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

Why Today's Kids Are Less Creative

August 14, 2011, 12:00 PM

What's the Latest Development?

Since 1990, children have become less creative and are increasingly unable to produce unique and unusual ideas, says a study led by Kyung Hee Kim, a creativity researcher at the College of William and Mary. Using the Torrance test, which measure creativity through drawing an idea, creativity scores have fallen consistently while S.A.T. scores have risen at approximately the same rate. According to Kim, today's schoolchildren are also less humorous, less imaginative and less able to elaborate on ideas. 

What's the Big Idea?

Why are our children increasingly less creative? Because more classroom time is devoted to teaching to standardized testing parameters, says Kim: "I believe No Child Left Behind ... really hurt creativity. If we just focus on just No Child Left Behind—testing, testing, testing—then how can creative students survive?" To encourage creativity in students, they need play time. When children pretend, engaging elements of fantasy, insight and emotional expression, more creative thinking patterns develop. 


Why Today's Kids Are Less C...

Newsletter: Share: