What is Big Think?  

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.

Big Think Features:

12,000+ Expert Videos

1

Browse videos featuring experts across a wide range of disciplines, from personal health to business leadership to neuroscience.

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers

2

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

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge

3

Big Think’s Edge learning platform for career mentorship and professional development provides engaging and actionable courses delivered by the people who are shaping our future.

Find out more
Close
With rendition switcher

Transcript

Question: Are you satisfied with the state of Native American affairs?

Bill Richardson:

No. No. I . . . All my life I’ve felt that Native Americans have been the most neglected of all minorities in this country. And all my life I’ve fought for them as a congressman. This is what they want. They were stolen in their land. And it’s a shame that as a federal government, we were supposed to give them healthcare and education, and what is called “self-determination” – treat them as fully . . . fully elected governments, and we don’t do that. In fact we don’t keep our commitment for healthcare. We don’t keep our commitment for education. And as a result, the highest poverty rate, suicide rate, diabetes, alcoholism are on Indian reservations. I would change that as President. Eleven percent of my state is Native American. And I have elevated Native Americans to cabinet status, and we do everything we can to make for the federal shortfalls. But what I would do as President, I would elevate Native American affairs to a cabinet level. These are human beings. These are the first Americans, and we didn’t keep our promise to the first Americans. And this just means treating them equally. It doesn’t mean giving them special privileges. Today the highest rates of poverty, of . . . the highest rates of suicide – you go anywhere in this country – are in our reservations around . . . particularly in the west. Recorded on: 11/28/07

 

Bill Richardson: Are you sa...

Newsletter: Share: