What is Big Think?  

We are Big Idea Hunters…

We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

Big Think Features:

12,000+ Expert Videos


Browse videos featuring experts across a wide range of disciplines, from personal health to business leadership to neuroscience.

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers


Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge


Big Think’s Edge learning platform for career mentorship and professional development provides engaging and actionable courses delivered by the people who are shaping our future.

Find out more

You Can Learn to Discover. It's in Your DNA

April 21, 2013, 4:00 PM

Some people believe that it’s easier to become a better executor or, you know, delivery kind of person versus an innovator and just be able to get great new ideas.  Part of that belief comes from our history, our experience.  

Ninety-nine percent of executive and leadership and management development training around the world is execution focused.  So it’s no wonder that we can think to ourselves, “Well, it’s pretty easy to get good at delivering results because for most of us that’s all we’ve been taught and trained to do.”  And frankly, that starts in MBA programs and continues on until someone’s in their career in an organization.  

But what we’ve discovered is, and basically I can equally improve my innovation or discovery skills if I just learn what they are and how to become better at it.  Any of these things – asking more questions, making more observations, talking to more different people, experimenting and trying things – these are things that most people already do, frankly.  We know that from our data.  But they don’t do it enough.  And part of that is they don’t feel competent and they don’t feel capable and it’s basically elevating those skills through practice and through some techniques that can help them get better on the discovery side just the way they were doing on that delivery-execution side.

You can learn more about your innovator's DNA here


You Can Learn to Discover. ...

Newsletter: Share: