Page Six: Parkland activists make the rounds in NYC


The Common Good was incredibly honored to recognize the work of student activist David Hogg at The Common Good Forum 2018, awarding him with the Changemaker Scholarship for Citizen Activism. Former Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg presented the award, and David gave a moving speech to a captivated audience. The media took note, with Page Six reporting on David’s accomplishment:

David Hogg was presented an award at The Common Good Forum by Michael Bloomberg, along with a $2,500 scholarship. ‘This battle will not take days or years, it will take lifetimes,’ Hogg said

- Page Six reporter Richard Johnson, READ MORE

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Vibe: Oscars 2018 - Meet The 10 Activists Spotlighted In Andra Day And Common's Performance


During the 2018 Oscars, The Common Good American Spirit Award recipient Nicole Hockley was spotlighted during rapper Common and singer Andra Day’s performance. Vibe magazine noted her incredible activism and many achievements, including being an American Spirit Award recipient:

Nicole Hockley, mother of Dylan Hockley who was tragically killed in the Sandy Hook Shooting, is the Founder and Managing Director for Sandy Hook Promise (SHP)- the national non-profit organization founded and led by several family members who lost loved ones at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. Hockley has worked to enable social change and promote gun violence prevention. She has lead SHP to educate and train over 3 million youths, teens, and adults in all 50 states through the organization’s four proven “Know the Signs” programs. Hockley was named one of PEOPLE’s 25 Women Changing the World by PEOPLE Magazine in 2016, received The Common Good American Spirit Award for Citizen Activism in 2013 and most recently nominated for the 2018 People’s Choice Award for Change Makers, by the Child Mind Institute.

- Christine Imarenezor for Vibe, READ MORE

Avenue: Bi-Curious - Pow-Wows Take Pols Past Party Ties


It’s the sort of unscripted moment between remarkable people that is common at events hosted by The Common Good, an organization dedicated to nonpartisan political dialogue. TCG events are held in small rooms full of exactly the right people. Those people are chosen by Patricia Duff, whose uncommon touch created The Common Good.

In recent years, her organization has gained a reputation for connecting global leaders with well-heeled influencers at small private events held throughout the year.

- Avenue reporter Ben Widdicombe, READ MORE

The Maui News: Women’s March creator from Hana now ready to talk story


We were proud to honor Woman’s March founder Teresa Shook at The Common Good Forum, 2017, with the American Spirit Award for Citizen Activism. Her appearance at the Forum was profiled in The Maui News as her activism continues to ripple across the country:


“The Common Good, a nonpartisan public advocacy group in New York City, honored Shook this month alongside Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Secretary of State John Kerry. She received the American Spirit Award for Citizen Activism with the headline “One Woman Posts — The World Responds.”

“I was floored because the other two recipients were John McCain and John Kerry,”Shook said. “I was really overwhelmed with emotion. That whole event was amazing.”

The theme of the event was “Our Nation at the Crossroads,” and organizers sought to gather the brightest thinkers in the United States to spotlight public policy choices and to “bolster American democratic values.” Legislators, experts and news outlets participated in a forum discussing topics such as the press under fire, global threats and the growing economy.

Shook spoke to the crowd upon receiving her award.

“I was an unknown to these people, but I got some really good feedback,” she said. “So many people came up and thanked me. I accepted the award for myself and on behalf of every marcher, because it would not have been possible without them.”

Shook said that her message focused on hope and she shared stories of what other people have done since the marches in January. She said that an 8th-grader from Chicago told her that she was so moved by the experience of walking with her mother, aunts and grandma that she is making a documentary to inspire other students.

“I told them, ‘Don’t despair, because those people who stood up had a ripple effect and it keeps rippling,'” Shook said.”

- Chris Sugidono for The Maui Times, READ MORE