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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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How You Can Create Your Own Serendipity

July 26, 2013, 11:19 AM

I'm somebody who loves people.  I love meeting new people.  I love seeing old friends.  I love traveling around the world.  I once took a break after I had sold one company for an around-the-world trip.  I took nine months, and traveled all around the world to about 25 countries.  My main goal was not to have any goal, per se, at all, but to go visit a lot of friends. 

I had seen a lot of these friends at conferences or at work gatherings or things like that.  Here was my opportunity to go see them at their homes, at their offices, and again, without any agenda whatsoever, just to see what would happen.

Sure enough, a tremendous number of things happened.  I went to China.  I saw friends in China.  And for the past 12 years I've now been involved in so many different programs in China, all from those initial serendipitous experiences.

For me, serendipity is about the chance encounters and the people and ideas that can really change this world. 

In Their Own Words is recorded in Big Think's studio.

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