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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Copia: Snapshots of Consumer Culture

by Wen Lee   |   September 7, 2011

How much do we shop? And what is it doing to us? Photographer Brian Ulrich explores these questions in a new series.

Finding Our Way Out of the Sprawl: An Interview with Mark Valentine

by Lisa Mastny   |   September 7, 2011

A sustainability consultant talks about the livability challenges facing U.S. communities today and the glimmers of hope he sees around the country.

Are You Being Frugal, or Just Plain Cheap?

by Dale S. Brown   |   September 2, 2011

In today’s society, frugality can lead to accusations of “cheapness.” But there’s an important difference.

New Infographic Shows Our "Hyper Consumption"

by Lisa Mastny   |   August 19, 2011

One of the root causes of our environmental problems is hyper consumption. We simply buy too much of what we don't really need.

Sailing Simplicity: My American Dream

by Lisa Mastny   |   August 17, 2011

In 2008, Teresa Carey left her job, sold many of her belongings, and moved aboard a 27-foot sailboat to pursue her dream of simpler living.

Work Sharing: The Quick Route Back to Full Employment

by Lisa Mastny   |   August 15, 2011

In the current economic climate, work sharing may be the most effective way to avoid many layoffs and quickly return the economy to full employment.

Spending Strategies: How Frugality Helped Me Cut Costs and Gain Freedom from “Work”

by Dale S. Brown   |   August 11, 2011

A D.C. resident describes how she became financially empowered to turn down work that is not in accordance with her values.  

First Earth: Uncompromising Ecological Architecture

by Lisa Mastny   |   August 10, 2011

A documentary film about a paradigm shift to building healthy homes in ancient ways.

Musicians at the Cutting Edge of Eco-Awareness

by Amy Curtis   |   August 8, 2011

Some bands are working hard to lighten the heavy environmental footprint of their performances.

My Story of Frugality: Breaking My Economic Dependence on My Job

by Dale S. Brown   |   August 4, 2011

How one D.C. resident changed her relationship to money and gained just a bit of freedom from the endless demands to earn it.

Consumed: Inside the Belly of the Beast

by Lisa Mastny   |   August 3, 2011

A new film explores the "unhealthy dose of pathos" that links us to our consumer culture.

Consumerism, Values, and What Really Matters: An Interview with Tim Kasser

by Lisa Mastny   |   July 29, 2011

 Psychologist Tim Kasser describes his work on materialism and values, and how he’s tried to resist consumer pressures in his own life.

How I Helped a D.C. Neighborhood Go Solar

by Anya Schoolman   |   July 29, 2011

The inspiring story of one neighborhood that was so frustrated with the national and local government that residents took matters into their own hands.

A Plastic Spoon Sums It Up

by Lisa Mastny   |   July 25, 2011

How to Stage a Clothes Swap

by Regan McMahon, courtesy of   |   July 25, 2011

At these friendly social gatherings, one person’s discard is another one’s treasure.