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

1

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

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers

2

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

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge

3

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
Close

How GM Got Its Groove Back

March 11, 2013, 12:00 AM
Volt

It wasn't a pleasant time to be at General Motors in January, 2009 when the company filed for the fourth-largest Chapter 11 in history and was rescued by taxpayers through direct loans, bailout cash and bankruptcy aid.

"The workforce at GM was pretty disheartened as you can imagine," says Ed Whitacre, who was tapped to turn the company around after the bailout. "You’re being called “Government Motors” by everybody," Whitacre tells Big Think. "In some cases your neighbors won’t speak to you because you’re in bankruptcy. You're embarrassed about going home or going to the grocery store. Some of your friends aren't your friends anymore."

Nobody knows you when you're down and out. Ain't that the truth!

Now let's fast forward to April, 2010, when Whitacre announced that GM had beaten its self-imposed deadline and had repaid the entire amount it had borrowed from the U.S. and Canadian governments, with interest. 

How did Whitacre and the employees of GM get their groove back so quickly? In the video below, Whitacre tells us that GM and its employees were on a mission to prove that they were worthy of being saved. "Give us a chance," the company and its employees were saying, and "we’ll show you what we can do. And, by golly, they did."

Watch the video here:

Images courtesy of Shutterstock

 

How GM Got Its Groove Back

Newsletter: Share: