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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Land Your Job, Launch Your Business, Lead Your World: STANDOUT

March 15, 2011, 2:20 PM

Today, Big Think launches StandOut, a video-driven career curriculum for university-educated job-seekers. StandOut video segments feature actionable career insights from today’s most influential leaders and experts, as they share their knowledge on topics ranging from résumés to risk-taking. 

The Corporate Connections Centre at the top-ranked Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto will unveil StandOut to its students today. Via a private portal, students will be challenged to identify their own “extraordinary goal” as they watch psychologist and former NBA player John Amaechi relate his own unexpected journey from overweight "nerd" to NBA star.

Students will also hear from other Big Thinkers, such as Paypal co-founder and Facebook investor Peter Thiel on thinking outside the career track, Morgan Stanley CFO Ruth Porat on getting ahead in finance, and author Malcolm Gladwell on gaming the job interview  just to name a few. 

Other top business schools will be rolling out the curriculum to students in the next few months.

In a world of lightning-fast change, Big Think believes students deserve to hear career knowledge from the very leaders who are making change happen. Because if you can’t envision the future, you can’t envision your future.

For more information, please contact Andrea Useem, Director of Educational Licensing, at
 career@bigthink.com or via Twitter.


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