ANAHEIM, Calif. (Feb. 23, 2018) — Mayor Tom Tait has wrapped up a 10-day trip to India this week, sharing Anaheim’s experience building a stronger, more connected community through a commitment to kindness.
Tait traveled to three cities in India to meet with local leaders and community members and share how kindness can combat issues facing them, including violent extremism, hate and intolerance.
The trip also included a visit with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who has held up Anaheim’s kindness initiative as an example for others to follow.
“Wherever you go in the world, the impact of kindness is the same — it makes everything better,” Tait said. “We are honored to be able to share our experience with our new friends in India and that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has embraced what we are doing.”
Launched in 2011, Anaheim’s City of Kindness initiative promotes a culture of kindness as a way to address the root causes of social issues such as bullying, drug abuse, crime and elder neglect.
Kindness also promotes a stronger, more resilient community that is better prepared to deal with inevitable natural, economic and other disasters.
In 2017, Anaheim made “City of Kindness” its official motto.
Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville, Ky., accompanied Tait on the trip, sharing his work to spread compassion in the Derby City.
The trip was organized by Strong Cities Network with funding from the U.S. Embassy in India.
Launched at the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, Strong Cities Network brings together mayors, policymakers, nonprofits and others to share best practices in combating violent extremism and other issues facing cities.
For more on the City of Kindness initiative, visit Anaheim.net/kindness. For more on Strong Cities, visit strongcitiesnetwork.org.