Seven Pillars Institute offers ethics seminars and lectures. We believe a better understanding of ethics will help participants appreciate the importance of ethics in finance.
We use the term “education” rather than “training” because unlike other ethics consultancies, which give standard “ethical training” and “ethics work-shops”, SPI focuses on educating communities on the subject of ethics.
Frankly, we do not believe “ethics training” sticks. Participants (mainly employees) generally see the training as another mandatory management driven program, which they then pass through perfunctorily, skeptically, and even cynically. Most remain untouched.
We do believe education is a better way of motivating individuals to understand and accept the need for and practice of ethics in finance. It is not a matter of mere semantics to distinguish between “education” and “training”.
James Carse makes the following distinction:
To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared for surprise is to be educated. Education discovers an increasing richness in the past, because it sees what is unfinished there. Training regards the past as finished and the future as to be finished. Education leads toward a continuing self-discovery; training leads toward a final self-definition. Training repeats a completed past in the future. Education continues an unfinished past into the future.
The purpose and methods of ethics education and ethics training differ. The purpose of ethics education is to help individuals see for and accept by themselves why an individual should be ethical in finance. The method of ethics education involves study, discourse and reasoned argument. In brief, rather than boring, top-down ethics training, SPI provides intellectually appealing ethics education that stimulates and engages participants.
SPI seminars focus on three aspects of ethics:
♦ The history of ethics: We examine the origins (both religious and secular) of ethics, its deep roots and its extensive branches in humanity’s history.
♦ The two most vital and asked questions in ethics:
1. Why be ethical?
2. Are there objective ethical values?
♦ The religious and secular ethical traditions that are frameworks for ethical assessment and decision-making.
The goals of our seminars are:
1. To educate participants on ethics and ethical frameworks.
2. To heighten ethical awareness
3. To provide tools that help individuals engage in ethical reasoning and decision-making.
4. To strengthen the ethical culture in financial and government institutions.
In its effort towards building a global financial system that is ethically educated, aware, motivated, and oriented, SPI provides lectures, seminars, and training to a variety of organizations in any part of the world. We work with:
♦ Financial Institutions worldwide of all types and sizes
– Commercial Banks
– Investment Banks
– Investment Managers
– Private Wealth Managers
– Trading Houses
– Pension Funds
♦ Governments worldwide and at all levels
– Counties and municipalities
– Towns and Cities
– Pension Funds
– Treasury Departments
♦ Educational Institutions
– Private Schools
– Public Schools
– College Preparatory Academies
– Community and Junior Colleges