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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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Experts' Corner Posts

Guest posts from thought leaders

Experts' Corner

Time to Deregulate Organic

over 2 years ago

It’s time to deregulate the organic industry. No… I’m not suggesting we let it become a free-for-all. What we have right now is a free-for-all because the industry relies exclusively on record-keeping instead of field testing. This must change. It only stands to reason that organic farms should ...

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Leadership - Lost and Found

over 2 years ago

President Obama has been chided – and even derided – for his lack of leadership over the past year. Indeed, the man who was elected on fervent hope and sweeping change in the midst of the worst financial collapse since the Great Depression, was being compared to hapless Jimmy Carter, rather than ...

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Is Your Child Really Happy on Facebook?

over 2 years ago

I’ve been thinking about what it means to be a young teen who uses social networks as the primary way of connecting to peers. It used to be that the vast majority of interactions and friendship forming took place in the real world – at and after school; on the weekends, at parties and the movies ...

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The New Talent Economy

over 2 years ago

Andrew S. Rosen is chairman and CEO of Kaplan, Inc. and the author of Change.edu: Rebooting for the New Talent Economy. Over the last century, our country's traditional, world-class universities such as Harvard, Yale, and Berkeley have played an essential role in vaulting the United States ...

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The Point of Play is That it Has No Point

over 2 years ago

* Children should have plenty of opportunities to play.  * Even young children have too few such opportunities these days, particularly in school settings.   These two propositions -- both of them indisputable and important -- have been offered many times.[1]  The second one in particular ...

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Asia's Rise, the West's Fall?

almost 3 years ago

Editor's Note: The following remarks are from a speech Lionel Barber delivered in Sydney, Australia on 11/17/2011, as part of the Lowy Institute for International Policy's lecture series.   The fundamental question I would like tonight to tackle the proposition head-on: Is the West ...