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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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When Did Sales Become Unsexy?

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5 days ago

Sleazy, ugly, and gross are all words that come to mind when the word sales comes up. The question is, why do we shy away from a process that is at the center of everything we do?  Sales, quite literally, is the economy—more sales equals a bigger economy. Increased sales means more jobs and ...

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How Does An Idea Go Viral?

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18 days ago

Before hashtags and newsfeeds and even pens, paper and the press, the spread of ideas traces back to the cultural art of storytelling. This deep-seated tradition of sharing knowledge and interpreting experiences has continuously bridged generations. At our core, we are storytelling machines, and ...

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Collaborating Communities

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2 months ago

Crowdfunding has been a tool used to introduce new inventions and prototypes. Tech products specifically have benefitted by presenting a seemingly genius, fail-proof idea and crafting an all-or-nothing message: support the campaign or we won't have a way to give the world this great new product ...

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The Client Connection

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4 months ago

An extremely valuable part of my work is my clients. In the crowdfunding space clients are essential because I jump from campaign to campaign to campaign, which means multiple clients in intense capacities. As I said last week, each campaign is like a love affair; it’s fast, emotional, and ...

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Crowdfunding Breeds Innovation

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4 months ago

One of the reasons I find it so exciting to work in the crowdfunding space is because I get to witness crowdfunding actually shift and shape our economy. I often say that a 30-day campaign is much like a love affair. It’s intimate and exhilarating and I get to watch something grow and, if done ...

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Why You Need the Crowd

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4 months ago

What's so special about crowdfunding is that it's not just a one way exchange. It's democratic; it's collaborative. Crowdfunding allows for an open dialogue between the project creators and their backers. And the special part about it is that both have something essential to offer and share ...

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Crowdfunding Cities

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5 months ago

I went to Detroit this past weekend to speak to the Knight Foundation’s art grantees. Knight is a non-profit that is concentrated on "transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts,” and I first began collaborating with them ...