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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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Technology and marketing in the world of tomorrow

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Video of Celebration of Steve Jobs

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over 2 years ago

On October 19th, there was an event on Apple's campus celebrating Steve Jobs's life. This event was not secret, but the live video feed that connected all employees of Apple Stores to the event was not widely shared. The event is great, and each contributor is fantastic. It's a great way to ...

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Chinese Import Tariffs are a Bad Idea

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over 2 years ago

I just got back from a vacation and during that time I got to do something I love - read all sorts of intellectually stimulating stuff. It re-affirmed some simple knowledge: I love the Economist... One of the most interesting stories I read was one I hadn't been following at all prior to my trip ...

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Keynote Fever: Jobs and Zuck Look-a-likes

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almost 3 years ago

At this year's F8, Mark Zuckerberg's keynote was opened by Andy Samberg doing a 5 minute impersonation of Zuck (or, as Samberg began calling his character, "The Zuck Dawg").   Turns out there's another funny example of a tech CEO opening with a look-a-like. In 1999, Steve Jobs invited Noah ...

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User Acquisition

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almost 3 years ago

(The image to the left is from a Nancy Duarte presentation on the emotional path people travel down during great presentations) I was having drinks last evening with a startup that had a very innovative model, but was facing a familiar problem - user acquisition.  They wanted to engage users ...

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My formula for simple blogging

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about 3 years ago

When I first started blogging on BigThink, I compiled a list of people who I admired. I wanted to use those folks as a north star as I was trying to figure out how I should blog to a group of people who weren't just reading my personal blog (which despite all traffic numbers, in my head was ...

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Hiring at Involver

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about 3 years ago

We just opened up a positioning on the Involver Marketing team, I've loved developing relationships with you all as readers - and I think some of you might be a great fit for our team.So you know: I won't post about jobs often, but when I think there's one that particularly might make a good fit, I ...

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Lobbbying as a Marketing Activity

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about 3 years ago

This weekend I flew to lovely Pasco, WA to officiate a friend's wedding -- it was an amazing event and was truly enjoyable. On my way back, I had an idea for Amazon's marketing team that I wanted to share with you all. I own the Amazon Kindle, and absolutely love it for travel. It's a fantastic ...