As a former gang leader, Karl Lokko has seen and experienced far more than most. But it is these experiences that now narrate his outlook on life and passion for engaging and inspiring others.

In his work to influence and inspire, Karl uses the gift of poetry to share his message. As part of his collection of poetry, ‘The Butterfly Effect’, Karl recently released a new recording – you can listen by playing the clip below.

Karl Lokko - Cruel to Be Kind

Nurture was murdered, my demons were furthered. For I believed the lie. But she was dressed in truth and she looked amazing.

In the words of Karl, “This poem is a cry for every villains' innocence. We are all innocent, because at our core, the intentions of human beings are good. Deception is the real 'devil', man is not. We live a life according to our conditioning.”

Have you come across any great initiatives working to remove barriers, reduce stigma and show a little heart to those who need direction? If so we would love to hear more about them in the comments box below. 

We've got lots more inspiring stories of people and organisations providing rehabilitation and second chances read more here. You can also find out more about Karl's past, present and vision for the future on his website.