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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Learning to "Share" for a More Cooperative Future

by Jennifer Prediger   |   December 1, 2011

At SHARE New York, participants came together to talk about turning economic disillusionment into something more productive.

5 Reasons to Celebrate Buy Nothing Day

by Wen Lee   |   November 17, 2011

All around the world, people will be celebrating Buy Nothing Day to take a stand against rampant consumerism and reclaim the holidays.

The Pervasiveness of Product Placement: A Review of Spurlock's New Film

by Amy Curtis   |   November 17, 2011

Morgan Spurlock's new film exposes the subversive role of product placement in American media.

Does Your Town Need a Happiness Initiative?

by Lisa Mastny   |   November 17, 2011

What if you could accurately measure the happiness of your community based on parameters like physical health, material well-being, and time balance?

Living Lighter

by New Dream   |   November 4, 2011

Living Lighter is a colorful pamphlet filled with helpful tips and resources for reducing your consumer footprint.

Treat Yourself to a Less Wasteful, More Meaningful Halloween

by Amy Curtis   |   October 19, 2011

Learn how you can experience a magically spooky Halloween night without all the shopping, sugar, and excess waste.

Weaving a Sustainable Future: An Interview with Gay Nicholson

by Lisa Mastny   |   October 13, 2011

The founder of Sustainable Tompkins in New York State talks about how she's helped her community lay the groundwork for sustainability.

The Company That Wants You to Buy Less

by Wen Lee   |   October 11, 2011

Patagonia is asking customers to buy less and buy used—something that flies in the face of everything we know about commercial business.

The “Gendering” of Our Kids’ Toys, and What We Can Do About It

by Elizabeth Sweet   |   October 7, 2011

On a quest to find a gender-neutral toy for her daughter, an inquisitive mother delves into the magical history of pink and blue branding.

Power Tools to the People: BORROW THIS IDEA

by Jason M. Hatch   |   October 4, 2011

The founder of Oregon's first tool library describes how he borrowed an idea and created a real resource for his neighborhood.

Bikes, E-Waste, Petlessness, Oh My! Reflections from Portland

by Erik Assadourian   |   September 30, 2011

This week I had the opportunity to visit Portland, and it was refreshing to see so many efforts to grow a sustainable culture wafting out of the Rose City. There were some scary trends oozing out from there as well. But let’s start with the positive:

"Our American Dream": Traveling Families Live Outside the Box

by Lisa Mastny   |   September 29, 2011

A group of nomadic bloggers inspires us to think beyond the white picket fence and to forge our own paths and destinies.

Artist Critiques Social Norms and Our Consumer Culture

by Lisa Mastny   |   September 26, 2011

Undermining the status quo with provocative artwork and a healthy dose of wit and humor.

Calculating the Savings in Growing Your Own Food

by Dawn Handschuh   |   September 22, 2011

Growing our own food offers multiple benefits—for our health, our taste buds, and our pocketbook. So how much money are we actually saving?

Fostering Connection and Community Through Resilience Circles

by Luka Carfagna and Emilie Dubois   |   September 7, 2011

Two Boston graduate students are building community and increasing their personal security through participation in a local Resilience Circle.