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 Threads That Bind Us: One Woman's Perspective on the Border Crisis, Climate Change, and Our Choices as Consumers

by Amber Cadenas   |   September 17, 2019

We can't ignore the connections between our own behaviors as consumers and many of the wider crises facing our world, including climate change and the realities of climate-related migration.

"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: 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.

Be There for People: Life Lessons from a Fifth Grader

by Jen Patterson   |   April 9, 2019

New Dreamer Jen Patterson shares her experience working as an academic coach and being personally challenged and inspired by a student's poem.

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.

Whatever Happened to Waste Reduction, or Preventing Waste in the First Place?

by Kelley Dennings   |   January 10, 2019

Advisory Council member Kelley Dennings considers why the recycling community may be abandoning the once-worthy goal of waste reduction, and offers thoughts for refocusing these efforts.

Question Consumption This Thanksgiving

by Guinevere Higgins   |   November 9, 2018

New Dream's Guinevere Higgins outlines four ways you can think more deeply about your Thanksgiving holiday and create a more authentic and meaningful experience for your family and friends.

​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.

Activism in a Place Where Eco Isn’t the Norm

by Christine Kane   |   October 18, 2018

Retiree and New Dreamer Chris Kane shares some of her strategies for being an eco-activist in her adopted home state of Florida.

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. 

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.

What If You Cut Your Consumption Rates by Half?

by Inbar Hyams,   |   July 18, 2018

What if instead of breaking our heads trying to determine the optimal choices, we go for something radically simple and just cut our consumption rates by half? Here's how.

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.

Excerpt: The Art of Frugal Hedonism

by New Dream   |   March 5, 2018

Looking for a way to save money (and the world), inoculate yourself against many of the ills of modern life, and enjoy everything more? Try "frugal hedonism."