The Center for a New American Dream: More of What Matters
June 2012

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Dear Friends,

We hope your summer is off to a great start! This month, we feature a new book on investing locally and discuss why it's getting harder to "do it yourself" when it comes to repairing your stuff. We also describe a Pennsylvania initiative to get fresh food to everyone, offer eight "cheat codes" for life, and present 10 takeaways from a recent conference on building a new economy.

Enjoy the latest issue of In Balance.

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

 


Can Investing Locally Give Us a Better Return on Our Money?

What if we could invest our money directly in our communities, where we would see the everyday difference our support makes while also getting a healthy monetary return? Sound too good to be true? According to a new book by local-economy advocate Michael Shuman, it’s not.

Financing to Fight Food Deserts

An estimated 26 million Americans live in “food deserts,” low-income areas that are more than one mile from any grocery store. Pennsylvania’s Food Fresh Financing Initiative aims to level the nutritional playing field by providing access to healthy, fresh food through locally owned corner stores and more.

What Happened to Self-Reliance and the Do-It-Yourself Ethic?

Americans used to be known for ingenuity and self-reliance. We knew how to fix up our homes and our possessions, and we had the inclination to do so. Are we losing what was once an integral part of our character and culture?

8 Cheat Codes for Life

Missouri school teacher Jake Giessman sees young people every day looking for the "cheat codes" to real life. They want to know which club will get them into the best college, which college will get them the best career, and so on. But the real cheat codes to life are simpler and more powerful.

Strategies for a New Economy: 10 Takeaways for All Americans

Is it possible to create an economy that prioritizes both human well-being and Earth’s natural systems? Two weeks ago, New Dream attended a gathering in rural New York of some of the leading minds and practitioners on this question, and the answer was a resounding “yes!”

New Dream Web Roundup: Popular Stories from the Month

Rethinking Our Wasteful Habits: Is Anything Ever Really Obsolete?

World Oceans Day: Making a Difference as a Conscious Consumer

The Share Tax: Redefining Business for Community-Driven Commerce

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