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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: Inside Employers' Minds

The Big Idea for Wednesday, August 01, 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 third 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 attract and retain talent in the 21st century? Collaborate with each other. The evidence demonstrating that cooperative problem solving is more productive than working in isolation has been mounting for years. But for the first time, public and private sector employers are taking notice at an organizational level. A new report from Mercer (produced in collaboration with the World Economic Forum!) suggests that it's imperative for employers and policymakers to change their strategy from one of competition to one of collaboration, working as a community to make decisions, solve problems, and build a truly global workforce. 


  1. 1 Collaborate With Your Competitors
    Big Think Editors Inside Employers' Minds
  2. 2 Ricky Gervais on the Art of Collaboration
    Ricky Gervais
  3. 3 Jimmy Wales on the Power of Collaboration
    Jimmy Wales
  4. 4 What A 16th Century Guild Teaches Us About Competition
    An Phung Think Tank

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