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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.

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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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TED's Ballsy Move

March 24, 2012, 10:00 AM
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Ever find yourself dozing off during a lecture or seminar? Dread walking through those classroom doors because you know exactly what’s on the other side? Just the sight of a teacher standing in front of a blackboard can cause our minds to go on autopilot and possibly miss a key piece of information or a spark of inspiration, no matter how fascinating the topic. With ipads being introduced into the classroom, and the internet slowly being integrated more and more into schools, there arises the very poignant concept that sometimes you have to shake up the format in order to communicate the content. 

The famous TED talks are a popular venue for scientists and success stories to show an audience their perspectives on certain topics. Even TED,  however, has come under fire for its standardized method for delivering these talks. An article in The New Inquiry attacks TED’s tendency to promote ideas only through a Silicon Valley-like atmosphere, driving academics out of the discourse. To combat this kind of criticism TED teamed up with Improv Everywhere to shake its format up a little bit, take everybody’s eyes off the big red TED logo that dominates every stage, and introduce some beach balls into their audience’s lives.

 

 

TED's Ballsy Move

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