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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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. 

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.