Sean McManus is Program Director of the Ideas Economy Project at The Economist Group in New York where he oversees a series of offline events and edits the Ideas Economy website. Prior to that, he was executive editor of Big Think where he oversaw all editorial operations and led the production of over 400 interviews with experts and thought leaders from around the world. Earlier, Sean was an editor at 02138 magazine. His work has appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine, Worth, and Details. He is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and earned a masters degree in American History from the University of North Florida, where he was the teaching assistant for a visiting professor from South Africa named Desmond Tutu.
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Lynda Resnick was only 19 years old when she founded a full-service advertising agency and is now the co-chairman of Roll International, the parent company of such lovable brands as […]
Howard Sosin was the kind of Wall Street dealmaker who flourished in the footloose days of the mid-80s. As the founder of AIG Financial Products, he invented many of the […]
“Facebook is going to try to be a monopoly, why would it not?” asks Columbia University law professor and information monopoly expert Tim Wu. “Fortunately, it’s a monopoly of social […]
Peter Thiel and Jonathan Zittrain Discuss the Future of Digital Monopolies Today at 4:45 p.m. on Big Think
Big Think and the Berkman Center present a live stream debate on the future of digital monopolies.
Former Goldman Sachs Vice-Chairman Robert Kaplan Tells Big Think ‘Big Firms Are Very Well Positioned’
Big Think spoke with Robert Kaplan, former vice-chairman of Goldman Sachs and current professor at Harvard Business School, about regulating hedge funds, the issue of bonuses, and why he’s happy […]
We asked Harvard Business School Professor Robin Greenwood about new regulations of the financial services industry, the future of hedge funds, and what Wall Street will look like in five […]
Discoveries about neuroplasticity--the brain's ability to rewire itself throughout life by creating neural connections in response to mental activity--has led to the new brain centers, which "promise to keep older minds sharp with computer, walnuts and green tea."
Conor Clarke in the Atlantic’s business blog today, reports on Senator Benjamin Cardin’s plan to make it easy for newspapers to become nonprofits. But do we really want newspapers that […]
The contrast is sharp. There are two important stories about stem cells today. The first, from FoxNews is entitled “States Consider Harder Line on Stem Cell Research.” It’s about how […]
The Global Billionaires Club may be getting smaller by the minute, but there are still pockets of heavy growth. For example, Mexican drug lords are doing well. That’s why Forbes […]
Stephen Wolfram, the computer genius who authored the computational software Mathematica in 1998 and wrote A New Kind of Science in 2002, has built a new search engine. It’s called […]
Brian Doherty, a senior editor at Reason magazine and the author of This is Burning Man and Radicals for Capitalism, reflects on whether the hero of the new graphic novel […]
The Cato Institute today asks whether the increasingly private industry-loving El Salvador is the new Central American Tiger. Is it possible that capitalism works great in some places but not […]
Big Think will be live blogging from Harvard Law School today, and it’s a seminar you wont want to miss. Entitled “Internet: Ideas at the Frontier,” the seminar hosted by […]
People these days are staying in and watching movies instead of going out and spending money. Does that mean no more football games? Ben Casselman in the Wall Street Journal […]
George Tech’s expertise in “human-factors issues” is really paying off for the law enforcement establishment. Engineers are helping an Atlanta start-up build cop cars that function like jet fighters. According […]
In a radical and risky move, the Bank of England today decided to start printing money to combat the economic crisis, according to the London Times. While this might be […]