I believe the innate goodness and ingenuity of human beings will carry us past these complex times and every day I discover more evidence to prove that thesis. In 2014, I created a place where people around the world can go to see what I’m finding: Ever Widening Circles (EWC)
In short, we are pointing people to wonderful, newsworthy insights and innovations going uncelebrated in the mass media.
EWC is an excellent antidote to the daily news!
Since the start we’ve had three solid tenets:
We will be a place for all, with no politics and no commercial agenda, so you will never battle obnoxious advertising or bias-driven distractions.
We will only use sources and include outbound links to long-trusted places of knowledge and goodwill on the web.
We will write in a way that feels as though you have had coffee with a very nice, really smart friend, so you will always leave EWC with a spring in your step.
We aim to be the nicest place on the internet!
Good Intention Goes Viral with EWC
Word of our work at Ever Widening Circles made it to the front page of Reddit recently and 1.7 million search requests crashed the servers one afternoon. Some call that the coveted "Reddit Hug of Death," but my team and I call it our “proof of concept day.”
That remarkable day proved that curiosity, goodwill and a hunger for inspired-thinking are all still alive and well!
So why the dentist turned internet/social entrepreneur?
As a dentist, I am privileged to chat with hundreds of people every week, and over the years I noticed that the negativity of the news cycle was wearing people down. Fortunately, I had spent most of my life living in and traveling to unusual corners of the globe, so I knew that what we see on the news was not a balanced picture. I asked myself, "Where were all the stories of remarkable generosity and the wonder of human ingenuity that I have seen with my own eyes?"
When I could find no unbiased place on the web that was telling those stories, I created it.
To date, I have written and edited over 1,000 carefully cited articles about all the insight and innovation being missed by most.
I get to know many of the thought leaders and creators we write about on EWC, and my take away is this: Know more. Support good intention and ingenuity. If we all do that, the world will become a better place.
People who know more about innovation, insight, the wonders of the natural world are not easily dismayed or led astray. They become thought leaders in their own widening circles and make all progress possible.