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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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.

How Sara Day Evans Is Working With Local Businesses and Growers to “Accelerate Appalachia” in an Equitable and Regenerative Way

by New Dream   |   March 19, 2019

In this interview, Sara Day provides her thoughts on the connections between agriculture, equity, and consumption—and what we can do, as individuals and communities, to tackle these important issues. 

Meet Raagini Appadurai, Our New Program Lead

March 15, 2019

Raagini is a social justice and equity educator whose deep commitment to this work is informed and fueled by her unique position as a woman of color, an artist, and an activist.

6 Ways I’m Having a More Wildlife-Friendly Wedding

by Sarah Baillie   |   February 7, 2019

A wildlife lover uses her passion for the planet—and SoKind registry—to personalize her nuptials.

What You Want From New Dream: Key Themes and Messages on Equity and Consumption

January 14, 2019

New Dreamers share their thoughts about the connections between consumerism, class, and race; our new focus on equity and consumption; and what you’d like to see from New Dream in the future.

Expecting a Baby? Embrace the Gift of Community Supported Postpartum (CSP)

by Kerry Ingram   |   January 10, 2019

When someone you know is about to welcome a new baby into their family, offer them the gift of a supportive community through CSP.