About Patricia Duff

Let’s all do our part…

“So much of what we take for  granted as a nation is at risk – our leadership in the world, our strong economy that supports our middle class, and our willingness to work together to solve our problems.  We need our democracy working better too.  

With The Common Good, we’ve been advocating for reasoned debate, demanding reliable information from the media and our leaders, greater collaboration by  our elected representatives, and greater participation of all our citizens.  

We can each start small and still have a large impact – with every one of us making a difference.” 

Pd 1-29-91 PICPatricia Duff has spent most of her professional career in politics, working as a consultant in Washington D.C. for two of the top political strategy firms, and in New York and Los Angeles as a political organizer and as an activist.

Duff spearheads The Common Good, a non-profit, non-partisan network that encourages political participation and increased understanding of critical national issues across party lines. The group meets regularly with national leaders and experts on headline topics…

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FOREIGN POLICY BRIEFING WITH AMBASSADOR CHRISTOPHER HILL, FEBRUARY 3, 2015

chris hill 6Ambassador Christopher Hill has been one of the most highly regarded members of the US foreign service having held many important posts.  Hill will discuss foreign policy in an increasingly dangerous world, learned from the significant time he has spent in many of the most dangerous areas – from war in the Balkans, tense relations with North Korea and as US Ambassador to Iraq.

Hill is the distinguished former US Ambassador to Iraq, South Korea, Macedonia, and Poland, former US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia,  former US special envoy for Kosovo, a negotiator of the Dayton Peace Accords, and the chief US negotiator with North Korea from 2005-2009. He is currently the Dean of the Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. Ambassador Hill recently published Outpost.


CELEBRATING SELMA, MARCH 6-8, 2015

selma 1 MLK  Join The Common Good as we retrace the steps of a major chapter in U.S. history. This battle was critical in providing the moral outrage that braced the demand for greater fairness and equality for millions of African Americans at a time when…

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MEET DOCUMENTRAY FILMMAKER/ACTOR ADRIAN GRENIER

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Meet actor/activist Adrian Grenier who will join TCG to talk about his upcoming documentary, 52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale in the World, about the forgotten “52 Hertz Whale.”

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ADMIRAL WILLIAM “FOX” FALLON

fallon 1Secretary of Defense Robert Gates called him  “one of the best strategic thinkers in uniform today”. Admiral William Fallon is known for his challenges to the war policies of the Bush-Cheney administration. His commitment to putting diplomacy first marked his career of 40 years as a leader to the U.S. military. TCG is thrilled to host Admiral Fallon to brief us on U.S. national security.

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WHAT A YEAR!    TCG EVENTS OF 2014

We have hosted some of the most authoritative, most interesting luminaries from many disciplines and from across the political spectrum. These incredible men and women include just this year:

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt – New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton – Economist Jeffrey Sachs – New Regency Film CEO and Academy Award-winning producer Arnon Milchan – Five-time Academy Award-nominated director Darren Aronofsky – Political expert Jim McLaughlin – Former NewYork Times executive editor Jill Abramson on news coverage of politics – Ambassador Ron Prosor of Israel – Economist Executive Editor and author John Micklethwait on change needed in government – MSNBC star host, Steve Kornacki – Pollster/campaign advisor Jefrey Pollack – Pollster/campaign strategist Anna Greenberg – former Presidential advisor & Fox News commentator Patrick Caddell – Wall Street Journal’ White House Correspondent Carol E. Lee – Immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas –  – Author/expert Gary Sick on Iran and Iraq – Candidates Michelle Nunn, Jason Carter, Representatives Gary Peters &  Jim Himes, Senator John Walsh – Journalist/authors Todd Purdum on the Civil RIghts movement  – Rolling Stone author/journalist Matt Taibbi on the justice system and inequalityAuthor Scott Reich on the legacy of John F. Kennedy  – Journalist/Author Evan Osnos on China – Women’s pay equality leader Lily Ledbetter – President of J Street Jeremy Ben-Ami on attitudes toward Israel today among US Jews – Best-selling author and documentary filmmaker Sebastian Junger and a screening of Korengal.

We could not have presented these speakers without  the help of our outstanding presenters and moderators who have included Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations Max Boot; CNBC’s Steve Liesman and John Harwood, Prize-winning host and journalist Soledad O’Brien, best-selling author Gail Sheehy, MSNBC’s  Ari Melber and Jason Capehart;  and publisher and businessman, Mortimer Zuckerman and TCG supporters:  Robert Pietrzak, Richard Farley, Randy Hustvedt, Charles Myers, Richard Cohen, Sally Minard and Patricia Duff.


GOOGLE EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN ERIC SCHMIDT

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Executive Chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, joins us to discuss the future of the U.S and how new ideas will reinvigorate our economy.

Known for being outspoken and bold, Schmidt has left an indelible mark not only on a company, but on the world as we’ve known it. Eric Schmidt is credited for developing the strategies that transformed Google: once a small startup with a brilliant algorithm for information search created by Sergey Brin and Larry Page.  This is an extraordinary opportunity to meet the man behind one the globe’s most transformative companies at the home of one of TCG’s own members and an extraordinary publisher and businessman in his own right, Mort Zuckerman…

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NYPD COMMISSIONER BILL BRATTON, THURSDAY, MAY 1ST

Bratton-Square-218x218As the largest city in the United States, New York faces serious threats on a daily basis.  Join us Thursday, May 1st to speak with the man charged with protecting our city, New York Police Commissioner William J. Bratton

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THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT WITH TODD PURDUM, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2ND

Purdum-square1On the fiftieth anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act, acclaimed Vanity Fair and Politico journalist Todd Purdum releases what Doris Kearns Goodwin calls a “brilliantly rendered and emotionally powerful” …

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THE ECONOMIC FUTURE WITH JEFFERY SACHS, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH

sachs-outside-218x200In addition to being a gifted speaker, Jeffrey Sachs is known as one of the world’s leading experts on economic development. While his concentration for years has been on ending poverty around the globe and promoting…

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GARY SICK ON THE IRAN-US.S. DEAL: MAJOR PROGRESS OR MISCALCULATION? THURSDAY, JANUARY 30TH

Iran_HassanRohani-218x218The Obama administration brokered an historic deal between Iran and six world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program that would slow the country’s nuclear development program in exchange for lifting some sanctions.

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VIDEO EXPLORING THE LEGACY OF JFK:  CITIZENSHIP AND PUBLIC SERVICE WITH SCOTT REICH, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3RD

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Fifty years after John F. Kennedy’s shocking and saddening death, our country is wrapped up in an era marked by political division, partisan bickering and cynicism. But attorney and author Scott Reich…

 THE PROBLEM WITH JOHN KERRY’S  MIDEAST DIPLOMACY
The Problem with John Kerry’s Mideast Diplomacy

Political pundit Peter Beinart publishes in HAARETZ his critique of John Kerry’s shift in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations towards slowing independence for Palestine.

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TCG MEMBER MORT ZUCKERMAN FEATURED ON THE “COLBERT REPORT

mort_zuckerman-218x218Stephen Colbert recently hosted TCG member, leading publisher and businessman Mort Zuckerman on The Colbert Report. Colbert poked fun at venture capitalist Tom Perkins for his over-the-top comments…


One thought on “About Patricia Duff

  1. I think what would be an interesting dialogue to find common ground between left and right would be to express where both sides believe someone should be helped by others, and where they should not be helped by others. Then, once that is established, for the left to discuss their concerns why they feel that contributing such help privately will be ineffective, and then for the right to express their concerns why they feel contributing such help publicly will be ineffective. Then each side responds to the other side’s concerns in writing, to try to address the concern (what safeguards would you put in to alleviate the concern?) Then, the first side reacts to the the response and says why the response is good or inadequate, and the other side listens and tries to make corrections. In this way, each side is working to alleviate the other side’s worries of their position, rather than just tell them their worries are unfounded.

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