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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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.

Office Space: Thinking Beyond the Lonely Cubicle

by Amy Curtis   |   July 25, 2011

Offices don't have to be isolating places that segregate and restrict.

U.N. Supports Happiness as a Development Goal

by Lisa Mastny   |   July 25, 2011

A new U.N. resolution urges countries to consider happiness and well-being when developing public policies.

Voluntary Simplicity: Reimagining the Good Life Beyond Consumer Culture

by Lisa Mastny   |   July 22, 2011

A new analysis of "voluntary simplicity" dispels some common criticisms that it is an escapist, hippie, or leisure-expansion movement.

Chris Jordan: Paparazzi of Garbage

by Amy Curtis   |   July 13, 2011

Jordan's work captures a reality that’s all too easy for consumers to ignore: that waste multiplies, rapidly.

Ideas Worth Spreading: Be Inspired by TED

by Amy Curtis   |   July 13, 2011

These 10 video presentations provide hope, inspiration, and knowledge that although people can damage the Earth, they also have the potential to save it.

Is Your Life Too Plastic? Help Your Town "Bag It

by Lisa Mastny   |   July 1, 2011

Learn how you can help wean your community off the plastic bag addiction.

What Is the American Dream? Dueling Dualities in the American Tradition

by James Gustave Speth   |   June 27, 2011

The story of the pursuit of happiness in America is a story of its close alliance with capitalism and consumerism. But is there another option?

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

by New Dream   |   June 24, 2011

A memoir of a year spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.

The Pursuit of Happiness: Toward an Economy of Well-Being

by New Dream   |   June 22, 2011

In a new book, author Carol Graham explores the promise and the potential pitfalls of injecting the "economics of happiness" into public policymaking.

Get Real: What Kind of World Are You Buying?

by New Dream   |   June 17, 2011

This teen-friendly manifesto reveals what you're really buying when you spend your money on a burger or a cell phone, and points the way to better choices.

Don't Miss Your Life: Find More Joy and Fulfillment Now

by New Dream   |   June 16, 2011

The evidence shows that humans are at their happiest when they’re involved in engaging leisure experiences.