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We are Big Idea Hunters…

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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Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

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Idea Entrepreneurship is Going Viral

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It’s intriguing that we’ve had an incredible response to this idea of the idea entrepreneur from people of every description.  It's students, 13-year-old kids, MBA students, young people just starting out their careers, people who have retired, people from around the world, and people in all kinds ...

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Don't Worry About Your Ideas Getting Stolen

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Very often the idea entrepreneur becomes worried that their idea will be stolen or copied or somehow taken away from them.  My counsel is don’t worry about that.  First of all, people are not so open to new ideas that they’re running around stealing them.  And second, if you put your fascination ...

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Leo Tolstoy was a great Russian novelist and essayist and philosopher and crazy person, as well as an idea entrepreneur in his own way.  He wrote a book called What is Art? He writes about what is the purpose of the artist and how does the artist communicate with the audience.  And he’s talking ...