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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.

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

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World Renowned Bloggers

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

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Big Think Edge

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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.

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Living a Creative Life

March 5, 2014, 1:04 AM
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Moments of creativity feel like a rush. That spark of insight can make the months or years of drudgery seem worth it.  

But what if you're not being as creative as you would like to be? And your breakthroughs seem few and far between? In this classic video on creativity, Ira Glass promises that part of being creative means being comfortable with not being very good. There's no special formula that leads to the all magical ah-ha moment other than plain old fashioned hard work. Glass shares his own story on how he learned to live a creative life. 

For some of the latest science on creativity, turn to Big Think expert Sam McNerney.

Image credit: Bohman/Flickr

 

Living a Creative Life

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