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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We Must Be the Change

by Edna Rienzi   |   January 24, 2017

Beyond everyday lifestyle changes like wasting less, we can take steps outside our homes to have greater influence.

Your Money or Your Life? Share Your Story!

by Vicki Robin   |   January 24, 2017

This classic book on achieving financial independence is being updated—and the authors want to hear from you!

Give Less, Give More

by Julie Fathy   |   November 16, 2016

Mom and simple living expert Julie Fathy explains her "give less" approach to holiday gift giving, which honors the recipient, people, and the planet.

Christmas 2016: Not Made in China

by Anne G. Lliversidge   |   November 14, 2016

How one New Dreamer found meaning in finding and creating presents that reflect the true value of Christmas and family.

Why the Elf on the Shelf Is Not Welcome in My House

by Edna Rienzi   |   November 14, 2016

New Dream's Edna Rienzi offers tips to help parents avoid the "slippery slope" of this popular Christmas tradition.

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.