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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.

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The Big Idea for Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Once upon a time, a family would pay for a soon-to-be-adult child to apprentice with a great master to learn a craft. The training would last years, and the "school room" was the workplace.

In the modern age, we shouldn't limit ourselves to traditional education--colleges, workshops. We need to diversify in order to challenge our creativity and knowledge of the world. How does one develop talent to meet the demands of today?


  1. 1 How to Nurture Talent
    Big Think Editors Big Think Edge
  2. 2 Seth Godin's Tribal Leadership Strategies
    Sean McManus
  3. 3 How to Speak Like MLK Jr.
    Charlton McIlwain Experts' Corner


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