Reimagining the Common Good


What is the Meaning Behind These Categories?

These categories are intended to orient you to the substance of the article and to communicate our framework for understanding the endowments that constitute civic life. This “human ecology” model is at the core of the Thriving Cities Project, a research initiative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.


The Sustainable

On Medicine and Morality

This week we highlight the recent work of physician and writer Atul Gawande, a keen observer of the social pressures on the vocation of medicine in our time.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 11

The Sustainable

Letting Go

Gawande’s seminal 2010 essay is subtitled: “What should medicine do when it can’t save your life?”

By Atul Gawande | Vol. 11

The Sustainable

Interview: Atul Gawande

This brief profile of Gawande introduces his work and explains how the surgeon, born to two doctors, became a bestselling author.

By Sukhdev Sandhu | Vol. 11

The Sustainable

Being Mortal

Video | Gawande encourages patients and doctors to think well about death.

By FRONTLINE | Vol. 11

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