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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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Chairman, McCann Erickson New York
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Michael Idov

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Chairman, Phillips de Pury & Company
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Caroline Hirsch

Owner, Carolines on Broadway
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Council on Foreign Relations

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Former Pres. & CEO, Netscape
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Yoga Master; Co-Founder, Jivamukti Yoga
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Journalist
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Dean, Yale School of Architecture
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President, PETA
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Professor, Princeton University
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Gerry Adams

President, Sinn Fein
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Dan Ariely

Professor of Behavioral Economics, Duke University
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Curator for Architecture and Design, MoMA
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Co-Founder, MoveOn.org; Founder, MomsRising.org
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Chef, Blue Hill
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Co-Founder & Executive Vice President, Primafuel
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Former President, CWA Local 1034
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Bonnie Fuller Media
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Tom Stewart

Chief Marketing & Knowledge Officer, Booz & Company
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Tom Stewart

Chief Marketing & Knowledge Officer, Booz & Company
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Nicholas Lemann

Dean, Columbia Univ. School of Journalism
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Professor of International Politics, Tufts University
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Nelson George

Music Critic / Documentarian
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Tommy Thompson

Former Governor of Wisconsin; Former Secretary, Health and Human Services