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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"The Struggle in Rural Kentucky, Being a Black Producer, Is Real"

May 10, 2019

New Dream speaks with Tiffany Bellfield about the challenges she's faced as a business woman of color, and her contributions to her community as a holistic farmer, producer of botanical products, wellness practitioner, convener of women’s retreats, and mom.

Youth Perspective: Seattle Is Dying, At Least for Longtime Residents and Job Seekers

by Alexis Arambul   |   May 3, 2019

New Dreamer Alexis Arambul discusses a challenge facing more and more U.S. cities: a lot of people who need work simply can’t afford to live in the places where work is offered.

Youth Perspective: Why We Need Equity and Empathy to Move Our Communities Forward

by New Dream   |   April 16, 2019

Former Youth Fellow Josmar Torres talks about the challenges facing his community and the important roles that empathy and political change can play in creating a brighter, more equitable future.

What You Want From New Dream: Key Themes and Messages on Equity and Consumption

January 14, 2019

New Dreamers share their thoughts about the connections between consumerism, class, and race; our new focus on equity and consumption; and what you’d like to see from New Dream in the future.

Expecting a Baby? Embrace the Gift of Community Supported Postpartum (CSP)

by Kerry Ingram   |   January 10, 2019

When someone you know is about to welcome a new baby into their family, offer them the gift of a supportive community through CSP.

The Gift of Connecting with the Past

by Moira Silva   |   December 7, 2018

New Dreamer Moira Silva shares the experience of creating a truly meaningful gift for her family: the gift of interviewing her great aunt.

Christmas Is About Presence, Not Presents

by Sarah Allison   |   November 9, 2018

New Dream Youth Fellow Sarah Allison shares her experience and faith-based values around keeping the Christmas holiday focused on transformation and healing.

​Facilitating a New Dream​

by Selena D. Cozart   |   November 7, 2018

Facilitator Selena Cozart explains how our current social and political climate presents us with a unique and irresistible opportunity to engage in discussions of equity and justice.

Tales from a Tech-free Summer Camp

by Eli Austin   |   October 11, 2018

A recent high school grad shares a lesson for young people about the benefits of getting off our devices and out into nature.

Film Review: “Sorry to Bother You”

by Alexis Arambul and Sarah Allison    |   September 13, 2018

Two New Dream Youth Fellows have a conversation about Boots Riley’s cringe-inducing satire of racism and capitalism in America.

Consumption, Gentrification, and You

by Josmar Torres   |   September 12, 2018

New Dream Youth Fellow Josmar Torres explains why gentrification is a perfect example of how consumption and capitalism can combine to undermine communities. 

SoKind Registry Supporting Flood Relief Efforts

by Lauren Bradley   |   September 5, 2018

New Dreamer Lauren Bradley shares her experience using our alternative gift registry platform, SoKind, as a tool to help with flood relief in her Pittsburgh community.

Reduce Waste at Home and in Your Community

September 5, 2018

Take New Dream’s Community in Action “Reduce Waste” challenge to reduce the amount of waste you generate and to make your home or community a greener place to be. 

New Dream Evolves: Young Leaders Question Consumption

by Amy Hartzler   |   August 15, 2018

In July, New Dream gathered 10 Youth Fellows in Boston for focused sessions on the complex landscape of consumption and possibilities for future efforts.

Have More, Waste Less, and Build Community with a Library of Things

by Gene Homicki   |   July 18, 2018

Through a growing "libraries" movement, people can gain access to power tools, musical instruments, and just about any other product.