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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 Thursday, August 09, 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 fourth installment in "Inside Employers' Minds: Confronting Critical Workforce Challenges," a series created by Big Think in partnership with Mercer

Today we're looking at the ticking pension time bomb with retirement policy expert Alicia Munnell. Munnell points out that as more and more businesses switch from offering defined benefit plans to defined contribution plans, it's imperative that employers lend employees a hand in understanding and deciphering their options. More choice can be a good thing, but employers will need to educate employees about making smart investment decisions, she argues.


  1. 1 Make Your Employees' Lives Easier
    Megan Erickson Inside Employers' Minds
  2. 2 Assessing Pension Risk
    Jason Gots Inside Employers' Minds
  3. 3 The Great Retirement Swap: A Radical Proposal
    Dominic Basulto Endless Innovation
  4. 4 Five Retirement Investments that Pay for a Lifetime
    Joseph F Coughlin Disruptive Demographics

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