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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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Valerie Purdie-Vaughns

Associate Professor of Psychology, Columbia University
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Junheng Li

Head of Research, JL Warren Capital
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Wences Casares

Founder and CEO, Xapo
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Philip Zimbardo

Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Stanford University
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Brad Templeton

Former Chair, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Networks & Computing Chair, Singularity University
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Rita Gunther McGrath

Professor of Management, Columbia Business School
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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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Sharon Kleinbaum

‎Senior Rabbi, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
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Thalma Lobel

Professor, Tel Aviv University School of Psychological Sciences
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Karan Girotra

Assistant Professor of Technology and Operations Management, INSEAD
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Jon Iwata

Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications, IBM
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Losang Samten

Spiritual Director, Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia
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Warren Berger

Journalist and Author
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Lisa Bodell

Founder and CEO, Futurethink
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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

Founder and Executive Director, Tahirih Justice Center
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William Clemens, III

Leader, Spencer Stuart Life Sciences Practice
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Kelly Clark

Olympic Gold Medalist and Founder, 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 CEO, D-Wave
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Kenneth Rogoff

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

Senior Lecturer, Yale School of Management
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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

Senior Fellow, Pew Research Center