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Ryan Coogler: 6 talks that inspired me

Ryan Coogler, director of "Fruitvale Station," picks his 6 favorite talks. He also calls out Steve Jobs' "How to Live Before You Die," calling it: "One of the best speeches given during my lifetime. Jobs gives a personal meditation on what it means to be human."

Playlist (6 talks): Ryan Coogler: 6 talks that inspired me

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    Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where "the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys."
    “'The problem is the solution.' Truer words have never been spoken. Finley's speech serves as a rallying cry to the urban community to take back one of the most necessary things needed to enjoy life—their health.”
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    Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
    “'Everywhere I go now, people treat me like I'm doomed...' Elizabeth Gilbert's meditation on popular success and its effect on the creative process is one of the most human and interesting takes on what it means to be creative that you are likely to ever hear.”
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    “Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,” begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And it's happening to about two-thirds of the world’s grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes — and his work so far shows — that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.
    “CLIMATE CHANGE. Something about those words always seemed so fatalistic and irreversible. But this exceptional talk from Allan Savory is empowering and filled with hope for the future.”
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    Writer and designer Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life.
    “Hill gives a razor sharp, fresh take on the age-old concept of less is more.”
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    If you're lucky enough to live without want, it's a natural impulse to be altruistic to others. But, asks philosopher Peter Singer, what's the most effective way to give? He talks through some surprising thought experiments to help you balance emotion and practicality — and make the biggest impact with whatever you can share. NOTE: Starting at 0:30, this talk contains 30 seconds of graphic footage.
    “A way to look at earning a higher income as a form of social activism.”
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    Entrepreneur Elon Musk is a man with many plans. The founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX sits down with TED curator Chris Anderson to share details about his visionary projects, which include a mass-marketed electric car, a solar energy leasing company and a fully reusable rocket.
    “Getting inside the head of our generation's da Vinci.”