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.

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Big Think Launches Mentor, One of YouTube’s First Paid Channels for E-Learning

May 9, 2013, 5:32 PM

We at Big Think are thrilled to join the YouTube partner program with the launch of Big Think Mentor, a subscription channel designed to meet a growing demand among our audience to see the world-class ideas on Big Think transformed into actionable tools to improve their lives. 

Mentor offers e-learners access to personal and efficient e-guidance from Big Think's world-renowned experts on how to live a happier, healthier and more productive life.

A free two-week trial is available for Mentor through YouTube, where subscribers can sample workshops including Tim Ferris’ “How to Hack Your Life” and Maria Konnikova’s “How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes.

In addition to the support we have been receiving from our audience, we are also very grateful for the positive attention we've received today in the media, including this article in The Washington Post:

Another launch partner includes the e-learning company BigThink, which will be offering a paid channel for $2.99 a month to get access to lectures from experts such as physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson or “Four-Hour Work Week” author Tim Ferris.

The paid channel will differ from the company’s free YouTube channel by offering more focused lectures, said chief executive Victoria Brown. Subscribers will also have access to features such as live question-and-answer sessions and special message boards.

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