Resources

Here's a list of our favorite resources, including videos, books, tips, and commentary. If you have suggestions for items to add, please let us know!

A Roadmap to a New Economy: An Interview with Gus Speth

Speth talks about the need to reshape the political and economic system to work better for all Americans.

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Creating Community, One Market at a Time

St. George's Market in Belfast, Ireland, showcases how local markets can bridge historical divides and give back to communities.

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Advertising in Schools May Be Less Lucrative Than Thought

A new report finds that advertising in schools poses a threat to children’s education and development and doesn’t address budget woes.

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The World of Creative Activism

Good ideas meet excellent execution in the new world of creative activism.

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

The new head of Worldwatch says we need to address both population growth and rising consumption if we hope to bring about a more sustainable world.

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What’s the “Real” Climate Footprint of Your Community?

By measuring consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions, we can chart a path to more sustainable ways of living and doing.

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Beyond GDP: New Measures for a New Economy

A new report from Demos points out the problems with using GDP as the predominant benchmark of our economic and social progress.

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Helping Communities Think Systemically: An Interview with Eleanor Sterling

Sterling talks about the need for “big-picture” thinking to address the world’s most pressing environmental and conservation challenges.

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If It's Broke, Fix it! A Glimpse into Brooklyn's Fixers Collective

Each month, master fixers and people with broken things convene to restore the tired items of everyday life.

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E-Waste: What to Do With That Old Gadget

Now that you've upgraded, why not make the responsible choice and donate or recycle your old equipment, rather than just dumping it in the trash?

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Reader Submissions: How I Simplify the Holidays

We asked our readers for their ideas for simplifying the holidays, and the response was overwhelming! Here are some of our favorite tips.

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Printable Coupon Favor Book for the Kids: Easy Step-by-Step Instructions

This printable coupon favor book is a simple gift that is not only meaningful and fun, but also free! Follow these step-by-step instructions to make your own in half an hour.

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"Greatest Board Game of All Time" Launches Environmental Spin-Off

New oil-consumption scenario for The Settlers of Catan brings eye-opening lessons about resource consumption and our impact on the world.

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The High Price of Materialism: Further Reading

Below is a list of sources for the studies referenced in New Dream video The High Price of Materialism, narrated by psychologist Tim Kasser. Overviews of the literature on materialism and consumer culture Deci, E. L., & Ryan, R. M. (2000). The “what” and “why” of goal pu...

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VIDEO: The High Price of Materialism

In this short animation, psychologist Tim Kasser discusses how America's culture of consumerism undermines our well-being.

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VIDEO: Solving Problems Through Community Wisdom

In this new video, New Dream profiles an Oakland nonprofit that believes the best solutions to community problems are found within the community itself.

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Does Your Town Need a Happiness Initiative?

What if you could accurately measure the happiness of your community based on parameters like physical health, material well-being, and time balance?

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Healthy Communities for a Healthy Planet: An Interview with Alan Balch

The preventative health and environmental sustainability movements face a common challenge: getting people and institutions to change their habits.

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Living Lighter

Living Lighter is a colorful pamphlet filled with helpful tips and resources for reducing your consumer footprint.

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Occupy Movement Needs to “Think Big” About a New Economy

Gus Speth offers participants in the Occupy movement 10 principles to point the way to a new economy and a new politics.

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