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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: Summer School for the Real World

The Big Idea for Monday, June 25, 2012

We are picking up steam as we embark on the third week of Big Think’s Summer School for the Real World, a curated series designed to give you a crash course in the knowledge and skills you’ll need to thrive in the 21st century workplace.

Today's "visiting professor" penned more than 37 books in categories that span from literary fiction, to political monographs. Walter Mosley is an award-winning and critically acclaimed novelist whose range reflects his willingness to take risks and embrace failure. Failure, he says, is when real growth and real learning happens. 

Every Monday for the next eight weeks, we'll bring you insights from thought leaders including Facebook’s first investor, Peter Thiel, on how to think beyond professional tracks, Reuters CEO Tom Glocer on what it takes to distinguish yourself in the eyes of an employer, and New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell on the secret of his success.



  1. 1 Want To Be Successful? You Must First Learn To Fail.
    An Phung Summer School for the Real World
  2. 2 Poll: What Causes Failure?
    An Phung Summer School for the Real World
  3. 3 Reinventing the Wheel: Upstart Automotive Innovation
    An Phung Input/Output
  4. 4 Author Sara Zarr: Finding Inspiration in Failure
    Aaron Hartzler Pub Crawl

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