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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.

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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Risk Culture

The Big Idea for Monday, July 28, 2014

The worst of the 2008 economic crash may be behind us, but the lessons must continue to be mined so that we can avoid another Great Recession.

Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner stopped by Big Think to share what he learned--and is still learning--from the financial crisis. One of the important traits a company must have, according to Geithner, is humility.

When it comes to managing risk and building a strong risk culture, Geithner tells Big Think that humility is essential to being prepared in an uncertain world: “The right way to deal with that uncertainty is to build in a greater cushion against the risk of the bad event." 


  1. 1 How to Establish a Strong Risk Culture
    Big Think Editors Big Think Edge
  2. 2 "Barbell" Your Life
    Dominic Basulto Endless Innovation
  3. 3 The New Face of Uncertainty
    Jason Hreha WikiMind
  4. 4 Netflix's Big Leap
    Big Think Editors Think Tank

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