The mayors started their day with a panel discussion that was just as much intriguing as it was inspiring. Pop Star Singer, Actress and Advocate Lady Gaga joined His Holiness the Dalai Lama on stage to talk about building compassionate cities. Mayors left with a whole new perspective on their roles as leaders.
The Dalai Lama may move slowly, but his wit is quick!
"If you prefer angry face or smiling face. If anyone prefers angry face, our work is irrelevant," said the Dalai Lama.
The Buddhist spiritual leader of Tibet knows hardship and adversity and now devotes his life to inspiring peace around the world--namely in America.
"Liberty, freedom, democracy, not just a slogan. I believe this nation can lead to compassionate world," said The Dalai Lama.
His Holiness isn't alone in this worldwide quest for kindness.
"He likes my outfit," said Lady Gaga as she came on stage and greeted the Dalai Lama.
When Lady Gaga isn't capturing attention with her wardrobe, singing on stage or acting on screen, she's advocating through a number of personal projects for a kinder world.
"The really fantastic thing about kindness is it's free. You can give it freely and the well never dried up," said Lady Gaga.
And as this congregation of mayors from around the country sought guidance on how to start this revolution, the solutions turned out to be simple.
"The only thing we all know and that we all appreciate in one another is kindness. As we're all yelling at each other trying to figure out which group is causing the problem. Evil is winning. So, let's get rid of these different factions-gay, straight, rich, poor, mentally disabled, not mentally disabled, gun owner, not a gun owner. Give them something to believe in. Everyone wants to live in a kind city. It will only bring more beautiful things your way," said Lady Gaga.
After the unlikely match-up and panel discussion, the mayors pose with the Dalai Lama and Lady Gaga ad they begin to think about what's next and how they answer the call to action.
"Just absolutely amazing! I'm going back to my city and pass a resolution. We're already an inclusive city and now we're going to be a compassionate city and kind city," said Mayor Frank Ortis, Pembroke Pines, FL.
"I'm inspired. Going to have our children in school to stat a program of being kind to each other," said Mayor Karen Alexasnder, Salisbury, NC.
They're small acts that if multiplied around the country can equal a revolution of thinking and behavior.
Businessman and Philanthropist, Philip Anschutz, was also on the panel. NBC newswoman, Ann Curry, moderated the discussion.