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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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New Media Tally

October 21, 2009, 6:12 AM
The “nuclear explosion” of new media such as social networking sites, blogs, YouTube and instant messaging has prompted one web user to create a counter showing the second by second growth of social media. In the 126 seconds since I logged into the counter over 1,400 new blogs have been posted, more than 1,000 Facebook profiles added and over 9,000 iPhone apps downloaded. This is hardly surprising given that that Twitter registers 18m new users each year and everyday bloggers publish about 900,000 posts, but it does seem staggering. Techtified sums it up: “This counter clearly shows the insane growth rate of social media.” Oh, now its 2,700 blogs, 1,900 Facebook users…

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