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: Grace Nicolette

In this episode, Grace Nicolette, Vice President for Programming and External Relations at the Center for Effective Philanthropy, discusses God's calling on her work helping philanthropists be more effective in their giving, as well...

By New City Commons | Vol. 102

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On Work and Boredom

This week, we bring you three pieces on the lived experience of workers in the knowledge economy.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 97

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Why ‘Do What You Love’ Is Pernicious Advice

For all its cultural power, the imperative to “do what you love” has left American workers in the unenviable position of “doing more for less.”

By Miya Tokumitsu & Bourree Lam | Vol. 97

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What's So Bad About Being Bored at Work?

Why does a lack of passion in or excitement for one’s daily labor elicit so much angst precisely when it is so widespread?

By Mary Mann | Vol. 97

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What Happens When Work Becomes a Non-Stop Chatroom?

Fischer’s interest is in the way Slack has amplified and altered forms of acceptable communication “in the workplace.”

By Molly Fischer | Vol. 97

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How Technology Gets Us Hooked

Alter reveals the mechanics behind some of the world’s most addicting gaming technologies (podcast also available as an

By Adam Alter | Vol. 91

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How Uber Uses Psychological Tricks to Push Its Drivers’ Buttons

Simple digital prompts, encouragements, and badges have become a core part of Uber’s driver retention strategy.

By Noam Scheiber | Vol. 91

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Why a Universal Basic Income is a Terrible Idea

A critique of the UBI from the political right.

By Oren Cass | Vol. 87

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The UBI Bait and Switch

A critique of the UBI from the political left.

By Bruenig, Jauhiainen, & Mäkinen | Vol. 87

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