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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by Kimberly Amadeo | October 29, 2018
The Center for a New American Dream envisions "... a focus on more of what really matters, such as creating a meaningful life, contributing to community and society, valuing nature, and spending time with family and friends."
by Christine Kane | October 18, 2018
Retiree and New Dreamer Chris Kane shares some of her strategies for being an eco-activist in her adopted home state of Florida.
by Eli Austin | October 11, 2018
A recent high school grad shares a lesson for young people about the benefits of getting off our devices and out into nature.
by Alexis Arambul and Sarah Allison | September 13, 2018
Two New Dream Youth Fellows have a conversation about Boots Riley’s cringe-inducing satire of racism and capitalism in America.
by Shara Drew | September 12, 2018
When New Dream's Shara Drew moved her family to Maine, she took on the challenge of hosting a low-waste party for friends and family. Here are some lessons learned.
by Josmar Torres | September 12, 2018
New Dream Youth Fellow Josmar Torres explains why gentrification is a perfect example of how consumption and capitalism can combine to undermine communities.
by Lauren Bradley | September 5, 2018
New Dreamer Lauren Bradley shares her experience using our alternative gift registry platform, SoKind, as a tool to help with flood relief in her Pittsburgh community.
September 5, 2018
Take New Dream’s Community in Action “Reduce Waste” challenge to reduce the amount of waste you generate and to make your home or community a greener place to be.
by Amy Hartzler | August 15, 2018
In July, New Dream gathered 10 Youth Fellows in Boston for focused sessions on the complex landscape of consumption and possibilities for future efforts.
July 19, 2018
In June 2018, New Dream won an award from the social marketing community for research on holiday waste reduction conducted by New Dream's Behavior and Social Change Fellow Kelley Dennings.
by Inbar Hyams, OuiChoose.com | July 18, 2018
What if instead of breaking our heads trying to determine the optimal choices, we go for something radically simple and just cut our consumption rates by half? Here's how.
by Gene Homicki | July 18, 2018
Through a growing "libraries" movement, people can gain access to power tools, musical instruments, and just about any other product.
by Jessica Laus | June 26, 2018
Community dinners bring people together as equals in order to have honest, and at times difficult, exchanges in an atmosphere of concern and respect for all.
by Shara Drew | June 13, 2018
Take advantage of your time and energy during the summer months to set the stage for a more meaningful holiday season for your community.
by New Dream | June 13, 2018
New Dream is ramping up our collaboration with young people to engage them more directly in our efforts to tackle excess consumerism, build community, and improve overall well-being.