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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.

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Robert Montenegro

Ideafeed Editor

Alicia Munnell

Director of the Center for Retirement Research, Boston College

Dr. Meg Jay

Clinical psychologist

Dan Shapiro

Director, Harvard's International Negotiation Program

Tanvi Gautam


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.

Nancy Calderon

Chief Administrative Officer, KPMG America

Halla Tomasdottir

Co-founder of Audur Capital financial services

David Gebler

Author and Lawyer

Kadam Morten

Buddhist Teacher

Daniel Kahneman

Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Princeton University

Steven Mazie

Professor of Political Studies, BHSEC-Manhattan | Supreme Court Correspondent, The Economist

Megan Erickson

Associate Editor, Big Think

Jason Gots

Editor, Big Think

Tom Glocer

CEO, Thomson Reuters

Paul Krugman

Professor of Economics, Princeton; Columnist, The New York Times