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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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In Inventing the Future

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Bruce Gibney

Partner, The Founders Fund
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Fred Krupp

President, The Environmental Defense Fund
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David Berning

Big Think Intern
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Nicholas Clairmont

Editorial Contributor
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Haig Nalbantian

Senior Partner, Mercer
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Edie Weiner

Futurist
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James Gleick

Author, The Information
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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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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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James Percelay

Principal, Thinkmodo, Inc.
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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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Rebecca MacKinnon

Internet policy expert, co-founder of Global Voices
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Larry Rosen

Research psychologist
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George Dyson

Author, Turing's Cathedral
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Clay Johnson

Author, Digital Strategist
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Doc Hendley

Founder, Wine to Water
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David Rothkopf

Former U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce
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Andrea Chalupa

writer and journalist
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Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd

Big Think Video Producers
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Gernot Wagner

Economist
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Vijay Govindarajan

Professor of International Business at the Tuck School of Business
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Michael Schatz

Assistant Professor, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
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Bill Nye

The Science Guy