Patten has designed and implemented single-issue campaigns in Eurasia, Africa, and the Middle East, as well as the United States. In order to impact public opinion on key questions, Patten’s approach is to frame the issue in terms that matter most, whether to ordinary voters or specific demographic groups and stakeholder associations.
In Thailand (2006), he advocated for democratic processes and respecting the will of the people.
In Kyrgyzstan (2010), he promoted a role for human rights in national politics
In Nigeria (2015), he helped call for truth and accountability in a presidential election.
At home in the United States, Patten has advised candidates, elected officials and a range of companies and public interest groups on telling their stories in the most effective ways