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


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

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers


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

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge


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
With rendition switcher


Free information and communication on Internet is forbidden in China.  So you’re facing so-called a great firewall to block all the major international Internet servers.  And within China you have 100,000 Internet police just sitting there delete all blog or whatever the information they think we cannot appreciate about.  But still, the Chinese twitter and Chinese blog still offers a certain kind of freedom this nation never had before.  And also, daily when the event’s happening people start to make comments on it, which build up a very strong platform for civil opinions and discussions, which already completely change the landscape of the political situation.  I think those technology platform constantly put the government on trial.  And every event, every policy they make will be people will laugh about it, and they will make fun about it.  This is amazing for younger generation.

I think Internet technology can lead more freedom in everywhere, especially in China.  A state like China or other authoritarian society, to maintain this kind of control is to censor and to block the freedom of expression.  Once that is not possible, then to maintain this kind of control is impossible.  So obviously Internet is the answer to achieve a civil society or to get young people to be engaged, to be involved and to be informed, and to freely associate and communicate with other people.  This is truly a miracle gift from the human struggle.  I think it is so beautiful, and I think it’s beyond the imagination. 


More from the Big Idea for Friday, December 14 2012

Today's Big Idea: Revolutionary Handbook

Everything is art. Everything is politics. So says Ai Weiwei, the most relevant artist in the world who China is trying to make irrelevant and Big Think is doing everything we can can to thumb our... Read More…


Dispatches from the Police ...

Newsletter: Share: