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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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Peter Hopkins Sounds Off With Forbes

May 26, 2012, 6:00 AM

Big Think's own founder and president Peter Hopkins gave Rahim Kanani at Forbes some face time in preparation for the 2012 Social Innovation Summit taking place next week at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. 

The two gabbed about everything from Big Think's achievements to learning from failure. Check out the full Q&A here.

Hopkins offers a look back at some notable milestones in the four years since Big Think's founding in 2008. He effectively tells a story of a start-up that evolved from the "YouTube of Ideas" to a full fledged knowledge forum that features video interviews with over 3,000 brilliant thinkers and contributions from top notch bloggers. Hopkins also described Big Think's development of e-learning platforms and partnerships with outside groups and institutions. These efforts helped Big Think gain the attention of over two million unique viewers each month. 

It might seem like the story ends there, but Hopkins is just getting warmed up. He continues to look for new ways to help the public get smarter, faster. 

"Our end-state looks like a hybrid media and technology company that delivers on the promise of helping you get smarter faster, and providing the analytics to prove we have accomplished that goal."


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