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Creating The Line That Unites Us: Court Crandall at TEDxManhattanBeach

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Published on Oct 19, 2012

In a world full of lines that divide us as people, Court Crandall set out to create one line that would bring us all together. By initiating a free the competition for a $40,000 college scholarship at Compton High School and documenting the lives of the eight participants in a feature film, Court attempted to demonstrate that while the city of Compton is typically defined by gangs, drugs and violence, the people who live there are actually just like everyone else. What he ended up doing, was providing a stage for one amazing student to show the world that the values we cherish most as Americans may be best exemplified in this unlikely zip code.

Court Crandall is an advertising creative director and partner with WDCW. He is also a screenwriter, who wrote the films Old School and a Lobster Tale, as well as the author of the children's book, Hugville. A strong proponent of the power of positive thinking, Court is a firm believer that given opportunity, people will almost always exceed your expectations.

"I raised my children in Manhattan Beach, but I went to Compton to find their role models." Court Crandall

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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