The New Dream Blog

In our blog, we feature stories, tips, and commentary from contributors around the world on topics ranging from
consumerism and parenting to how to live a fuller life with less. Enjoy!

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Solidarity: Are You Willing to Fight for a Sustainable Future?

by Ashley Colby   |   February 19, 2020

On its surface, the concept of solidarity doesn’t have a lot in common with sustainability. In this essay, Ashley Colby explores why she believes there is no possibility of a sustainable future without solidarity. 

Partner Update: Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood Adopts New Dream’s Kids & Commercialism and Kids Unbranded Programs and Assets

February 19, 2020

Our longtime partner, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), has officially adopted New Dream’s work in this area. CCFC is committed to helping children thrive in an increasingly commercialized, screen-obsessed culture, and is the only organization dedicated to ending marketing to children. 

What We See and What We Know (Or, Why We Need to Question Overabundance)

by Kate Parker   |   February 18, 2020

What is lost when we're confronted with a constant state of overabundance? What are the hidden systems that prop up these manifestations of largesse? And who are they good for?

Why I Stopped Combing Through Chemicals and Took My Hair Care Into My Own Hands

by Jasmine Curtis   |   February 18, 2020

Many of the hair and beauty products marketed to Black women—from dyes and relaxers to lipsticks and makeup—pose serious health and environmental risks. Jasmine Curtis wants to change that.

5 Ways to Show Up for Social Change in 2020

by Raagini Appadurai   |   January 31, 2020

In the pivotal decade that’s just begun, what will get us through? How will we adapt and evolve, even in the face of increasing pressures on people and the planet?

Signs of Hope from 2019

by New Dream   |   December 18, 2019

As we looked back on this year, 2019 seemed to offer it all: moments of deep concern and persistent challenges to our safety and well-being, alongside meaningful signs of hope that are taking us into 2020. 

Is It Wrong to Want to Give Your Children What You Never Had?

by Kelley Dennings   |   December 16, 2019

A strong advocate of experiences over gifts, Kelley talks about her own struggles with trying to make holiday memories less about what’s under the tree and more about spending time together. 

New Dream Happenings: 2019 Year-End Update

November 21, 2019

The latest on organizational priorities, active programs, and strategic partnerships.

Becoming a Teacher Made Me an Activist—and My Story Might Make You One, Too

by Mary-Alexis   |   November 21, 2019

Mary-Alexis hated high school when she was a student, which is exactly why she became a high school teacher. By understanding what made school so awful for her, she's learned how to better serve her students, and become an activist in the process. 

Who’s Telling the Story? Consumer Culture and America’s Rural Communities

by Kate Parker   |   November 21, 2019

The commodification of rural life is happening across the country, from factory farming to agritourism. What are the costs of these changes and how can they support the people and communities that make a place what it is?

Why Witches? This Halloween, Put on Your Pointy Hat and Summon Your Inner Subversion

by Guinevere Higgins   |   October 22, 2019

One person's take on how New Dreamers are like witches.

Question Consumption (and Go Lighter on the Planet) This Halloween

by New Dream   |   October 22, 2019

Halloween is big business. It also requires a bit of cultural and environmental sensitivity, so we can be sure we're really embracing the spirit of good old fashioned fun.

Rethinking Plastic, Consumer Choices, and Our Values as Americans

by Dyaami D’Orazio   |   September 18, 2019

"We consume to have fun, to fit in, for convenience, to fill the spaces between ourselves and our families...and because the structure of society forces us to."