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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Off the Pedestal: Creating a New Vision of Economic Growth

by James Gustave Speth   |   June 3, 2011

A longtime environmental leader argues it’s time for the U.S. to reinvent its economy into one that focuses on sustaining communities, family life, and the natural world.

The Good Life: How to Create a Sustainable and Fulfilling Lifestyle

by New Dream   |   May 31, 2011

In The Good Life, author Sherry Ackerman shows how anyone can choose the journey to sustainability and a sensual, fun-filled life.

Beyond Green Consumerism

by Wendy Philleo   |   May 11, 2011

What we buy matters. But what we do matters more.

The Good Life: A Parable

by New Dream   |   May 9, 2011

Is the "good life" right in front of us and we're just missing it?

300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds

by New Dream   |   May 9, 2011

A great visualization of the past 300 years of fossil fuel use in just 300 seconds. That's about as concise as you're gonna get.

The Economics of Happiness

by New Dream   |   May 9, 2011

This powerful film documents how communities are coming together to build more sustainable local economies.

21 Hours

by Erik Assadourian   |   May 9, 2011

The optimal length of the work week? Yes, 21 Hours.

Watch the video.

Let's Pollute!

by Erik Assadourian   |   May 9, 2011

Oscar-nominated "Let's Pollute!" spoofs a 1950s-style educational film, giving us information and advice on how to be better polluters. Through this clever reversal, the film holds a fire to our destructive consumer culture.

Start a Tool Library in Your Community

by Lisa Mastny   |   May 9, 2011

Join the sharing economy and help neighbors get the job done, cooperatively and cheaply.

True Wealth: A Plenitude Economy

by New Dream   |   May 6, 2011

In Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth, economist and New Dream board co-chair Juliet Schor offers a groundbreaking intellectual statement about the economics and sociology of ecological decline, suggesting a radical change in how we think about consumer goods, value, and ways to live.

It's Time for Millennium Consumption Goals

by Erik Assadourian   |   April 22, 2011

The Millennium Consumption Goals are moving forward—and thanks to all the great comments we received, they’re getting more nuanced too!

Hundred Dollar Holiday: The Case for a More Joyful Christmas

by Bill McKibben   |   October 3, 2010

The New vs. the Renewed: Something to Hold On To

by Kim   |   October 30, 2009

Goldilocks, Cornucopias, and the American Diet

by Kim   |   October 29, 2009

Autumn leaf craft projects

by Kim   |   October 9, 2009