After spending a year living there, I found it second nature to lean in for a peck rather than extend a hand in greeting. Throughout my time in the country, this was just one of the many aspects of Ecuadorian culture that I not only cherished, but also quickly embraced as part of my daily routine.
Raising global children does not have to cost much money, nor does it require hundreds of hours of free time. The single most important part of raising global children is to instill in them the right attitude.
As we prepare our children for the 21st century, we must empower them to be global citizens. We must help them understand that their voices matter and that they have the opportunity to create change big and small.
Today, restoring the means for thoughtful and respectful discourse must be a primary national goal. Neither the Left nor the Right has a monopoly on wisdom or justice. What they do have is a stronghold on their own disciples - resulting in utter gridlock in Washington.
Just as Bostonians' grit and determination won't be deterred as they plan a bigger and better marathon next year, let's resolve to not let the fury that might have sparked last week's horror turn us against compassion and connection.
Children have an incredible capacity to care, to give and to empathize from a very young age. It has nothing to do with pity. An instinct for justice comes naturally to a young child, who is free from skepticism, prejudice and doubt.
I recently had the honor of addressing the Fellows of the New York City New Leaders Council as part of their 2010 Institute. My topic was "Lessons in Non-Profit Management and International Development."