Friday, May 3, 2013

Big Think - Big Ideas about our Planet

Great website. Lots of great stuff for Geography, History, Economics, Law, Politics and courses in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

Features include over 12,000 videos featuring experts from a wide variety of disciplines, and links to world renowned bloggers who provide insights and analysis of the “big ideas” in the news.

I particularly like the Frank Jacobs’ blog “Strange Maps.”

From Big Think:

“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 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
  • Inventing the Future

(Thanks to PDSB colleague K. Anthon for putting me on to this great resource!)

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