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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: Radical Transparency

The Big Idea for Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The thinking man (and woman) has always been hungry for knowledge to inform our every day decisions. When access to information is threatened, it only seems to increase that appetite. This is especially true in light of recent news events about banking scandals and government secrecy. The more that is withheld from us, the more we demand transparency. 

The subprime mortgage debacle turned the lending industry on its head and now Barclays' LIBOR scandal is about to do the same to global banks.

Today, we explore the concept of transparency in this high-tech information age and the increasing need for business leaders and policy makers to maintain credibility through governance and accountability. 


  1. 1 In The Banking World, Governance Is Key
    An Phung Think Tank
  2. 2 Henry Rollins: The Myth of Online Transparency
    Jason Gots Think Tank
  3. 3 Why Companies Need to Embrace Whistleblowers
    An Phung Think Tank
  4. 4 The CEO As A Unique Corporate Asset Fallacy
    Kris Broughton Resurgence

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