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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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The Big Idea for Monday, December 30, 2013

The 21st century economy has a great hunger for new ideas. As the world changes rapidly, companies need to reinvent themselves all the time.

So where do the new ideas come from?

You need mavericks. These are people with diverse backgrounds who champion their own ideas and challenge the status quo. These edge-dwellers will increasingly reshape institutions, rather than vice versa, says innovation guru John Seely Brown. So how can individuals be empowered to help create a culture of innovation?

First you need to find and recruit them. In today's lesson, Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, National Managing Partner for Diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility at KPMG, says that companies have to take a long-term view. A company can secure a talent base for the future through investments in the communities they operate in. 



  1. 1 Diversity is Not About Being Different. It's About Being Dynamic.
    Big Think Editors Big Think Edge
  2. 2 How to Recruit the Best and Brightest
    Sylvia Hewlett
  3. 3 Diversity Means Having People Who Think Differently
    Hector Ruiz In Their Own Words
  4. 4 The Power of Diversity
    Christie Hefner

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