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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: Lean Thinking

The Big Idea for Monday, October 22, 2012

Some of the simplest ideas can breathe new life into a company and lean thinking is one of them. Based on the model utilized by Toyota, companies of all sizes have optimized practices and technologies to create value as efficiently as possible.

In other words, lean thinking is the practice of maximizing customer value while minimizing waste.

And since capitalism hates waste, lean thinking has had the consequence of making many companies greener. They use less energy, and utilize better materials and products that reduce their carbon emissions and also increase profitability. 



  1. 1 Lean Thinking, Green Results
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  2. 2 When Walmart Went Green
    Will Swope
  3. 3 Walmart, Inc: Environmental Leader
    Aron Cramer
  4. 4 Corporate Sustainability: All Talk and No Action?
    Daniel Honan What's New at Big Think

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