting ethical action in a global context. IGE’s challenge is to explore the global common ground of values, elevate awareness of ethics, provide practical tools for making ethical decisions, and encourage practical action based on those decisions.