Do you ever think deeply about the far-reaching impacts of consumption?
At New Dream, we've been thinking about this a lot—and we invite you to join us in the inquiry. Now is a great time to ask ourselves what “reducing consumption” means, when social divides grow ever wider and so many people experience economic insecurity. How do we find new ways of connecting, building community, and ensuring the well-being of all people and the planet?
As New Dreamers, we need to recognize how our choices—as consumers and as neighbors—affect others, and how the larger systems at play in our society perpetuate and reinforce the inequities of consumption. We need to understand why, for example, for every $100 in white family wealth in the United States, black families hold just $5.04—and how we can all play a role in helping to reverse these trends.
At New Dream, we've long worked to fight back against a culture that tells us our worth is defined by what we have and how much we have. That’s the “old dream”— driven by consumerism—that we’ve tried hard to change. But as our communities continue to experience social and environmental breakdown, the work to define a new dream—one that includes all of us—is messy and urgent.
The moment we’re in—#MeToo, #NeverAgain, #BlackLivesMatter, divisive politics, and just 12 years to take effective action on climate—offers an unprecedented and deeply important opportunity for all of us to add our voices and unique perspectives on consumption in the growing movement for truth and change.
What does the “new dream” look like to you? Share your voice and experiences!
Core to New Dream’s founding values is an exploration of how race, gender, economic security, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, and more—i.e., equity—intersects with our prevailing consumer culture. As an organization, we’re eager to make space for all voices, including those who are most impacted by runaway consumption, advertising, and a culture that defines success based on ownership and status.
We’re asking you to join us in our renewed inquiry on equity and consumption for several reasons:
An understanding of equity in our lives and work must be “baked in.” It cannot be achieved through a single experience, workshop, or isolated public statement, but must be part of a journey, taken over time.
It’s an evolution that we need to undertake—as individual New Dreamers, and as an organization.
Fortunately, this kind of inquiry is what the New Dream community does best. Question the status quo. Shift thinking. Consider possibilities. Inspire action.
What will this look like for New Dream, as an organization? With your support, we will:
We want to know what you think. Please complete this short survey to let us know your thoughts on this renewed approach to consumption. Thank you!