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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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Big Think and TEDMED and You

February 27, 2013, 1:22 PM
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When we rang in the New Year and simultaneously celebrated our 5th year anniversary at Big Think, our resolution was to "Do Bigger" in 2013. What does that mean? As Big Think President Peter Hopkins recently explained:

We will take Big Think as you know it today and open our doors to go deeper and wider. We will continue to focus on big ideas, and then, help you put the ideas into practice.  Our aim is to answer the question, How can big ideas be turned into action?

Part of the answer to that question is the announcement we are making today, that Big Think and TEDMED, the TED licensee for health and medicine, are collaborating on an upcoming series on how you can apply emerging ideas in health and science to your own life.

Our aim at Big Think has always been to help you get smarter, faster. That involves introducing our readers to the big ideas that are defining our century, and transferring that knowledge as efficiently as possible. These days, we're taking that mission a step further. Through our soon-to-launch lifelong learning platform, Big Think: Mentor, we want to help you define or refine your personal and professional goals, and then help you develop the skills you'll need to reach them. 

The first co-branded Big Think and TEDMED series will aim to do just that, offering you lessons from experts in the field of personal health. Big Think will also co-curate special on-stage programming dedicated to transformers inside and outside the world of health and medicine at TEDMED 2013, the country's preeminent gathering in health and medicine that will be held from April 16-19th at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

We would be honored for you to join the Big Think delegation at TEDMED 2013, and in advance of this event, we invite you to contribute your ideas as well. Please lend your perspective by answering this question in the comments below:

"What is the most serious obstacle that needs to be overcome in order to ensure a healthy future?"

 

Big Think and TEDMED and You

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