What is Big Think?  

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 Simonds

President and CEO, Unum US
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Chris Brassell

National Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Office of Diversity
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Andrés Tapia

Senior Partner, Korn Ferry
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Tom Peters

Business Writer
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Carla Corkern

CEO and Chairman, Talyst
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David Mamet

Playwrite and Director
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Gerald Imber

Plastic Surgeon and Author
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Jenny Beswick

Science Writer
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Bob Miglani

Senior Director, External Medical Affairs at Pfizer
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Betsy Myers

Founding Director, the Center for Women and Business at Bentley University
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Tom Venuto

Fitness Coach and Author
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Mary Barber

Director, EDF Smart Power Initiatives
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Jonathan Taplin

Director, USC Annenberg Innovation Lab
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Jag Bhalla

Science Writer, Blogger, and Essayist
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Jeff Livingston

Senior Vice President, McGraw-Hill Education
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Vicki Phillips

Director of Education, College Ready in the U.S. Program, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
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Vikas Pota

Chief Executive, Varkey GEMS Foundation
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Michael Garfield

Paleontologist, Poet, and Philosopher
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Jon Goldstein

Senior Energy Policy Manager, Environmental Defense Fund
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Dan Schawbel

Managing Partner, Millennial Branding
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Dov Seidman

Corporate Ethics Consultant
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Steven Mundahl

President and CEO, Goodwill Industries
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Victor Counted

Founder, TMAfrica
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Jennifer Brown

CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting
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Shaun Tomson

Entrepreneur, Speaker, and Former World Champion Surfer
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Miki Agrawal

Entrepreneur and Author
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Kaspar Worm-Petersen

Co-founder and Editor, Grasp