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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The Activist Roots of Mother's Day

by Michele   |   April 3, 2018

The ways in which we’ve chosen to celebrate are not only hyper-commercialized and impersonal, but a far cry from the values underlying the origins of the day.

Community in Action Challenge: Build Connections

March 12, 2018

Let's consider reaching out to make new (or newly energized) connections in our neighborhoods or workplaces. Take our challenge to learn fun ways to do this!

How to Host an Unforgettable Party

by Michelle Damiani   |   March 7, 2018

Learn how one Charlottesville resident organized an unforgettable party around soup, designed to celebrate, honor, and support the diverse strands of her community.

Excerpt: The Art of Frugal Hedonism

by New Dream   |   March 5, 2018

Looking for a way to save money (and the world), inoculate yourself against many of the ills of modern life, and enjoy everything more? Try "frugal hedonism."

Let's Get to Know Our Towns and Neighbors

by Bea Echeverria   |   February 28, 2018

New Dreamer Bea Echeverria offers insight into how she built a small network of acquaintances in her new home country and eventually found her community.

May My Children Be Givers

by Bellamy Shoffner   |   February 7, 2018

Bellamy Shoffner, editor of the online magazine Hold the Line, shares an eye-opening experience that led her to deepen her social justice work and step up her family's efforts to give more to their community. 

The Value of Reducing Children's Screen Time: An Interview with Jean Rogers

February 6, 2018

Jean discusses how screen-time overuse is affecting kids' social-emotional and physical health, and provides tips for parents seeking to reduce screen time.

And the Survey Says...

by New Dream   |   February 6, 2018

10 Great Books to Teach Your Kids About Consumerism

by New Dream   |   February 6, 2018

Shara Drew, the director of New Dream's Kids & Commercialism campaign, reviews two recent children’s books that deal with the topic of consumerism in a way that's impactful and fun, and also suggests eight more oldies but goodies.

Real Celebration: Nature Brings Surprises to a Montana Wedding

February 6, 2018

SoKind user Holly C. offers some lessons from her recent wedding experience, including that “keeping it simple” can be harder than expected.

Reflecting on the Holidays

by New Dream   |   January 15, 2018

Before you jump ahead to the next thing in your life, we urge you to pause and reflect on your holiday experience.

Coming Soon! New Dream's "Community in Action" Challenge

by Edna Rienzi   |   January 5, 2018

For 2018, we’ve created a simple plan: we’re going to issue a series of concrete action steps every few months that are designed to help you build stronger communities and better love your neighbors.

Publisher's Weekly: Consumer Groups Say 'NYT' Kids Supplement Should Be Ad-Free

by Sara Guaglione   |   December 28, 2017

A coalition of 10 consumer groups . . .  sent a letter last week to the Times criticizing the newspaper for targeting kids with marketing.

The Benefits—and Joy—of "Making Do" With What You Have

by Bea Echeverria   |   December 14, 2017

After moving to the U.S. from Spain, New Dreamer Bea Echevarria realized that "making do" wasn’t a coveted value for everyone. But there are many good reasons it should be.

The Rapidian: Open the Door – The Art of Placemaking

December 14, 2017

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."