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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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There's a Learning Method to My Madness

7 months ago

If there's one thing that I really hope to help people to do, it's to look at the things you’ve given up on, the skills you’ve abandoned, never even got started on or quit, like learning the guitar, playing basketball, learning a language or teaching your kids one of those things.   Take those ...

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Why Democracies Become Risk-Averse

8 months ago

You hear sometimes about China or Russia or other oligarchies or dictatorships where they can stipulate that they’re going to tackle something in the next decade.  The challenge we have in a democracy is that we can change our minds depending on which party is in power.  But the problem is ...

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Are You a High Self-Monitor?

8 months ago

A high self-monitor is someone who has antennae who can read a situation, who understands from the body language of other people in the room whether they are being experienced positively or negatively, whether they are adding to the energy in the room or sucking the energy out, whether they are ...

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Innovation is about the Remixing of Ideas

9 months ago

An awful lot of innovation is based on the remixing of existing ideas and sometimes adding a little bit new as well.  And you’ll see a lot of the innovations in the technology space are really building upon things that have been done before, remixing them in new combinations to solve new problems ...

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Businesses Exclude Women at Their Own Peril

10 months ago

Corporate boards are supposed to reflect their consumers’ voices. At least 50 percent of consumers are women. Unless you completely integrate the consumers’ voices and perspective, your business is never going to be successful.   Women have at least 50 percent of buying power in households and I ...

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Fixing Education: Where Do We Begin?

10 months ago

We’re trying to work out what is wrong with education in the United States, and particularly with secondary education. There’s actually something very simple we could do and that’s just to look at what the best practice is abroad.  And being more comparative in our approach, going on a world ...

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Don't Worry About Your Ideas Getting Stolen

11 months ago

Very often the idea entrepreneur becomes worried that their idea will be stolen or copied or somehow taken away from them.  My counsel is don’t worry about that.  First of all, people are not so open to new ideas that they’re running around stealing them.  And second, if you put your fascination ...

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Let's Get Real About Food

11 months ago

When the average American has 150 pounds of sugar per person per year, 55 pounds of white flour and 53 gallons of soda, 23 pounds of pizza, 24 pounds of artificial sweeteners, 2.7 pounds of salt, I’m trying to get people to eat just a little bit more real food.  And raw is a great idea, but it’s ...

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Your Brain Needs Time to Heal Your Broken Heart

12 months ago

A broken heart isn’t something that should be discounted.  This is somebody who’s been in your life, who’s actually been part of your neurobiology for a long time.  And it makes sense that you’re going to need time to grieve and recover.  Your brain is going to need time to recover.  So I think ...