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


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

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers


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

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge


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

Tina Fey: Help Employees Save Face

April 15, 2011, 9:00 AM

What's the Latest Development?

Tina Fey's memoir, Bossypants, has significantly more depth than the average celebrity memoir, says Alexandra White. "It weaves hilarious anecdotes of Fey's childhood and her writing/acting/producing career with smart principles of management and leadership." One of Fey's main mentors was Saturday Night Live (SNL) creator Lorne Michaels, whose subtle yet effective leadership style set the bar for her when she became a head writer for SNL.

What's the Big Idea?

The tips that White most enjoyed: hire people you like, help employees save face in times of conflict, give credit where credit is due, "The show doesn't go on because it's ready–the show goes on because it's 11.30", do your thing and don't care if they like it. Fey's litmus test for whether someone will be a 'fit' in her organization—she recruits those she would be comfortable seeing in the hallway at 3am. "I hire the most talented of people who are the least likely to throw a punch in the workplace."



Tina Fey: Help Employees Sa...

Newsletter: Share: