I’m Dr. Lynda Ulrich, founder of Ever Widening Circles (EWC). If you’ve made it here, you’re probably curious about who we are and our story. Whenever I stumble across a site that catches my eye, I immediately look to find out more about the person behind the project. So, I thought I would put together a letter detailing our background and the bigger purpose behind our vision.
Here’s the story:
In the winter of 2014, I became more and more discouraged about the relentless barrage of bad news 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. I’ve had adventures in many off-the-beaten-path places, and I find people are more ingenious and generous than ever. Yet we don’t hear about that aspect of life too much.
Just when I was beginning to spiral downward myself, I made the acquaintance of a brilliant young man who agreed that the dialogue about our world was way out of balance, and we were crazy enough to think my talents were up to the task of giving people around the globe a different view of possibility.
A mere 6 weeks after our first cup of coffee together, I published the first of over 1,000 articles.
Here was my “elevator pitch” from day one:
Our goal is to publish one article each day – on any subject under the sun – to demonstrate this is still an amazing world.
The initial version of Ever Widening Circles (EWC) was created in March of 2014. We took a year to test various aspects of the project and at the end of that journey, we had 45,000 views of our articles each month, from over 190 countries.
Not bad! It was an exciting time!
There were stretches when we were being joined by over 1000 new Facebook fans per day. We now have over 180,000 Facebook fans and they come from some very interesting corners of the globe: more than 10,000 are from Afghanistan; more than 20,000 from Nepal, and the same in Cambodia; 23,000 in India; 11,000 from Algeria, and the list goes on.
All of that interest in possibility was enough to tell me that people all over the world were ready for a better worldview.
My young tech friend moved on, and my daughter Liesl, a recent Harvard grad, joined me to change that initial “pet project” of mine into a movement.
In the summer of 2015, my daughter and I collaborated on how our shared skills might change the world a little bit, and Ever Widening Circles is the result of that initial spark of inspiration. You can read our complete bios, and I think you’ll find we are people you could identify with on many levels.
Liesl and I created a new website in October of 2015 and took 18 months to test various parts of our concept on the world stage, and in September of 2017, we launched the beautiful site you are enjoying now.
At the time of this writing, we are already starting a version of Ever Widening Circles for the classroom and several projects for global connections.
Here are three promises:
- We will never impose an agenda on you. We are not left, right, green, new-age, religious or bias in any way.
- We will never complicate our beautiful, image-rich content with bizarre advertising ploys.
- We will always write in a way that is like having coffee with a friend.
What you will find daily:
We think the world is ready for a fundamental change in the kind of “news” they are getting. People are beaten down by the relentless ratcheting up of fear and drama, and the complete absence of solutions or equanimity.
Here at EWC, you will find a sense of refreshment; your optimism restored by thought-leaders in technology, sports, science, the arts, philosophy, business, conservation, education and every other field.
Here you will find the knowledge and insights to feel you have a balanced worldview and peace of mind.
We are ordinary people, with the right skills and life experiences to bring this project to the wider world.
You, too, can join our unique community of connection around this idea that the world is still an amazing place.
Share content ideas with us (It’s so easy to send us a quick link!) 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!
Dr. Lynda M. Ulrich, Founder