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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.

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: Inside Employers' Minds

The Big Idea for Thursday, July 26, 2012

After taking the pulse of employers around the world to learn what was on their minds in 2012, Mercer launced an initiative to help organizations understand and address their most pressing issues and concerns. This is the second installment in "Inside Employers' Minds: Confronting Critical Workforce Challenges," a new series created by Big Think in partnership with Mercer

So what do employers need to do to build a world class 21st century workforce? They need to leave twentieth century notions of productivity behind them. The businesses of today must appeal to employees as holistic individuals, not just laborers, if they are to remain competitive in the war for talent. 

SAS is a software company which has been #1 on Fortune's Best Companies to Work For List for many years running. In an interview with Big Think, SAS CEO Jim Goodnight argued for a saner, more balanced workplace, with benefits. He believes that employees who are worried about how long a doctor's appointment will take or whether they'll be able to pick up the dry cleaning by six are not able to focus fully on whatever tasks are at hand. So he makes it his job to help employees check off their to-do lists. Jane McGonigal gives a passionate appeal for doing away with to-do lists altogether. 


  1. 1 Help Your Employees Help You
    Big Think Editors Inside Employers' Minds
  2. 2 Switching off an "Always on" Culture
    Jason Gots Think Tank
  3. 3 3 Reasons Why You Should Play More Games (And Work Fewer Hours)
    Megan Erickson Think Tank
  4. 4 Why You Can’t Work at Work
    Jason Fried

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