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

Is Water a Human Right?

April 8, 2013, 12:01 PM

Should water be treated as a commodity today when we are faced with many shortages? The flipside of the question is that we are now looking at even the United States recognizing water as a human right and the way I've been rephrasing that is that we should have the right to pay for water as a human right. And by that what I mean is that we clearly have to have an accessible water source for all humans and other living forms that is guaranteed in some form.

But when we go beyond that, there should be a way by which we can pay for it because if we can’t pay for it we can’t maintain the resources and the model that we have had where we have a fixed charge or no charge at all has not proved to be sustainable in any sphere whether it is industry, whether it is agriculture or whether it is domestic consumption. So this has to be addressed and I think the issue is not what price should be charged, but a pricing structure that doesn’t lead to volatility, doesn’t lead to unfair use or advantage for different sectors and those are the things that have to be designed for the future.  





Is Water a Human Right?

Newsletter: Share: