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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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Jim QuigleyEvery large company has a number of challenges when it comes to sustaining the commitment to development of their people.  I believe the single biggest challenge is simply maintaining that focus and executing on the ambition and strategy that is always put forward.  Everyone says they’re committed to the development of their people.  The doing it is the hard part. 

I’m very proud at Deloitte of the $350 million we’ve spent in building Deloitte University.  We cut the ribbon in October on a world-class leadership and development site to demonstrate to our people that we cared about their development.  Even with that $350 million facility, we’re only able to conduct maybe 25 percent of the learning experiences we want to provide to our people in the U.S.  We’ll deliver four million hours of professional development this year, and one million of those hours will be delivered on our campus at Deloitte University near Dallas. 

So we must invest in building the capability of our people.  And if we don't invest in building their capability, they’re going to go someplace else where they think someone will.  And with the huge volume of information that is coming at us constantly, the data that is just simply moving at an unprecedented pace, some way we’ve got to be able to filter all of that noise and get to information that really makes a difference for that professional and what their ambition is and what they want to accomplish. 


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Jonathan Fowler & Elizabeth Rodd



Leader, Invest in Your People.

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