TCG 2015 – Year in Review

widgetWhat an amazing year we’ve had! 

Here at The Common Good we’ve been hard at work helping to foster a public square for public policy—and we could not have done it without the generous support of our donors. Please have a look at our amazing roster of speakers and events. We are proud to have brought scores of the most scintillating thought leaders for timely debate, new ideas and solutions, and spirited discussion of today’s burning front-page issues.

We won’t let hyper-partisanship and divisiveness stand in the way of smart discussion, good ideas and better government. From economic recovery and inequality, government reform and gridlock in Washington, national security, ISIS and terrorism, the international refugee crisis, foreign threats and major domestic issues – TCG provides opportunities to meet and hear outstanding leaders from across the political spectrum in politics, government, business and culture. 

With the support of our sponsors, The Common Good has become the premier nonpartisan general public policy forum in the greater New York City area. You may have already come to one or more of our events to learn, discuss and challenge yourself and others about issues both electrifying and problematic. But we need your help. The Common Good relies on interested and concerned citizens like you to continue our good work in opening dialog beyond ideological ties—to empower YOU with the information, ideas and relationships that provide substance over sensationalism. Will you consider joining or making a contribution today?

You can help in one of two ways:
1. If you are not yet part of the TCG family, please JOIN today!
2. Make a donation of your choice. Any amount is greatly appreciated.

The Common Good is a 501c3 organization so your charitable donation is tax deductable.

We look forward to seeing you at our exciting, new 2016 events as we continue to provide you with timely information and insight on the issues that matter. Check out our upcoming and events from the last 12 months below! And thank you again for your support.

Happy Holidays and Best wishes,
Patricia Duff and The Common Good Team


    • We traveled to Selma, Alabama for an historic celebration of what makes our nation great.


    • We enjoyed important screenings with the filmmakers of He Named Me Malala and Best of Enemies.


    • We heard from brilliant business leaders, government officials, officeholders and candidates, economists, journalists, authors, activists,academics, artists and filmmakers.


    • We launched The Common Good Forum, which we are excited to be offering again next year. Please mark your calendars for Friday, May 20th, 2016.


    • With the American Spirit Awards, we honored those individuals who show the best of the American spirit through their dedicated effort to making a difference in their communities and beyond.




Historic Trip to SelmaTCG and its members commemorated the historic advancement in civil rights and the fifty year anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. We participated inevents with President Barack Obama, formerPresident George W. Bush, Congressman John Lewis,Homeland Secretary Jeh Johnson, as well as many other members of Congress. TCG members were given access to participate in meetings with influential civil rights leaders of the era and enjoyed guided tours of historic sites in Selma, Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama.



Best of Enemies followed by a discussion with directors Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville, legendary talk showHOST Dick Cavett and MSNBC news host Alex Witt.
He Named Me Malala followed by a discussion with director Davis Guggenheim and feminist activist and best-selling author Naomi Wolf.
We launched our first annual public policy forum at the Waldorf Astoria: The Common Good Forum for 2015:Venture Economics, Public Policy & Investment: Our Nation’s Future”

Many thanks to our experienced hosts and expert moderators who brought out the best in our speakers:
Dana Bash,
CNN political correspondent
Karen Elliott House, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and editor 
Zachary Karabell, economist and president of River Twice Research
Brian Sullivan, CNBC anchor
Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor of Financial Times

Jane Buchan, CEO of global investment firm PAAMCO
Willem Hendrik Buiter, Citigroup Global Chief Economist
Janet Cowell, North Carolina State Treasurer
Thomas DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller
Alan Krueger, former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers
Kenneth Rogoff, former Chief Economist at the IMF
Neera Tanden, President of Center for American Progress

Business, Technology, and Science

James Harmon, former Chairman of Ex-Im Bank and emerging markets investor
Dr. Robert Lanza, Stem cell pioneer and cloning scientist
Alan Patricof, venture capitalist and founder of Greycroft Partners
Steve Rattner, former lead Presidential adviser on the Auto Industry and Chairman of Willett Advisors
Eric Spiegel, CEO of Siemens USA
Mort Zuckerman, Bill Holiber, and Brian Kelly of U.S. News & World Report

National Security, Foreign Policy, and Diplomacy

Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in New York
Ribal al-Assad, Syrian Rebel leader
J.M. Berger, Extremism expert and author
Secretary Michael Chertoff, Former Secretary of Homeland Security
Admiral William Fallon, former head of U.S. Central Command
Ambassador Christopher Hill, four-time ambassador whose last post was as Ambassador to Iraq
Robert Knake, former Director for Cybersecurity Policy at the National Security Council
Senator George Mitchell, former Senate Majority Leader and diplomat
Malcolm Nance, Terrorism expert
Ambassador Melanne Verveer, former Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues

Social Activism, Empowerment, Government Reform and Political Advocacy
Ari Berman,
voting rights expert
Adrian Grenier, actor-filmmaker and environmental advocate
Bernard Kerik, former NYC Police Commissioner and prison reformer
Peter Yarrow, political activist and folk singer-songwriter, Peter, Paul & Mary

Politics, Elections, and Campaign Strategy
Margaret Hoover, Republican political contributor and gay rights activist
Jason Kander, candidate for US Senate – Missouri Secretary of State
Congressman Joseph Kennedy III (D-MA)
Jim McLaughlin, Republican political strategist and public opinion expert
Mark Mellman, pollster and public opinion expert
Governor Ted Strickland, candidate for US Senate – Former Governor of Ohio
Robert Zimmerman, co-founder of Zimmerman/Edelson Inc. and political analyst

The Common Good American Spirit Awards for 2015
Annie Clark and Andrea Pino, women’s rights activists and founders of End Rape on Campus 
William Pope.L,
acclaimed artist
Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), accepted on behalf of Peter Yarrow
District Judge Jed Rakoff, prison reform advocate and exemplary judicial work during the financial crisis  
Bob Woodruff, journalist and activist for veterans issues
And thanks to our distinguished members, especially David Avital, Paul Beirne, Everett Cook,Diandra Douglas, Richard Farley, Joseph Fichera, Richard Gordon, Coppy Holzman, Omeed Malik, Peter Maroney, Sally Minard, Nazee Moinian, Robert Pietrzak, Gail Sheehy, Maurice Sonnenberg, James Torrey, and Mortimer Zuckerman. Your generous and continued support is such an integral part of what makes TCG’s mission possible.

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