What is Big Think?  

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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Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

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Tara Rockefeller

Board Member, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory
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David McRaney

Author, You Are Now Less Dumb
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Robbie Diamond

Founder, President and CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy
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Jeanette Horan

Chief Information Officer, IBM
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Wendy Luhabe

Social entrepreneur
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John Butman

Author, Breaking Out: How to Build Influence in a World of Competing Ideas
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August Turak

Author, Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO's Quest for Meaning and Authenticity
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Nathan Yau

Author of Data Points: Visualization That Means Something
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Sir Ken Robinson

Creativity Expert
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Howard Stevenson

Professor, Harvard Business School
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Marianne DelPo Kulow

Professor of law, Bentley University
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Hector Ruiz

Former CEO and chairman of Advanced Micro Devices
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Tito Beveridge

Founder, Tito’s Handmade Vodka
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Willy Shih

Author, Producing Prosperity: Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance
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Dr. Andrew Weil

Physician and Author, "Spontaneous Happiness"
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Teddy Goff

Digital Director for President Obama’s 2012 campaign
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Kevin Strange

Director and Professor, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory
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Jeff Schechtman

Host, Jeff Schechtman's "Specific Gravity"
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Laura Rittenhouse

Author, Investing Between the Lines
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Robert A.G. Monks

Author, Citizens DisUnited
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Jackson Allison

Big Think Contributor
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Theo Caldwell

Big Think Contributor
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Richard David

Co-Founder and CEO, NewSpace Global, LLC.
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Joel Primack

Astrophysicist, University of California, Santa Cruz
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Terry Young

CEO and Founder, Sparks & Honey
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Francesca Gino

Professor, Harvard Business School
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Bruce Feiler

Author, The Secrets of Happy Families
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Frans de Waal

Biologist and primatologist