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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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Career Readiness

The Big Idea for Monday, October 28, 2013

There is a presumption among some people that the body of knowledge necessary to be ready for college-level work and the body of knowledge necessary to enter a career with prospects for promotion are exactly the same.

And yet, college readiness and career readiness are not the same thing, argues Jeff Livingston, Senior Vice President of McGraw-Hill Education Group in today's lesson.

According to Livingston, we have neglected the middle-level skills, and "in the middle is where job growth is, where there are jobs that are not being filled today." The problem is that "too few people in our public policy community are really focused on what students who are going to pursue a career as their pathway out of poverty really need to be getting from their education."


  1. 1 The False Choice: Going to Harvard or Working at McDonald's
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  2. 2 Study: U.S. Adults Possess Only Average Skills
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  3. 3 Poll: What's a Grad to Do in This Job Market?
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  4. 4 Big Think Edge: Accelerating Learning in a Rapidly Changing World
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