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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Oregon Artists Transform Ocean Debris Into Knowledge

by Jennifer Prediger   |   April 11, 2012

Volunteers create art supplies out of marine trash and assemble the pieces into giant sculptures.

Join Your Neighbors for a Really, Really Big Lunch

by Krislyn Placide   |   April 10, 2012

Last year, The Big Lunch brought nearly 2 million people across the United Kingdom out of doors to have lunch in their communities—literally.

Make It Do: A Year of Buying Only What I Need

by Wen Lee   |   March 14, 2012

In 2012, Meg Hourihan won't buy anything new until she's used up or worn out the old.

Films Explore High-Consumption Lifestyles, Sustainable Solutions

by Mark Valentine   |   March 13, 2012

The recent SF Green Film Festival showcased more than 40 new films on sustainability themes.

A Roadmap to a New Economy: An Interview with Gus Speth

by Lisa Mastny   |   March 8, 2012

Speth talks about the need to reshape the political and economic system to work better for all Americans.

When Planning Family Vacations, Don’t Forget the Train

by Suzita Cochran   |   March 7, 2012

Traveling by train can be a magical alternative to the high-stress world of airports and Interstates.

Minimizing Monthly Expenses: A Key to Financial Freedom

by Dale S. Brown   |   March 1, 2012

Creating Community, One Market at a Time

by Amy Curtis   |   February 28, 2012

St. George's Market in Belfast, Ireland, showcases how local markets can bridge historical divides and give back to communities.

Advertising in Schools May Be Less Lucrative Than Thought

by Lisa Mastny   |   February 23, 2012

A new report finds that advertising in schools poses a threat to children’s education and development and doesn’t address budget woes.

Tackling the Twin Threats of Population and Consumption: An Interview with Robert Engelman

by Lisa Mastny   |   February 23, 2012

The new head of Worldwatch says we need to address both population growth and rising consumption if we hope to bring about a more sustainable world.

What’s the “Real” Climate Footprint of Your Community?

by Lisa Mastny   |   February 23, 2012

By measuring consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions, we can chart a path to more sustainable ways of living and doing.

Making the Potluck a Success in Today’s World

by Dale S. Brown   |   February 7, 2012

Can we reinvent the potluck so it can work in today’s busy, ingredient-conscious world?

Beyond GDP: New Measures for a New Economy

by Lisa Mastny   |   January 31, 2012

A new report from Demos points out the problems with using GDP as the predominant benchmark of our economic and social progress.

Helping Communities Think Systemically: An Interview with Eleanor Sterling

by Lisa Mastny   |   January 19, 2012

Sterling talks about the need for “big-picture” thinking to address the world’s most pressing environmental and conservation challenges.

If It's Broke, Fix it! A Glimpse into Brooklyn's Fixers Collective

by Jennifer Prediger   |   January 18, 2012

Each month, master fixers and people with broken things convene to restore the tired items of everyday life.