What if there is no end to the ingenious people solving problems in the world? What if the future is actually really bright, the opposite of what we hear on the 24-hour news cycle?

It’s true! And we’ve proven it every day in 2017!

Get ready to blast off into a new mindset. Today we are going to take you on a journey into the future, and here’s the big secret: the future is now!

Here at Ever Widening Circles, we’ve written hundreds of carefully fact-checked and cited articles to prove that it’s still an amazing world and celebrate all the clever people with great intentions who are making the world a better place.

So join us on a journey through some of the articles that our staff considers their favorite windows into the future. Take some time to dive into each and every one and you will be able to just smile and shrug the next time the news is all doom and gloom!

Image: Dr. Lynda Ulrich, co-founder of EWCFirst up, let’s start with a few of Dr. Lynda’s favorites. She’s our founder and if you are curious, you might enjoy reading the story of why, in 2014, a dentist would start a new global effort to change the negative dialogue about our world!

Here’s the first of Dr. Lynda’s favorites: a wonderful look at how the most radical engineers are pushing us up into the sky! (Get ready for some mindboggling fun at the end of this article.)

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Engineering the Tallest Building in the World

Ever look up at a skyscraper, sparkling in the night sky and wonder, "How did they do that?" Here's a great look at one major challenge in the tallest building in the world!

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Next up, take a look at what Nat Geo adventures are using emerging technology (and nerves of steel) to discover the incredible wonder of creatures’ who live fascinating lives in the Arctic. (Get ready to smile broadly in amazement!)

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Nat Geo Photographer’s Tales: Leopard Seals and Penguins

Ever see a breathtaking photo from the natural world and wonder how they got that image? Often the backstories are even better than the photograph! Listen to the remarkable tales from a Nat Geo photographer and you will be transformed.

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One of Dr. Lynda’s favorite “news moments” this past year was learning about the wonders that the spaceship Cassini revealed about our solar system and the very important reason we purposefully crashed Cassini into Saturn when the spacecraft was at the end of its life. (It’s not what you think it was. The reason is as noble and jaw-dropping as it gets!)

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The Story Behind Cassini’s Remarkable Dive Into Saturn

Now here's a remarkable source of wonder that the 24-hour news cycle could barely find time to show us! But if you want to be transformed, and wear a broad smile every time you look up at the night sky, dive into this article. (There are a few real miracles in this story!)

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Image: Samantha Burns, executive assistant

When Samantha, the Executive Assistant here at Ever Widening Circles, looks into 2018 and beyond, she sees ways that we can improve the structures inside of our societies.

For starters, let’s look at what we can do with all those plastic bottles that have accumulated over our soils and throughout the oceans. Here’s one of the most inspiring projects we’ve come across: The Plastic Bottle Village

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A Village Made of Plastic

What might happen if we placed more focus on the idea of inventing ever more creative and practical uses for what's already been made? Why keep making more "stuff"? There's something popping up in Panama that can inspire us all!

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But of course, there are a few different ways that we can improve our environments. One is through adding a creative touch to them and making them more interactive. Take a look at what Studio Roosegarde has up their sleeves to make our communities healthier and more connected. (You’re going to love the machine that turns smog into diamonds and the Van Gogh bike path!)

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The Future of Designing Our Environments

Today we meet a team who are working to bridge the gap between nature, technology, and art with hopes for a more beautiful future! Daan Roosegaard's TED Talk creates a spark that can enlighten us all.

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Adding a bit of creativity and beauty can completely change our perceptions of a subject. A subject like, say, science. It’s amazing to imagine that just by showing how visually breathtaking science can be we could increase students interests in the subject! Take a look at what Beauty of Science is doing to help us all become more engaged with reactions under a lens.

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Where Could the Beauty of Science Take Us?

Could this combination of art and science inspire a fascination for the sciences in more people? This education brand brings another level to science class!

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Image: Liesl Ulrich-Verderber, EWC's COOTo round us out, let’s hear from Liesl, EWC’s COO. Looking towards the future, she is most excited about the ways in which people are finding answers to some of our biggest problems in surprisingly simple and accessible ways!

To begin, let’s celebrate how something that the vast majority of us have in our pockets, is helping to save the rainforest. Yes, your cell phone. Well, actually, your old cell phone, could be used to protect some of the world’s richest ecosystems from poachers. We think that this brilliant idea says a lot about the future of conservation!

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Saving the Rainforest with Old Cell Phones

How can we police large swaths of endangered rainforest with something we all have at home? The incredible startup Rainforest Connection is taking our old cell phones and giving them a second life as protectors of some of the most at-risk habitat on the planet!

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Switching over to medicine, we think that this is a breakthrough everybody should know about! Alzheimer’s researchers at MIT have found a surprising potential therapy for patients suffering from the disease. The fascinating part, there are no drugs involved!

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Using Light as a Therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease!

Remarkable science alert! Scientists have recently found a therapy for Alzheimer's that uses light to reverse some of the symptoms of the disease!

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Finally, her favorite article from this year? Well in keeping with the theme of low-tech solutions to some of our most pressing problems, we want to point you towards this article on how paper tools are helping bring innovations in medicine, education, and science to all corners of the globe!

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How Paper Tools will Change the World

When it comes to innovations that will change the world, shouldn't we consider how many hands will have access to them? Check out this brilliant TED Talk from Manu Prakash, one of the remarkable brains behind the paper technologies of the future that will revolutionize how we think about science!

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Sometimes the most remarkable innovations are those that show us how much we can do with so little. Costly machines can be replaced with simple paper tools and old cell phones, light therapies could help to treat life-changing diseases. These answers, in many ways, democratize progress and innovation across the world. Putting solutions in the hands of all people, regardless of economic status or geographic location. Progress really can be for all!

Collections of inspiration and wonder:

If you’d like to spend a lazy afternoon bingeing on EWC’s collection of insights, innovation, and wonder, there are two other great places to visit:

First, don’t miss our “Fan Picked Favorites” page, where you’ll see the most popular articles from this past year!

Fan-Picked Favorites!

There were a few articles that really stood out this past year. Don't miss out on these gems!

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Then take a scroll down our “Must-See TED Talk” list! There are some amazing talks here that are little-known but jaw-dropping.

Have You Met our Friend, TED?

TED is known for celebrating and sharing ideas from some of the greatest thought leaders of our time! They've developed quite the expansive collection over the years, so we've narrowed down what we think are "must-see" TED talks that'll give anyone a proper introduction to TED.com!

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Thanks for celebrating possibility with us today!

You can join us in changing the negative dialogue about our world. You can subscribe and/or spread the word about Ever Widening Circles on your social media! You can easily contact us to tell your story about discovering EWC or send us inspiring links. You can even become a guest writer or join our team!

Meanwhile, stay open, optimistic and very curious!

~ Dr. Lynda

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Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world. Hear her latest conversations with thought leaders on the Conspiracy of Goodness Podcast--new episodes every Wednesday!