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: How have women been impacted by the new Indian economy?

Neelam Deo:    You know, technology. Technology is a friend of women in business. So, you look at India and you will see that in the IT industry, the BPOs where which began and which are quite well known here, a large number of the employees are women, and where is it began as a phenomenon of the metropolitan cities, you know, Delhi or Bangalore or Mumbai. In fact, you find now that the most dynamic companies like Satyam in Andhra Pradesh are recruiting girls from [IB] cities and even going and looking for people and locating their BPOs in the villages. And this is tremendous, you know, it changes the equation between a girl and her family, between the way a girl is perceived by a society, even in the most traditional aspects of it. There are sectors like market research, in fact, dominated by women in India, and that’s new and exciting for us. A lot of women in media, you know, television, print media. In fact, in area that in my opinion, a lot of great journalists have evolved who are women.

You don’t find as yet many women in industry. You don’t find many women in boardrooms, but you don’t find many women in boardrooms anywhere in the world. And we, and the same applies to us, we have a lot to catch up in. But, you know, women are ubiquitous in the medical field, in as lawyers, all of these areas. So, women are grasping the new opportunities and certainly technology. With the BPOs was a big change, a change that you could feel as it was happening.

 

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.com.

More from the Big Idea for Thursday, June 21 2012

Today's Big Idea: Rethinking the Workplace

Whatever the future holds, we hope it is a world in which women are more fairly represented in the workplace -- particularly in the business and technology sectors. Here's Pamela Haag on the deart... Read More…

 

Indian Women in Business

Newsletter: Share: