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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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Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

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Neil Giuliano

President, GLAAD
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Wyclef Jean

Musician / Singer / Songwriter
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Esther Dyson

Entrepreneur/Philanthropist
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Joel Klein

Former Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
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Rob Huebel

Comedian; Co-Creator, Human Giant
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Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz

Chief Strategist, Consumer Education, Schwab & Co.
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Jim Hackett

Chairman, President, & CEO, Anadarko Petroleum
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Robert Bryce

Author, Gusher of Lies
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Maude Barlow

National Chairperson, The Council of Canadians
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Ira Byock

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
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Lisa Randall

Physicist, Harvard University
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Andrew Spade

Fashion Designer; Co-Founder, Jack Spade / Kate Spade
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Dana Cowin

Editor-in-Chief, Food & Wine Magazine
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Michael Klare

Professor & Director of PAWSS, The Five Colleges
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Noam Chomsky

Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Jimmy Conrad

Captain, Kansas City Wizards
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Robert Butler

President & CEO, International Longevity Center
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Bonnie Timmerman

Casting Agent; Author
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Azar Nafisi

Professor, Johns Hopkins University
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Nadine Strossen

Former President, ACLU; Professor of Law; New York Law School
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D. Quinn Mills

Consultant; Professor Emeritus, Harvard Business School
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Kishore Mahbubani

Dean & Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
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Robin Cembalest

Executive Editor, ARTnews
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Lee Mindel

Architect
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Karen Abbott

Author
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David McCullough

Historian / Author
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Cory Booker

Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
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Michael Porter

Professor, Harvard Business School