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: What needs to change most in British politics?

 

Jeffrey Archer: Well there is so much, the trouble with the revolving and moving world, on a world that moves faster than it as ever moved in the past, your politicians have to be very fast thinking. And they have to be watching legislation in every country on earth. They have to see what the Americans are doing, the French are doing, the Germans are doing, Italians are doing, and they are making a different transport policy, they are making a different health policy, they are making a different education policy; is it working?

So, you continually must be willing to change. But of course, at the same time, you must be cautious of making mistakes. So the modern politicians faces many more challenges.

[Benjamin] Disraeli, when he was the Prime minister of Great Britain at a time when everybody thought England was changing during the industrial revolution in Britain, changing during the industrial legend; truth is, he used to take an eight week holiday in the summer, and a four week holiday at Christmas.

Prime Ministers are luckier to getting a couple of days off nowadays.

 

Recorded on: March 15, 2008.

 

 

Jeffrey Archer on British P...

Newsletter: Share: