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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.

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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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Diversity in Leadership

The Big Idea for Thursday, July 03, 2014

Economist Tim Harford recently told Big Think that a study found that diversity leads to better decisions. Then why don't we see more diversity in boardrooms and corner officers? Jody Greenstone Miller, the founder and CEO of Business Talent Group, explains that the path to leadership excludes people unable or unwilling to sacrifice their personal lives.

Why not diversify the paths to leadership? In today's big idea, Miller and other experts explain how to create cultures that lead to diversity in leadership, and therefore better decision-making and stronger organizations.


  1. 1 Thinking Beyond Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In"
    Big Think Editors Think Tank
  2. 2 The Right Moves
    Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd Big Think TV
  3. 3 Building an Inclusive Culture
    Big Think Editors Big Think Edge
  4. 4 When Leaning In Is Not Enough
    Robert Montenegro IdeaFeed

Diversity in Leadership

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