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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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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
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Stewart Parker

Chief Executive Officer, IDRI
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Markus Giesler

Associate Professor, York University’s Schulich School of Business
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Chris Curran

Advisory principal and Chief Technologist, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
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Eric Green

Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute
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Ray Jayawardhana

Astrophysicist
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Jeff Walker

Co-author, “The Generosity Network”
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Thomas G. Malone

President and Chief Executive Officer, MicroGREEN Polymers
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Howard Gardner and Katie Davis

Authors of The App Generation: How Today's Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World
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Doris Kearns Goodwin

Bestselling author
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Jeremy Shere

Author, Renewable: A Reporter's Quest to Make Sense of the Coming Revolution in Alternative Energy
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Jeremy Block

Adjunct Professor of Public Affairs at Baruch College
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Larry Sabato

Author, The Kennedy Half-Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy
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Lucy Lee Helm

Executive Vice President, Starbucks
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Chuck Shelton

Author, Leadership 101 For White Men
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Michael Simonds

President and CEO, Unum US
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Chris Brassell

National Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Office of Diversity
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Andrés Tapia

Senior Partner, Korn/Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting
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Tom Peters

Co-author, In Search of Excellence