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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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.

E-Waste: What to Do With That Old Gadget

by Lisa Mastny   |   January 17, 2012

Now that you've upgraded, why not make the responsible choice and donate or recycle your old equipment, rather than just dumping it in the trash?

Can the Rewards of Travel Outweigh the Planetary Costs?

by Amy Curtis   |   January 17, 2012

Despite the environmental repercussions, traveling also makes one appreciate the Earth.

B Corporations: Driving a New Ecology of Commerce

by Elsa Jagniecki   |   January 16, 2012

There’s a growing buzz about a new kind of business model centered around building better business, social enterprise, and corporate policy.

Economic Fallacies: Is It Time to Work More, or Less?

by Juliet Schor   |   January 12, 2012

Juliet Schor argues that reducing work hours will help the economy and increase jobs.

Reality Strikes Back: A Review of Richard Heinberg’s "The End of Growth"

by Chris Stratton   |   January 10, 2012

Bad news: Economic growth is gone for good. Good news: Maybe we don’t need growth to be better off.