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We are Big Idea Hunters…

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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Innovative Learning

The Big Idea for Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's not what you know, it's what you do with what you know. With constant change as the new normal, we must value innovative thinking and doing. But is that what is being taught to our children in school? It's safe to say that they will inherit a future that will look very different from the present, given the exponential speed of technological advancements. How can we prepare them to use technology and excel at jobs that don't even exist yet? The answer is simple: we raise innovative thinkers. 

Today's big idea seeks to understand learning as the number one tool for innovation. 


  1. 1 Educating for the 21st Century
    Andreas Schleicher Big Think @ GESF
  2. 2 How to Learn
    Neurobonkers Neurobonkers
  3. 3 Blended Learning
    Big Think Editors Big Think Edge
  4. 4 10 Practical Insights to Improve Your Learning Culture
    Big Think Editors Big Think Edge

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