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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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Frans de Waal

Professor of Primate Behavior, Emory University
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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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Adam Grant

Professor of Management, Wharton School of Business
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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

Big Think Contributor
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Technologist and Author
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Erica Birmingham

Founder, Canopy New York
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Lee Smolin

Founding & Senior Faculty Member, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
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Adam Brandejs and Drew Cox

Co-founders, Matterform
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Peter Henry

Dean, NYU Stern School of Business
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Roger Moenks

Founder, IAMECO Warrior
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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
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Adam Alter

Associate Professor of Marketing, NYU Stern School of Business
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Monika Broecker

Founder, the Center of Personal Growth
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Big Think Contributor
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Alex Berezow

Editor, RealClearScience
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David Arenson

Founder, Shambhala Retreats
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Kenneth Cukier

Data Editor, The Economist
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Hal Gregersen

author and Founder, the 4-24 project
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Michael Kirven

Founder & CEO, Mondo