Peter Hopkins Sounds Off With Forbes

Big Think's own founder and president Peter Hopkins gave Rahim Kanani at Forbes some face time in preparation for the 2012 Social Innovation Summit taking place next week at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. 

The two gabbed about everything from Big Think's achievements to learning from failure. Check out the full Q&A here.

Hopkins offers a look back at some notable milestones in the four years since Big Think's founding in 2008. He effectively tells a story of a start-up that evolved from the "YouTube of Ideas" to a full fledged knowledge forum that features video interviews with over 3,000 brilliant thinkers and contributions from top notch bloggers. Hopkins also described Big Think's development of e-learning platforms and partnerships with outside groups and institutions. These efforts helped Big Think gain the attention of over two million unique viewers each month. 

It might seem like the story ends there, but Hopkins is just getting warmed up. He continues to look for new ways to help the public get smarter, faster. 

"Our end-state looks like a hybrid media and technology company that delivers on the promise of helping you get smarter faster, and providing the analytics to prove we have accomplished that goal."

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

26 ultra-rich people own as much as the world's 3.8 billion poorest

The Oxfam report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency."

Getty Images and Wikimedia Commons
Politics & Current Affairs
  • A new report by Oxfam argues that wealth inequality is causing poverty and misery around the world.
  • In the last year, the world's billionaires saw their wealth increase by 12%, while the poorest 3.8 billion people on the planet lost 11% of their wealth.
  • The report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency." We explain what Steven Pinker's got to do with it.
Keep reading Show less

People who constantly complain are harmful to your health

Moans, groans, and gripes release stress hormones in the brain.

Photo credit: Getty Images / Stringer

Could you give up complaining for a whole month? That's the crux of this interesting piece by Jessica Hullinger over at Fast Company. Hullinger explores the reasons why humans are so predisposed to griping and why, despite these predispositions, we should all try to complain less. As for no complaining for a month, that was the goal for people enrolled in the Complaint Restraint project.

Participants sought to go the entirety of February without so much as a moan, groan, or bellyache.

Keep reading Show less
  • Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
  • Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
  • But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
Keep reading Show less