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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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Avoiding the Next Collapse

The Big Idea for Thursday, May 29, 2014

What should leaders know about avoiding the next collapse? Not to get too comfortable, according to former US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

Geithner stopped by the Big Think studio to talk about his memoir, Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crisis. It's more than just his personal story of how he came to be in the center of a financial meltdown. He shares essential insights into how governments can avoid the next economic collapse.

“The most damaging thing was the power of that simple belief that because the world had been relatively stable, it would be stable in the future,” he says. Today's big idea explores what we've learned, how to make good decisions in the "darkness of a panic," and where our economy is headed.  


  1. 1 "Don’t Lose the Memory of Panic"
    Big Think Editors Think Tank
  2. 2 Welcome to the New Economy
    Edie Weiner In Their Own Words
  3. 3 Be Ahead of the Shift
    Big Think Editors Think Tank
  4. 4 Diversity Leads to Better Decisions
    Big Think Editors Big Think Edge

Avoiding the Next Collapse

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