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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A Light at the End of the Black Friday Tunnel

by Dave Evans   |   November 11, 2016

The Black Friday shopping frenzy has become extreme enough that even a handful of retailers themselves are protesting against it.

7 Ways to Build Sane and Sustainable Money Habits

by Edna Rienzi   |   October 19, 2016

Help your kids stay on track with money management by having a clear, values-based plan.

How to Hook Kids into Civic Engagement

by Suzita Cochran   |   October 19, 2016

Looking for a way to get your kids more involved in the community? There's an easy place to start.

“So What Can I Get You for Your Wedding?”

by Lorelei G. Voorsanger   |   October 19, 2016

Two sets of dishware, two sets of camping gear, two toasters? If you don't need more "stuff," register to celebrate love and family instead.

Welcome to the Walking School Bus

by Michaella   |   August 19, 2016

To combat childhood obesity, fight climate change, and boost community connection, walking school buses have become a new trend in both the United States and Europe.  

Gale Student Resources in Context: How the American Dream Has Changed Over Time

June 23, 2016

According to a survey from the Center for a New American Dream, 78 percent of people considered personal freedom extremely important in their vision of the American Dream. At the opposite end, 23 percent considered achieving affluence as very important. 

Do You Love What You Wear? 10 Tips for Boosting Your Style While Avoiding the Traps of Fast Fashion

by Rebecca Ballard   |   June 9, 2016

Here are 10 tips for boosting your style while avoiding the traps of fast fashion.

4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Product

by Dave Evans   |   June 9, 2016

There are a few key things you can look for to give you a better idea of what kind of company you are supporting with your wallet.

10 Alternative Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

by New Dream   |   June 8, 2016

Alternative gift ideas for Father's Day that are green, family-friendly, and local (because we all know dad doesn't need another necktie).

Living the Dream: Kim Knuppel, Community Volunteer

by Lisa Mastny   |   June 3, 2016

Kim is very active in her local time bank as a way to support her community and create a more meaningful life outside of the consumer culture.

“A Small Good Thing”: Bringing the New American Dream Into the Spotlight

by Lisa Madison   |   June 3, 2016

A new film examines how the American Dream has come to the end of its promise, and shows us an alternate pathway to happiness, wellness, and success.

Mindful Decluttering: Your Stuff, Their Stuff, Our Stuff

by Pam Holland   |   May 2, 2016

Decluttering expert Pam Holland believes that tackiing the excess stuff in our lives is key to improving well-being.

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Host an Alternative Gift Fair

by Julie Welles   |   May 2, 2016

Marketing CPG: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

by Emily Canan   |   May 2, 2016

The Center for the New American Dream believes that the American Dream is re-emphasizing its focus to “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.”

Five Meaningful Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

by Edna Rienzi   |   April 28, 2016

It’s not always easy to come up with a meaningful gift to show our moms how much they mean to us. Here are five gift ideas they're sure to love.