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: Maurice Wallace

Today's conversation is with Dr. Maurice Wallace, Associate Professor of English at the University of Virginia and Associate Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, who describes what...

By New City Commons | Vol. 102

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On Hacking Your Brain

This trend travels under many names—biohacking, smart drugs, cognitive enhancers—and represents the confluence of two currents we’ve been tracking.

By Sam Speers | Vol. 98

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The Brain Bro

The growing nootropics market, rooted in Silicon Valley’s culture of work, is exploring new and unsettling terrain in the name of productivity. 

By Olga Khazan | Vol. 98

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The Pill Freaks of Silicon Valley

Morris takes a closer look at the culture of neuroenhancement purveyors through the story of Nootrobox, a San Francisco-based nootropics distributor.


By Alex Morris | Vol. 98

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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

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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

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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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Drug firms poured 780M painkillers into WV amid rise of overdoses

Part 1 of Eyre’s investigation into the opioid supply chain in West Virginia.

By Eric Eyre | Vol. 93

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'Suspicious' drug order rules never enforced by state

Part 2 of Eyre’s investigation into the opioid supply chain in West Virginia.

By Eric Eyre | Vol. 93

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On Deaths of Despair

Deaths by drugs, alcohol, and suicide—what researchers call “deaths of despair”—are rising in nearly every area of the nation. How did we get here?

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 90

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