Reimagining the Common Good

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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 Living Off the Grid

Our subjects this week have one thing in common: they’ve all taken imaginative off-ramps from modern life.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 94

The Sustainable

How 3 American Families Went Off The Grid In Search Of A Simpler Life

Sundeen explains his book “The Unsettlers”, highlighting three contemporary households that seek to “live within limits” imposed by the natural order.

By Mark Sundeen & Eric Westervelt | Vol. 94

The Sustainable

Shepherd James Rebanks: ‘My ambition is to be a really good nobody’

This interview explores the life of a “nobody”—shepherd and author James Rebanks, who wrote a bestselling memoir of his life raising sheep in England.

By James Rebanks & Kate Kellaway | Vol. 94

The Sustainable

A Conversation with Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson

In reflecting on a life tethered to the land, Berry and Jackson offer profound reflections about the nature of friendship and meaning in the modern world.

By Joshua J. Yates | Vol. 94

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