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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Experts

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Douglas Hopkins

Founder and President, Kestrel Consulting LLC
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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

President, Dr. Masley’s Optimal Health Center
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George Papandreou

Former Prime Minister of Greece
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Jeremy Rifkin

Founder and President, The Foundation on Economic Trends
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Steve Mesler

Olympic Gold Medalist, Bobsled and CEO-President, Classroom Champions
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Matthew Putman

CEO, Nanotronics Imaging
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Edward Slingerland

Professor of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
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Douglas Stone

Founder and Managing Partner, Triad Consulting and Lecturer, Harvard Law School
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Sheila Heen

Founder, Triad Consulting and Lecturer, Harvard Law School
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Luis Salazar

President and CEO, Jobaline.com
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Al Davis

Principal, Revitalization Partners
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Heidi Krauel Patel

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

Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA
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Kathleen Kelley Reardon

Professor Emerita, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business
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Cory Harrigan

Analyst, NewSpace Global
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Efrat Peled

Chairman and CEO, Arison Investments
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Ken Auletta

Columnist, The New Yorker
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David Kaplan

Theoretical Physicist and Filmmaker
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Matthew Shepatin

Journalist and Author
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Tony Dokoupil

Senior Writer, NBC News
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Charlie Knoles

The Meditation Revolution
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Samantha Klein

Marketing Manager, IBM Social Business
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Jennifer Wright

Journalist, The New York Post
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Bill Clinton

Former President of the United States
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Salil Shetty

Secretary General, Amnesty International
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Andreas Schleicher

Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General, OECD
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Irina Bokova

Director-General, UNESCO
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Jim Hagemann Snabe

Supervisory Board Member and Former Co-CEO, SAP