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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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Digital Nomads

The Big Idea for Tuesday, July 16, 2013

We are all, to some extent, becoming digital nomads. That is to say, we are able to leverage digital technologies anytime, anywhere. And that means we are expecting to be able to perform our work duties, as well, anytime, anywhere.

In today's lesson, IBM's CIO, Jeanette Horan, explains both the opportunities and challenges that come with empowering a global workforce of digital nomads. While there are productivity gains to be made, for sure, there are an equal number of risks involved and patterns of behavior that need to be changed. 


  1. 1 When Everything Happens NOW: The Interplay of Time, Timing and Technology
    Brian Hoffstein Top Five
  2. 2 Can You Keep Up with the Demands of the Mobile Workforce?
    Big Think Editors Big Think TV
  3. 3 What Will Your Phone Do Next?
    David Steel
  4. 4 Transforming the Workplace: Critical Skills and Learning Methods for the Successful 21st Century Worker
    Sam Herring Experts' Corner
  5. 5 Graham Hill on Working Anywhere, Anytime
    Graham Hill

Digital Nomads

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