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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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The Big Idea for Sunday, March 10, 2013

How did a grass roots movement take on an industry with a powerful lobby and win? 

The SOPA movement shows us how traditional power structures are being turned on their head to create a future that is significantly more democratized, distributed and universal. Indeed, as Elizabeth Stark explains in today's lesson, it was the open Internet itself that stopped SOPA, a piece of legislation that would have blacklisted websites that might infringe on copyright law.


  1. 1 Don't Mess with the Internet: Lessons From the SOPA Movement
    Daniel Honan Collective Intelligence
  2. 2 The Right to Piracy: The Conflict Behind SOPA
    Brad Burnham
  3. 3 Digital Pirates, 3D Printing and the End of Copyright
    Dominic Basulto Endless Innovation
  4. 4 Hurray for SOPA!
    Daniel Honan Devil's Advocate

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