NY Daily News: The Common Good summit aims to tackle U.S., global issues to bring meaningful change


Some of the brightest minds in national security, economics and government will gather Friday to discuss current U.S. and global challenges.

The forum, sponsored by the nonprofit group The Common Good, is designed to promote an exchange of ideas free from partisan politics that could lead to meaningful change.

"There is a real sense of frustration and anger in the country — even as the economy has rebounded," said the group's founder Patricia Duff. "A lot of people are feeling left behind."

Duff said that while those emotions have energized campaigns during the current presidential election cycle, fewer people are identifying with political parties.

"Our challenges are huge, yet we are not looking at them with a big vision," she said.

The diverse group of panelists expected at the University Club in Midtown includes retired Gen. David Petraeus, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, veteran newsman Ted Koppel and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

"I think our politics have failed us for a number of years by insisting you can't compromise, you shouldn't work with the other side," Duff said. "We have to find ways of working together."

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