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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.

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Power and Influence

Pity The Honest System Administrator

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10 months ago

What's the Latest Development? On a recent television interview, National Security Agency director Gen. Keith B. Alexander said that, in response to the recent leak of classified information by contractor Edward Snowden, the organization planned to institute a "two-man rule" requiring a second ...

Power and Influence

The Pros And Cons Of BYOD

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11 months ago

What's the Latest Development? As employers and employees look into the growing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend, writer Brian Proffitt looks at the pluses and minuses of reducing or eliminating a corporate hardware standard. For the company, purchasing savings is only one part of the picture ...

Inventing the Future

Hiring As Science, Thanks To Big Data

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12 months ago

What's the Latest Development? In an era where every digital interaction leaves a mark, companies are better prepared than ever to hire and promote the best people, thanks to a new discipline called work-force science. The massive amounts of worker data gathered annually by recruiting company ...

Power and Influence

How to Be An Awesome Underling

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over 1 year ago

What's the Big Idea? In 1990, Kate O'Connor was the aide for the lieutenant governor of a small, largely inconsequential New England state. Fourteen years later, when Howard Dean became a clear front runner for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination, that job -- her first -- suddenly took ...