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.

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Ernie Kahane

Director of Learning Strategy and Acquisitions Integration, EMC Corporation
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Tim Sackett

Executive Vice President, HRU Technical Resources
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Martha Soehren

Chief Learning Officer and Senior Vice President, Comcast University and Comcast Cable
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Kate O'Connor

Aide to Howard Dean from 1991-2004
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Alicia Munnell

Director of the Center for Retirement Research, Boston College
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Jonathan Nus

Senior Director, S&P Ratings Services
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Dr. Meg Jay

Clinical psychologist
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Trevor Blake

Entrepreneur
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John Seely Brown

Chief of Confusion
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Dan Shapiro

Director, Harvard's International Negotiation Program
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Tom Doctoroff

Advertising Professional, Author of "What Chinese Want"
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Majid Rafizadeh

Policy analyst and human rights activist
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Dave Glass & Kill Cooper

Founder and Art Director, Hungry Castle
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Jim Goodnight

CEO, SAS
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John Maeda

President, Rhode Island School of Design
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Big Think Edge

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Larry King

Emmy award-winning talk show host
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Garret Kramer

Former ice hockey player, consultant to Olympic athletes
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Manoush Zomorodi

Author, Camera Ready: How to Present Your Best Self and Ideas On Air or Online
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Haig Nalbantian

Senior Partner at Mercer, author of Play Your Strengths
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Bruce Gibney

Partner, The Founders Fund
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Romi Haan

Founder and CEO, Haan Corp.
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Leslie Perlow

Professor: Harvard Business School, Author: Sleeping With Your Smartphone
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Mariano-Florentino "Tino" Cuéllar

Co-Director, Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation
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Fred Krupp

President, The Environmental Defense Fund
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Funke Osibodu

Chief Executive at Union Bank of Nigeria
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David Berning

Big Think Intern
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Tanvi Gautam

Contributor
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Ted Gonder

Executive Director, Co-Founder of Moneythink