I’m Dr. Lynda Ulrich, founder of Ever Widening Circles (EWC), a media company with one mission: To Change the Negative Dialogue About Our Times.
The proof that we are entering an amazing era of astounding progress is all around us, but going almost completely uncelebrated in mass media. And EWC is here to change all that.
If you’ve made it this deep in the website, you’re probably curious about who we are and how we have come to champion the effort to usher in this new era. So, I thought I would put together a letter detailing our journey thus far.
Here’s the backstory:
In the winter of 2013, I was becoming more and more discouraged about the relentless barrage of bad news coming from every corner of the global media and I’d started to notice that my patients seemed more downtrodden too. Then one crisp January morning I received a heartbreaking email from a 19-year old boy who had been a patient of mine since he was a toddler. He was writing from a bleak part of Afghanistan where he had landed after signing up for the army, a way he thought that he could make the world a better place.
Unfortunately, he had lost all hope in humanity and the future for us all.
A twig snapped in me and I set out to find a place on the internet where I could send good people for signs of wonder and progress for us all.
Fortunately, I had lived and traveled all over the world myself, so I knew what Cameron was experiencing was only a tiny slice of reality. Over the previous two decades, my husband and I had taken our kids to many off-the-beaten-path places around the globe, and we had found people becoming more ingenious and generous than ever.
Yet we don’t hear about that aspect of life too much, do we?
So Cameron’s email sparked a quest in me. I spent the next three weeks searching the internet for a trustworthy place to send people who needed a connection to possibility and the amazing work of all the thought leaders in the world who were shaping the future in positive ways.
Sure, there were pleanty of “good news” websites out there, but all of them were heavily biased by some sort of political and advertising agenda.
And many were not taking the matter seriously enough for what I wanted to achieve. I was not interested in “feel good stories” of puppies in mailboxes. I was searching for newsworthy examples of insight and innovation that could change the future!
When I could find no trustworthy and inspiring place to send people… I built it.
(I’m like that: a sort of fearless, impulsive problem-solver, with a love for the world.)
It was a winning recipe right from the start. We’ve since made it to the front page of Reddit; have tens of thousands of Facebook fans in places like Afghanistan, Nepal and Cambodia; and we get over a 100,000 new visitors each month. We’ve already launched a site all tee’d up for use in classrooms around the world (EWCed.com) and just recently, launched an endeavor to improve outcomes and bring the humanity back to healthcare (Amazing World Media).
Here’s 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.
Most importantly, we’ll have no politics and no commercial agenda. We’ll cite our sources impeccably, and our visitors will come away feeling like they have had coffee with a really smart, nice friend.
The initial version of Ever Widening Circles (EWC) was a standard blog, created in March of 2014 by a young, local guy who had a knack with technology. I took a year to test various aspects of getting my posts out to places around the world that no one seemed to care about; places like Nepal, Afghanistan, Algeria. There were stretches when we were being joined by over 1000 new Facebook fans per day! Turns out, people everywhere were looking for insight and innovation. At the end of that first year, we had 40,000 views of our articles each month from over 190 countries and almost 20% of the people who visited came back!
Not bad! It was an exciting time!
All of that interest in possibility told me my instincts were right and I committed to creating something that would eventually become known as The Nicest Place on the Internet.
In the summer of 2015, my daughter, Liesl, then a recent Harvard grad, joined me to change my initial “passion project” into a serious movement.
We started off into the unfamiliar landscape of digital publishing with no knowledge of its key players or rules, and we were schooled by hard knocks at every turn.
But… in short order, we learned that on the internet we could play by our own rules and we committed to finding a way forward based purely on common sense, good intention and the kindness of strangers.
And that is exactly what we have found in great supply.
(If you are curious, you can read our complete bios, and the bio of our right-had woman Sam, who does the bulk of our writing and improves every decision we make. I think you’ll find we are people you could identify with on many levels.)
Here are my four promises:
- We will never impose any political or commercial agenda on you.
- We will never complicate our beautiful, image-rich content with advertising.
- We will only use sources from and include outbound links to long-trusted places on the web.
- You will come away feeling like you’ve just had coffee with a really nice, smart friend.
What you will find daily:
We think the world is ready for a fundamental change in the scope of “news” they are getting.
We know the news needs to keep us informed about the “outliers” that threaten peace and progress, so we are here to tell the “the rest of the story”.
Our take on the negative news cycle is this: We encourage people to find the most unbiased source for news they can find and stay informed. And then head to Ever Widening Circles to end up with a more balanced worldview.
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.
**We also curate the web for the best the “talks’, given by great innovators and insightful speakers: TED Talks and National Geographic Explorers Series.
You can join our unique community of connection around this idea that the world is still an amazing place.
Invite me to speak for your organization. I’m traveling the country now with an amazing message that transforms what people think is possible!
Contact me if you’d like to help. (I personally check our “Contact Us” line every day!)
Dr. Lynda M. Ulrich, DMD, Founder