Speaker picks is an ongoing series where past TEDxMH speakers share what they’re up to, wax poetic, and divulge their TED Talk of choice with the community. This week: Paul Polak

What (or who) has been inspiring you lately? 

I drove through about 25 million acres of scrub forest between Cozumel and Merida a couple weeks ago — looks like an ideal place to convert biomass to green coal through torrefaction!

What are three words you’d use to describe Colorado? 

Inspiring. Original. Easy-going.

What’s a good book that you recently read that the TEDxMileHigh community would enjoy? 

The Last Lion by William Manchester (a biography of Churchill).

What’s your favorite TED talk?

Stats that Reshape Your Worldview by Hans Rosling.

From TED.com:

“You’ve never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called ‘developing world.'”

Did you miss Paul’s talk at TEDxMileHigh: Inspired Citizenship? Find it here

Want to learn more about what Paul is up to?  Follow him on twitter @outofpoverty or check out his website here.