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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 Inventing the Future

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Nicholas Christakis

Physician & Social Scientist, Harvard
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Peter Diamandis

Chairman & CEO, X Prize Foundation
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Michio Kaku

Professor of Theoretical Physics, CUNY
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Paul Bloom

Professor of Psychology, Yale University
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Richard Thaler

Professor, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
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Jason Silva

Filmmaker, Futurist, Epiphany Addict
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Chip Conley

Founder, Joie de Vivre Hospitality
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Ray Kurzweil

Co-Founder & Chancellor, Singularity University and Director of Engineering, Google
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Jack Hidary

Chairman, SmartTransportation.org
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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Director, Hayden Planetarium
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Joi Ito

CEO, Creative Commons
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Van Jones

Co-Founder and President, Rebuild the Dream and Former Special Advisor, White House Council on Environmental Quality
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Peter Hopkins

Co-Founder and President, Big Think
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Jeff Jarvis

Founder, BuzzMachine.com; Columnist, The Guardian
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Stephen Walt

Prof. of Intl. Affairs, Harvard University
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Lawrence Summers

Harvard University Professor, Former Presidential Economic Advisor