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 Good

On Loneliness and Addictive Technology

This week’s pieces bridge two of our standing interests: the quiet desperation of loneliness in America, and the role our gadgets play in reshaping social life.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 88

The Prosperous

On a Universal Basic Income, Part 2

The UBI presses on one of our most deeply held convictions: that our jobs (or lack thereof) are essential to our identities.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 87

The Prosperous

On a Universal Basic Income, Part 1

We investigate a proposal to address the growing economic insecurity created by flexible capitalism that has won support from surprisingly diverse ideological camps.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 86

The Prosperous

On Unemployment

This week we highlight pieces on the particular challenges of unemployment and underemployment in our increasingly “flexible” economy.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 85

The True

On Machines and Learning

“Machine learning” is currently accelerating the development and distribution of artificial intelligence—and its potential to transform our common life is massive.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 84

The Just

On (Not) Welcoming Refugees, Part 2

We follow up on last week’s briefing by attending to several stories of the immigrant experience in America.

By Philip Lorish & Sam Speers | Vol. 83

The Just

On (Not) Welcoming Refugees, Part 1

This week, we offer a set of resources that address the main issues at stake in the president’s executive order on immigration.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 82

The True

On Measurement & Facts

With so many powerful tools for collecting and disseminating data, how should we decide what to pay attention to?

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 81

The Beautiful

On Monument Wars

This week we bring you two pieces on the so-called “monument wars”—ongoing debates about efforts to remove or dramatically re-contextualize particular public memorials.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 80

The Sustainable

On Drugs & Pain in America

This week, we bring you stories on the opioid crisis in America—when it began, who it affects, who (if anyone) is to blame, and what (if anything) can be done about it.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 78

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