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Karl Lokko

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Karl Lokko | LOVE


Karl Lokko is a poet, musician and community activist. His experience as a former gang leader led him to work on projects to reform gang culture and fight for social justice, and he is a public speaker at public and charity events including TEDx Talks. He volunteers with the charity Youth in Action and is the ambassador for Big Change. His word of the day is LOVE. CONNECT WITH KARL: I: @karl_lokkoT: @Karl_Lokko #AnthemsBlack is a collection of 31 original manifestos, speeches, stories, poems and rallying cries written and voiced by exceptional UK Black contributors. It was created, executive produced and sound designed by Hana Walker-Brown with producers Bea Duncan and Jaja Muhammad. The artwork is by Mars West. 


21 Oct 2020

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How I Became the Most Influential Man in Britain with Karl Lokko

Better With Paul

Darkness is the best time for light. That’s how Karl Lokko describes the consuming change that propelled him into a position of status and influence some could only dream about. In this episode of Better With Paul, we sit down with the Most Influential Man In Britain for a first take look into the mind of a mastermind. The perfect blend of street smarts, book smarts, and innate heuristic skills all went into the maturation of a man I admire for many reasons. Born and raised in a community with a tenured history of violence, poverty, and a relentless desire to survive, Karl Lokko’s options may have been cut short long before he ever even realized he had them. By his 13th birthday, Brixton had already branded Karl in ways most people never experience. The son of council estates shares the challenges posed by managing childhood genius and the life-altering side effects that come from living in a community that was 70% prepared to be a prison before it was cleared to become housing for the poor. But it wasn’t the literal bars he needed to escape from, the bars on his mind were far more restrictive.In Episode 2 of Better With Paul, Karl Lokko walks us through the process of going from victim to victimizer to international success. A small seed planted by a woman concerned with where his life was headed eventually grew into a pathway that changed his family’s future and inspired a legacy. That rise didn’t come on accident. We talk about how the pressures of powerlessness became a theme that burst into a lust for violence; the only antidote he thought he had. Growing up in gang culture forces your hand, either you assimilate or you become a target. Despite life’s brutal introduction, Karl’s circumstances also positioned him to develop a few transferrable skills that eventually led to his personal revolution.Born the child of illegal African immigrants, dreams of mattering, of making a difference, and creating an empire his children can inherit were Karl Lokko’s inspiration to change. Shedding the title of being a notorious 18-year-old gang leader whose name was known around the UK wasn’t an easy job. If you ask Karl, he’ll tell you that he never even wanted to change, he was fine with the reality he’d created for himself. When he looked around, he didn’t see chaos, he saw a palatable solution to things that once kept his family terrorized by fear. He didn’t see the lifestyle as problematic, he felt the things his gang contributed to the community, resources, protection, and support, made the darker side of the lifestyle a small tradeoff. But when his life made a 360-degree turnaround, Karl Lokko immediately recognized God’s grace in action.“In order to have more, you have to become more.” It was that realization that led Karl Lokko to read a book a week on a personal quest to become the man he felt he needed to be, to live the life he deserved. Now, he’s a billionaire by association and close friends with the royal family. Mindset was the secret ingredient to turning his life around. Karl never shunned ‘the streets’, he saw how he could do more for them, and himself, by raising the stakes and grooming himself to sit at tables nobody from council estates, almost no other person with black skin, has ever been invited to sit. In this episode, we explore the power that comes from using your differences to your advantage. Karl Lokko’s story is an inspiration to us all. Tune in as we listen to the Most Influential Man In Britain talk about what he’s done that will set him up to soon become one of the most influential people in the world.To learn more about Karl: https://www.instagram.com/karl_lokko/ Be sure to join the Better With Paul newsletter for my biggest takeaways from each episode and special announcements: https://www.paulcbrunson.com/better/Also, if you want to connect with the Better With Paul community, please join our private:Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/betterwithpaulLinkedIn Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8941481/Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe, rate and review. 

1hr 21mins

7 Jul 2020

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Black Lives Matter with Karl Lokko

The Ikonns

When the whole movement of Black Lives Matters reignited, we wanted to connect with our dear friend Karl Lokko to amplify the message of the black community, to educate us, to help us understand what’s going on in the world right now. It’s more than ever important to listen. Tune in and join our conversation as we discover what has to be done next. Full show notes: https://www.ikonns.com/podcast/87

1hr 19mins

18 Jun 2020

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Being misunderstood - Karl Lokko

Fear Itself with Cressida Bonas

This episode was recorded before the coronavirus was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. ** On the first episode of Fear Itself I meet Karl Lokko, an ex-gang leader who is now helping to turn the tide of gang crime in London as an advisor, change agent and public speaker. I was curious to know what Karl’s fears were when he was involved with gang crime and how they differ to his fears now, as well as how his experiences as a person on the autistic spectrum impact his fear of being misunderstood. His life stories are fascinating and I loved hearing how he has transformed his life to help others. Please listen out at the end for his poem, it gave me goose bumps and it’s really not one to miss. You can find out more about Karl from his website, karllokko.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


19 Mar 2020

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Reforming Gang Culture with Karl Lokko

Why's Words

In this episode Rupert talks to x+why member, Karl Lokko, an ex-London gang member, turned activist, community worker and campaigner committed to reforming gang culture in the UK.


11 Mar 2020

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Hidden Alumni Ft. Karl Lokko

90s Baby Show

THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT MADE IT OUT TO SUPPORT US AT OUR 5TH SOLD OUT LIVE SHOW FOR THOSE THAT DIDNT MAKE IT, OR DID MANAGE TO GET ANY MERCH ON THE DAY THIS WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE REAL SOON This week the Boyz are back in The 90s Room, joined by Karl Lokko. Queen & Slim Hidden Alumni Private Islands Growing Up In Brixton SOCIALS @90sbabyshow / 90sbabyshow @Fr3dsantana / Fredsantana @TemiAlchemy / Temialchemy @VPinthecut / vpinthecut @KarlLokko / Karl_Lokko

2hr 40mins

24 Feb 2020

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Succeeding after failure and navigating adversity with Karl Lokko and Tyrone Brennand | Live from Grenade’s Orange Friday | Pull The Pin

Pull The Pin

"If at first you don't succeed..."Recorded live at Grenade®'s Orange Friday event, this episode sees CEO Alan Barratt, activist, adventurer and public speaker Karl Lokko and personal trainer and yogi Tyrone Brennand talk all things failure. They discuss why failure is often a necessary step towards success and how they've each overcome adversity in very different ways. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


12 Dec 2019

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Karl Lokko - former gang leader turned activist, poet, influencer & public speaker

Conversations on Faith and Equality

Talking to Karl Lokko about starting a notorious gang aged 14 and how he left it.


2 Dec 2019

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Caterpillar to a Butterfly - Karl Lokko

The Ikonns

In today’s episode we chat with one of the UK’s most inspiring people, former gang leader and u-turned public speaker, poet, musician and rehabilitation leader - Karl Lokko. Whether it’s visiting Necker Island with Richard Branson or attending the Royal wedding, Karl’s remarkable journey is a far cry from his Brixton Badlands past. Karl is one of the UK’s most connected under 30 year olds, he now holds a platform for true change, helping thousands of youth to escape the gang culture on the very dangerous streets of South London. As a former gang leader himself, life hasn’t always been so easy. Infact his u-turn is nothing less than truly breathtaking. And his journey to get to where he is now, even more jaw dropping!From the age 12, Karl found himself on the wrong side of the tracks when his bicycle was stolen a few too many times. In his defense he formed his own gang of misfits, something Brixton wasn’t short of. A product of the Windrush generation decades before him, he was used to seeing displacement all around him. Which gave everyone and anyone a reason to fight. “There’s a reason for rage, they so won’t that scare you straight? Well, If what you’re doing is because you are already scared, that is going to fuel your rage” - Karl [17:35] Unfortunately the violence didn’t stay on a scrappy playground level for long. By the age of 14 he had already witnessed his friends being shot, been shot at himself and carried his own knife wounds as battle scars. Scars that he held as a trophy to go with the ‘strike them before they strike you’ mindset that permeated both his gang and the culture that followed - with or against him. “There’s a lack of remorse, everyone can feel our pain ‘cause I’m feeling it, everyone else becomes fair game” - Karl [16:00] But his story isn’t only one of a bleak distraught childhood, in today’s episode you’ll hear the remarkable story of how Karl turned his back on the violence and literally earned himself a seat at the table with some of the world’s most powerful and influential people. Karl now heads up a charitable organisation that transforms gang members into respectable citizens, helping them see life outside of gangs. Or as Alex calls it, his “love gang” - “goosebumps” as Mimi puts it. “I was inspired by bible stories of sheppard boys throwing rocks at political, economical and cultural giants called Goliath. Those emails were my stones and i had to throw them out there” - Karl [47.30] We are truly honoured to talk with Karl. His giant heart, kind nature and switched on intelligence shines light on what you can do if you really put your mind to making a positive change, both in your life and others. We talk about: The disaffected difference between class and race that still exists in society today How gangs and street violence are a product of circumstance Anxieties can lead to displacement Your enemy is also a person, how to look into their eyes and see from another perspective The only real enemy is yourself and your choice in how you react to situations Why the only answer to the problem we face is love How you can form your own love gang Why we should be turning societies liabilities into assets and help displaced people find a purpose Going behind enemy lines with an open heart, walking the path to a ceasefire Finding a support system in the most influential people in the world How speaking with confidence puts you at the same table as powerful people Hope you enjoyed this week’s episode with Karl, you can find out more about him here: Karllokko.com Twitter Instagram Butterfly Effect - Youtube video by Karl Lokko

1hr 6mins

16 Jul 2019

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Karl Lokko: From gang leader to community driving force (Bitesize)

In The Pink

Karl Lokko calls himself the ex caterpillar...that’s because he has now metamorphosed into something so unrecognisable from his former life as a gang leader in South London. As a boy he was declared a child genius, and yet by his early teens he had lost his way, and threatened never to realise his potential. After evading both prison and death at the hands of rival gang members, Karl recognised he needed to change his ways.Hear him recount his remarkable story to Natalie Pinkham, as he describes how he turned things round, and is now guiding other displaced and disenfranchised young people to do the same. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


23 Feb 2019