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Vocation & the Common Good: Nicole Baker Fulgham

In this episode, Nicole Baker Fulgham discusses her efforts to remove the education achievement gap in America and the role the church can play in this vital effort.

By New City Commons | Vol. 102

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Vocation & the Common Good: James Davison Hunter

This interview with James Davison Hunter is an appropriate place to begin, for the work of Vocation and the Common Good is directly tied to the argument first put forward in Hunter’s 2010 work, To Change the...

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What We Are Reading

Improving Ourselves to Death

Alexandra Schwartz

In this perceptive, and humorous, peek into the current landscape of popular "self-help" literature, Alexandra Schwartz demonstrates how "self-help advice [reflects] the beliefs and priorities of the era that spawns it." From the data-and-metric-driven aspirational narcissism of the Optimization Movement, to the don't-give-a-fig-newton stance of anti-guru Sarah Knight, the sad irony is that the constant pressure to improve oneself may be killing us-both figuratively and literally.

The Culture of the New Capitalism

Richard Sennet

Richard Sennett's work describes a basic cultural shift in capitalism: we have moved from the "social capitalism" of a generation or two ago to the "flexible capitalism" of today. The new flexible capitalism has its benefits, particularly for the highly skilled individuals of the knowledge-economy. But it also has many downsides: acute inequality, instability and insecurity, a focus on short-term results, automative technologies that reconfigure the workforce, the decline of craftsmanship, and many more. Sennett, in a shrewd diagnosis, helps us perceive the peculiar pressures and norms of our new economic moment.

Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble

Steven Johnson

For the past few months, cryptocurrencies have seemed like that amazing band from Portland you've been hearing about: they haven't produced any albums yet but your friends are certain they're gonna be huge. And there you sit: believe the hype or stick with what you know? This piece from the New York Times takes a clear-eyed look at each side - both crypto-utopia and what blockchain developments may, in time, amount to.

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