Do you have any big decisions to make? Could you use the advice of an expert who’s been there before? Is there a topic that you find particularly interesting that you would like to increase your knowledge of? BigThink.com is website where experts at the top of their respective fields share their knowledge with the general public. According to Big Think:
Big Think is a global forum connecting people and ideas. It may be a cliché to say that knowledge is power, but that doesn’t make the statement any less true. We know that there are just 24 hours in a day, that you are bombarded with information, and that the bombardment will only escalate. We believe that not all information is equal. We believe that expertise is invaluable and should be shared… At Big Think, we put you in contact with the ideas of very smart people. We do not believe that experts have all the answers. On many subjects deep thinkers disagree. We do believe that we will all make better decisions in our personal and professional lives if our thinking is informed by expert opinion.
Main categories include: Special Series, Topics, Experts, Blogs, and IdeaFeed.
Would you like to hear talks from some of the worlds brightest minds, but don’t have the time or money to travel to conferences? TED.com is a website that posts videos of some worlds most inspirational speakers featured at TED conferences and other events. According to TED:
We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other… On TED.com, we make the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. More than 700 TED Talks are now available, with more added each week. All of the talks feature closed captions in English, and many feature subtitles in various languages.
Talks can be browsed by speaker or the following themes: Technology, Entertainment, Design, Business, Science, Culture, Arts, Global issues, Featured, and All. TED.com also includes a blog.
Are you a visual person? Do you avoid reading anything longer then a paragraph or two even if it looks interesting? Do wish someone would simplify all this information on the inter-webs, and put it into easily understandable graphs? InformationisBeautiful.net is a website that sorts out all kinds of information and transforms it into beautiful graphic imagery. According to Information is Beautiful:
A passion of mine is visualizing information – facts, data, ideas, subjects, issues, statistics, questions – all with the minimum of words. I’m interested in how designed information can help us understand the world, cut through BS and reveal the hidden connections, patterns and stories underneath. Or, failing that, it can just look cool!
NOTCOT.org is website that displays some of the most captivating imagery on inter-webs with each picture linking to another website for more in-depth information. According to NOTCOT:
NOTCOT.ORG is a community of creatives, design lovers, and trendsetters… each image and caption brings you to a place worth visiting. It’s about sharing what inspires you. Bookmarks, del.icio.us, digg, blogrolls, etc. make you read, search and think. This is the PICTUREBOOK to their novel… NOTCOT.org was focused on instant gratification in both reading and posting… posting takes as little effort as tearing out a magazine page and taping it to the wall. Contributions are open to the public, and ideal for those who are lazy to post and love eyecandy.
Are you an inventor? Do you have the beginnings of a great idea, but need help to complete it? Do need some feedback to see if you have a good idea? Bulbstorm.com is website where innovative people come together to share ideas. According to bulbstorm:
Bulbstorm is a community of innovation where individuals, experts, and companies come together to share, improve, and market new concepts for products and services… A community where you can share ideas and receive feedback from friends and other members of the community. Since successful innovations most often require expertise from a variety of functions, bulbstorm is the key to help you to connect to that expertise. Our collaborative approach to innovation means ideas of greater quality and appeal can emerge from concept to reality.
Has surfing the interwebs gotten a little boring? Do you think you’ve seen everything there is to see? DamnInteresting.com begs to differ! Damn Interesting is website that posts articles that are… damn interesting of coarse; from the sex life of bananas to lucid decapitation. According to Damn Interesting:
Though we occasionally post bits which could be described as “news,” our primary aim is to collect and dispense damn interesting facts and ideas, whether they appeared in the past, the present, or the (anticipated) future. We don’t have a regular posting schedule here; each new article appears as soon as our editors decide that it’s shiny and delicious.