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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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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
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Matthew C. Nisbet

Professor of Communication, American University
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HM Queen Noor

Queen of Jordan
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Joseph Stiglitz

Economist; Professor, Columbia University
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Jeffrey Sachs

Director, The Earth Institute
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Markos Moulitsas

Founder, Daily Kos
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Fred Wilson

Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures
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Jessamyn West

Community Moderator, MetaFilter.com; Blogger
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Matthew Modine

Actor/Director
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Lukas Ligeti

Composer & Percussionist
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Kurt Pitzer

Author / Journalist
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Mahvish Khan

Author / Lawyer / Journalist
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Neelam Deo

Diplomat; Former Consul General of India
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Amy Goodman

Host, Democracy Now!
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Jeffrey Toobin

Legal Analyst, CNN
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Paul Rieckhoff

Founder, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
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Lucas Conley

Author, Obsessive Branding Disorder
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Clifford Schorer

Adjunct Professor; The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School
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Marc Bessler

Obesity Expert, New York-Presbyterian Hospital
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Fredrik Carlström

CEO, Great Works America
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Scott Kleeb

Candidate for U.S. Senate, Nebraska