Hi there!

I’m Liesl Ulrich-Verderber, EWC’s COO, and the Founder of EWCed and Amazing World Media!

After graduating from Harvard University with a degree in architectural design and economics, I started working with Ever Widening Circles as our COO and took up our mission to expand into education with EWCed in 2018, and explore how we could bring positive media to healthcare in 2019 with Amazing World Media.

My Background

Most of my undergraduate design training at Harvard University was through the Harvard Graduate School of Design. There, I honed my design skills and representation techniques, always with a flair for design that filled the mantra “Is it novel? Is it useful?”

I’d like to think that I have taken a bit of that mindset with me here at EWC, EWCed, and Amazing World Media.

As a professional photographer since the age of 14, and have had a lifelong passion for finding beauty in the world. Now, I use those same instincts as a writer and curator for Ever Widening Circles.

A Passion for Education

While I still spend a lot of time keeping the show running here on Ever Widening Circles, I am now collaborating with educators on EWCed. Over at EWCed, we curate content from Ever Widening Circles for educators to use in the classroom. Our mission at EWCed is to inspire students’ curiosity, connect them to the wider world, and give them a sense of what’s possible. We want to ignite possibility in our education systems with the knowledge that it is still an amazing world.

I have had a life-long passion for education. After serving on the school board as a high schooler, I have been an advocate for customized learning plans, and have seen some of the possibilities for change that are available in our education systems. At Harvard, I designed and taught leadership curriculum and classes to middle and high school students through the Leadership Institute at Harvard College. As we designed EWCed, these experiences teaching a diverse range of students with a video and discussion-based approach to learning have been a major source of inspiration.

Image: Liesl as a kid playing teacher wearing glasses

As a child, I loved to “teach” classes on the various things I’d learned watching PBS documentaries. As a teacher, I would always wear my cat eyeglasses and have my grandfather’s extendable pointer in hand.

When I’m not running around talking to educators and students (which is my favorite part of my job) I’m back in the Ever Widening Circles office pulling whatever hat we need for me that day off the rack and tackling problems from marketing to microwave malfunctions.

In my free time, I am an aspiring—but more often floundering—outdoor enthusiast, a camera-toting traveler, and a global story seeker.

-Liesl

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”-Victor Borge

Liesl can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV

Author's Articles

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Think about your nearest river. Where did it come from? Where is it going? Here’s a remarkable story from a National Geographic photographer about how his adventure to chase the Colorado River reshaped his perspectives.

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Take A Look At The Book Of You!

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What makes you, you? Here’s a remarkable TED Talk from Riccardo Sabatini that gives the marvelous complexity of life new perspective.

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Look Up! The Importance of Stargazing

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What can the night sky teach us about our own humanity? Whether you are looking up through the lights of the big city or surrounded by vast wilderness, stargazing can play an important role in reframing our perspective…

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Ever looked at something strange on the roadside and said, “I wonder who made that?” Here are the people and stories behind some of our planet’s most weird and wonderful places!

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Better Living Through Robotics

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The Search for Life Inside Volcanoes

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The Tale of the Flapper and the Panda

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Have you ever wondered what life would be like on Mars? After a year in a Mars exploration simulation, crew members return to earth with insights on what long-term living in space would be like!

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Inspiring Words from Gene Wilder

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Why do you do what you do? Here are some inspiring words from the late Gene Wilder that remind us to reflect on where we came from, in order to fully appreciate where we are…

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Thought Leaders!

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Think about it, the next generation of thought leaders is sitting in a classroom right now! How will we inspire them, and make sure they can explore their passions?

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The City that Runs on 100% Renewable Energy

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Why Should We Be Optimistic About Our World?

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The Art of Lava

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What happens when you combine art, science, and a customizable volcano? You get the Syracuse University Lava Project, an endeavour exploring the power and beauty of one of our planet’s most transfixing forces!

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Are Musical Tastes Hardwired?

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Are there chords out there that, well, strike a chord in us all? New research is coming up with some fascinating answers to whether or not our likes and dislikes when it comes to music are hardwired!

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Coral Morphologic: The Art of Conservation

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Shattering the Records: Are We Getting Faster, Better, and Stronger?

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This Olympics we have seen records broken, ceilings shattered, and remarkable feats of athleticism. Are athletes really getting better or is there something else happening here? Here’s the remarkable answer…

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Unearthing the DNA of the Jungle with Leeches

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How can leeches help biologist study remote ecosystems? It turns out researchers can use these often overlooked creatures to learn about species hidden from view! Here’s the fascinating story.

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What Will We Know in 100 Years?

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Explore some of the discoveries of the past century! From penicillin, to our origins, to general relativity, we have learned a lot over the past 100 years! What will we learn in the next?

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Celebrating Our Similarities

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The relationship between man and dog is a unique part of our shared evolutionary history. Here’s a look at beautiful way they continue to fit into that history from many perspectives…

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Our skies are capable of creating incredible wonders of light, cloud, and color! Here’s the science behind sundogs, one of the sky’s most brilliant phenomena!

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