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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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Lessons from the World's Top Employers

September 16, 2011, 10:00 AM

What's the Latest Development?

If jobs are the major hurdle to economic growth, and they are, what can we learn from the world’s largest employers on how to create more of them? First of all forget any idea that the public sector can’t create jobs, and start thinking of the best way for it to do so because governments create jobs. The world’s largest employer is the U.S. Department of Defense. China's armed forces and its state utilities, the U.K.’s national health service, and India’s railway system are all major employers.

What's the Big Idea?

Earlier this week, The Economist published a chart of the world’s largest employers and most of them succeeded by going global. Walmart and McDonald’s have grown because they have outposts around the globe, and Hon Hai Precision Industry (which makes everything from iPads to iPods to iPhones) succeeds because it manufactures for export around the world.


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