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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Six Ways to Make Sure Your Wedding Has a Positive Impact

by Caitlin Frauton   |   March 16, 2016

Looking for some ways to have an eco-friendly wedding? Caitlin Frauton from DIY Wedding Mentor shares six tips to help you throw a meaningful celebration that positively impacts the environment and your community.

Why the Toys You Choose Matter: 6 Tips for Combating Commercialism and Encouraging Creative Play

by Edna Rienzi   |   February 29, 2016

Choosing toys and accessories carefully for your children can help them grow up to become smart consumers.

Why Gift At All? Top 3 Reasons Why People Should Still Use Registries

by Edna Rienzi   |   February 25, 2016

A few years ago, when the New Dream staff started tossing around the idea of creating an alternative gift registry, we weren’t all on board. Most of us had an “ick” sort of feeling when it came to registries. Traditional registries can sometimes come across as a bit tacky or even greedy. Plus, New Dream is an organization dedicated to shifting the ways that people consume—so why were we jumping into an industry dominated by big-box stores hawking more stuff? Wouldn’t we be encouraging people to create more waste and clutter? Read on to learn the top three reasons we were convinced that registries (and gifting) are still important.

Bangor Daily News: Our Problem With Stuff

by Mark W. Anderson   |   February 24, 2016

Boston College sociologist Juliet Schor explores the issue of stuff in our industrial society; her work among that of others spawned the Center for a New American Dream. 

Building a More Connected Community, One Hour at a Time

by Mary Murphy   |   February 22, 2016

At just one year old, the Silver Spring Timebank is already a proven leader in organizing community sharing events.

Living the Dream: Bea Johnson, Zero Waste Guru

by Edna Rienzi   |   February 22, 2016

Bea inspires a growing community to live simply and take a stance against needless waste.

Real Celebration: Emet’s Meaningful Coming of Age Story

by Edna Rienzi   |   February 3, 2016

In the Real Celebrations series, SoKind asks registry users to share a bit about their celebrations. Read about how one family used SoKind to provide long-distance family and friends the opportunity to not only participate in their son's Bar Mitzvah, but to also express themselves through their gifts.

Living the Dream: Evita Ochel, Consciousness Expansion Teacher

by Edna Rienzi   |   January 28, 2016

Evita talks about her work to help people optimize their well-being on all levels of the body, mind, and spirit.

Why Give Up Chocolate for Lent When You Can Give Up Plastic?

by Carol Janus   |   January 28, 2016

It may seem impossible to stop using plastic. But with perseverance and a little creativity, it can be done.

A Year of Buying Nothing New

by Julie Fathy   |   January 28, 2016

A Denver mom resolves to go debt-free by buying nothing new (aside from a few necessities) for a full year.

Real Celebration: Marcie and Brian's Bed and Breakfast Weekend Wedding Getaway

by Edna Rienzi   |   January 12, 2016

In the Real Celebrations series, SoKind asks registry users to share a bit about their celebrations. Read about how Marcie and Brian planned a wedding that allowed them to relax and spend quality time with loved ones.

How a Gift Registry Is Being Used to Build Relationships and Strengthen Communities

by Edna Rienzi   |   January 12, 2016

Who knew that a gift registry could be used to sponsor a refugee family, create support systems for those suffering from illness, and get teachers the supplies they need? Our SoKind users continue to amaze us with the ways in which they're using SoKind to strengthen their communities and build relationships. Read on for inspiration!

How a Gift Registry Is Being Used to Build Relationships and Strengthen Communities

by New Dream   |   January 7, 2016

Our audience has used SoKind registry in new and creative ways that have surprised and inspired us. Maybe you have a great idea, too?

How I Helped Set Up a Local Permaculture Park: Q&A with Neighborhood Challenge Winner Josh Dolan

by New Dream   |   January 5, 2016

Learn more about Dolan's effort to establish a Permaculture Park Project in Ithaca, New York.

6 Ways to Resist Kid-Targeted Advertising (and Save the Planet!)

by Edna Rienzi   |   December 30, 2015

Today’s consumer culture encourages materialistic values. Learn ways to fight back!