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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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Four Steps to Harvest Winning Ideas

November 1, 2012, 12:00 AM

What's the Big Idea?

You’ve set your goals, you commit to success, you’re putting in the work and you’re still not getting the results you want. On top of that, you don’t know what’s standing in your way. You’ve heard all of the old adages- you need to look at the situation with new eyes, think outside the box, and create opportunities where before there were only problems. You need innovation.

Innovation is the ticket, the buzzword, the sought after solution to tearing down the perceived walls that stand between tomorrow’s dreams and today’s reality.  Channeling innovation and propelling yourself onto the path to success is easier said than done. So how do you create an environment that’s ripe for innovation?

Jeff DeGraff, “Dean of Innovation” and Big Think blogger, says there are four steps you can take to harvest winning ideas.

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What's the Significance?

You don’t have to sit idly by and wait to be struck with groundbreaking ideas on how to achieve your goals. You can take an active role in crafting an environment where new approaches and creative solutions develop naturally.  

Whether you’re launching a company, forging a new career path, or finally committing to a new and improved version of yourself you’ve been imagining, Jeff DeGraff says the techniques he outlines will help you set the stage and get you to where you want to be.

Set High Quality Targets. Notice emerging patterns. Pay attention to what’s shutting down and you’ll notice where there’s room for creating something new in its place.

Enlist Deep and Diverse Domain Expertise. Seek out diverse opinions. Embrace positive tension between competing ideas and surround yourself with people who will produce constructive conflict.

Take Multiple Shots on Goal. Hedge your bets and diversify your efforts.

Learn from Experience and Experiment. Look at what worked, what didn’t work and why.

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