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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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The Only Sane Response to Change

June 2, 2013, 7:00 AM

Whenever you see a problem, I say to look for the opportunity in it. When change occurs it unsettles people. It disrupts. 

There is only one sane response to change. It’s not to try to stop it. It’s not to ignore it. It’s to find the opportunity in it because the change is inevitable.

There are huge opportunities to disrupt the media industry and in fact, these days many industries, retail, travel, education, everything. 

Technology is changing the fundamental rules of how they operate. Some legacy players will figure out how to adapt and will adapt, but there is opportunity in seeing where they can’t adapt, what they don’t know, who they’re too big or too slow or too protective of their old models.

If you can find some new way to attack a problem better, more efficiently, less expensively, faster, then do it because if you don’t do it someone else will.

If you look today at books, magazines and newspapers online or on tablets they’re still recognizable as books, magazines and newspapers. 

We haven’t really reinvented things enough. 

Jeff Jarvis will be appearing at Techweek Chicago on June 27. Find out more here




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