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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Bring "Play" Back Into Your Life

by New Dream   |   June 13, 2018

As we grow older, we tend to abandon our desire for unstructured outdoor play, but it's still important as we enter our adult years. 

Leaving My Dream Job to Find Space to Grow

by Edna Rienzi   |   June 11, 2018

Edna Rienzi explains her decision to leave New Dream to pursue personal growth and to further her efforts to give back to her community.

10 Ways Changing Your Consumer Habits Can Change the World for Animals

by Stephanie Feldstein   |   June 6, 2018

How you spend your time and money affects the lives of those around you—including other animals.

How Two Women Followed Their Passions and Became "Green Bag Ladies"

by Pamela Lamp   |   June 6, 2018

Since the founding of this nonprofit group in 2008, volunteer “bagettes” have cut, sewn, and given away more than 46,000 reusable cloth shopping bags.

5 Simple Steps to Start Your Nature-Based Playgroup

by Shara Drew   |   June 6, 2018

Regular play opportunities in nature help to develop a greater sense of place, wonder, and connection to the planet we all call home. 

5 Action Steps to Change Kids’ Screen Time

by Shara Drew   |   May 15, 2018

Here are five steps you can take to help make childhood what it should be for kids: filled with play, quality time with caring adults, and exploration in the natural world. 

Behavior and Social Change Campaign: May 2018 Update

May 9, 2018

An update from New Dream’s Social and Behavior Change fellow, Kelley Dennings.

Great Summer Reads: 2018 Edition

by New Dream   |   May 8, 2018

We asked members of our Facebook group to post a comment about a book that's inspired them to make change. Check out their responses!

Living the Dream: Island Minimalist Moira Silva

by Moira Convey Silva   |   May 3, 2018

In our latest Living the Dream interview, we talk with Moira Silva, a mother, writer, and teacher, about the joys and challenges of living in a small island community.

Repair Your Stuff AND Build Your Community: Lessons from the CVille Repair Café

by Ann Marie Hohenberger   |   April 9, 2018

Repair cafes are a beautiful concept: neighbors help each other keep useful things out of the landfill and avoid buying more stuff.

Want to Change the World? Focus on Partnership Rather Than Domination

by Riane Eisler   |   April 9, 2018

Dr. Eiser suggests that the best way to overcome conventional divides between right and left, religious and secular, is to focus on partnership systems based on mutuality and caring.

Community in Action Challenge: Share With Others

April 3, 2018

Sharing frees us from having to earn, buy, and consume ever more stuff, reducing our debt and our environmental impact—all while strengthening relationships with our neighbors.

Save Money and Go Green by Sharing and Reusing Kids' Stuff

by Shara Drew   |   April 3, 2018

New Dream's Shara Drew offers tips on ways to share our kids’ things, providing great opportunities to help our children learn the value of reusing and making do. 

Top 10 Neighborhood Platforms for Connecting and Collaborating

by New Dream   |   April 3, 2018

Inspired by a lively conversation in our Community in Action Facebook Group, we’ve put together a list of the various platforms you can use to communicate with your neighbors.

Building Community in a California Suburb, One Project at a Time

by Wen Lee   |   April 3, 2018

Former New Dream staffer Wen Lee shares how she’s building community in her California suburb, one project at a time.