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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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In 21st Century Living

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Ethan Nadelmann

Founder and Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance
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Harry Massey

Writer, director & entrepreneur
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Ainissa Ramirez

Science Evangelist
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Dave Rahill

President, Health & Benefits, Mercer
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Kevin Dutton

Research Psychologist, University of Oxford
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Tony Tjan

Managing Partner, Cue Ball Capital
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Ai Weiwei

Artist
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Errol Morris

Film director
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Jack Myers

Chairman, Media Advisory Group
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Jeff DeGraff

Dean of Innovation
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John Seely Brown

Chief of Confusion
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John Maeda

President, Rhode Island School of Design
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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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Leslie Perlow

Professor: Harvard Business School, Author: Sleeping With Your Smartphone
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David Berning

Big Think Intern
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Ted Gonder

Executive Director, Co-Founder of Moneythink
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Nicholas Clairmont

Editorial Contributor
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Anis Shivani

Writer, Poet
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Ken Segall

Former Creative Director of Advertising, Apple, Inc.
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Edie Weiner

Futurist
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Slavoj Žižek

Philosopher
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Noel Biderman

Founder and CEO, Ashley Madison
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Bill Bradley

Senator, NBA Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist
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Jim Quigley

Senior Partner, Deloitte
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Kara Finnegan

Editor, Big Think Edge