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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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.
by Edna Rienzi | February 29, 2016
Choosing toys and accessories carefully for your children can help them grow up to become smart consumers.
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.
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.
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.
by Edna Rienzi | February 22, 2016
Bea inspires a growing community to live simply and take a stance against needless waste.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
by New Dream | January 5, 2016
Learn more about Dolan's effort to establish a Permaculture Park Project in Ithaca, New York.
by Edna Rienzi | December 30, 2015
Today’s consumer culture encourages materialistic values. Learn ways to fight back!