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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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Larry Sabato

Professor of Politics, University of Virginia
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Pardis Sabeti

Assistant Professor, Harvard University; Musician
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Jeffrey Sachs

Director, The Earth Institute at Columbia University
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Jeffrey Sachs

Director, The Earth Institute
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Tim Sackett

Executive Vice President, HRU Technical Resources
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Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom
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Oliver Sacks

Professor of Neurology & Psychiatry, Columbia University
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Paul Saffo

Technology Forecaster / Essayist
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Najla Said

Actress & Playwright
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Reihan Salam

Fellow, New America Foundation
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Luis Salazar

President and CEO, Jobaline.com
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Katie Salen

Game designer and design director of the Quest2Learn school in New York
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Sharon Salzberg

Meditation Teacher and Author
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Sam McNerney

Science writer
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Losang Samten

Spiritual Director, Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia
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Anders Sandberg

Neuroscientist, Author
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Michael Sandel

Professor of Government, Harvard University
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Eric Sanders

Playwright, Producer
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Sandra Aamodt

Former Editor-in-Chief, Nature Neuroscience
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Andreas Sandre

Big Think Contributor
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Larry Sanger

Co-Founder, Wikipedia
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Marc Santora

Reporter, The New York Times
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Rick Santorum

Former Senator (R-Pennsylvania)
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Laurie Santos

Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Yale University
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Saras Sarasvathy

Associate Professor, Darden School of Business, UVA
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Casim Sarkar

Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania
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Dan Savage

Sex Columnist
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Uri Savir

President, The Glocal Forum
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Julian Savulescu

Bioethicist and Director, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
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David Scadden

Co-Director, Harvard Stem Cell Institute
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Anthony Scaramucci

Author, The Little Book of Hedge Funds.
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Richard Schaden

Founder, Beyond the Edge
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Peter Schaffer

Criminal Defense Attorney
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Michael Schatz

Assistant Professor of Quantitative Biology, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
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Dan Schawbel

Managing Partner, Millennial Branding
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Jeff Schechtman

Host, "Specific Gravity"
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Barry Scheck

Attorney and Founder of the Innocence Project
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Bill Scheft

Writer, "Late Show with David Letterman"
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Jesse Schell

Video Game Designer
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Andreas Schleicher

Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General, OECD
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Dr. Sarah Schlesinger

Associate Professor, The Rockefeller University
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Eric Schlosser

Investigative Journalist and Author
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Neil Schluger

Professor; Columbia Univ. Medical Center; Columbia Mailman School of Public Health
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Eric Schmidt

Executive Chairman, Google
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Julian Schnabel

Artist, Filmmaker
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David Schnarch

Marital and Sex Therapist
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Maria Schneider

Jazz Composer
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Susan Schneider

Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania
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Juliet Schor

Boston College sociologist and economist
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Clifford Schorer

Adjunct Professor; The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School
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Deborah Schrag

Medical Oncologist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
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Michael Schrage

MIT Sloan School of Management research fellow; Imperial College London visiting fellow
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Scott Schuman

Founder, The Sartorialist
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Susan Schwab

Former US Trade Representative
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Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz

Chief Strategist, Consumer Education, Schwab & Co.
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Doug Schwartzentruber

Surgical Oncologist, Goshen Center for Cancer Care
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Neil Schwartzman

Executive Director, CAUCE - the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email
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Joan Wallach Scott

Historian and Social Scientist, The Institute for Advanced Study
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Tom Scott

Founder & Former CEO, Nantucket Nectars
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Sean Scully

Artist
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Ken Segall

Former Creative Director of Advertising, Apple, Inc.
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Dov Seidman

Corporate Ethics Consultant
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Jason Selk

Author, Executive Toughness
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Gerard Senehi

Mentalist / Mind Reader
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John Sexton

President, New York University
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Jeanne Shaheen

fmr. Governor, New Hampshire (D)
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James Shapiro

Professor of English Literature, Columbia University
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James Shapiro

Professor of English, Columbia University
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Jeff Sharlet

Contributing Editor, Harper's Magazine
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Ruchir Sharma

Head of Emerging Markets at Morgan Stanley
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Ofer Sharone

Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Shawn O'Connor

Founder & CEO, Stratus Prep
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Katherine Shear

Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University School of Social Work
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Richard Shelby

Senator of Alabama
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Chuck Shelton

Managing Director, Greatheart Leader Labs

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David Shenk

Author
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Matthew Shepatin

Journalist and Author
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Blair Sheppard

Dean, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
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Jeremy Shere

Science Writer
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Gabriel Sherman

Journalist
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James Sherman

Founder & CEO, Shermans Travel Media
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Nancy Sherman

Philosopher and Author, “The Untold War”
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Salil Shetty

Secretary General, Amnesty International
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Willy Shih

Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration, Harvard Business School
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Robert J. Shiller

Professor of Economics, Yale University
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Clay Shirky

NYU Interactive Telecommunications Professor
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Anis Shivani

Writer, Poet
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Sasan Sam Shoamanesh

Sam Sasan Shoamanesh is co-founder and editor of Global Brief. He is a SPILS fellow at Stanford University.
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Will Shortz

Puzzle Master
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Lionel Shriver

Novelist
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Tim Shriver

Chairman and CEO, Special Olympics
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Cyril Shroff

Managing Partner, Amarchand and Mangaldas
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Eric Siegel

Founder, Predictive Analytics World
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Micah Sifry

Co-founder & Editor, Personal Democracy Forum
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Jason Silva

Filmmaker, Futurist, Epiphany Addict
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Lee Silver

Professor, Princeton University
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H. Robert Silverstein

Medical Director & Founder, The Preventive Medicine Center
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Russell Simmons

Founder & CEO, Rush Communications
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Michael Simonds

President and CEO, Unum US
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Simon Sinek

Author, Start With Why
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P.W. Singer

Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
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Peter Singer

Philosopher; Professor, Princeton University
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Edward Sion

Astronomer and Astrophysicist, Villanova University
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Sir Fazle Abed

Founder & Chairperson, BRAC
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Peter Sisson

Founder and CEO, Line2
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Lenore Skenazy

Journalist
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Robert Skidelsky

Economic Historian, University of Warwick
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Anne-Marie Slaughter

Director of Policy Planning, U.S. Dept of State; Professor, Princeton University
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Edward Slingerland

Professor of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
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Curtis Sliwa

Founder, The Guardian Angels
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David Small

Graphic Novelist
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Gary Small

Professor of Psychiatry and Aging, UCLA School of Medicine
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Jane Smiley

Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author
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Anna Deavere Smith

Actress / Playwright
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Vernon Smith

Professor of Law and Economics, Chapman University School of Law
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Rick Smolan

CEO, Against All Odds Productions and Former TIME, LIFE and National Geographic Photographer
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Lee Smolin

Founding & Senior Faculty Member, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
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Jay Smooth

Founder / Blogger, illdoctrine.com
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Jim Hagemann Snabe

Supervisory Board Member and Former Co-CEO, SAP
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Martha Soehren

Chief Learning Officer and Senior Vice President, Comcast University and Comcast Cable
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Michael Solana

Contributor
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Joo-Hyun Song

Professor of Cognitive Linguistics and Psychological Sciences, Brown University
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Sonia Arrison

Futurist, Policy Analyst
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Ted Sorensen

Former Special Counsel to Pres. Kennedy
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Andrew Ross Sorkin

Chief Mergers and Acquisitions Reporter, The New York Times
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George Soros

Chairman, Soros Fund Management
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Howard Sosin

Founder, AIG Financial Products
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Andrew Spade

Fashion Designer; Co-Founder, Jack Spade / Kate Spade
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Jim Spanfeller

Former President and CEO, Forbes.com
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Arlen Specter (1930-2012)

Senator (R-Pennsylvania)
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Michael Spence

Nobel Economist
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Gus Speth

Dean, Yale School of Forestry & Environ. Studies; Author
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Eliot Spitzer

Former Governor, New York State
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Olaf Sporns

Neuroscientist, Indiana University
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Dwayne Spradlin

President and CEO, InnoCentive, Inc.
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Richard Stallman

Founder, Free Software Movement
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Peter Stamatov

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Yale University
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Fredrik Stanton

Author, "Great Negotiations: Agreements that Changed the Modern World"
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Elizabeth Stark

Founder, the Harvard Free Culture Group
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Susan Stautberg

Co-Founder, WomenCorporateDirectors
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David Steel

SVP Marketing, Samsung
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George Steel

GM and Artistic Director, The New York City Opera
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Tanya Steel

Editor in Chief, Epicurious.com
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Valerie Steele

Director and Chief Curator, The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
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Kevin Steinberg

Chief Operating Officer, World Economic Forum USA
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Laurence Steinberg

Professor of Psychology, Temple University
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Gloria Steinem

Pioneering Feminist
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Tom Stemberg

Founder & Former CEO, Staples
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Robert A. M. Stern

Dean, Yale School of Architecture
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Yaakov Stern

Neuropsychologist
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Seth Sternberg

Founder and CEO, Meebo
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Rachel Sterne

CEO, GroundReport.com
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Steve Mesler

Olympic Gold Medalist, Bobsled and CEO-President, Classroom Champions
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Steven Smith

Professor of Political Science, Yale University
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Howard Stevenson

Professor Emeritus, Harvard Business School
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Dave Stewart

Cultural Engineer
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James Stewart

Author
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Thomas A. Stewart

Executive Director, NCMM AND Former Chief Marketing & Knowledge Officer, Booz & Company
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Tom Stewart

Chief Marketing & Knowledge Officer, Booz & Company
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Tom Stewart

Chief Marketing & Knowledge Officer, Booz & Company
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Joseph Stiglitz

Economist; Professor, Columbia University
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Joseph E. Stiglitz

Professor, Columbia University
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T.J. Stiles

Biographer
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Jon Stokes

Co-founder, Ars Technica
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Michael Stone

Forensic Psychiatrist, Columbia University
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Robert Stone

Author
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Kevin Strange

President, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory
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Danny Strong

Screenwriter, Game Change
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Danny Strong

Actor; Screenwriter
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Nadine Strossen

Former President, ACLU; Professor of Law; New York Law School
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Bjarne Stroustrup

Creator of C++
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Bert Sugar

Writer and Sports Historian
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Andrew Sullivan

Journalist and Blogger
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Lawrence Summers

Harvard University Professor, Former Presidential Economic Advisor
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Julie Sunderland

Director of Program Related Investments for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Cass Sunstein

Professor, Harvard Law School
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James Surowiecki

Staff Writer, New Yorker
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Susan Barry

Neurobiologist
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Joseph Sussman

MIT professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Robert Sutton

Professor of Management, Stanford University
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Jeff Swartz

President and CEO, Timberland
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John Sweeney

Owner, Brave New Workshop
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Will Swope

VP and GM, Corp. Sustainability Group, Intel
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Bryan Sykes

Founder and Chairman, Oxford Genetics