Imagine a world where hearing the daily news left us feeling uplifted, smarter and sometimes, in awe. How would that empower us in our individual decision making, problem-solving, planning, and interactions?

Surprise! It turns out that empowering feeling is entirely possible right now. Well, that’s if your day includes a visit to Ever Widening Circles (EWC). We’re fast becoming the place for an antidote to the daily news.

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We have spent four years meticulously curating the very best of the web; with over a thousand articles on the insights and innovations that are going uncelebrated in the mass media. Every other day, our team publishes a carefully-cited article highlighting a new discovery, an ingenious person, a wonder of nature, or a cultural gem.

Most importantly, Ever Widening Circles promises no agenda: no politics and no marketing interruptions or biases.

“My goal is to change the negative dialogue about our times. In short, we are demonstrating this is still an amazing world and aiming to be the nicest place on the internet.” —Dr. Lynda Ulrich, EWC Founder

Refreshing, huh?

We hope that it’s a recipe you will support by helping us get the EWC Patreon Page up and running! Even a small amount helps.

That’s us! We are real people, working in a really old building (built in 1851… that’s 10 years before Abraham Lincoln was a thing), in the beautiful, small Vermont town of St. Albans. Our walls are covered with whiteboards that have become colorful collages of sticky notes and a dry erase markers. We drink a lot of hot tea, play music from vinyl records, and keep our lime tree named “Al” watered meticulously. (He is flourishing.)

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Here’s a good way to do the math on how you can help us make the world a better place:  Even one dollar can help Ever Widening Circles reach nearly 275 people! We’ve looked at the numbers and 20% of the people who check out Ever Widening Circles become regular visitors. So, every dollar you help us with each month equals about 50 new people on the planet who become part of an Ever Widening Circles mindset —that’s 600 people a year! With $3 a month, that’s 1800 new people around the globe who would have a way to hear the bad news and yet respond in a positive way.

Stop to imagine how much that could change the world… if you were personally responsible for 600-1800 people having a new worldview, one of radiating possibility and connection to all that is good.

How does Patreon work?

Well, it’s a little like Kickstarter, in that it helps support the work of independent creators and thought leaders. But unlike Kickstarter where you donate a large sum, with Patreon, you can support us with just a few dollars each month in an ongoing way, which allows us to keep a monetary agenda away from our content. Donating to us on Patreon is like buying us a coffee every month to say thank you, and we’ll turn that cup of coffee into amazing articles that you can always count on to put a spring in your step!

It is important you stay informed by conventional news sources, but our work will balance your knowledge base! You’ll be able to hear about the serious issues of our world and know there are equally as many good people doing amazing things: the antidote to the daily news.

It’s also an awesome way for us to connect with you in a personal way.

For just $1 a month will let us interact with you in fun ways. We’ll be letting you know what we’re reading, other videos and video creators we like but haven’t featured, the podcasts we’re listening to, and various other things that we think you should check out! (And we want your suggestions too!) For $3 a month, you’ll have access to all of that awesome community, as well as our exclusive, patrons-only Podcast. There, we’ll be interviewing thought leaders and creators we’ve featured and letting you in on some behind the scenes updates!

Pretty cool, right?

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Need a little reminder as to the wonders we are curating for everyone?

Here is a link to ease the pain of discovery (you know, when you click from article to article unable to find anything that sparks your interest.) We’d like to give you a head start with a few links to weed through the chaos of the internet:

7 minutes

Rewilding: What if We Had the Giants Back?

Have you heard much about "megafauna," the other giants that roamed the earth after the dinosaurs. It turns out they can teach us a lot about rewilding, a process to recover balance in the natural world.

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27 minutes

Skateboarding for Peace in Afghanistan

The most remarkable innovations often happen with sweeping speed, when someone puts things together in a novel way. See how amazing hope and education have lurched forward through skateboarding in Afghanistan!

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12 minutes

Gratitude and Wonder with Louie Schwartzberg

Photographer Louie Schwartzberg brings us all to a place of breath-taking beauty, wonder and hope with his TED Talk, remarkable images and the words of wise ones, young and old. This TED Talk leaves us with a sigh and a smile every time we revisit it.

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“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.”

—Alan Cohen

18 minutes

Rewilding: How Wolves Radically Change Rivers

Author George Monbiot has coined a new term - "rewilding" - which may be the key to finding balance with the natural world. You won't believe the dramatic improvements that nature can manage for itself, once key species are reintroduced. Fascinating!

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5 minutes

Powering Your World with Fish Scales?

Yes, you read that correctly, we can use fish scales to generate power! It turns out those fish you see in the market could be an alternative energy source. Here's how this alternative energy source could be used in the future!

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If you are a regular visitor to EWC then you’ve probably enjoyed every one of those gems from our archives but if you haven’t, dive in. You are sure to come out the other side of that journey with a renewed worldview!

So please join us for your daily dose of optimism. You can subscribe and never miss an insight!

Image: The entire EWC team wearing spiderweb printed blazers, and a smiley face shirt underneath. The team is posing with a taxidermy moose.

Here we are Our Halloween costume this year for Poptech was the “Nicest Place on the Web”.
From left to right: Dr. Chuck, Dr. Lynda, Thomas, Sam, and Liesl.

If your tastes run more a bit more specific, here are a few articles specifically about wonders of technology:

14 minutes

Helping the Blind See With Their Tongues

Have you heard of the device that uses the tongue to transmit visual information to the brain? Today, we'll take a look at the lives of Andy and Erik to see the potential in this amazing innovation!

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11 minutes

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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20 minutes

Turning Apples into Ears: Creativity in the Lab

What if we let creativity and play mix with science? Here's a lab that is doing just that, and in doing so coming up with incredible discoveries, like the ability to turn apples into ears...

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And for your creative side:

12 minutes

Dance that Defies Gravity!

What happens you take dance, flip it sideways, and defy gravity on the side of a building? Check out BANDALOOP a dance troupe that is spreading awe and wonder with a new kind of dance!

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22 minutes

How Tall Bikes Could Save the World!

Since the dawn of time, wildly creative people (often considered foolish) have been bringing ingenious concepts into our daily lives. Here's a brilliantly fun and remarkable innovation that may be on the horizon!

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How about some thoughtful but really funny TED talks?

18 minutes

Secrets to the “Happiness Advantage” at Work

Want to be happier at work? Solid science predicts we actually control 90% of our happiness and only 10% is related to our circumstances! Today, Shawn Anchor tells us how to nurture the "happiness advantage" in our work and home. Amazing!

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9 minutes

Hilarious James Veitch: Scamming an Email Scammer!

What would happen if you replied to an email scam in your inbox? Comedian James Veitch decided one day to find out. The story that ensues is very funny and revealing!

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And here’s one from our founder, Dr. Lynda, with 12 keys to surviving, maybe even thriving, through a struggle or tragedy:

15 minutes

Micro-Preemie Turns 21: A Success Story for Everyone!

When life gets difficult there's always something we can learn and use for the rest of our lives. 21 years ago, Dr. Lynda (EWC's founder) gave birth to a 1 pound baby when she was just into the 5th month of her pregnancy. She picked up a few pearls of wisdom in the years that followed—here are 12.

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All that wonder and yet so much more to write about! That’s why we need you to help us keep this free for everyone around the world.

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Your Antidote to the Daily News!

Here’s the really important reason we’re reaching out for your help.

We know that Ever Widening Circles can be an antidote for so many of us to the daily news. We’ve heard countless times that reading these articles broadens worldviews, rejuvenates our readers’ sense of awe, and gives them hope for a brighter future. And we want to keep this “nicest place on the internet” free for everybody around the globe.

Back to our original question: What kind of world could we all be living in if everyone knew about all of the fantastic things happening in it? Where could we be if everyone was able to expand their knowledge of what’s possible in a positive way? How many more interactions, partnerships, and innovations could be sparked?

These are the questions that run through our minds every day, and we’re so excited for you to join us on this next chapter in EWC’s history. A chapter where you get to have a direct impact on our growth. Where you can help us build a YouTube channel, reach new people, and move us toward that shared vision of a more connected and empowered world.

So, thank you for giving any amount that you can give. We appreciate every dollar, and we promise that it will go back into making this world a little brighter and better for us all!

Stay beautiful, stay curious, stay hopeful, and stay open to new possibilities! We’ll bring you all the wonder and insight we can find.

  • Dr. Lynda, Liesl, Sam, and Thomas

Have you enjoyed our articles on Ever Widening Circles?

Please consider becoming a Patron! Your $1 can help keep us up and running, spreading the word that it’s still an amazing world to every corner.

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Notes:

  1. “EWC IS ON PATREON!” YouTube, Ever Widening Circles, 30 Oct. 2018, https://youtu.be/ZZh8gRBvQ6k. Accessed 8 Nov. 2018.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world.