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Explore Big Ideas

Explore Big Ideas LLC is an online, personal development and education company that develops web-based projects for adults to learn about, ponder, and engage ideas that matter.  Our mission is to empower people to think better, act consistently with their values, and interact amicably and respectfully with those who see the world differently.

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Personal development religion and philosophy courses presented in vibrant and engaging multimedia e-learning formats based on our experience teaching face-to-face classes.                                  

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A wide range of web-based activities to explore big ideas. Learn to use Explore Big Ideas' process of learn, ponder and engage.                                                                                                                          

Big Ideas

 What Are

Big Ideas

Big ideas are the answers to questions central to what it means to be human and how to act in the world.  We encounter the big ideas when we explore topics such as justice, freedom, human nature, the good society, the nature of the universe, and ultimate reality (God). In other words, big ideas help communities and individuals explore the varied responses to questions such as:

  • What is the meaning of life?
  • What does it mean to be human?
  • Do human beings possess free will or is everything that occurs predetermined?
  • What makes an action right or wrong?  What makes a policy good or bad?
  • How should I decide whether or not do something?
  • When death nears, should I limit the use of medical treatments?
  • How do I act upon my values and participate in the political process?

Why Spend Time

Exploring Big Ideas

Big ideas are tied to an essential part of being human: making meaning out of our existence, experiences, and the world. When we devote time to learn about, ponder and engage big ideas we equip ourselves to find our purpose, understand our true selves, and live more fully.

Meaning-making is as natural and automatic to being human as breathing is.  Just as most of us breathe without a second thought, we also make meaning without knowing we are doing it. And, like breathing, when we slow down and become intentional and reflective while making meaning, we get better at it.

Your Guides

Two former college professors, known as creative and dynamic educators, formed Explore Big Ideas LLC in 2018.

Joel J. Heim
Joel J. Heim, M.Div., Ph.D.

Joel has a life-long interest in issues of peace and justice and creates engaging religion and philosophy courses.  Students routinely remarked that, although they took the courses "just to meet a requirement", his classes were the most thought-provoking and practical courses of their college career.

Nelia Beth Scovill
Nelia Beth Scovill, M.Div., Ph.D.

Ever since she read Dr. Seuss’ Yertle the Turtle as a child, Nelia Beth’s interests have returned to fairness and individual and social change.  Whether teaching women and religion, ethical theory, or academic writing, Nelia Beth empowered top and struggling students to exceed their own expectations. 

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