Hi! I’m Sam.

Over the course of my three years working with EWC, I’ve written 250+ articles on a wide range of topics, from adorable stinging slugs to the power of ballet in favelas, not to mention the countless stories celebrating the work people are doing in science and technology that can enhance all of our lives. (You can browse my articles if you scroll down!)

My time here at EWC began in 2016 during a bi-annual hygiene cleaning (as most good stories do) at Lynda and Chuck’s dental practice. I was your typical wandering senior in undergrad with no clue what they wanted to do next, so when they offered me the opportunity to write a few articles a month for “the website Lynda just started” while I finished my degree, I jumped on it. Now, 3 years later, I’m the Chief Curator and Editor, and with different possibilities coming at me daily, showing me the world that exists entirely outside of my bubble, my views of what can be have shifted entirely.

Image: Sam by her booth at the craft fair!

By my booth at my first craft fair!

But even with all of this writing, it’s still hard for me to write about myself. So, here’s what my boss has to say about me:

“Sam has brought a mastery of connection to EWC that is celebrated in every article she touches, and in every aspect of our visitor experiences. She is exceptionally gifted at wearing many hats, fluidly moving through every day from writing, research and business decision making, to diving deep into conversations with the thought leaders in our orbit. Most importantly Sam is an expert in going from “mind & heart”—on any topic—to the printed word that makes us all soar!

Sam is also a superlative “shape-shifter”, so open to everything that she seems always in the process of becoming something radiant and new. The sparkle she brings to every new person she meets is a gift we are inspired by every day and we are proud to see all the ways it has infused EWC with that same light for 3 years. She had been instrumental in our quest to find the common threads that connect us all.”

While I’m not in the office, you can find me hunched over a table working on a new carving, printing and covered in ink, walking in the woods, at a show, dancing, building a meditation practice, eating bagels, or getting lost on a long drive.

If you see me at a party, ask me about:

  • The two times I’ve fallen through a floor
  • My grandmother and the raccoons
  • The book I’m reading

Contact me if you…

  • Have a great short film you’d like to pitch for us to feature on the site (and maybe you’d like to write the article around it!)
  • Think your film would be a great fit for Amazing World Media
  • Find a typo! Anywhere!
  • Came across a really cool fact or took a sweet bug photo and you just gotta share

Check out my artwork and connect with me on Instagram @awhsam

Author's Articles

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Can You Fit a 2-Acre Garden in a Shipping Container?

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How do we increase access to fresh, nutritious foods in places lacking the land to grow it? Square Roots may be bringing us towards the solution by growing the equivalent of a 2-acre garden inside a shipping container!

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7 minutes

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This Clock Will Run for 10,000 Years… But Why?

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What will happen in 10,000 years? Who will be here? This innovation hopes to connect us to the thousands of generations to come, ticking away in a mountain through the timeline of humanity.

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20 minutes

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Kid President Returns to Keep Us Celebrating!

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If you’re searching for a glimmer of light on the web and proof our future is good hands, don’t fret: Kid President is back and taking us on a road trip to meet other awesome kids around the United States! 

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13 minutes

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Re-Imagining Restaurants: Zero Waste and Endless Good! 

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What if we just eliminated trash bins? This restaurant did! And this one commitment has completely reshaped the traditional restaurant model; pointing to possibilities that can transform food systems around the world.

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Fighting ALS One Pickle at a Time!

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When life throws us unexpected bad news, what do we do? The story of what Arthur Cohen turned his ALS diagnosis into may help you recognize your own tools to find your way through whatever pickle you may be facing!

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16 minutes

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Harnessing the Power of Mobile Cinema to Save Lives

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Here’s how innovation in cinema can change the future for millions! As they say, “You can’t be what you can’t see.” Now, thanks to the work of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and her team, people in remote places can see a different future.

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13 minutes

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On the Hunt with Italy’s Truffle Dogs!

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Hidden beneath the ground lie treasures with a hefty price tag that can only be uncovered by a certain few. So, let’s head off on a truffle hunt to discover the secrets of this delicacy…

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25 minutes

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What if Mass Media was Used for Good?

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There’s more power in positive media than just making us feel good! Sharing stories that celebrate progress around the world has the ability to change lives. Check out this collective of creators redefining the way we tell the stories about some of our world’s biggest issues, and the people working to alleviate them.

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The Peacock Chair: The Humble Beginnings of a Great Equalizer

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Could a chair be a symbol that connects us all? Well, from presidents to actors to even your own grandmother, for over a century, this chair has shown up time and time again in some of our most beloved images. But this piece of furniture has been more than just a beautiful place to rest—just take a look!

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24 minutes

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Leaf Miners: The Unexpected Conservation Heroes

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Forget whatever you’ve heard about leaf miners, these common garden pests are little wonders that may be holding up an entire ecosystem! Head over to Hawaii with us to check out how these tiny creatures can have a big impact on conservation.

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7 minutes

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Finding Our Freedom Under a Frozen Lake

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Could freediving into a frozen lake teach us something about living a less stressful life? Let’s hear from these divers about what they’re experiencing as they explore the icy depths. It may just give you a few ideas of your own!

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15 minutes

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Traveling Back in Time through a Father’s Eyes

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What places matter to you most? When was the last time you visited them? This father and son story gives us a few tips on how to navigate some of life’s transitions by sharing the places that are most important to who we are.

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10 minutes

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Casting a Line for Conservation!

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What happens when fishermen and scientists team up to protect a species? Check out this extraordinary collaboration of anglers and biologists to preserve some of the world’s most endangered and magnificent fish!

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13 minutes

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Journey to a Land Where Medieval Monsters Still Reign

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What ancient monsters are still roaming around us today? We’re traveling to a land shrouded in thousands of years of history, where medieval creatures are waging wars and heading off on epic quests driven by evolution. Come explore this untouched wilderness with us!

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10 minutes

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The Magic of Embracing What You’re Bad At!

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What would happen if we embraced the humor in being bad at something? Could it actually enhance our relationships? Check out what this imaginative mother and son duo has created by doing just that.

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16 minutes

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The People Who Could Be the Unsuspecting Heroes in Our Journey!

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Jonathan Gravenor discovered some unlikely “teachers” as he went from traveling the world as a successful journalist to struggling through chemo alone, and they changed his life. He shares a few of the lesson he learned in this great TED Talk!

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Watch this Crab Regrow its Legs!

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Get ready for a story of epic crab fights, lost limbs, and the magic of regeneration! Nature has some pretty incredible examples of design genius, and we’re about to dive in.

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Meet the Organization Saving Thousands of Dogs in Puerto Rico!

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Here’s how the inspiration of one person can change lives for thousands! Look at what happened when boxer, Chrissy Beckles, started rescuing and rehabilitating stray dogs on Dead Dog Beach in Puerto Rico.

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The School that Changed an Entire Community

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What if lasting social change started by getting adversaries to become advocates for some new future that everyone could imagine together and feel good about? This is how Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya started a revolutionary school that is changing the lives of generations of students!

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15 minutes

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A Beautiful Look at the Future of Eldercare!

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It’s time to break the mold on what eldercare looks like! Where would you want to spend your golden years? How about a village complete with a bar, shopping center, and living catered to your lifestyle! This is a leap for us all!

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8 minutes

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Why Are These Bees Getting Punched by Alfalfa?

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If you love your ice cream or cheese, then your new bestie should be a tiny bee that makes it all possible! These leafcutter bees have to go through a boxing match with a flower that packs quite the punch to put your favorite treats on the table. 

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9 minutes

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The Case for Taking More Naps!

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Busy schedule got you stressin’? Here are easy ways you can bring more simplicity to your life!

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12 minutes

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A Museum of What New Yorkers Throw Out Every Day

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Tucked away inside an NYC garage sits a museum of all the treasures thrown in the trash every day. Let’s meet the man behind this bootstrap collection and the insight he has for us all!

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23 minutes

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The Choir That’s Leading the Way to a Better World

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Have you had a “goose-bump moment” yet today? Here’s your best chance! From South Africa to the stage of America’s Got Talent, the Ndlovu Youth Choir is sharing their dynamic performances and uplifting stories with the world.

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30 minutes

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Life Advice from the Slowest Mammal on Earth!

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What can sloths teach us about dealing with the chaos of modern life? Here’s a hilarious TED Talk that will have you becoming a champion of the sloth lifestyle for yourself.

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10 minutes

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Meet The Company Making Travel Accessible for Everyone!

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Trekking up Machu Pichu, exploring Easter Island, navigating through the wilds of Mexico; these were all trips once impossible for travelers who use wheelchairs. But this organization is changing all of that!

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12 minutes

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The Amazing Way a Fish Changed Human History

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Could a single fish really be the reason our world is the way that it is? Could the scope of human history have been entirely different without it? Let’s explore! This is amazing!

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8 minutes

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How the Internet Made the Chicken Church Come to Life!

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Venture with us to Indonesia’s Chicken Church—a building brought back to life through the power of the internet!

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8 minutes

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The Way Porcupines are Influencing Healthcare!

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To defend ourselves against harmful bacteria and infection, we’re turning to porcupine quills for inspiration! Here’s just one more way that looking towards nature for designs is improving our lives. 

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