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CHAPTER 6Recapturing Childhood


Until recently, Betsy Taylor was the director of the Center for a New American Dream in Takoma Park, Maryland. The Center (www.newdream.org) is working to redefine core American values—steering them away from a dream centered on money, stuff, and, endless material growth, toward a dream of sufficiency, family, community, and nature. Center organizers, concerned about the harmful impacts of overwork on American life, decided that they would have a four-day workweek (four eight-hour days), with Fridays off. As such, they’ve been able to attract an immensely able and dedicated workforce, and have created ...

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