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

On Staying Curious

Three recommendations on the topic of how to stay curious.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 113

The Sustainable

Mental Health and Deaths of Despair

The sad news of the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain has once again turned a spotlight on mental health and depression, and the resources available to help those they afflict.

By The New City Commons Staff | Vol. 112

The Sustainable

A Burnt-Out Case

St. Thomas Aquinas: “patron saint of burnout”?

By Jonathan Malesic | Vol. 111

The Sustainable

Punching the Clock

Graeber suggests that finding satisfaction in work may begin with the blunt recognition that much of contemporary work is—pardon his French—bullshit.

By David Graeber | Vol. 111

The Sustainable

Irony in the Practice of Medicine

Curlin reflects on the sources of burnout, and a line of thought that could offer relief.

By Dr. Farr Curlin | Vol. 111

The Sustainable

On Burnout

Guest author Dr. Sumner Abraham, M.D. examines yet another effect of the changing nature of work: the proliferation of the phenomenon called burnout.

By Sumner Abraham | Vol. 111

The Good

On Toxic Masculinity (Part 2)

A closer look at the cultural sources of last week’s topic: an upswell of online communities dedicated to asserting, promoting, defending, and recruiting for a worrisome concept of masculinity.

By Sam Speers | Vol. 110

The Good

The biggest threat facing middle-age men isn’t smoking or obesity. It’s loneliness.

Billy Baker, a Southie native now writing for the Globe, reflects on the challenges of friendship and loneliness among middle-aged men.

By Billy Baker | Vol. 110

The Good

Why Can't People Hear What Jordan Peterson Is Saying?

Friedersdorf cites a viral interview with author Jordan Peterson as an example of “an unfortunate trend in modern communication,” one that implicates both sides of the ideological spectrum.

By Conor Friedersdorf | Vol. 110

The Good

What Does it Mean to Be a Man in the Age of Austerity?

Pugh’s question is simple: “If work is what it means to be a man, what do you do when work disappears?”

By Allison J. Pugh | Vol. 110

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