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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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Ed Conard

Author, Unintended Consequences
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Victor Cha

D.S. Song Chair, School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University
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Noel Biderman

Founder and CEO, Ashley Madison
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Thomas Easley

Artist
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Andrew Likierman

Dean of the London Business School
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Mark Hewitt

Architect, Historian & Preservationist
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Susan Stautberg

Co-Founder, WomenCorporateDirectors
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Bill Bradley

Senator, NBA Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist
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Ali Wyne

Researcher, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
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Tiffany Shlain

Filmmaker, Founder of the Webby Awards
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David Eagleman

Neuroscientist
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Ruchir Sharma

Head of Emerging Markets at Morgan Stanley
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Alva Noƫ

Philosopher, cognitive scientist
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David Gebler

Author and Lawyer
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Bryan Sykes

Founder and Chairman, Oxford Genetics
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James Percelay

Principal, Thinkmodo, Inc.
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Sam McNerney

Science writer
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Mark Hyman

Author, The Blood Sugar Solution
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Jonah Lehrer

Author
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Neil Schwartzman

Executive Director, CAUCE - the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email
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Jim Quigley

Senior Partner, Deloitte
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Amanda Whitman

Contributor, Big Think
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Kara Finnegan

Editor, Big Think Edge
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Vijay Vaitheeswaran

Global Correspondant for The Economist
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Marilynne Robinson

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author
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Kristen Wolf

Novelist