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.

Big Think Features:

12,000+ Expert Videos


Browse videos featuring experts across a wide range of disciplines, from personal health to business leadership to neuroscience.

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers


Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge


Big Think’s Edge learning platform for career mentorship and professional development provides engaging and actionable courses delivered by the people who are shaping our future.

Find out more

The Collaboration Age

The Big Idea for Wednesday, April 23, 2014

We are headed into a Third Industrial Revolution, and economist Jeremy Rifkin is on the forefront of observing this fundamental shift. The old economic paradigm is falling away, and rising on the wave of this disruption are more collaborative, tech-driven companies. 

In a new series, Rifkin, the New York Times bestselling author of The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism, examines the forces that are shaking the foundations of our economy and allowing for the new needs of greater collaboration to build a more connected wold.


  1. 1 Economic Shift
    Big Think Editors Think Tank
  2. 2 Visionaries Needed
    Big Think Editors Big Think @ GESF
  3. 3 Get in the Flow State
    Big Think Editors Big Think TV
  4. 4 Hire Thine Enemy
    Jason Gots Think Tank

The Collaboration Age

Newsletter: Share: