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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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Soraya Darabi:

Last week I applied to be part of a women’s networking group and they asked me for my resume and I smiled and said truthfully I haven’t made a resume in about four years, but I sent her my LinkedIn link and she sent back a note saying this will do, this is perfect.  I know some organizations, some startups specifically, but also VC firms who refuse to accept PDFs of hard print resumes and they’re only looking to social media accounts.  What do you have to say on Twitter?  How knowledgeable you are on your social media accounts like Quora.  What does your LinkedIn account look like?  These are the factors that they take into account when they’re looking at potential hires, specifically for digital jobs.  So my personal feeling is that most careers are converging.  The changing landscape of new media is focused almost entirely on the digital landscape, so as more and more jobs become digital it is becoming increasingly imperative for us to have a strong digital presence and that presence doesn’t have to be no fun and games.  It doesn’t mean that you have to be very strict about what you talk about, but be careful. 


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