Who is changing the world with Big Ideas?
November 1, 2010 8:42 PM Subscribe
Help me find examples of people who are trying to change the world by pursuing Big IdeasTM
posted by lewistate to education (15 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
My university's common reader this year is Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin, and I am asking the students in my freshman composition class to write a "big idea" proposal, using Mortensen's big idea (peace in Pakistan and Afghanistan can be achieved by building schools to educate children—especially girls) as inspiration. The students will articulate their own Big Ideas, then develop hypothetical proposals that describe how they would put their ideas into action.
I'm looking for other examples of people who have relentlessly pursued Big Ideas. For instance, Geoffrey Canada's Harlem Children's Zone grew out of the idea that the black/white achievement gap could be closed if you provide intensive education for children starting at birth and continuing through college.
What other examples could I share with my students to help them start thinking about their own Big Ideas? (Both examples I've included here are related to education, but I'm open to ideas in all fields.)