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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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Businesses Can Create a Better World

7 days ago

Can profits and helping the environment or helping reduce poverty go hand in hand? Efrat Peled thinks so. In the latest installment of Big Think’s Edge, Peled explains how businesses can create a better world.  Create a Better World “We feel that in order to create long-term successful ...

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Diversity Leads to Better Decisions

26 days ago

There are obvious reasons why diversity is important to an organization. Economist Tim Harford, who has been called "Britain's Malcolm Gladwell," discusses the surprising benefits of diversity in the latest installment of Big Think's Edge. Effective Decision Making: "We often hear people ...

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Explore Nanotechnology

about 1 month ago

We already have nanotechnology, says Ray Kurzweil, renowned futurist and director of engineering at Google. "In fact, chips today, the key features are 50 or 60 nanometers so that is already nanotechnology." In the latest installment of Big Think's Edge, Kurzweil takes us into the exciting ...

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Engaging in a Global Purpose

about 1 month ago

The U.N. estimates that there are about 57 million children, worldwide, not attending school. Vikas Pota, the Chief Executive of the Varkey GEMS Foundation, says that the bigger crisis that exists in education is not that millions of children are not in school, but that hundreds of millions go to ...