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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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Nicholas Clairmont

Editorial Contributor
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Susan Schwab

Former US Trade Representative
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Warren Littlefield

Former President, NBC
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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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Frank Oldham

Senior Partner, Mercer
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Anil Gupta

Global strategy expert
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Haig Nalbantian

Senior Partner, Mercer
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Nancy Calderon

Chief Administrative Officer, KPMG America
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Enrico Moretti

Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley
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Monique Leroux

President and CEO, Desjardins Group
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Anis Shivani

Writer, Poet
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Steve Alperin

Principal, DSA Digital
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Matthew Hutson

Author, the 7 Laws of Magical Thinking
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Ken Segall

Former Creative Director of Advertising, Apple, Inc.
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Mercedes Aráoz Fernández

Economist and Former Finance Minister, Peru
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Jim Camp

CEO, The Camp Negotiation Institute
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Yvette Alberdingk Thijm

Executive Director of WITNESS
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Edie Weiner

Futurist
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Stephen Coscia

Big Think Intern
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Halla Tomasdottir

Co-founder of Audur Capital financial services
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Donald Rumsfeld

Former Secretary of Defense
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Jane Diplock

Finance policy expert, barrister
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Stephen King

Partner, Omidyar Network
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Anthony Scaramucci

Author, The Little Book of Hedge Funds.
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NewSpace Global
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James Gleick

Author, The Information
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Andrew Newberg

Neurotheology pioneer, Director of Research at the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine