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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 Power and Influence

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Robert Greenberg

Pianist, music historian
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Christopher E. Rivard

CPA, NATIONAL PRACTICE LEADER, HEALTH CARE GROUP - Moss Adams
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Ryan Ross

Investigative Reporter
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David Rothkopf

Former U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce
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Sam Herring

CEO, Intrepid Learning
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Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd

Big Think Video Producers
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Michael Powers

Professor of risk management and finance
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John Horgan

Author, The End of War
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Kadam Morten

Buddhist Teacher
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Kevin Ryan

Founder & CEO, Gilt Groupe
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Brian Robertson

Organizational Entrepreneur, HolacracyOne
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Brian Hoffstein

Contributing Writer
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George Steel

GM and Artistic Director, The New York City Opera
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Andrew S. Rosen

Chairman and CEO, Kaplan
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Mark Tercek

President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy
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Tay Yoshitani

CEO, Port of Seattle
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Daniel Kahneman

Nobel Prize-Winning Psychologist
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John Boyle

Founder, Convergency Partners
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Patricia Milligan

President, Human Capital, Mercer
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Susan Herman

President of the American Civil Liberties Union
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Henry Rollins

Artist
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Bruce Finley

Global Communications Director, Mercer
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Steven Mazie

Professor of Political Studies, Bard High School Early College-Manhattan
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William Ackman

Activist Investor and Hedge-Fund Manager
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Bruce Bueno de Mesquita

Professor of Politics, New York University
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Strauss Zelnick

Co-Founder ZelnickMedia, CEO Take 2 Interactive