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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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Collaborative Fund: Visionary New Investing Model for Pro-Social Startups

January 21, 2011, 11:31 AM

Collaborative Fund is a new kind of investment fund that bridges the disconnect between doing good and doing well in business, providing the financial foundation for creativity and innovation that will shape our shared future.

The brainchild of entrepreneur and angel investor Craig Shapiro, the fund aims to support emerging technologies that promote collaborative consumption – the shift from an ownership economy to peer-to-peer resource sharing – and social enterprises that innovate through authenticity, transparency, a genuine drive for collective well-being, and other concepts that are in desperate need of reclaiming from the fluff-lined "corporate social responsibility" manifestos of Big Business.

Propelling the project is a formidable brain trust, including One Laptop Per Child founder Nicholas Negroponte, Kiva CEO Jessica Jackley, YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley, What's Mine Is Yours author Rachel Botsman, and GOOD magazine founder Ben Goldhirsh.

Maria Popova is the editor of Brain Pickings, a curated inventory of miscellaneous interestingness. She writes for Wired UK, GOOD Magazine, and Design Observer, and spends a shameful amount of time on Twitter.


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