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.

Big Think Features:

12,000+ Expert Videos

1

Browse videos featuring experts across a wide range of disciplines, from personal health to business leadership to neuroscience.

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers

2

Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge

3

Big Think’s Edge learning platform for career mentorship and professional development provides engaging and actionable courses delivered by the people who are shaping our future.

Find out more
Close

A Three-Day Work Week? It's More Possible than You Think.

August 9, 2014, 8:57 PM
Work_week

What's the Latest?

What would it take for Americans to work a lot less? Our seemingly relentless drive to work may have been justified when society had far less capital and more rudimentary technology. Today, however, wealth is abundant and we lead lives of the utmost convenience. Yet we push our personal commitments and dreams of leisure to the margins, hoping to produce more capital and more technology in a world that mostly doesn't need it. A shorter work week is not the plight of the loafing hippy or the trust fund kid. In 1926, when the typical work-week was six days long, it was Henry Ford who first called for a five-day working week. His goal was to create a better workforce. The rest, as they say, is history.

What's the Big Idea?

A three-day working week is within the monetary and technological capabilities of the United States. Allowing everyone to keep their current jobs at their current pay would provide leisure time that would not only allow us the time to live sustainably, care better for each other, and simply enjoy life more, but it would also create professions which at present are unforeseeable. Currently, the most common complaint among employees of any industry is that they are not paid enough for the work they do. This is a problem. "When workers feel that they are being cheated or slighted by their employers, their productivity falls and their propensity to cut corners increases."

Read more at the New Yorker

Photo credit: Shutterstock.com


 

 

A Three-Day Work Week? It's...

Newsletter: Share: