What is Big Think?  

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.

Big Think Features:

12,000+ Expert Videos

1

Browse videos featuring experts across a wide range of disciplines, from personal health to business leadership to neuroscience.

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers

2

Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge

3

Big Think’s Edge learning platform for career mentorship and professional development provides engaging and actionable courses delivered by the people who are shaping our future.

Find out more
Close

Blog Posts

IdeaFeed

Burton’s Demons

Missing
over 4 years ago

As weird and wonderful film director Tim Burton’s take on ‘Alice in Wonderland’ opens, he talks to The Independent about the origins of his demons and original outlook. “Recalling his formative years in suburbia he says: ‘I was always a loner and spent a lot of time by myself, making up stories and ...

IdeaFeed

Politico Percolating

Missing
over 4 years ago

Coffee Party activism, which started on Facebook in furious protest against the Tea Party’s uprising, is spreading (and percolating) quickly in the months since Annabel Park instigated it. “Annabel Park did what any American does when she feels her voice has been drowned out: She squeezed her anger ...

IdeaFeed

Bridget Jones TV?

Missing
over 4 years ago

NBC Universal plans to bring well-known big-screen characters including Bridget Jones, Billy Elliot, and Nanny McPhee to our television screens, with plans for drama adaptations. “Last week NBC Universal International and Working Title announced they were moving into TV production with new joint ...

IdeaFeed

Posing Bipartisans

Missing
over 4 years ago

“Members of Congress got to pose for a moment of bipartisan victory on the jobs crisis yesterday with the passage of a package of tax cuts and transportation investments that may put a few hundred thousand people to work. It would be great news, if only there weren't 14.8 million Americans looking ...

As I Please

Haiti: The United Nations Picks Up The Pieces

Haitiquake
over 4 years ago

How quickly the media caravan moves on. How painful it must be for those left behind, who for but a short while captured global attention, but who must continue to return to the hell of ruined shacks and hovels that is Port au Prince, Haiti, now that the spotlight has shifted elsewhere. The ...

Resurgence

Racial Discrimination: The Reality Show

863724_86195512
over 4 years ago

I used to picture my neighbors, my bosses, my drinking buddies, all faithfully keeping thoughts of racial conflict out of their minds the same way the pop-up zapper software on my computer blocked annoying ads. It was a nice thought, but it contradicted what my one of my cigar buddies revealed to ...

IdeaFeed

Political Embarrassment

Missing
over 4 years ago

An inquiry will be launched into the handling of a complaint that Governor David Paterson violently assaulted a female aide, after questions raised over a suspected “hush up”. “Last fall, a woman went to court in the Bronx to testify that she had been violently assaulted by a top aide to Gov. David ...

IdeaFeed

Discipline Too Far

Missing
over 4 years ago

An apology has been demanded of a Montgomery County middle school after a pupil was escorted from the premises by police after refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance. “The unidentified student was mocked by other children in her class and has been too traumatized to return to Roberto Clemente ...

IdeaFeed

Chemical Reaction

Missing
over 4 years ago

Silicon Valley startup Bloom Energy has unveiled new technology which can “harnesses chemical reactions to create energy” in the hope of revolutionizing the world’s fuel sources. “Bloom's main product is the Bloom Energy Server, a generator based around a smart new fuel cell technology. Fuel cells ...

IdeaFeed

Bipartisanship?

Missing
over 4 years ago

“If President Barack Obama really wanted to show he’s serious about winning over Republicans on health care reform, he could offer up some key concessions at Thursday’s summit, like caps on malpractice awards or allowing insurers to sell across state lines. And if Republicans wanted to reciprocate ...

IdeaFeed

Great Garbage Patch

Missing
over 4 years ago

Scientists have found that a particular area of the North Atlantic Ocean attracts plastic debris and other trash, leaving the region comparable to the Pacific’s “great garbage patch”. “Kara Lavender Law of the Sea Education Association told the BBC that the issue of plastics had been ‘largely ...

IdeaFeed

Hurricane Up Ahead

Missing
over 4 years ago

A blizzard is expected to take aim at the Northeast of America, with what weather experts are predicting to be “immobilizing blizzard conditions” with wintry winds and destructive snow.“As the storm intensifies, the winds across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast will strengthen later today and tonight ...