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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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.

My Year of Buying Nothing New: 4-Month Update

by Julie Fathy   |   April 25, 2016

Colorado mom Julie Fathy has found joy in a different kind of life—one with less stuff.

Living the Dream: Brooke Moore, Minimalist and No-Regrets Purger of "Stuff

by Edna Rienzi   |   March 25, 2016

A few trips to drop off stuff at her local thrift store became the first steps in what would become a beautiful journey to minimalist living.

In Defense of Screen-Free Week

by Edna Rienzi   |   March 25, 2016

Some have called it "unrealistic," but Screen-Free Week can serve as an important opportunity for families to kick-start new habits.

How a Group of Kids Bagged the Disposable Bag in Boulder, Colorado

by Kate Bailey and Kate Nelson   |   March 17, 2016

What decades of education and outreach couldn’t accomplish, a group of high school students could.