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 Prosperous

Could You Come Up With $400 If Disaster Struck?

Neal Gabler, author of the Atlantic article above, speaks to NPR about America’s epidemic of economic vulnerability.

By Radio IQ | Vol. 46

The True

#1 Party School

There is a form of education happening in places like State College on weekends like this; the question is, is it a form of maturation?


By This American Life | Vol. 43

The True

Josh Yates on the Civic Endowments

Josh Yates of the UVA-based Thriving Cities Project explains the six “civic endowments,” an important framework for leaders interested in pursuing positive social impact.

By Two People Podcast | Vol. 41

The Good

Life, Death, And Faith Collide: Prosperity Gospel Scholar Kate Bowler Faces Stage 4 Cancer

In a podcast with her local NPR station, Bowler addresses both her own medical treatment and her academic research into the American Prosperity Gospel.

By Anita Rao & Frank Stasio | Vol. 41

The Just

How Did the Flint Water Crisis Happen?

Nonprofit newsroom ProPublica interviews a local reporter who has covered the story in Flint since 2014.

By Cynthia Gordy | Vol. 33

The Good

Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

King, a 33-year-old Nobel laureate, argues that the chief problem facing humanity is what he called the “spiritual and moral lag” enemic to modern life.

By Martin Luther King, Jr. | Vol. 32

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

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

Should Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?

Philosopher Peter Singer and psychologist Andrew Solomon debate the issue with palliative care doctor Ilora Finlay and medical ethicist Daniel Sulmasy.

By NPR | Vol. 15

The Sustainable

Lower 9 & 10

This “walking tour” of the Lower Ninth Ward describes, through the voices of current residents, Katrina’s continuing effect on the city.

By This American Life | Vol. 14

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