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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8 Cheat Codes for Life

by Jake Giessman   |   June 14, 2012

Compared to their video game counterparts, the real "cheat codes" to life are simpler and more powerful.

What Happened to Self-Reliance and the Do-It-Yourself Ethic? (Part 1 of 2)

by Addison Del Mastro   |   June 13, 2012

Fixing things ourselves can help relieve the money stress that many of us feel—but only if we're able to actually do the work.

The Share Tax: Redefining Business for Community-Driven Commerce

by Lisa Gansky   |   June 7, 2012

Old ways of taxing businesses don't make sense in an ecosystem based on resource-sharing and peer-to-peer interactions.

Rethinking Our Wasteful Habits: Is Anything Ever Really Obsolete?

by Addison Del Mastro   |   June 6, 2012

We need to rethink the idea of “obsolescence” and focus on the factor that really defines an item’s value: demand

World Oceans Day: Making a Difference as a Conscious Consumer

by Terra Wellington   |   June 5, 2012

Taking care of the world’s marine life is something everyone can take part in. No matter where you live.

The Mesh Directory: Explore Clever Ways to Benefit from "Stuff" Without Having to Own It

by Lisa Mastny   |   May 29, 2012

A new online directory helps you find enterprising businesses and projects around the world that are fostering "a community and economy where access trumps ownership."

How Does Your Pothole Garden Grow?

by Jennifer Prediger   |   May 29, 2012

"Pothole gardener” Steve Wheem is part installation artist, graffiti artist, and miniaturist.

Giving Away Your "Declutter" to People Who Want It

by Dale S. Brown   |   May 28, 2012

Guest blogger Dale Brown offers tips on thoughtfully giving away things that you don’t need, rather than simply throwing them in the trash.

The Power of Activism and an Engaged Citizenry: An Interview with Liz Barratt-Brown

by Lisa Mastny   |   May 28, 2012

Barratt-Brown talks about her lifelong work as an environmental campaigner, and her more recent roles as a tar sands activist and olive oil farmer.

Why I Took Up Biking Again as an Adult, and Never Looked Back

by Krislyn Placide   |   May 25, 2012

National Bike Month may be nearly over, but there’s no better time to jump on your bike than the present.

Be a Super Mom (or Dad): Reinstate Family Meals

by Tovah Paglaro   |   May 11, 2012

A mother of three reflects about the central place that family meals should take in our lives.

Invisible Family Economics: The Value of Money Not Spent

by Suzita Cochran   |   April 18, 2012

One of the best ways you can support your family financially is by creating situations where you don’t spend money, writes Suzita Cochran.

6 Things You Should Be Thinking About This Earth Day, But May Not Be

by Wendy Philleo   |   April 12, 2012

This April 22, we can all take steps to reduce our environmental impact. But there are some other important topics that you may not be thinking about.

New Dream Staff Picks: Books We Love

by Lisa Mastny   |   April 11, 2012

New Dream staff share their picks for the most inspirational books they've read on topics of consumerism, parenting, and work-life balance.

Making Good: Finding Work That Is Meaningful

by Wen Lee   |   April 11, 2012

Is it possible to find a meaningful, fulfilling career that also pays the bills? According to a new book, the answer is yes.