A friend recently reminded me of the Benetton ads of 1984, in which everyone was united regardless of color.
My cerebral wayback machine then took me to the 1970s, when Marlo Thomas (now 81 and looking great) released an album (vinyl, of course), focused on celebrating diversity. Warning: If you listen to it “Free to Be You and Me” will get stuck in your head.
A few things happened this week that made me believe that I’m finally entering that place “where the children are free.” Respect and inclusion for people of all ages is the final frontier.
So, what can you do? As with every other “ism,” if you see something, say something. Stay on top of trends and learn the skills you need to stay fresh. Don’t feed into the stereotypes of older adults by acting preachy or fumbling with and dissing technology. Above all, learn from the skills that younger people bring to the workplace. Inclusion is a two-way street. Ageism against millennials is as toxic as discrimination against Boomers.
Ageism is one of the few “isms” that ultimately affects us all. As deeply divided as we are politically and culturally today, the eventual arrival of elderhood is a condition that unites us.MarketWatch
Perhaps Marlo needs to re-release her song mix.
One of the new colors of Benetton is grey. Let’s deal with that.