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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by Bea Echeverria   |    December 14, 2017

After moving to the U.S. from Spain, New Dreamer Bea Echevarria realized that "making do" wasn’t a coveted value for everyone. But there are many good reasons it should be.


New Book: Hypercapitalism: The Modern Economy, Its Values, and How to Change Them

by New Dream   |    December 13, 2017

Hypercapitalism is a sharp, digestible, and funny cartoon guide to how global, privatizing, market-worshipping hypercapitalism threatens human well-being, social justice, and the planet.


How We Skipped the Goody Bags and Embraced Creativity Instead

by Rinny Yourman   |    December 13, 2017

New Dreamer Rinny Yourman describes how her family ditched goody bags in favor of giving party guests a more meaningful party experience. 


Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your List

November 28, 2017

In the amount of time it would have taken you to find a parking spot at the mall, you’ll get thoughtful ideas for everyone on your list.


How We Started a Holiday Share Faire to Build Local Resilience and Create Community

by Rani Jayakumar   |    November 17, 2017

Learn how one California group is boosting local resilience and strengthening community ties by sharing stuff, skills, memories, and stories.


Helping Your Kids Embrace a “More Fun, Less Stuff” Holiday

by Edna Rienzi   |    November 7, 2017

New Dream's Edna Rienzi shares six tips for how she gets her family on board with a simpler, yet more meaningful, holiday season.


This Holiday, Opt for Giving Over Receiving

by Edna Rienzi   |    October 19, 2017

Rather than making a typical wish list of items to receive, why not create a list of gifts you want to give to your loved ones?


Beyond the Lion’s Den: Mapping a More Meaningful Family Holiday

by Shara Drew   |    October 12, 2017

New Dream's Shara Drew describes her quest to create a different kind of holiday tradition for her family—one that has nothing to do with "stuff."


Tips for a Greener, Simpler Halloween

by Lisa Mastny   |    October 11, 2017

Halloween is big business. Avoid the hype and direct your energy, $$$, and creativity toward a greener, simpler holiday.


What Would It Take to Shift Our Gifting Away from "Stuff"?

by New Dream   |    October 9, 2017

Learn more about New Dream's research on the barriers and benefits to giving gifts of experience rather than "stuff."


Living the Dream: Part-timer Sarah Lakeman

by Edna Rienzi   |    October 9, 2017

By cutting back her work hours, Sarah was able to make more time for her family and community—and to live true to her values.


Confronting Racism Through Personal Action and Deeper Community Connections

by Casey Williams   |    September 21, 2017

By building stronger networks with people and groups from diverse backgrounds, we can all help to create a more socially just and sustainable world. 


This October, Turn Your Intention Into Action

by New Dream   |    September 20, 2017

Through NWEI's EcoChallenge, join thousands of others in proving that small actions add up to real change.


Need Help or a Way to Help Out? SoKind Provides Meaningful Support Post-Disaster

by Edna Rienzi   |    September 20, 2017

SoKind Registry can be used as a centralized tool to coordinate meaningful hurricane relief for yourself or for friends and family.


Helping Teachers and Their Students Think About the "Stuff" They Use

by Shara Drew   |    September 19, 2017

Susan Salterberg talks about her work helping K-12 educators design creative lesson plans around consumption, well-being, and sustainability.


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