The New Better Off: Reinventing the American Dream

  • 8h 41m 53s
  • Courtney E. Martin
  • Gildan Media
  • 2016

Are we living the good life - and what defines good, anyway? Americans today are constructing a completely different framework for success than their parents' generation, using new metrics that TEDWomen speaker and columnist Courtney Martin has termed collectively the "New Better Off".

The New Better Off puts a name to the American phenomenon of rejecting the traditional dream of a nine-to-five job, home ownership, and a nuclear family structure - illuminating the alternate ways Americans are seeking happiness and success. Including commentary on recent changes in how we view work, customs and community, marriage, rituals, money, living arrangements, and spirituality, The New Better Off uses personal stories and social analysis to explore the trends shaping our country today. Martin covers growing topics such as freelancing, collaborative consumption, communal living, and the breaking down of gender roles.

In this Audiobook

  • how do you want to be?: Thinking Differently About Vocation
  • working alone, together: Flexibility and Friendship in a Freelance Era
  • norma rae for a new century: How Labor, Power, and Care Are Being Remade
  • the wisdom of enough: Making Sound Financial Decisions in a Culture That Overvalues Money
  • fighting to be whole: How Men Are Falling in Love with Fathering
  • harnessing the wind: Directing Attention Where It Matters Most in an Age of Distraction
  • the end of “mine”: How Our Relationship to Ownership Is Changing
  • tearing down the white picket fence: Reclaiming Community
  • regrowing our roots: The Power and Complexity of Investing in Local Community
  • ritual remixed: Making Meaning and Marking Moments Amidst the Chaos of Modern Life
  • the thread of revelation: Creating Communities That Help Us Ask Hard Questions