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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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Jane Hyun

Founder and President, Hyun & Associates
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Robert Davidson

Assistant Professor, Georgetown University
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Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
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Thalma Lobel

Professor, The School of Psychological Sciences
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Karan Girotra

Assistant Professor of Technology and Operations Management, INSEAD
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Jon Iwata

SVP, Marketing & Communications, IBM
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Losang Samten

American Tibetan Scholar and Sand Mandala Artist
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Warren Berger

Author, A More Beautiful Question
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Lisa Bodell

CEO of futurethink and author of the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution
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Brian Palacios

Founder and CEO, Fabricastl
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Gene Frieda

Global Strategist, Moore Europe Capital Management
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Marc Perton

Vice President of Content, Big Think
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Kay Koplovitz

Founder, USA Network
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Layli Miller-Muro

Executive Director
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William Clemens, III

Executive Search Expert, Spencer Stuart
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Kelly Clark

Olympic Gold Medalist and Founder of the Kelly Clark Foundation
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Zachary Tumin

Deputy Commissioner, Strategic Initiatives at New York Police Department
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Jody Greenstone Miller

Founder and CEO, Business Talent Group
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Vern Brownell

President and Chief Executive Officer, D-Wave
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Kenneth Rogoff

Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Harvard University
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Stephen S. Roach

Faculty Member, Yale University
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Caroline McCarthy

Vice President of Communications and Content, True[X]
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Patrick Cappiello

Operating Partner and Wine Director, Pearl & Ashe
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Paul Taylor

Executive Vice President, Special Projects, Pew Research Center
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Ricardo Hausmann

Professor of Economics, Harvard University
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Brandon Presser

Travel Expert
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Jeffrey Sachs

Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University
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Sarah Lewis

Author, Curator, Scholar
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Nicholas Negroponte

Professor of Media Arts and Sciences and Chairman Emeritus, MIT Media Lab
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Michael Pollan

Journalist and Author