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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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Global Risks

The Big Idea for Monday, January 23, 2012

Income disparity, online connectivity and weakening regulations will be some of the talking points for business leaders, experts and policy makers at the World Economic Forum taking place in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 25-29. 

2011 was a year of major protests where the 99 percent and the disillusioned youths in the Middle East raged against the divisive policies that continue to widen the income gap. It was also a year where the world learned of the ubiquitous power of the Internet and witnessed its ability to both propel and threaten the momentum of a revolution.


  1. 1 The Cyberspace Conundrum
    An Phung Think Tank
  2. 2 Income Disparity Tops the List of Global Risks
    An Phung Think Tank
  3. 3 What is the world's biggest challenge?
    David Kennedy
  4. 4 Big Idea for 2012: Taming the Wild West that is the World Wide Web
    Daniel Honan Think Tank

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