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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.

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The Big Idea for Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The best way to conduct interviews -- or any kind of research, for that matter -- is to check you ego and not try to make yourself look smart. Rather, asking a "good dumb question" is an approach that will often yield the best results. 

This is the advice of the "CEO whisperer" Adam Bryant, who writes The Corner Office column for The New York Times. Bryant sees a good interviewer or researcher as essentially someone who is a good listener.

That's easier said than done, as is the case in life in general, Bryant says, many people are not really listening but waiting for their turn to speak. 



  1. 1 The Importance of Asking Good, Dumb Questions
    Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd Big Think TV
  2. 2 The Dawn of Data as Dusk of Degrees
    Kirsten Winkler Disrupt Education
  3. 3 How to Predict the Unpredictable: Use Data
    Nouriel Roubini
  4. 4 Branded Data: Visualizing the Internet's Future
    Dominic Basulto Endless Innovation

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