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

In Case You Missed It: Pulitzer Edition

This week, we seek to draw your attention to three Pulitzer winners we’ve featured in the recent past. By highlighting important pieces, we aim to shed light on the world you woke up in.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 93

The Good

On Becoming Instafamous

This week’s pieces explore two examples of new cultural authorities emerging in “the collapsing distance between brand and life”: “vanlife” and the “mommy blog.”

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 92

The Sustainable

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

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 Prosperous

On a Universal Basic Income, Part 2

The UBI presses on one of our most deeply held convictions: that our jobs (or lack thereof) are essential to our identities.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 87

The Prosperous

On a Universal Basic Income, Part 1

We investigate a proposal to address the growing economic insecurity created by flexible capitalism that has won support from surprisingly diverse ideological camps.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 86

The Prosperous

On Unemployment

This week we highlight pieces on the particular challenges of unemployment and underemployment in our increasingly “flexible” economy.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 85

The True

On Machines and Learning

“Machine learning” is currently accelerating the development and distribution of artificial intelligence—and its potential to transform our common life is massive.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 84

The Just

On (Not) Welcoming Refugees, Part 2

We follow up on last week’s briefing by attending to several stories of the immigrant experience in America.

By Philip Lorish & Sam Speers | Vol. 83

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