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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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Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

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The Big Idea for Sunday, February 09, 2014

Business enterprise in the 20th century was very much based on the idea of scalable efficiency. This idea worked very well for large-scale manufacturing, transportation and other types of enterprises that, according to innovation guru John Seely Brown, "used infrastructure and the relative stability of the day to get bigger quickly through push marketing and production at scale."

But this mindset will only take you so far in the context of today's unstable, rapidly evolving digital infrastructure. To succeed today, you need to figure out how to move efforts from scalable efficiency to scalable learning. In other words, you need to get better, faster. 

In today's lesson, the entrepreneur Gurbaksh Chahal presents a framework for how to identify your learning preference and make use of it. "Convert your source of information to your preferred way of acquiring information," Chahal says, "and you’ll find that learning becomes easier, and fun."

Or, as Charles Darwin said best, “it is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”

Perspectives

  1. 1 Learning How to Learn: What Business Leaders Need to Know
    Gurbaksh Chahal Experts' Corner
  2. 2 The Value of Scalable Learning, Or How a Hardcore Geek Became a Softy
    Big Think Editors Big Think Edge
  3. 3 5 Minute Drill: How to Negotiate Like a Pro
    Big Think Editors Big Think Edge
  4. 4 Why Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Change the World
    John Seely Brown
 

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