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

The Best of 2015, Part 1

For our last two briefings of 2015, we’ll take a retrospective glance at the last year. Rather than a standard “best-of” list, we’ve chosen to highlight pieces that have stuck with us over time. This means that each...

By New City Commons Staff | Vol. 29


The Prosperous

On Work

In this 93-year-old poem, Kahlil Gibran offers an elegant answer to the questions: Is it possible to articulate why we work? And how would we know if work was working well? 

By Kahlil Gibran | Vol. 29

The True

Education as Introduction to Reality

Education is fundamentally about the achievement of humanity. The fundamental question is not what our children can accomplish, but what they learn to love.

By Robert Spaemann | Vol. 29

The Prosperous

Tours of Duty: The New Employee–Employer Contract

In this piece on the shifting nature of work in our time, the authors argue for an “unsentimental” alliance between employers and employees that adds value to both. 

By Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, and Chris Yeh | Vol. 29

The True

The Problem We All Live With

A deep dive into ongoing efforts at school integration in school districts near Ferguson, Missouri and Hartford, Connecticut. 

By This American Life | Vol. 29

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