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The Common Good

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The Common Good
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Founded 📆1987 (1987) in Los Angeles, California, United States
Founder 👔
Headquarters 🏙️,
New York City, New York
United States
Area served 🗺️
Key people
Patricia Duff
Number of employees
🌐 Websitethecommongood.net
📇 Address
📞 telephone

The Common Good is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan information and public advocacy organization of the media, business, arts and entertainment communities. It was established in 1987 in Los Angeles as the Show Coalition and revived in 2007 as The Common Good with headquarters in New York City.

Origins in Show Coalition[edit]

The Common Good’s predecessor was the organization, Show Coalition, founded in 1987 by Patricia Duff and supported by members of the entertainment industry and political activists such as music executive Danny Goldberg,[1] director Sidney Pollack, writer/producer Norman Lear, and activist Betsy Kenny.[2][3] Show Coalition was a Los Angeles-based membership organization focused on bringing prominent members of the entertainment industry together with leading political figures from across the country.[4][5] It became an important part of the Washington-Hollywood political nexus in the 1980s and 1990s and one of the earliest entertainment industry organizations to organize and educate members of the entertainment industry on politics and national issues.[6]

Celebrity entertainment participants in various endeavors included: Denzel Washington, Kevin Costner, Bette Midler, Tyne Daly, Geena Davis, Danny Glover, Dennis Miller, Cheech Marin, Edward James Olmos, Tom Selleck, Jimmy Smits, Patrick Swayze, Alfre Woodard, Lou Gossett, Ed Begley, and Donna Mills. Many producers, writers, agents and executives in the film, music, and television industries have also been counted among its members or have participated in its events including film directors such as Sidney Pollack and Roland Joffe, Barbara Kopple, TV executive Ted Harbert. After a hiatus, Duff reorganized Show Coalition under its new name, The Common Good, at which she currently serves as Founder and CEO.[7][4][8]

Past speakers[edit]

The Common Good brings a wide range of speakers, including those active in politics, media, business and entertainment. Past speakers include:

Government Officials: William Cohen, Henry Kissinger,[9] Peter Peterson, Gen. David Petraeus,[10] General Wesley Clark, Leslie H. Gelb, Dee Dee Myers, Robert Hormats

Ambassadors: Munir Akram, Dan Gillerman, Sergey Kislyak,[10] Felix Rohatyn, Pierre Vimont

Governors: Janet Napolitano, David Paterson, Ed Rendell, Bill Richardson, Bill Ritter, Kathleen Sebelius, Brian Schweitzer, Tom Vilsack, Mark Warner, Bill Weld

Senators: Chris Dodd, Bob Dole, Lindsey Graham,[10] Chuck Hagel, Steny Hoyer, Doug Jones,[11] Bob Kerrey, Amy Klobuchar, Claire McCaskill,[11] George Mitchell, Tom Udall, Jay Rockefeller, Gordon Smith, Arlen Specter

Elected Officials: Members of Congress Harold Ford, Jr., Carolyn Maloney,[12] Nancy Pelosi;[13] Mayors Michael Bloomberg,[14] Mia Love,[11] Gavin Newsom, Antonio Villaraigosa; Charles Hynes, Raymond Kelly

Media Figures and Newsmakers: Dan Abrams,[15] Jill Abramson,[16] Roger Ailes, Jonathan Alter, Tom Brokaw,[11] Tucker Carlson, Joe Conason, Mark Green, Arianna Huffington, Gwen Ifill, Jesse Jackson, Joe Klein, Ted Koppel[10], Bernard-Henri Lévy,[4] Cynthia McFadden, Jon Meacham, Markos Moulitsas, Bill Schneider, Ted Turner, Katrina vanden Heuvel,[17] Stephanie Ruhle,[11] Faye Wattleton, Tim Weiner, Mort Zuckerman

Consultants and Advisors: Doug Bailey, Paul Begala, Kellyanne Conway,[13] Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Gerald Rafshoon, Ed Rollins, Nouriel Roubini, Anthony Scaramucci,[13] Doug Schoen

Entertainment Industry Figures: Alec Baldwin,[18] Ed Begley, Jr., Chevy Chase, Kevin Costner, Geena Davis, Fats Domino, Danny Glover, Danny Goldberg, Roland Joffe, Barbara Kopple, Bette Midler, Dennis Miller, Sydney Pollack, Mark Ruffalo,[19] Tom Selleck, Russell Simmons, Jimmy Smits, Denzel Washington, Debra Winger

American Spirit Award[edit]

Originating with Show Coalition and continuing with The Common Good in 2008, The American Spirit Award was created to honor individuals who have contributed compassionately to their communities and to the betterment of the nation.[20] It has highlighted individuals in the arts, public service, activism, and thought leadership.

Changemaker Scholarships[edit]

Starting in 2018, The Common Good began its Changemaker Scholarship initiative to recognize young leaders who have "gone above and beyond to fight for causes that affect not only them or the nation, but the world".[21] The recipients include:

  • David Hogg, Changemaker Scholarship for Citizen Activism, 2018[22][14]
  • Jamie Margolin, Changemaker Scholarship for Climate Change Action, 2019[23][24]
  • Alexandria Villaseñor, Changemaker Scholarship for Climate Change Action, 2019[25][26]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. "The Rock Activist : Danny Goldberg Is on a Roll, Coalition-Building for a Dazzling Array of Causes". Los Angeles Times. 1989-02-10. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  2. Bumiller, Elisabeth (1999-02-12). "PUBLIC LIVES; The Billionaire Was Yesterday's Life for Her". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  3. Silverblatt, Art; Eliceiri, Ellen M. Enright; Eliceiri, Ellen M. (1997). Dictionary of Media Literacy. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780313297434. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Patricia Duff's Pow-Wows Take Pols Past Party Ties". Avenue Magazine. 2017-08-10. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  5. "The Little Ex That Could: Pat Duff Gets Co-op Without Perelman". Observer. 1999-12-27. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  6. Nast, Condé. "The Duff-Perelman Dust-Up". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  7. "LEADERS Interview with Patricia Duff, Founder, The Common Good". www.leadersmag.com. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  8. "Ms Patricia Duff". UWTSD & Ducere. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  9. "Henry Kissinger: America and China Don't See Eye-to-Eye". Mic. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Colangelo, Lisa L. "The Common Good summit aims to tackle U.S., global issues to bring meaningful change". nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 "For the Common Good". New York Social Diary. 2019-06-03. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  12. Brown, Stephen Rex. "Rep. Carolyn Maloney pushes for a Smithsonian Museum of American Women's History in Washington". nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 "Cover Party Celebrating The Common Good's Patricia Duff". Avenue Magazine. 2017-09-20. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Johnson, Richard (2018-05-24). "Parkland activists make the rounds in NYC". Page Six. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  15. "Dan Abrams moderates a panel on the midterms". Dan Abrams. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  16. Otis, Ginger Adams. "Jill Abramson gives first interview since fired from executive editor job at N.Y. Times, says she has 'very few regrets'". nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  17. Good, The Common (2010-11-02). "Katrina vanden Heuvel on Election Insurrection in Midterms 2010". ISSN 0027-8378. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  18. The Common Good (2018-06-21), The Common Good Forum: Alec Baldwin awards Kerry Kennedy in tribute to Robert F. Kennedy, retrieved 2019-07-01
  19. "Mark Ruffalo Goes Green for The Common Good". Observer. 2012-05-18. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  20. "American Spirit Award". The Common Good. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  21. "The Common Good Changemaker Scholarships". The Common Good.
  22. Beckett, Lois (2018-05-24). "Parkland survivor David Hogg aims to 'create the NRA – except for the opposite issues'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  23. "For the Common Good". New York Social Diary. 2019-06-03. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  24. "The Common Good on Instagram: "Changemaker Scholarship Recipient for #ClimateChangeAction Jamie Margolin is taking the fight for #ClimateJustice to the next level,…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  25. "For the Common Good". New York Social Diary. 2019-06-03. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  26. "The Common Good on Instagram: "Our Changemaker Scholarship Recipient Alexandria Villaseñor is continuing her vital activism today on her 26th week of #ClimateStrike…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2019-06-25.

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