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

Culture Briefing’s Greatest Hits

We take a look back our favorite pieces from the first 100 volumes of Culture Briefing: the “Prom Kings,” the “Dark Horses,” and the “Unsung Heroes.”

By Philip Lorish & Sam Speers | Vol. 100

The Sustainable

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

The Beautiful

On Monument Wars, Revisited

In light of recent events in our hometown of Charlottesville, we return to a previous volume—“On Monument Wars”—with comments and...

By Philip Lorish & Sam Speers | Vol. 96

The Prosperous

On Gamification

This week’s pieces track the migration of game design into multiple domains of life.

By Sam Speers | Vol. 91

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

The Just

The Rising Cost of Criminal Justice

Increasingly, the costs of incarceration are being transferred to suspects and offenders, which is likely to reinforce rather than reduce generational poverty and crime.

By Sam Speers | Vol. 79

The Good

On Politics & Neighborliness

A summary of this week’s articles, on the challenge and promise of neighborliness in American life.

By Philip Lorish & Sam Speers | Vol. 71

The Just

On Algorithms and Criminal Justice

A summary of this week’s articles, on the use of algorithms in the criminal justice system.

By Sam Speers | Vol. 66

The Just

On Race, Respectability, and Hope

A summary of this week’s articles, which highlight thoughtful contributions to the national conversation on racial inequity.

By Sam Speers | Vol. 18

The Just

No Politics in Church? Not So Fast.

A recent study of five diverse congregations highlights the role of ordinary church practices in the work of faithfully forging a common life.

By Sam Speers & Kristopher Norris | Vol. 9

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