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Karl Lokko

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Black Seed - Transforming Brixton into Silicon Valley for black founders. Karl Lokko, Chairman.

Inside The TeqDen

In this episode, I spoke with Karl Lokko, the Chairmain at Black Seed. They are a community led by Black founders, for Black founders. Rooted in Brixton, with global ambition. They empower Black founders to build the impossible. Karl is a former gang leader turned activist, poet, influencer and public speaker. Having grown up on a gang-ridden estate in South London, he has managed to harness his life experiences which has propelled and uniquely situated him as an activist/influencer within the U.K and globally. The episode shows the story of his incredible transformation, combined with his unique ability to connect with people on a human level, makes Karl one of the most potent voices in the country, allowing him to bridge the gap and unite communities. We spoke about:  • How Karl originally became involved with gangs and how he quickly rose to the top of his gang, the physical and mental scars he still carries to this day• The difficulty he faced in eventually leaving the gang, both from external and internal pressures • Why he decided to create Black Seed to harness his ‘acquired nepotism’ to empower his communityYou can find out more about Black Seed here: https://www.blackseed.ventures/You can find out more about Karl Lokko here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karl-lokko-92696088/You can find out more about TeqDen here: https://teqden.com/You can find out more about LiFE Ventures here: https://lifeventures.tech/You can find out more about Sina Sadrzadeh here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sinasadrzadeh/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


23 Jun 2022

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E101 - Karl Lokko: A lesson in the importance of placing empathy over opinion

The High Performance Podcast

Karl Lokko is an activist, public speaker, influencer and businessman. Son of previous illegal immigrants, Karl became a gang leader at 14 years old. His gang (Mayhem and Destruction) had over 60 members at its height. But, aftering finding spirituality in his late teens he has turned his life around. Now, he works to reform gang culture and empower black youth with his companies Black Seed and BRXTN Studio. Karl has always worked as the personal advisor for Prince Harry.In the latest episode of the High Performance Podcast Karl shares with us his experience in gang culture, the struggle of being a young, successful black man in Britain and his relationship with regret. .......Get the last few tickets for the HPP TOUR 20221st Feb: Birmingham - Lewis Morgan, co-founder of Gymshark7th Feb: Salford Lowry - Guest TBA18th Feb: Edinburgh - Steve Clarke, Scotland Football Manager.2nd March: London Indigo at the O2, Guest TBADon’t miss out: https://sjm.lnk.to/HPPL Buy our bestseller ‘Lessons From the Best on Becoming Your Best: http://smarturl.it/hv0sdzBuy the audiobook: https://adbl.co/3xQQSCF And remember to check out our website for more exclusive merchandise and to join our members club THE HIGH PERFORMANCE CIRCLE where you can get podcasts, keynote speeches and boosts from some very special guests. Just go to www.thehighperformancepodcast.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

1hr 22mins

31 Jan 2022

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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


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 Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more 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 SHOWFOR THOSE THAT DIDNT MAKE IT, OR DID MANAGE TO GET ANY MERCH ON THE DAY THIS WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE REAL SOONThis week the Boyz are back in The 90s Room, joined by Karl Lokko.Queen & SlimHidden AlumniPrivate IslandsGrowing Up In BrixtonSOCIALS@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