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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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Personal Advice from Jim Collins

September 3, 2009, 11:27 AM

I met with world famous business guru Jim Collins in his Boulder lab last month for a Big Think interview. The best-selling author of "Good to Great" and most recently "How the Mighty Fall," he's no stranger to questions on the state of business in this down economy. We talked about everything, from his perspective on whether we're going to bounce back, to how to hire (and fire), to how to know when to trim company costs.

The motivator that he is, Collins took a few moments out of our meeting to offer me a bit of advice. I thought I'd pass it along to all of you.

His takeaway: Every single person should piece together his or her personal "Board of Directors." Whether it's a grandfather, first boss, college professor, or former co-worker, amassing a group of guides can really help you navigate your professional career. For Collins, his childhood upbringing was lacking, particularly in the way of a father figure. He took the opportunity to build his own father figure with a collection of trusted advisers. I'm now in the process of figuring out who I'll choose. It's a great exercise, no matter at which stage of life you find yourself.

-Jessica Liebman


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