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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Helping Your Kids Embrace a “More Fun, Less Stuff” Holiday

by Edna Rienzi   |   November 7, 2017

New Dream's Edna Rienzi shares six tips for how she gets her family on board with a simpler, yet more meaningful, holiday season.

Alternative Daily: This Is How Much the Average American Spends on Halloween

by Tamara Pearson   |   October 31, 2017

Casey Williams, a director of New Dream, an organization focused on transforming consumption habits for the wellbeing of people and planet, also talked to AD, and warned that these high spending levels and the general “accumulation of stuff” is having significant consequences for not just the environment, but also on “our own health and happiness.

This Holiday, Opt for Giving Over Receiving

by Edna Rienzi   |   October 19, 2017

Rather than making a typical wish list of items to receive, why not create a list of gifts you want to give to your loved ones?

Beyond the Lion’s Den: Mapping a More Meaningful Family Holiday

by Shara Drew   |   October 12, 2017

New Dream's Shara Drew describes her quest to create a different kind of holiday tradition for her family—one that has nothing to do with "stuff."

Tips for a Greener, Simpler Halloween

by Lisa Mastny   |   October 11, 2017

Halloween is big business. Avoid the hype and direct your energy, $$$, and creativity toward a greener, simpler holiday.

What Would It Take to Shift Our Gifting Away from "Stuff"?

by New Dream   |   October 9, 2017

Learn more about New Dream's research on the barriers and benefits to giving gifts of experience rather than "stuff."

Living the Dream: Part-timer Sarah Lakeman

by Edna Rienzi   |   October 9, 2017

By cutting back her work hours, Sarah was able to make more time for her family and community—and to live true to her values.

Confronting Racism Through Personal Action and Deeper Community Connections

by Casey Williams   |   September 21, 2017

By building stronger networks with people and groups from diverse backgrounds, we can all help to create a more socially just and sustainable world. 

This October, Turn Your Intention Into Action

by New Dream   |   September 20, 2017

Through NWEI's EcoChallenge, join thousands of others in proving that small actions add up to real change.

Need Help or a Way to Help Out? SoKind Provides Meaningful Support Post-Disaster

by Edna Rienzi   |   September 20, 2017

SoKind Registry can be used as a centralized tool to coordinate meaningful hurricane relief for yourself or for friends and family.

Helping Teachers and Their Students Think About the "Stuff" They Use

by Shara Drew   |   September 19, 2017

Susan Salterberg talks about her work helping K-12 educators design creative lesson plans around consumption, well-being, and sustainability.

Welcome, Shara!

by New Dream   |   July 20, 2017

Shara Drew has joined New Dream as the new Program Director for our Kids & Commercialism work. 

A Craigslist for Saving the Planet? Check.

by Steve Seeger   |   July 17, 2017

Steve's Weave is a place for greensters to get together to publicize events, projects, services, jobs, and more.

How Electricity Cooperatives in the U.S. Are Paving the Way for a Renewable Future

by Kevin Stark   |   July 17, 2017

Emerging co-op programs are keeping costs down and stimulating the economy while reducing energy use and benefiting the environment.

Our 35 Favorite Gifts on SoKind Registry

by Edna Rienzi   |   July 16, 2017

At SoKind, you can register for anything you can imagine. Here are some of our favorite quirky and creative gift ideas from users.