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 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."

NEW! Hypercapitalism: The Modern Economy, Its Values, and How to Change Them

by New Dream   |   December 13, 2017

Hypercapitalism is a sharp, digestible, and funny cartoon guide to how global, privatizing, market-worshipping hypercapitalism threatens well-being, social justice, and the planet.

Skip the Goody Bags and Embrace Creativity Instead

by Rinny Yourman   |   December 13, 2017

New Dreamer Rinny Yourman describes how her family ditched goody bags in favor of giving guests at her daughter's birthday and Bat Mitzvah parties a more meaningful experience. 

Spirit of Change Magazine: 15 Tips For Commercial-Free, Fun-Filled Family Holidays

by Shara Drew   |   December 1, 2017

If you want to make this year’s holidays more meaningful, memorable, and rejuvenating for your family, these 15 tips will help you opt out of the commercial hype and create a truly special celebration for your kids.

Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your List

November 28, 2017

In the amount of time it would have taken you to find a parking spot at the mall, you’ll get thoughtful ideas for everyone on your list.

Living an Unwasteful Life Podcast: Episode 2 – Reducing Waste in Gift-Giving with Edna Rienzi

November 24, 2017

Interview with Edna Rienzi, Program Director for New Dream who runs SoKind, an online gift registry service for people who value meaningful experiences, time with family and friends, and offerings of service and support for events and causes that matter the most.

Northwest Earth Institute: How to Enjoy the Holidays with Less Stress and Less Stuff

by Deb McNamara   |   November 20, 2017

Our friends at New Dream have created a variety of resources designed to help people escape the shopping, spending, and frenzied preparations that have become synonymous with the winter holidays.