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The Big Idea for Thursday, November 13, 2014
by Big Think Editors

World Peace & Sand Mandalas

The Big Idea for Monday, August 18, 2014
by Big Think Editors

Losang Samten, the author of Ancient Teachings in Modern Times: Buddhism in the 21st Century, has traveled the world, creating intricate sand mandalas. The colorful symbols inside the circle of sa...

Can Technology Save Us?

The Big Idea for Sunday, August 17, 2014
by Big Think Editors

Technology has brought major industries to their knees. But like an ancient deity, it has the power to create as well as destroy. Take fierce debate over genetically modified food, for instance...

The Big Idea for Saturday, August 16, 2014
by Big Think Editors

The world is increasingly becoming interdependent. Technology connects us unlike ever before. We can find new marketplaces for ideas and businesses in different parts of the world, and discover ne...

The Power of Asking Questions

The Big Idea for Tuesday, August 12, 2014
by Big Think Editors

Journalist Warren Berger discusses how thinking in questions can catalyze innovation and reveal more effective answers. The time to adopt this mindset is early and Berger advocates for teaching t...

Fighting Climate Change

The Big Idea for Monday, August 11, 2014
by Big Think Editors

Bill Nye, everybody's favorite "Science Guy," says enough of climate change deniers. The Earth is not flat. And humans are making a dangerous impact on the environment. And it has reached crisis l...

Mind Reading

The Big Idea for Sunday, August 10, 2014
by Big Think Editors

Are mind reading technologies--recording dreams and watching them like movies, telepathy, and the like--mind invasion? Should we welcome these types of technologies as part of the evolution of mak...

The Longevity Revolution

The Big Idea for Saturday, August 09, 2014
by Big Think Editors

In 1970, life expectancy in the U.S. was 70 years old; today it's around 78. In China, over 40 years ago, the life expectancy was around 62, and now it's around 73 years old. Why are we living lon...

Bigger Data

The Big Idea for Friday, August 08, 2014
by Big Think Editors

"The Internet of Things will be creating streams of data," PwC's Chris Curran tells Big Think. Curran compares the coming technological shift to the constant streams of information we're used to s...

Global Management

The Big Idea for Thursday, August 07, 2014
by Big Think Editors

We live in a global economy that has as many opportunities as it does mine fields. In the world of business, these mine fields are sowed with failures in communicating and leading across cultures....

The Power of Noticing

The Big Idea for Tuesday, August 05, 2014
by Big Think Editors

Are you too busy to notice an important moment pass you by? Your power of observation, and taking the time to act on that information, can make a major difference in your life. Just ask Max Baz...

Storytelling is Business

The Big Idea for Sunday, August 03, 2014
by Big Think Editors

Are you in the business of selling ideas, of managing and motivating others? Then you're in the business of storytelling. Regardless of your job title, your role is to learn how to tell stories...

Hiring Leadership

The Big Idea for Saturday, August 02, 2014
by Big Think Editors

Know how to spot a leader? Perhaps the job candidate is the insightful and decisive person whom your company needs. Don't forget to also screen for cultural compatibility. William Clemens, of t...