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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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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
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Steven Masley

Physician, Nutritionist, and Author
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George Papandreou

Former Prime Minister of Greece
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Jeremy Rifkin

Economic and Social Theorist
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Steve Mesler

Olympic Gold Medalist and Co-Founder of Classroom Champions
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Matthew Putman

Chief Executive Officer, Nanotronics
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Edward Slingerland

Author and Professor of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
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Douglas Stone

Author and Founder of Triad Consulting
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Sheila Heen

Author and Partner at Triad Consulting Group
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Luis Salazar

CEO, Jobaline.com
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Al Davis

Principal, Revitalization Partners
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Heidi Krauel Patel

President & Head of Communities Investing, New Island Capital
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Judith Orloff

Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA
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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