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 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.
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!
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."