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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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Nicholas Negroponte

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

Journalist and Author
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Roberto Unger

Roscoe Pound Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
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Jeffrey Frankel

James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth, Harvard Kennedy School
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Mohamed A. El-Erian

Chief Economic Adviser at Allianz
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Aaron Hurst

Author and CEO of Imperative
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Timothy Geithner

Former United States Secretary of the Treasury and President, Warburg Pincus
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Joseph E. Stiglitz

Professor, Columbia University
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Robert J. Shiller

Economist and Best-selling Author
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Robert Montenegro

Ideafeed Editor
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Project Syndicate

Commentary and Analysis by Thought Leaders
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Chris Kirk

Chief Executive Officer, GEMS Education Solutions
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Dan Pink

Management Expert and New York Times Best-Selling Author
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Dickson Despommier

Professor of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University
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Fareed Zakaria

Host, Fareed Zakaria GPS
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Gerd Gigerenzer

Managing Director, Max Planck Institute for Human Development
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Jason Hreha

Director of Product at Quixey
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Stephen J. Dubner

Award-Winning Author and Journalist
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James Fallon

Neurobiologist
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K. Mike Merrill

The Human I.P.O.
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James Abruzzo

Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Nonprofit Practice, DHR International
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Barbara Corcoran

Co-Founder of Barbara Corcoran Venture Partners
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Adam Bryant

"Corner Office" Columnist at The New York Times
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Dan Harris

Anchor, 'Good Morning America' Weekend Edition
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Danilo Türk

Diplomat and Former President of Slovenia
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Dino Varkey

Group Chief Operating Officer and Board Member, GEMS Education
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Jonathon Keats

Experimental Philosopher
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Douglas Hopkins

Author, A Citizen’s 2% Solution
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Jason Selk

Author, Executive Toughness
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Parag Khanna

Director of the Hybrid Reality Institute