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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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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
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George Jones

Former President & CEO, Borders Group, Inc.
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Mark Frauenfelder

Weblogger; Editor In Chief , MAKE Magazine
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Jay Rosen

Assoc. Professor, New York University
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Myra Biblowit

President, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
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Marisa Renee Lee

Founder and President, The Pink Agenda
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Christopher Wheeldon

Choreographer; Artistic Director & Co-Founder, Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company
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Mark Leonard

Executive Director, European Council on Foreign Relations
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Derek Chollet

Deputy Director of Policy Planning, The State Department.
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Jon Stokes

Co-founder, Ars Technica
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James Goldgeier

Professor, George Washington University; Author
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Heidi Hammel

Senior Research Scientist, Space Science Institute
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Marc Santora

Reporter, The New York Times
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Dr. Jeffrey Friedman

Professor, Rockefeller University
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Eric Wilhelm

Founder & CEO, Instructables
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John Battelle

Founder, Searchblog; Chairman, Federated Media
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Stacey Boyd

Founder, The Savvy Source for Parents
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Richard MacManus

Founder & Editor, ReadWriteWeb
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Dave Altavilla

Founder & Editor in Chief, HotHardware
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Derek Haas

Screenwriter/Author
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Julia Allison

New Media Personality
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Henry Blodget

Founder/CEO, Silicon Alley Media
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Dave Stewart

Cultural Engineer
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Marshall Goldsmith

Founder, Marshall Goldsmith Partners
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Charlie Todd

Founder, Improv Everywhere