A number of years back I was fortunate to attend a two-day conference on Arts, Technology, and Intellectual Property at Columbia University’s American Assembly. At the time I was working for the American Music Center, so the topic was something I had a vested interest in.
As with most conferences, there was the introductory moment early on, where everyone in turn says a little something about who they are and why they are interested in the matter at hand. It’s the let’s go around the room and say a few words about ourselves moment.
I have never forgotten what I heard from this gentleman at the conference, one of the founding producers of Sesame Street. During his introduction, he said:
What do children need the most?
Love and respect.
I have to say, that the love part was easy, I got that. Check one for love. We love our kids and kids need love, correct? Just as The Beatles wrote: “the love you take is equal to the love you make.”
But, wait one second. Respect? That threw me for a bit of a loop.