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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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Question: Beyond a simple title, how would you describe what you do for a living?

Philippe Cayla: In fact, I started my career as a … I was _____ an engineer … in the French school … Maybe you know this name, this acronym. And I've been ______ for 10 years in various ministries serving various ministers, the last one being Foreign Economic Affairs. And after that I joined the industry for 25 years and …for 15 years, excuse me. Fifteen years in the space industry with a company named Matra Space, which is now part of EADS, a group which is producing the airbus you certainly know. And also with … which is a European satellite operator competing with Pan Am South in … And in the year 2000, I came to … I came out to the television industry. I became International Director of France TV, which is a French national broadcaster. And in 2003, I was supposed to be Chairman of … . That's the story. But in Euro News, I would say only the Chairman and the CEO. I'm not … which are … which is very independent, and are very proud of what they're doing.  So I'm the guy in charge of finance, development, searching money, and assuring the betterment of everybody.

 

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