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 True

The Best of 2015, Part 2

A summary of this week’s articles, handpicked by the New City Commons staff from the best pieces they read this year.

By New City Commons Staff | Vol. 30

The Good

Going it Alone: The Dignity and Challenge of Solitude

This remarkable piece explores the ways that solitude and self-denial can enhance our lives with others.

By Fenton Johnson | Vol. 30

The Beautiful

How Art Became Irrelevant

Lewis argues that the arts “no longer shape in meaningful ways our image of ourselves or define our collective values.” 

By Michael J. Lewis | Vol. 30

The Good

Templeton Prize Acceptance Speech

Vanier’s speech shows how the aims and work of his L’Arche community counter the deep-seated meritocratic logic of our late modern culture. 

By Jean Vanier | Vol. 30

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