(www.BigThink.com ) is an on-line beta site launched today for the growing global conversation about where we are and where we're headed. Harvard educated co-founders Victoria Brown and Peter Hopkins germinated the idea for Big Think while working together at PBS on the “Charlie Rose” show in 2006. Taking a cue from elite private institutions and conferences that convene thought leaders from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives to swap ideas about pressing global issues, Big Think is adapting this model to the more egalitarian Web medium. Combining journalistically produced interviews with user-generated content, and playing both moderator and mediator, Big Think is attempting to be a bridge between edited and so-called informed opinion and the less controlled freestyle of online social media – a potentially unique civic engagement platform.
"We live in a global age, and yet there is no central, global forum to exchange, discuss and debate the big issues and ideas of our time", says Big Think co-founder Victoria Brown. "Big Think is a needed social endeavor that will allow an engaged global audience to share the same platform as leading voices from around the world. Big Think is driven by the conviction that this conversation should be open across all geographies, boundaries and jurisdictions - not limited to one class, rank or station."
A formidable group of financial backers who share the founders' vision for raising the quality of media are investing in the project including Peter Thiel (PayPal, Facebook and Clarium Capital), Larry Summers (Former Secretary of the Treasury, Former President of Harvard), Tom Scott (Nantucket Nectars and Plum TV), and Gary David Goldberg (creator of Family Ties and Spin City). David Frankel, South African venture capitalist, is lead investor.
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