Originally posted on TED Blog:

Sitters-Studio-1 It’s TED Talk Tuesday time at Sitters Studio in midtown Manhattan. This weekly tradition is a vital part of the office culture. Photo: Ryan Lash

It’s 1pm at Sitters Studio, and seven people are gathered around a table while Adora Svitak’s “What adults can learn from kids” plays on a whiteboard in front of them.

[ted_talkteaser id=815]On video, the then-12-year-old begins, “When was the last time you were called childish?” Nods around the table. “For kids like me, it happens every time we make irrational demands, exhibit irresponsible behavior or display any other signs of being normal American citizens.” The group cracks up — this is a babysitting company, after all.

Welcome to TED Talk Tuesday, a tradition at this small business in midtown Manhattan that sets families up with artist babysitters. (The idea behind Sitters Studio: Kids get a dose of creativity from their sitters, while artists get reliable work as they build…

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