On May 19th, 2013, the Dalai Lama spoke to a crowd of 15,000-plus in Louisville. He was introduced by Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville, who spoke about how Louisville had signed the Charter for Compassion, and described how the city was working to bring compassion to life in every aspect of the City's life.
In his talk, the Dalai Lama said, "I was very much impressed by how the mayor spoke of Louisville participating in the Compassionate Cities movement. I think that’s highly necessary, very important in today’s world. I think globally, we really need a more compassionate attitude…Last century was the century of violence and bloodshed. Now this century should be the century of dialogue. The basic thing is warm-heartedness or compassion. Your city is trying to make an effort, even taking the name of a Compassionate City, so it is really wonderful, it is really a first step to eventually extending this concept within the country. Then if America is the leading nation of the free world, then all the world should eventually be the free world. After Berlin Wall disappeared, a major change took place, at least within the European continent. This was not through force, but through peaceful popular movement."