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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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Today's Big Idea: Finding Your Voice

The Big Idea for Friday, June 15, 2012

Maybe the only upside of the rocky and uncertain world into which today's young people are graduating is that it's got people thinking very seriously about who they are and what they want to do for a living. It's hard to come up with a plan B when there are no safe bets, so many are pursuing dreams that a decade ago might have seemed "unrealistic."

Amid the turmoil and anxiety, new career paths are being forged and new professional boundaries broken. We're questioning and reinventing the world of work. 

Right now, we need to seek guidance from self-made women and men like Henry Rollins – lifelong learners who continually reinvent themselves and who forge their own path in spite of, and often in direct combat with conventional wisdom about how life is supposed to be lived.  There's much to be learned, too, from artists like New Paradise Laboratories, who are exploring fundamental questions of identity in our rapidly changing world. 




  1. 1 Henry Rollins: The One Decision That Changed My Life Forever
    Jason Gots Think Tank
  2. 2 A Virtual Shock To The System: New Paradise Laboratories
    Jason Gots Humanizing Technology
  3. 3 How to Find Your Own Voice
    Jeffrey Wright
  4. 4 Henry Rollins' Letters to a Young American: Do it Yourself
    Jason Gots Think Tank

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