July 6

Inventing the Future

Saturday’s Big Idea

The Physics of Ideas

There is a new cultural player on the scene called the idea entrepreneur. These entrepreneurs aren't inventing products. Rather, they have the ability to influence how people think and affect how people behave. 

In today's lesson, John Butman, author of the new book Breaking Out: How to Build Influence in a World of Competing Ideas, tells Big Think that idea entrepreneurs are a force today because they are able to espouse ideas with their own personal narratives and their gifts of expression. 

But the most important thing, according to Butman, is to connect ideas to others. As Butman points out, "no idea is totally original, most of us have ideas that add to existing ideas that bring a bit of originality that have our own take on things."

  1. 1 How Idea Entrepreneurs Can Beat t...
  2. 2 Are We Getting Smarter, Faster?
  3. 3 The Value of Forgotten Ideas
  4. 4 A Software Toolkit for Your Infor...
   
  1. How Idea Entrepreneurs Can Beat the Market

    How Idea Entrepreneurs Can Beat the Market

    What do Eckhart Tolle, Amy Chua, Cesar Millan and Barack Obama all have in common? They are all idea entrepreneurs. 

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  2. Are We Getting Smarter, Faster?

    Are We Getting Smarter, Faster?

    Realizing technology's promise of accelerating our collective learning – of making us smarter, faster – is a matter of building the right tools, then using each to teach the form of knowledge it conveys most efficiently. 

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  3. The Value of Forgotten Ideas

    The Value of Forgotten Ideas

    In his Floating University lecture, Dr. Jeffrey Brenzel shows how our intellectual history is the story of rediscovering old ideas, and how these ideas will help you address permanent aspects of the human condition.

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  4. A Software Toolkit for Your Information Diet

    A Software Toolkit for Your Information Diet

    Clay Johnson, author of The Information Diet, says you can’t rely on “the media” or the internet to control your information consumption. Here he suggests a few pieces of software that have helped him to regulate his own information diet.

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