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In Commerce We Trust?

Author Kelly Garriott Waite reflects on the need to reclaim trust and community in today's culture of big-box stores and hyper-consumerism.

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Free Time: The Forgotten American Dream

A new book describes how Americans have distanced themselves from their historical yearnings for free time, in favor of a culture of overwork.

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Great Summer Reads: Recommendations from the New Dream Board

We asked our Board members for their favorite recent books on consumerism, community, and more. Check out their diverse and inspiring picks.

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Living the Dream: Montana Homesteader Ashley Browning

Ashley Browning and her family recently relocated to a farm in Montana, where they aim to live a life focused on production, rather than consumption.

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10 Alternative Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

Alternative gift ideas for Father's Day that are green, family-friendly, and local (because we all know dad doesn't need another necktie).

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Reinventing Our Streetscapes: An Interview with Urban Tactician Mike Lydon

Lydon talks about his lifelong interest in cities and how he's devoted his career to making America's streets more walkable, safe, and fun.

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Big Media, Big Bullying, and What You Can Do About It

Big media companies spend huge sums on anti-bullying messaging, but the real power lies in our own ability to filter their product.

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"Fast Fashion" Isn't Just Trendy and Glamorous: It Has Consequences

Bangladesh is a heartbreaking reminder of the flip side of conscious consumption—and why we need to do better.

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The Future of Work? Get On The Lattice or Die

How do you balance work and life in a financially tight and job-insecure world? First, forget about the corporate ladder.

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Living the Dream: Ashley Whittenberger of Cosmic Acres

A few years ago, Ashley Whittenberger decided to trade in her “mainstream McMansion on a half-acre of manicured hell" for a life of freedom and creativity.

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