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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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Ramez Naam

Technologist and Author
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Chairman and CEO, MDC Partners
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Ethan Nadelmann

Founder and Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance
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Azar Nafisi

Professor, Johns Hopkins University
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John Copeland Nagle

Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame
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Senior Partner at Mercer, author of Play Your Strengths
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Senior Partner, Mercer
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Barry Nalebuff

Professor, Yale School of Management
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Vali Nasr

Professor of International Politics, Tufts University
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Sara Nasserzadeh

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Catherine S. Neal

Associate Professor of Business Ethics and Business Law, Northern Kentucky University
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Nicholas Negroponte

Professor of Media Arts and Sciences and Chairman Emeritus, MIT Media Lab
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Susan Neiman

Director, The Einstein Forum
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Marion Nestle

Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, NYU
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Elisa New

Professor of English, Harvard University
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President, PETA
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Craig Newmark

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Matthew C. Nisbet

Professor of Communication, American University
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Pedro Noguera

Professor of Teaching and Learning, New York University
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Nitin Nohria

Dean, Harvard Business School
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Queen of Jordan
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Grover Norquist

President, Americans for Tax Reform
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Judy Norsigian

Executive Director, Boston Women’s Health Book Collective
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Actor and Philanthropist
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Michael Novak

Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
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Bill Novelli

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Paul Nurse

President, Rockefeller University; Nobel Laureate
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Jonathan Nus

Senior Director, S&P Ratings Services
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Dave Nussbaum

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science, University fo Chicago Booth School of Business
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Bill Nye

The Science Guy