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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.

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Aron Cramer: The companies that are succeeding today and the only companies that will succeed in the decades to come are those who are relentless learners.  And that starts at the top. CEOs need to listen to a diverse range of voices to understand the kinds of changes that are happening and to understand what society’s needs are.  Only focusing on what Wall Street says and what Wall Street thinks is important for the next quarter won’t get it done because if society isn’t interested in the products and services that a company is making, and if the public doesn’t accept the way companies interact with consumers, with communities, and so on, no business can succeed.

CEOs have to send a message to all of their employees no matter where they are in the world that they have to understand not only traditional commercial measures of success but also understand what society is looking for from their enterprise.  And when a CEO can have all his or her people understand those things then you’ve got a company that is aligned in a way that is going to make them maximally successful. 

So this is a more kaleidoscopic measure of business success, and the CEOs who understand that and who listen to all the voices who can shape their company’s ability to compete, those are the CEOs who are going to be most successful. 

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