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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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Green Wisdom, Flowing From an Expert Source

November 30, 2009, 2:51 AM

If the title "Riverkeeper" sounds like a mythic, sacred charge worthy of Tolkien, that's because it is. Few natural phenomena have ever been as threatened by the forces of human greed and stupidity as the Hudson River was back in the '60s—following several decades of toxic chemical dumping by major corporations—and few have made as triumphant a comeback since. That success is due in large part to the Riverkeeper program, an environmental non-profit whose current leader, Alex Matthiessen, recounted the epic tale of the Hudson's resurgence in his Big Think interview.

Matthiessen discussed the green movement more broadly, too, outlining his conception of a responsible national energy policy and criticizing the American consumer lifestyle as untenable in an increasingly precarious global climate. He even shared a bit of sound advice for his fellow environmentalists, urging them to step out of their closed offices and back into nature once in a while. Truly, the Riverkeeper is wise.


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