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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Zachary Tumin

Deputy Commissioner, Strategic Initiatives at New York Police Department
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Tony Zador

Professor of Biology
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Saadia Zahidi

Director of Constituents at the World Economic Forum
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Paul Zak

Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies at Claremont University
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Dov Zakheim

Fmr. Undersecretary of Defense (Comptroller)
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Mark Zandi

Chief Economist & Co-Founder, Moody's Economy.com
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Dan Zanes

Musician
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Jeffrey Zeldman

Founder, Happy Cog
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Strauss Zelnick

Co-Founder ZelnickMedia, CEO Take 2 Interactive
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James Zemaitis

Senior Vice President & Head of 20th Century Design, Sotheby's
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Richard O. Zerbe

Professor of Public Affairs, The University of Washington
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Gabe Zichermann

CEO & Co-Founder, rmbrME
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Philip Zimbardo

Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Stanford University
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Carl Zimmer

Science Writer
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Tom Zimmerman

Technology Writer
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Howard Zinn

Historian
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Jonathan Zittrain

Co-Director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
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Manoush Zomorodi

Author, Camera Ready: How to Present Your Best Self and Ideas On Air or Online
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Joseph Zuckerman

Professor & Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, NYU’s Hospital for Joint Diseases
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Marvin Zuckerman

Professor Emeritus, University of Delaware
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Sharon Zukin

Sociologist, CUNY
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William Zumeta

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