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.

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Vocation & the Common Good: Max Anderson

Today’s guest is with Max Anderson, co-founder of Saturn Five, a start-up studio...

By New City Commons | Vol. 102

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Vocation & the Common Good: Tish Harrison Warren

Tish Harrison Warren is a priest within the Anglican Church. In this interview, she discusses her writing’s relation to her pastoral vocation.

By New City Commons | Vol. 102

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On Charlottesville

The New City Commons staff responds to the racism and deadly violence in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017.

By New City Commons Staff | Vol. 101

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Rachel Monroe profiles two entrepreneurial nomads, Emily King and Corey Smith, who are at the forefront of a “bohemian social-media movement” called “#vanlife.”

By Rachel Monroe | Vol. 92

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Bosker profiles the parents behind Barefoot Blond, a blog that blurs the line between parenting and fashion with 250,000 monthly readers and 1.3 million Instagram followers.

By Bianca Bosker | Vol. 92

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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. 88

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Why We Can't Look Away From Our Screens

Alter argues that the best term to describe our relationship with our incredibly powerful personal technologies is “behavioral addiction.”

By Adam Alter and Claudia Dreifus | Vol. 88

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'Irresistible' By Design: It's No Accident You Can't Stop Looking At The Screen

Alter talks about his new book with NPR’s Fresh Air.

By Dave Davies and Adam Alter | Vol. 88

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The Binge Breaker

Harris, a former “design ethicist” at Google, places much of the blame for addictive technology at the feet of app designers and engineers.

By Bianca Bosker | Vol. 88

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Is civilization good for us? Sebastian Junger on the dangers of social fragmentation.

By Sebastian Junger & Sean Illing | Vol. 73

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