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

1

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

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers

2

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

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge

3

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
Close

Teachers Are the Best Fundraisers

December 15, 2013, 11:00 AM
Shutterstock_110984234

An avatar, to me, is someone that I wish I were but I don’t have the time to be. So I’m going to help that person.  I’m going to work with him.  I’m going to partner with him in something. I might come to their class at a university.  I might help hire some students.  I might refer them to some potential funding resources if they’re trying to do some research. 

One of the great examples of this is donorschoose.com.  They match the needs of teachers and schools to donors who are willing to fund those needs.  They’re outsourcing.  And so you can have a project that says "I need six flutes for my band class and it’s going to cost me a thousand dollars." They put it up online. So they get people who say, “Oh, I’ll pay two hundred dollars for that.”  And they’ll get five people that put up two hundred dollars and then they’ll buy the flutes. 

What they found is they have much increased response rates in people that return if they focus on the teacher and the story of the teacher rather than the project.  The teacher becomes the avatar.  The teacher is the individual who I can associate with, who I want to track over time and who I will connect to.

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

Image courtesy of Shutterstock

 

Teachers Are the Best Fundr...

Newsletter: Share: