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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: The New Culture of Learning

The Big Idea for Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Everybody knows that the internet has unlocked learning potential that makes “chalk and talk” lectures as obsolete as the horse and buggy, but the among the hundreds of new online learning platforms, few have managed to effectively harness this potential. Those who are learning effectively online (for pleasure and profit) are doing so across a variety of platforms – websites, chatrooms, even massive multiplayer online videogames. 

There is no single curriculum that yet encapsulates these changes, but they are rapidly undermining traditional institutional knowledge-sources and reshaping the face of industry. John Seely Brown is one of the leading thinkers and practitioners of this new adaptive, collaborative, tech-driven learning approach. At the core of the new philosophy, he says, is the willingness to take risks and draw creative inspiration from a world in a constant state of flux.



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  4. 4 Learning Unplugged - Find it on the Internet but Learn it in Real Life
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