On Friday, May 12th, the highly prestigious Common Good Forum convened at the renowned University Club of New York. The Common Good Forum, founded by trailblazer Patricia Duff, helps to bring influential multi-partisan leaders together, to discuss the nation’s security threats, economic growth, tech innovations, and the current state of United States democracy. The Common Good, itself a non-partisan organization seeks to promote reasoned national debate and support the free exchange of ideas from across divided partisan lines.
Notable speakers included Secretary of State John Kerry, former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Maloney, Women’s March organizer Teresa Shook, Marc Busch, Anthony Scaramucci, and Ambassador Jane Hartley. These leaders, along with other established attendees, were able to share their experience with members across the political spectrum.
At the prominent event, the American Spirit Award (ASA) was presented to former Secretary of State, John Kerry, for his distinguished public service. In his acceptance speech, Kerry stressed that both parties must put aside their differences, and come together to solve problems for not just the American people, but all human beings.
The Common Good history stretches back to the 1988 “Show Coalition” in where entertainment business leaders banded together to connect and discuss issues of politics and public policy. From there, Writers, Directors, Producers, Politicians from all walks of life joined together to host initiatives of their own. The Common Good, officially established in 2007, serves to increase conversation about hard-hitting issues. Through these conversations, the organization hopes to move our country forward, together.