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January 2012

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Dear Friends,

 We hope your 2012 is off to a great start. This month, we take a glimpse at the New York-based Fixers Collective, a group of everyday tinkerers who give new life to old stuff. We also review Richard Heinberg's latest book, discuss the emerging role of "Benefit Corporations," and interview longtime conservationist Eleanor Sterling.

Enjoy the latest issue of In Balance.

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

 


If It's Broke, Fix It! A Glimpse Into New York's Fixers Collective

The Fixers Collective in Brooklyn, New York, is a place where people get together to put things back together. Master fixers and people with broken things convene each month to sew, patch, and restore the tired and broken items of everyday life.

Helping Communities Think Systemically: An Interview with Eleanor Sterling

New Dream talks with Eleanor Sterling, Director of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History, about her efforts to help communities embrace "big picture" thinking to address the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.

Reality Strikes Back: A Review of Richard Heinberg's The End of Growth

Bad news: Economic growth is gone for good. Good news: Maybe we don’t need growth to be better off. Guest blogger Chris Stratton reviews the latest book from Richard Heinberg, one of the world’s most effective communicators of the urgent need to transition away from fossil fuels.

Economic Fallacies: Is It Time to Work More, or Less?


There's an economic fallacy going around, which is that hard times should lead us to work longer and more intensively. Economist and best-selling author Juliet Schor debunks this myth and argues that reducing work hours will help the economy and increase jobs.

B Corporations: Driving a New Ecology of Commerce


So-called Benefit Corporations are leaders in a new type of commerce that uses business as a lever to solve social and environmental problems. By getting "B Corp" certified, companies can prove to customers that they're going above and beyond—and still make a profit.

Can the Rewards of Travel Outweigh the Planetary Costs?


Despite the potential environmental repercussions, exploring far-off places also makes one appreciate the Earth. New Dream's Amy Curtis reflects on her recent travels around Europe and offers tips on how you can satisfy your wanderlust in a more responsible way.
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