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Posted on: June 8, 2017

Anaheim mayor shares kindness experience at Strong Cities conference

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 8, 2017) — Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait in May joined city leaders from across the globe gathered in Denmark to share Anaheim’s experience building a stronger, more connected community through kindness.

“The idea of kindness is simple yet powerful,” Mayor Tait said told an audience of about 400 people gathered to hear from mayors from the around the world. “In Anaheim, engaging with our kids to promote a culture of kindness is having an impact today and for years to come. Integrating a culture of kindness can be valuable and effective for other communities, too.”

Tait spoke as part of the Strong Cities Network annual global meeting held in Denmark on May 18 and 19.

With support from the U.S. State Department, Strong Cities Network brings together mayors, policymakers, nonprofits and others to share best practices in combating violent extremism and other issues facing cities.

While not impacted by the violent extremism seen in European cities, Anaheim and its City of Kindness initiative proved inspirational for mayors dealing with the issue.

Launched in 2011, the City of Kindness initiative promotes a culture of kindness as a way to address the root causes of bullying, drug abuse, crime, elder neglect and other issues.

Kindness also promotes a stronger, more resilient community that is better prepared to deal with natural, economic and other disasters.

“Much of what impacts cities is caused by isolation and disintegration — in short, a lack of kindness,” Tait said. “Kindness is not a cure-all for the complex problems facing my city and cities across the world, but it is an impactful step in the right direction that can bring lasting change.”

For more on the City of Kindness initiative, visit Anaheim.net/kindness. For more on Strong Cities, visit strongcitiesnetwork.org.

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