For this week’s blog, I looked at the Institute for Global Ethics (IGE) think tank. With its initial funding provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and a private donor, the IGE was founded by Dr. Rushworth Kidder in Camden, Maine in 1990. According to its website, IGE is an independent, nonsectarian, nonpartisan, 501©(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting ethical behavior in individuals, and cultures of integrity in institutions and nations through research, public discourse and practical action.
Through its research, the Institute has developed a decision making framework currently being used by corporations, schools, governments, and organizations worldwide:
For corporations, the Center for Corporate Ethics (CCE), a division of IGE, attempts to help strengthen the ethical culture of corporations, foundations, and organizations of all sizes. By linking employees’ personal values and clients’ corporate values, the CCE creates a practical decision-making framework for all employees that reduce risk and build trust.
For schools, the Institute’s Education department offers series of services, mostly workshops and curriculums, to students, faculty, and the greater communities to foster a shared vision of ethical behavior that will promote school-wide and campus-wide cultures of integrity.
For government clients, IGE offers training programs, consulting services and support products. Trainers teach clients about common, global values, and ethical awareness and provide tools to help clients make ethical decisions
For organizations, non-profits and foundations, IGE offers the following services: surveys, talks, ethics training, code creation, and internal/external communications.
IGE also publishes ethics articles, book excerpts, reports, videos, white papers, newsletters, podcasts, and briefings on its website for members, clients, and the general public. Based on their website, IGE is an organization trying to make the world a more ethical and better place for future generations. By providing the services and tools to a wide range of individuals and institutions, the hope is that citizens of all nations will hold each other to the highest levels of ethical integrity.
If I had the option, I would also want to work for an international think tank. I think that it would provide a great opportunity to make an impact within a developed or developing country and I could travel to see the progress within those specific countries (definitely an added benefit).
If I could create a think tank, I would have it focus on childhood Leukemia. My younger brother was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in February 1995 at two years old (today he is currently a healthy, 19 year old freshman at Bucknell). While a March 2012 Journal of Clinical Oncology article revealed that the death rates from ALL have dropped drastically from 1990 to 2005, the fight against Leukemia is still not over. Between 2,800 and 3,000 new cases are diagnosed every year in the United States and research can still be done to create quicker, but effective treatments. My think tank would be dedicated to researching and finding revolutionary treatments for ALL child patients along with providing counseling session for families whose children have been diagnosed by Leukemia. My think tank would probably be under a University/Research think tank since the research would be funded by either a hospital or University. Ideally, the institution would provide funding towards our research for a certain time period and we would receive more if we found any breakthrough research. My think tank could possibly be funded by private, charitable foundations, but for the work that we would be doing, University/Research funds seem more appropriate.