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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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Master the Art of Feedback

The Big Idea for Thursday, June 12, 2014

What's going to get you from good to great? Feedback. Unfortunately, most of us have a complicated relationship with accepting feedback; we've been burned by people who didn't know how to give it.

Sheila Heen, a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and a founder of Triad Consulting, co-wrote a book, with Douglas Stone, breaking down the psychology and skill of giving and receiving feedback. Reading Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well will make your conversations at home and at work more productive and peaceful.

For Big Think, Heen teaches a workshop that will walk you through how good feedback can make a difference in your life. Heen's online master class, exclusively at Big Think Mentor, will show you how to master this very important skill to make your relationships, at work and at home, happier.



  1. 1 Feedback Is Your Friend
    Big Think Editors Big Think Mentor
  2. 2 Negotiation Favors the Prepared Mind
    Dan Shapiro In Their Own Words
  3. 3 Resisting a Modern Impulse
    Kecia Lynn IdeaFeed
  4. 4 You Are Not an Island
    Robert Steven Kaplan What You're Really Meant To Do

Master the Art of Feedback

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