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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 Virtual Convention of Ideas

The Big Idea for Monday, August 27, 2012

Will you be watching the Democratic and Republican conventions this year? We suggest you should. But how will you be watching the conventions?

Some sites offer clever drinking games where you take a sip of beer every time a candidate says a certain buzz word. That's not what we have in mind. In fact, we would like your help in identifying the big ideas that arise at the conventions, in the debates, and for the rest of an election cycle that carries huge implications for the future of the United States and the world.

What qualifies as a big idea? We want you to help us decide that as well, but here are some guidelines. A big idea needs to have great change potential. It needs to be able to either revamp or reinvigorate institutions that aren't working. It needs to address a real problem and have an impact on the lives of a significant number of Americans. Paul Ryan's idea for entitlement reform is a big idea. You might not agree with it, but this virtual convention is all about giving these ideas their day in court. 


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