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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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Michael Sandel

Professor of Government, Harvard University
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Laurence Tribe

Professor, Harvard Law School; Attorney; Author
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Vinod Khosla

Co-Founder, Sun Microsystems; Founder, Khosla Ventures
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Robin Greenwood

Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School
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Thom Browne

Founder and Head Designer, Thom Browne Menswear
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David Remnick

Editor, The New Yorker
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Lisa Price

Founder & President, Carol's Daughter
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Rob Riemen

Founder, Nexus Institute
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Lenny Mendonca

Chairman, McKinsey Global Institute
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Dana Gioia

Poet; Former Chmn, National Endowment of the Arts
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Robert Kirshner

Astrophysicist, Harvard University
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Alan Webber

Founding Editor, Fast Company Magazine
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Robert Hormats

Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs
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Patrick Byrne

Founder & CEO, Overstock.com
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Sharon Gannon

Co-Founder, Jivamukti Yoga
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Niall Ferguson

Professor of History, Harvard University
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Ken Adelman

Vice-President, Movers and Shakespeares
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Stephen Carter

Professor, Yale Law School; Novelist
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Philip Duff

Founder, Robson Ventures; fmr. CFO, Morgan Stanley
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Paul Krugman

Professor of Economics, Princeton; Columnist, The New York Times
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Dennis Ross

Special Advisor, U.S. State Department
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Gillian Caldwell

Exec. Director, Witness; Human Rights Advocate
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Andrew Kohut

President, The Pew Research Center
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Stephen Walt

Prof. of Intl. Affairs, Harvard University
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Dov Zakheim

Fmr. Undersecretary of Defense (Comptroller)
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David Broder

Journalist, The Washington Post
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Kenneth Roth

Executive Director, Human Rights Watch
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David Patrick Columbia

Founder, The New York Social Diary
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Mike Gravel

Former Senator, (D) Alaska