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

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Dear Friends,

With the holidays fast approaching, we hope you'll take a moment to reflect on what you really want to get out of the season—not what marketers hope you will. Take our Simplify the Holidays pledge to celebrate the holidays with more joy and less stuff.

This month, we also highlight the efforts of iFixit to get more people to repair products themselves, review two thought-provoking books, and feature an interview with artist and activist Josef Beery, who is designing a special-edition print for us on "Sharing."

Enjoy the latest issue of In Balance.

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


Take the Pledge! Simplify the Holidays

Wish the holiday season were wrapped in more meaning... and less stuff? Check out our Simplify the Holidays Pledge for easy, concrete ideas to help you reduce stress and increase your personal fulfillment this holiday season. Boldly Empowering Us to Repair Stuff Ourselves

Through its clean, user-friendly interface, iFixit offers free manuals and advice for repairing thousands of products, from the latest iPhone or Dell laptop to vacuum cleaners, lamps, cameras, and more. Don't trash your stuff, fix it!

Break Free From the Carbon Confusion 

By doing the math for you, How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything equips you with the knowledge to be more realistic in your eco-conscious decision making. It's a rigorously researched guide to choosing the worthwhile battles that don’t detract from your life.

Josef Beery: Connecting Community Through Art and Books

New Dream recently spoke with artist and activist Josef Beery about his passion for the printed word and his efforts to broaden the dialogue around sharing, simplicity, and community connection. New Dream is working with Beery to design a special-edition woodblock print about sharing.

America the Possible: A Revolution Cookbook for a More Decent Society

In America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy, Gus Speth tells us the hard and necessary truth about the mess that we’re in here in the United States. The book is part revolution cookbook, part strategy manual. But most of all, It's chock full of facts, ideas, and hope.
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