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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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Kate O'Connor

Aide to Howard Dean from 1991-2004
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Dr. Meg Jay

Clinical psychologist
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Jim Goodnight

CEO, SAS
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Haig Nalbantian

Senior Partner at Mercer, author of Play Your Strengths
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Tanvi Gautam

Contributor
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David Blake

Professor of Pension Economics at Cass Business School, City University, Director of the Pensions Institute and Chairman of Square Mile Consultants, a training and research consultancy.
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Nancy Calderon

Chief Administrative Officer, KPMG America
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Monique Leroux

President and CEO, Desjardins Group
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Edie Weiner

Futurist
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Halla Tomasdottir

Co-founder of Audur Capital financial services
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Jane Diplock

Finance policy expert, barrister
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Susan Stautberg

Co-Founder, WomenCorporateDirectors
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David Gebler

Author and Lawyer
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Frances Frei and Anne Morriss

Professor, Harvard Business School
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Sam Herring

CEO, Intrepid Learning
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Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd

Big Think Video Producers
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Michael Powers

Professor of risk management and finance
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Brian Hoffstein

Contributing Writer
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Andrew S. Rosen

Chairman and CEO, Kaplan
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Daniel Kahneman

Nobel Prize-Winning Psychologist
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Patricia Milligan

President, Human Capital, Mercer
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Bruce Finley

Global Communications Director, Mercer
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Steven Mazie

Associate Professor of Political Studies, Bard High School Early College
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Megan Erickson

Associate Editor, Big Think
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Jason Gots

Editor, Big Think
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Daniel Honan

Managing Editor, Big Think