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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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Today's Big Idea: Idea Entrepreneurship

The Big Idea for Thursday, August 15, 2013

With the increasing compression and rapid, widespread dissemination of ideas across the internet has arisen the phenomenon of the "idea entrepreneur" – part of a zeitgeist exemplified by TED, Big Think,  the Aspen Ideas Festival, and the popularity of authors like Malcolm Gladwell, Thomas Friedman, and (until recently) Jonah Lehrer. 

John Butman, author of Breaking Out: How to Build Influence in a World of Competing Ideas has been tracking the rise of the successful idea entrepreneur and learning what makes her tick:She's not motivated by greed. She communicates not only the content, but also her passion for the idea. And she knows how to build an organization that can allow the idea to grow and sustain itself long after she's gone. 


  1. 1 Ideas are the New Widgets
    Big Think Editors Big Think Mentor
  2. 2 How Entrepreneurship Is Like Acting
    Max Miller Think Tank
  3. 3 Social Entrepreneurship With Grandma
    Teodora Zareva Design for Good
  4. 4 Ideas, Wow!
    Jason Gots Think Tank

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