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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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Margaret Cho

Comedienne
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Joy Behar

Co-Host, The View
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John Cacioppo

Neuroscientist, University of Chicago
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Barry Nalebuff

Professor, Yale School of Management
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Mehmet Oz

Professor, Columbia University
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Calvin Butts

Pastor, Abyssinian Baptist Church
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Nicholas Katzenbach

Former U.S. Attorney General
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Michael Novak

Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
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George Soros

Chairman, Soros Fund Management
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Robert Merton

Professor, Harvard Business School; Nobel Laureate
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Bernard-Henri Lévy

Philosopher
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Nita Rollins

Innovation Consultant; Director of Thought Leadership, Resource Interactive
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Kanye West

Rapper/Singer
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Peter Hopkins

Co-Founder and President, Big Think
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Jeff Frieden

Professor of Government, Harvard University
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Matt White

Singer/Musician
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Julie Roberts

Singer
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Jason Mraz

Singer/Musician
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Diana Page

Singer/Songwriter
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Darius Rucker

Singer/Musician
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Ashanti Douglas

Singer/Songwriter
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Michael Waldman

Executive Director, NYU's Brennan Center
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Jim Taylor

Ceo, Hummer; Former GM, Cadillac
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Oliver Sacks

Professor of Neurology & Psychiatry, Columbia University
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Timothy Fadek

Photojournalist
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Enrique Azuaga

CEO, HSM Corporate
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Harriet Mays Powell

Fashion Director, New York Magazine
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Christine Todd Whitman

Co-Chair, CASEnergy; Former Governor, New Jersey
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Jack Perkowski

Chairman and CEO, ASIMCO
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Jeffrey Zeldman

Founder, Happy Cog