Resources

New Dream offers a wide range of resources, from short "step-by-step" guides and action kits to infographics and nationwide polls.
Feel free to browse our materials and to share them with your friends and communities.


by Shara Drew   |    November 1, 2017

If you want to make this year’s holidays more meaningful, memorable, and rejuvenating for your family, these 15 tips will help you opt out of the commercial hype and create a truly special celebration for your kids. 


GUIDE: Family Celebrations: A More Fun, Less Stuff Guide to Life's Joyful Events

by New Dream   |    November 1, 2017

Family Celebrations: A More Fun, Less Stuff Guide to Life's Joyful Events provides inspiration and practical tips for you to plan special celebrations that reduce waste and expense, emphasize meaning over material goods, and strengthen relationships. With specific sections on: The Year-End Holidays, Birthday Parties, Baby Showers, and Community-Building Celebrations.


GUIDE: 5 Simple Steps to Reclaiming Your Weekend – practical ideas to help you unplug, recharge, and connect

by New Dream   |    July 20, 2017

This guide provides simple steps to help you avoid defaulting to screens when you find yourself with a short burst of free time. Get practical ideas to help you unplug, recharge, and connect. 


GUIDE: The Family Guide to a (Mostly) Screen-Free Summer

July 7, 2017

Concerned about screen time taking over your free time? This special resource is chock full of ideas to help you reclaim your summer. 


CATALOG: More Fun Less Stuff Gift Catalog – 100s of fun, low-cost, non- material gift ideas you can use today!

by New Dream   |    May 14, 2017

An alternative gift catalog for those who want to wrap their holidays in more of what matters—meaning, connection, and joy—and less of what doesn’t (stuff, stress, and waste). Categories include gifts for kids, spouses/partners, parents/grandparents, young adults, new parents, and the whole family.


Hundred Dollar Holiday: The Case for a More Joyful Christmas

by Bill McKibben   |    April 14, 2017

Author and environmentalist Bill McKibben discusses the "Hundred Dollar Holiday" program he started through local churches in the late-1990s, and why we need to reclaim the true joy of Christmas in our lives.


ACTION KIT: Alternative Gift Fairs 101

by New Dream   |    April 14, 2017

Alternative Gift Fairs are a way to promote the gift-giving tradition of the holiday season without the wastefulness and commercialization of conventional shopping. Our resources include a step-by-step guide (including a timeline) to hosting a meaningful event that celebrates your values and supports important charities this holiday season.


ACTION KIT: Step-by-Step: Starting a Toy Lending Library

by New Dream   |    April 14, 2017

Toy libraries are popping up in communities around the world. These local initiatives enable parents, grandparents, and/or caregivers to borrow good-quality toys to enjoy at home—just like books from a lending library. Check out our guide to starting one in your community!


BROCHURE: Minimizing the Impact of Childhood Media Use

by New Dream   |    April 14, 2017

In partnership with Psychologists for Social Responsibility, New Dream offers practical resources for distribution at parent gatherings, school events, and other venues.


TIPS: Simplify Valentine's Day

by New Dream   |    April 14, 2017

Check out our Simplify Valentine's Day resources to help you “reboot” Valentine’s Day into a day focused on kindness and generosity.


COUPON BOOK: New Dream's Printable Coupon Book – a template for giving customized coupons to family & friends

by New Dream   |    April 14, 2017

Give gifts of time, experience, and memories—not more stuff! New Dream's Printable Coupon Book is an easy-to-use template that you can print out, customize, and give to family and friends of all ages.


ACTION KIT: Schools Unbranded – simple steps to understanding and pushing back against rampant in-school commercialism

by New Dream   |    April 14, 2017

New Dream Schools Unbranded Action KitThis helpful guide offers simple steps to understanding and pushing back against rampant in-school commercialism.


CARTOONS: Unbottle Water

by New Dream   |    April 12, 2017

This original cartoon series by New Dream shows just how problematic bottled water is. Share these on social media and urge others to #UnbottleWater!


GUIDE: Simplify the Holidays – practical tips for having a holiday with more joy and less stuff

by New Dream   |    November 9, 2015

Simplify the Holidays offers practical tips for having a holiday with more joy and less stuff. The booklet contains guidance to help you set a budget, relieve stress, come up with new gift ideas, and make your holiday season more meaningful.


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