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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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."

How Commercial Buddhism Is Hurting Buddhism

by Christina Lewis   |   September 18, 2019

In American society, where consuming is championed as the cornerstone of civilization, it is difficult not to give into the commodification of minority cultures, especially when it promises happiness and the furthering of our uniqueness.

The Threads That Bind Us: One Woman's Perspective on the Border Crisis, Climate Change, and Our Choices as Consumers

by Amber Cadenas   |   September 17, 2019

We can't ignore the connections between our own behaviors as consumers and many of the wider crises facing our world, including climate change and the realities of climate-related migration.

Great Summer Reads: 2019 Edition

by New Dream   |   June 21, 2019

Looking for a great summer read? Here’s a list of our favorite recent (or recent to us!) books.

"The Struggle in Rural Kentucky, Being a Black Producer, Is Real"

May 10, 2019

New Dream speaks with Tiffany Bellfield about the challenges she's faced as a business woman of color, and her contributions to her community as a holistic farmer, producer of botanical products, wellness practitioner, convener of women’s retreats, and mom.

Youth Perspective: Seattle Is Dying, At Least for Longtime Residents and Job Seekers

by Alexis Arambul   |   May 3, 2019

New Dreamer Alexis Arambul discusses a challenge facing more and more U.S. cities: a lot of people who need work simply can’t afford to live in the places where work is offered.

Youth Perspective: Why We Need Equity and Empathy to Move Our Communities Forward

by New Dream   |   April 16, 2019

Former Youth Fellow Josmar Torres talks about the challenges facing his community and the important roles that empathy and political change can play in creating a brighter, more equitable future.

Be There for People: Life Lessons from a Fifth Grader

by Jen Patterson   |   April 9, 2019

New Dreamer Jen Patterson shares her experience working as an academic coach and being personally challenged and inspired by a student's poem.

Conscious Consumerism Won’t Change the World: Why We Need to Think More Deeply About Equity and Consumption

by New Dream   |   March 19, 2019

We need to learn more about the extent of the problems we face, to understand how the complex systems of consumption and capitalism function, and to understand how they impact people differently. To do this, we need to get into the inquiry—to thoroughly examine the problem—in order to orient ourselves to what needs to change.