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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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
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Shirley Ann Jackson

President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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James Abruzzo

Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Nonprofit Practice, DHR International
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James Fallon

Neurobiologist
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James Gleick

Author, The Information
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Dale Jamieson

Professor, New York University
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Kay Redfield Jamison

Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
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Jane Diplock

Finance policy expert, barrister
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Jane Hyun

Founder and President, Hyun & Associates
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Jeff Jarvis

Founder, BuzzMachine.com; Columnist, The Guardian
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Jason Hreha

Director of Product at Quixey
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Ray Jayawardhana

Astrophysicist
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Benjamin Jealous

President, NAACP
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Wyclef Jean

Musician / Singer / Songwriter
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Jeffrey Frankel

James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth, Harvard Kennedy School
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Jeffrey Sachs

Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University
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Stephan Jenkins

Lead singer, Third Eye Blind
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Jennifer Wright

Journalist
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Nathan M. Jensen

Associate Professor of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis
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Mary Lou Jepsen

Founder & CEO, Pixel Qi
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Jeremy Rifkin

Economic and Social Theorist
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Penn Jillette

Magician
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Jim Goodnight

CEO, SAS
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Jim Hagemann Snabe

Co-CEO, SAP
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Mitchell Joachim

Architect / Co-Founder, Terraform ONE
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Jody Greenstone Miller

Founder and CEO, Business Talent Group
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Donald Johanson

Paleoanthropologist
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Gregory Johnsen

Near East Studies Scholar, Princeton University
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Clay Johnson

Author, Digital Strategist
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Kevin R. Johnson

Dean, UC Davis School of Law
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Kirk Johnson

Director, National Museum of Natural History
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Paula Johnson

Executive Director, Connors Center for Women's Health
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Simon Johnson

Economist, MIT
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Tory Johnson

CEO, Women For Hire
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Jon Iwata

SVP, Marketing & Communications, IBM
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Jonathan Fleece

attorney
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Geoff Jones

Professor, Harvard Business School
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George Jones

Former President & CEO, Borders Group, Inc.
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James Jones

Former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe
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Owen Jones

Director, MacArthur Foundation Law and Neuroscience Project
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Van Jones

Founder & President, Rebuild the Dream; Former Special Advisor, White House Council on Environmental Quality
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Joseph E. Stiglitz

Professor, Columbia University
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Judith Orloff

Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA