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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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Laura Rittenhouse

Author, Investing Between the Lines
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Theo Caldwell

Big Think Contributor
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Richard David

Co-Founder and CEO, NewSpace Global, LLC.
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Joel Primack

Astrophysicist, University of California, Santa Cruz
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CEO and Founder, Sparks & Honey
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Francesca Gino

Professor, Harvard Business School
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Bruce Feiler

Author, The Secrets of Happy Families
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Frans de Waal

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John Hunter

Author, World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements
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Big Think Contributor
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Kevin Merritt

Founder and CEO, Socrata
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Dave Nussbaum

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science, University fo Chicago Booth School of Business
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Rita Baldini

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Erica Birmingham

Founder, Canopy New York
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Lee Smolin

Theoretical Physicist
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Co-founders, Matterform
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Peter Henry

Dean, NYU's Stern School of Business
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Roger Moenks

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Tom Fingar

Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow, Stanford University
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Robert Greene

Author, The 50th Law
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Thorsten J. Pattberg

Research Fellow, Peking University
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Teddy Hunt

Big Think Contributor
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Roy Wiggins

Dean of Business and the McCallum Graduate School, Bentley University
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Andrew Solomon

Author, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity