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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Book Review: The Sweet Spot: Finding Your Groove at Home and Work

by Edna Rienzi   |   January 22, 2015

In her new book, Dr. Christine Carter offers advice on how to feel fulfilled and successful while also taking the time to really enjoy life.

Being the Change: Silver Spring Time Bank Is Open for Business

by Jonathan Bernstein   |   January 22, 2015

A new time bank is working to kickstart the sharing movement in Silver Spring, Maryland.

What Can a Satire from the 1950s Tell Us About Holiday Commercialism?

by Addison Del Mastro   |   December 10, 2014

Did a holiday short story from 1956 predict today's rampant commercialism?

Top SoKind Holiday Books for Children

by Edna Rienzi   |   December 8, 2014

We know so many Americans are tired of the commercialization of the holidays and want more of what matters ...not just more stuff and stress. But, in the midst of all the commercials, lists for Santa, and shopping trips, how do you get your kids to appreciate a simpler, more meaningful holiday? We've compiled a list of our favorite holiday books that we hope make it easier for you to communicate your values and desires to your kids. Happy Reading!

Excerpt: "Creating Community as We Grow Older"

by New Dream   |   November 4, 2014

Beth Baker's new book tackles the issues of community and aging in place, showing how neighbors can support one another as they grow older together.

Overcoming Party Pressure: SoKind Tips for a “Good Enough” Birthday Party

by Edna Rienzi   |   November 4, 2014

Last month, SoKind celebrated a big milestone — its one-year anniversary! As a gift to you, we've gathered our favorite tips for hosting birthday celebrations that focus on more fun and less stuff...more joy and less stress...and more love and less waste. Read on for celebration inspiration and practical tips.

A New Kind of Community Finance

by Rachel Maxwell   |   October 29, 2014

Community Sourced Capital is a new kind of financial system that empowers communities to fund the businesses they most care about.

Pushing Back Against Rampant Commercialism

by Wendy Philleo   |   October 29, 2014

Executive Director Wendy Philleo offers her thoughts on fighting rampant commercialism and how best to push back against it.

Who Gives a Sheep?

by Edna Rienzi   |   October 29, 2014

After several years as a wedding photographer, Danielle Calhoun had begun to feel frustrated with the excessiveness of the weddings she was documenting. A trip to photograph West African orphanages cemented these feelings of uneasiness and frustration. But, rather than give up and quit the entire industry, Danielle decided to harness the amazing potential of the wedding market. 

A Bellyful of Plastic: Chris Jordan Photographs Pacific Birds

by New Dream   |   October 28, 2014

Michelle & Jedd's Peace Corps Homecoming

by Edna Rienzi   |   October 27, 2014

In the Real Celebrations series, SoKind asks registry users to share a bit about their celebrations. Read about how Michelle and Jedd have used SoKind to reach out to their loved ones during an important time of transition in their lives.

How to Host an Alternative Gift Fair

by New Dream   |   September 4, 2014

Want to build community? Tired of the commercialization of the holidays? Learn how to organize an Alternative Gift Fair in your town!

My Story: Tips and Tricks for Hosting an Alternative Gift Fair

by Jenn Knepper   |   September 3, 2014

Want to learn how to host an alternative gift fair? Start here.

Top 5 Lessons from a SoKind User

by Evonne Marzouk   |   August 25, 2014

Evonne Marzouk and her husband didn't need all that much baby gear for their second son. Moreover, they didn't really want a lot of new stuff.  But Evonne knew that friends and family wanted to help celebrate the family's newest member.  With this in mind, Evonne created a SoKind Registry. In this post, she shares her experiences and the lessons she learned along the way.  

Living the Dream: "Globe Squatters" Jolene and Patrick Dames

by Edna Rienzi   |   August 11, 2014

Two artists and filmmakers are house sitting their way around the world, with the mission of revolutionizing the way people travel.