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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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Brandon Presser

Travel Author
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Jeffrey Sachs

Director, The Earth Institute at Columbia University
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Sarah Lewis

Du Bois Fellow, Harvard University
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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

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

Chief Economic Adviser, Allianz
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Aaron Hurst

CEO, Imperative and Founder, The Taproot Foundation
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Timothy F. Geithner

Former U.S. 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

Professor of Economics, Yale University
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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

CEO, GEMS Education Solutions
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Dan Pink

Business Analyst and Author
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Dickson Despommier

Emeritus Professor of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University
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Fareed Zakaria

Host, Fareed Zakaria GPS
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Gerd Gigerenzer

Director, Max Planck Institute for Human Development
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Jason Hreha

Director of Product, Quixey
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Stephen J. Dubner

Journalist and Author
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James Fallon

Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, UC Irvine School of Medicine
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K. Mike Merrill

The Human I.P.O.
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James Abruzzo

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

Entrepreneur and "Shark Tank" Television Personality
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Adam Bryant

Columnist, The New York Times
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Dan Harris

Anchor, 'Nightline' and 'Good Morning America' Weekend Edition
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Danilo Türk

Former President of Slovenia
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Dino Varkey

Group Executive Director & Board Member, GEMS Education
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Jonathon Keats

Experimental Philosopher and Conceptual Artist