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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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Ethan Philbrick

Musician
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Sonia Arrison

Futurist, Policy Analyst
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Bill Frist

Former Senate Majority Leader
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Adam Glick

President, The Jack Parker Corporation
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Steven Mazie

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

Author, The Education of Millionaires and The Power of Eye Contact
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Sarah Kay

Poet
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William Ackman

Activist Investor and Hedge-Fund Manager
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Ferran AdriĆ 

Chef and Culinary Inventor
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Tom Watson

Global Leadership Fellow, World Economic Forum
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Mark Roeder

Author, Financial Executive
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Tim Brown

CEO, IDEO
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Eric Schmidt

Executive Chairman, Google
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Eddie Lampert

Hedge Fund Manager
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Bruce Bueno de Mesquita

Professor of Politics, New York University
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Rich Lesser

Chairman, North & South America, Boston Consulting Group
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Saul Levmore

William B. Graham Distinguished Professor of Law at The University of Chicago
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Elon Musk

CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors
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Sir Fazle Abed

Founder & Chairperson, BRAC
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Mary Ellen Iskenderian

President and CEO, Women's World Bank
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Dr. Joy Hirsch

Neuroscientist, Columbia University
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Shawn O'Connor

Founder & CEO, Stratus Prep
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Dr. Kevin J. Mitchell

Associate Professor, Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin
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Dr. Denise L. Herzing

Research Director, The Wild Dolphin Project
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Roger Martin

Dean, Rotman School
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Jennifer Deal

Senior Research Scientist, Center for Creative Leadership