BigThink is a Web 2.0 site still in its beta phase, but which shows great promise. I love this site, and became a member moments after sorting through it. I hope it sticks around.
The idea behind BigThink is to provide access to interviews with leading thinkers, movers and shakers on a wide variety of topics, from politics to faith to the environment. Assembling and videotaping a big list of top-name experts, BigThink features answers and discussions with these people, but you get to start at least some of the conversations. You can respond to the interviewee, respond to a responder or ask your own question or add your own idea to the mix, and see what happens.
I browsed through BigThink’s categories, and found Harrison Ford discussing his mentors, Matt Bai of The New York Times discussing who has the power in Washington, humorist Mo Rocca talking about sports and steroids, “Nightline’s” Cynthia McFadden speaking about what’s wrong with mainstream media, and Sen. Ted Kennedy talking about love and community.
I immediately created a profile page for myself, so I can contribute my two cents’ worth to the conversations taking place on this groundbreaking website. I also created a question that I hope gets some air time with an expert: What will be the legacy of No Child Left Behind?
I will stay tuned.
BigThink is not just a tool for personal reflection. It’s a tool that I hope to see used in college and high school classroom discussions, as a launching pad for studies of politics, government, ecology, science, technology, space and even collaboration.
Don’t miss this one. It’s worth checking out.