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 Free Speech, Work, and Dignity

This week’s pieces address shifting norms in public discourse, particularly on college campuses, and public proposals for stabilizing America’s labor market.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 89

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 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. 88

The True

Loneliness, Guns, and Speech on Campus

A summary of this week’s articles, which revisit three topics of recent and recurring interest.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 65

The Good

Researchers Confront an Epidemic of Loneliness

Seeing loneliness as a medical problem, rather than merely a sociological or psychological one, allows us to bring the “unspoken stigma of loneliness” to light.

By Katie Hafner | Vol. 65


The True

The Best of 2015, Part 2

A summary of this week’s articles, handpicked by the New City Commons staff from the best pieces they read this year.

By New City Commons Staff | Vol. 30

The Good

The Heart Wants What it Wants

This follow-up on last week’s briefing on friendship and loneliness unveils a pen-pal scam that highlights our deep desire for relationship.

By This American Life | Vol. 23

The Good

On Friendship (and Loneliness)

A summary of this week’s pieces, which shed light on the challenge of friendship in our current moment.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 22

The Good

Conversation, Connection, & “Creatives”

A persistent fear in late modern life is that, for all their benefits, the introduction of various forms of technology into social life will leave us more estranged from one another. If, as Phillip Blond has said, loneliness is the modern human...

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 17

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