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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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Advice for Recent Graduates

The Big Idea for Thursday, June 05, 2014

Congratulations, grads! You've made it. Now what? Should you take a year off and backpack through Europe, or volunteer to build wells in Africa? Or should you chase after that big break to get your foot in the door at your dream employer?

Nicholas Negroponte, the founder of One Laptop per Child and the co-founder of the MIT Media Laboratory, has advice for you: choose a career that's meaningful. Negroponte stopped by Big Think's studio just to share his insights with you. He's met too many C.E.O.s who look back on their lives and fondly recall their time in the Peace Corps, for instance, and not all their years acquiring money. Basically, most of what they did, to them, felt meaningless. Do you really want to embark on a meaningless career?

Negroponte challenges you to choose a meaningful path. That and more sage advice are shared as part of today's big idea.


  1. 1 Today's Graduates Are Lucky
    Big Think Editors Think Tank
  2. 2 Why Today's Grads are Better off than Abe Lincoln
    Megan Erickson Summer School for the Real World
  3. 3 Opening Employment Doors to Young Graduates
    Robert Morris Think Tank
  4. 4 It's Okay for People Not to Like You
    Andrea Chalupa Purpose, Inc.

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