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Leaders and Listeners Unite (and Chat) at The Common Good Forum

Thursday, May 18, 2017
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Not mine. Not yours. Ours. The tagline for The Common Good pretty much sums up the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization’s mission: to inspire every citizen’s participation in democracy through the free exchange of ideas and civil dialogue.


Last Friday, May 12, The Common Good, founded by Patricia Duff, hosted an invite-only forum at the University Club themed “The U.S.: A Nation at the Crossroads”. Presentations were shown, focusing on women’s issues, business, media, foreign affairs, national security and democracy addressing how we are going to change and where the future is headed.


Notable speakers included former Secretary of State John Kerry, former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Women’s March organizer Teresa Shook, former advisor to the Marco Rubio Presidential campaign March Busch, President Trump Transition Advisor Anthony Scaramucci, former U.S. Ambassador to France Jane Hartley, public editor at the New York Times Elizabeth Spayd, chief legal correspondent at MSNBC Ari Melber, First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams, journalist Steven Brill and more. Topics of the discussion included politics and press, the economy, global threats and opportunities. The audience joined the convo for a Q&A session, sharing their thoughts on the nation’s threats and challenges.


Secretary Kerry was honored with the American Spirit Award (ASA) for distinguished public service. “We have to start focusing on bringing parties back together, getting people in good conscious to stand up for what they know is right, and begin to reclaim the agenda of this nation,” says Kerry. “There isn’t one issue on this planet that can’t be solved by human beings, because all the problems are created by human beings.”


Among those in attendance included former First Ladies of New York Silda Spitzer and Michelle Paige Patterson.




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