What is Big Think?  

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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Learn to Love Feedback

The Big Idea for Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Even if someone is skilled at giving feedback, it can be difficult to hear how we need to improve. All feedback is good feedback, even if delivered the wrong way.

Sheila Heen, a Partner at Triad Consulting Group and the co-author of Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well, teaches how feedback can enhance our lives and relationships in an exclusive 8-part workshop for Big Think Mentor.

Heen explains strategies for receiving feedback correctly, ways to identify and leverage even the 10% that's useful in an otherwise negative experience. Embrace feedback, even if it stings. It's there to help you grow.



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  2. 2 Economic Shift
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  3. 3 Your Boss Will See You Now
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  4. 4 Get in the Flow State
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