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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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Kathleen Kelley Reardon

Professor Emerita, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business
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Cory Harrigan

A Senior at the University of Rhode Island
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Efrat Peled

Chairman and CEO of Arison Investments
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Ken Auletta

Writer, The New Yorker
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David Kaplan

Theoretical physicist and Filmmaker
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Matthew Shepatin

Journalist
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Tony Dokoupil

Senior Writer, NBC News
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Charlie Knoles

The Meditation Revolution
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Samantha Klein

#AskAMillennial
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Jennifer Wright

Journalist
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Bill Clinton

Former President of the United States
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Salil Shetty

Secretary General, Amnesty International
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Andreas Schleicher

Acting Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General
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Irina Bokova

Director-General, UNESCO
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Jim Hagemann Snabe

Co-CEO, SAP
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John Davies

Vice President, Intel Corporation
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Vann Alexandra Daly

Journalist
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Tony Blair

Former Prime Minster, United Kingdom
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Andrew McAfee

Associate Director of the Center for Digital Business, MIT Sloan School of Management
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Tory Johnson

CEO, Women For Hire
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Joyce Roché

Author, The Empress Has No Clothes: Conquering Self-Doubt to Embrace Success
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Catherine Neal

Author, Taking Down the Lion: The Triumphant Rise and Tragic Fall of Tyco's Dennis Kozlowski
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Suzy Friedman

Director for Sustainable Agriculture, the Environmental Defense Fund.
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Amanda Chung

Graduate Researcher at the University of Washington
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Geena Rocero

Model, Activist
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Emily Reyna

Senior Manager, Partnerships and Alliances for the Environmental Defense Fund's US Climate and Energy Program.
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Sharon Salzberg

Meditation teacher
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Caroline Arnold

Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
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Kirk Johnson

Director, National Museum of Natural History
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Robert Morris

Essayist