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


Topic: Creative triggers

Thom Browne: You know there’s nothing more inspirational than an old man walking down the street that looks like he’s had the same suit for 50 years. And there's something so timelessly beautiful about that. And you know now with the age of everything being a little more casual – sometimes a little too casual – guys, you know, almost the establishment being jeans and t-shirts, as opposed to I really feel like with what I do is almost the anti-establishment, which has kind of, you know, turned everything upside down because a suit actually becoming the anti-establishment I think is . . . there’s something really cool about that. I mean you look at . . . you look at old pictures of guys in, you know . . . at Yankee Stadium. And you look at the . . . almost the beautiful uniformity of that – of all the guys in ties, and jackets and hats. Or you look at, you know, iconic images of JFK before he became president, more . . . more like in his senatorial days. So I have those literal pictures in my head. But you know really my collections are based in almost the sensibility of that time; not literally what was done, because my jackets are significantly shorter, and it’s . . . what I do is significantly different; but it’s more the mindset of that guy back then; you know kind of when you look at Sean Connery in his early films, his early James Bond films. You know that guy that looks like everything was effortless; everything was . . . he was the coolest and the chicest guy; but the last thing he really thought about was actually how he was going to be looking. It was just the way he was. And that for me is what is the inspiration from that time.


Recorded on: 10/29/07


Thom Browne on Catalyzing C...

Newsletter: Share: