On June 26th, 2016 Born This Way Foundation co-founder Lady Gaga joined philanthropist Phil Anschutz and His Holiness the Dalai Lama to challenge America’s cities to be kind. The panel met in front of more than 200 mayors from across the county, where they discussed the role that kindness can play in improving the mental health of citizens, and how current “cities of kindness” – like Anaheim, California – have also experienced a decrease in crime.
As a result of this discussion, the mayors voted unanimously to commit to 100 billion acts of kindness across the country. To help support this ambitious goal, Born This Way Foundation is proud to be a part of City of Kindness – an organization launched with the leadership of Mayor Tom Tait of Anaheim, one of the driving forces behind the kindness movement. Mayor Tait ran on a platform of kindness and won. To hear more about his story, check out his guest post for Channel Kindness.
Cities across the country are embracing the tangible power of kindness, bringing together community leaders, elected officials, and young people to create positive change. Want your city to join the movement? Tell your mayor you’re ready to make your city a City of Kindness!
The City of Kindness Movement was all over the news:
“Dalai Lama, Lady Gaga urge kindness in Indy,” Brian Eason, Indy Star
“Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: The Dalai Lama, Lady Gaga and a billionaire investor walk into a roomful of mayors… to talk about kindness.”
“The Dalai Lama And Lady Gaga Joined Forces To Talk About This Essential Human Value,” Carol Kuruvilla, Huffington Post
“We bet you’ve never seen a meeting of the minds quite like this one.”
“You need to hear what Lady Gaga and the Dalai Lama have to say about kindness,” Jessica Wakeman, Hello Giggles
“Talk about a double whammy: this weekend, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lady Gaga shared the stage together at the U.S Conference of Mayors for a plenary session on kindness.”
“Dalai Lama, Lady Gaga talk of kindness at mayors conference,” The Associated Press, WTOP
“The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibetan Buddhism on Sunday gave the keynote address of the United States Conference of Mayors gathering in Indianapolis. He later discussed America’s role as a global leader.”
“Mayor wants to adopt ‘City of Kindness’ as Dubuque motto,” Matt Kelley, Radio Iowa
“Dubuque will soon be known as the City of Kindness, if Mayor Roy Buol has his way. He’s attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors this week in Indiana.”