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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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Elizabeth Stark

Founder, the Harvard Free Culture Group
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Charles Murray

Fellow, the American Enterprise Institute
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David Edelman

Partner, McKinsey & Company
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Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman

Co-authors, Fabricated
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Robert D. Plotnick

Professor, Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington
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Richard O. Zerbe

Professor of Public Affairs, The University of Washington
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Ed Lu

Chairman & CEO, B612
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Gautam Mukunda

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Harvard Business School
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Madeline Levine

Psychologist
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Joshua Bell

Violinist and Director, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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Gillian Grassie

Musician
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William Zumeta

Professor of Public Affairs, Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington
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Sonja Lyubomirsky

Author, The Myths of Happiness
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Tom Zimmerman

Technology Writer
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Eric Siegel

Founder, Predictive Analytics World
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Rick Smolan

Photographer
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Cass Sunstein

Professor of Law, Harvard Law School.
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Lawrence Krauss

Physicist, Author: A Universe from Nothing
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Bob Kulhan

Professor, The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
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Andreas Sandre

Big Think Contributor
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John Hagel

Co-chairman, Deloitte LLP Center for the Edge
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Ethan Nadelmann

Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance
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Leon Yen

Chief Information Officer, NewSpaceGlobal
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Harry Massey

Writer, director & entrepreneur
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Ainissa Ramirez

Science Evangelist
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Cody Wilson

Founder, Defense Distributed
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Derek Beres

Big Think Contributor
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Dave Rahill

President, Health & Benefits, Mercer
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Kevin Dutton

Psychologist