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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.

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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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Today’s Big Idea: Conscious Capitalism

The Big Idea for Friday, August 10, 2012

Successful "student-centered" classrooms tend to be happier, more creative places than their traditional counterparts because they capitalize on the human variety in the room, rather than relying on the teacher’s ingenuity for everything. They allow for collaborative learning and growth that “chalk and talk” teaching simply can’t achieve. 

Many businesses in the creative economy are starting to realize that a worker-centered approach – one that values and adopts the best ideas from every member of the organization – is simply good business. Workers who feel valued are more likely to commit their energy and creativity to the business as a whole, and to supply it with a steady stream of solutions to its most persistent challenges. 



  1. 1 The Rise of the Creative Service Worker
    Jason Gots Think Tank
  2. 2 Zappos Will Give You $3000 to Get Your Priorities Straight
    Jason Gots Inside Employees' Minds
  3. 3 Leader, Invest in Your People.
    Jason Gots Think Tank
  4. 4 Making a Business "Conscious"
    John Mackey

Today’s Big Idea: Conscious...

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