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

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Dear Friends,

This month, we share personal stories about the benefits of family meals and year-round biking for health and well-being. We also feature an interview with environmental campaigner and olive oil farmer Liz Barratt-Brown and highlight our recent video on starting a solar co-op, part of our new Guide to Sharing.

Enjoy the latest issue of In Balance.

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


Why I Took Up Biking Again as an Adult, and Never Looked Back

Two years ago, college student Krislyn Placide hopped on a bike for the first time since learning to ride at the age of six. Today, she relies on her bike for year-round transport and wonders how she ever got along without it.

The Power of Activism and an Engaged Citizenry: An Interview with Liz Barratt-Brown

New Dream talks with Liz Barratt-Brown, Senior Advisor to the Natural Resources Defense Council, about her lifelong work as an environmental campaigner and her more recent roles as a tar sands activist and olive oil farmer.

VIDEO: Start a Solar Co-op! (and Other Fun Projects You Can Do in Your Community)

Our video about the Mt. Pleasant Solar Cooperative in Washington, D.C.—part of our new Guide to Sharing—helps shine a light on how to bring affordable and convenient solar power to your community.

Arts & Culture Corner: How Does Your Pothole Garden Grow?

Steve Wheem of East London, a.k.a. “the pothole gardener,” delights passersby with his whimsical miniature gardens grown in holes in sidewalks and roads.

Be a Super Mom (or Dad): Reinstate Family Meals

How does a busy parent make time for homemade meals between soccer practice and diaper changes? A mother of three reflects about the central place that family meals should take in our lives.

The Mesh Directory: Explore Clever Ways to Benefit from "Stuff" Without Having to Own It

A new online directory helps you find enterprising businesses and projects around the world that are fostering "a community and economy where access trumps ownership."

Giving Away Your "Declutter" to People Who Want It

Guest blogger Dale Brown offers tips on thoughtfully giving away things that you don’t need, rather than simply throwing them in the trash.
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