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cropped-ewc-photo-blog.jpgOur vision is to change the dialogue about the state of our world.

Yes, we know there is plenty to worry about on the 24-hour news cycle. But there is also wonder, innovation, beauty, and insight. It slips by unknown and is uncelebrated by most.

We also think that if we do have to make some sacrifices to change the world, more people have to know about it and love it first.

Here is our back story:

In the winter of 2014, I became more and more discouraged about the relentless barrage of bad news, fear, and shame coming from every corner of the global media. Fortunately, I had lived and traveled all over the world myself, so I knew this did not represent the whole story. Just when I was beginning to spiral downward myself, I made the acquaintance of a brilliant young man who was down on his luck, even though he had an amazing savvy with technology. He agreed that the 24-hour news cycle had become hopelessly mired in negativity, and we were crazy enough to think we could combine our gifts to offer the globe a different view of possibility.

A mere 6 weeks after our first cup of coffee together, we published the first of now 627 articles on the most extraordinary aspects of the world we all share.

Image: Sunlight rays through daisiesMy goal was to publish one article each day – on any subject under the sun – to demonstrate this is still an amazing world.

The initial version of everwideningcircles.com was created in March of 2014. It took us 6 months to gel our concept, and then 6 months to test our concept. At the end of that journey, we had 45,000 views on our articles each month, from over 190+ countries. There were times when we were being joined by over 1000 new Facebook fans per day. We now have more than 10,000 Facebook fans in countries like Afghanistan, more than 10,000 in Bangladesh, and about the same in Algeria. More than 20,000 each in Pakistan, Nepal, and Cambodia.

All of that was enough to tell me that people all over the world were ready for a better world view.

My young tech friend moved on to other projects of his own. So my daughter Liesl, a recent Harvard grad, joined me to continue the project.

Image: Liesl and Dr. Lynda at Harvard GraduationShe was looking at job opportunities all over the world with startups that aimed to make meaningful change, and could not find anything that opened the door for others more than this project!

We took another 6 months to completely re-design a website that was ready for the world stage. This is one you are viewing today was launched in October of 2015!

Here are four promises we are committed to keeping:

We will fact check everything scrupulously.

We will always write in a way that is like having coffee with a friend.

We will never complicate our beautiful, image-rich content with bizarre advertising ploys.

We will never impose an agenda on you. We are not left, right, green, blue, religious, not religious, or in any way out to promote one point of view. 

What you will find daily:

We think the world is ready for a fundamental change in the kind of “news” they are getting.

On EWC, you will find stories on innovators from every walk of life. You will find insights from thought leaders in sports, science, the arts, philosophy, and business. Much of our content comes from our global users who send us remarkable ideas and topics that might be missed by most.

We are not bunny-huggers or religious zealots, and we have no agenda except to make the world a little better.

Image: Collage of EWC picsWe are ordinary people, with the right skills and life experiences to bring the world stories that inspire insight and smart curiosity.

You can join our unique community of connection around this idea that the world is still worth caring about.

 

Share content ideas with us. (It’s so easy to send us a quick link!)

Spread the word that we are here with everyone you know who is sick of the negative news cycle! 

You can even become a guest writer. We are always looking for guest writers to expand the website’s point of view, and help us ask better questions!

Ever Widening Circles takes its name from the image of ripples that radiate outward, when you toss but one small pebble in a pond. We think this is the way positive and meaningful connections can change the world, one insight at a time.

We are connecting in a whole new way at Ever Widening Circles.

Warmly,

Dr. Lynda M. Ulrich, Founder