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February 2012

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Dear Friends,

This month, we offer a sneak peek into our new Community Action Kit with a video profile of Berkeley's Tool Lending Library. Keep an eye out for the Kit's first Guide this spring (pictured on right), chock full of fresh ideas for how your community can embrace "sharing" and become more collaborative.

We also interview population expert Bob Engelman, highlight a new approach to measuring greenhouse gas emissions, and explore the world of creative activism. Enjoy the latest issue of In Balance.

—Wendy, Kathy, Lisa, Wen, and the rest of the New Dream team


SNEAK PEEK Into Our Community Action Kit: Video of Berkeley Tool Lending Library

Take a sneak peek into New Dream's upcoming Community Action Kit! In this short video, New Dream visits the Berkeley Tool Lending Library, which carries thousands of tools that community members can borrow for free.

What's the "Real" Climate Footprint of Your Community?

Across the country, communities of all sizes are trying to measure their impact on Earth’s climate. But most greenhouse gas inventories have a critical flaw: they focus only on the emissions that areproduced in a region, not the broad range of emissions associated with the products that residents buy, use, and dispose of every day.

Tackling the Twin Threats of Population and Consumption: An Interview with Robert Engelman

New Dream talks with Robert Engelman, President of the Worldwatch Institute, about the sustainability crisis facing the world today and why we need to address both population growth and rising consumption if we hope to bring about a more sustainable world.

Arts & Culture Corner: The World of Creative Activism

Good ideas meet excellent execution in the new world of creative activism. Taking the form of pranks, stunts, seed bombing, faux newspapers, and unusual graffiti, this new activism expresses ideas and takes people by surprise.

Report: Advertising in Schools May Be Less Lucrative Than Thought

Faced with shrinking budgets, many school districts are seeking to raise funds by selling commercial advertising on school property—from lockers and lunch trays to buses and walls. But the risks to children far outweigh the financial benefits, according to a new report from Public Citizen.

Making the Potluck a Success in Today's World

Can we reinvent the potluck so it works in today’s busy, ingredient-conscious world? Guest blogger Dale Brown says we can—with a few important tweaks. By rethinking our approach to potlucks, we can continue to enjoy the age-old tradition of sharing good food and good company.
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