In this episode Kwasi brings back Dutty Bookman to discuss the movement he has helped dub as the Reggae Revival after a panel at SXSW 2027. He also speaks to Koro Fyah of the Bevel Rock camp about his ABC’s at SXSW as well. Bomani interviews the founder of the Uganda’s Bavubuka Foundation, Babaluku, and their chief archivist Gilbert Daniels about Hip-Hop in Uganda and the Lugaflow movement. Bomani and Kwasi also discuss spirituality in independent music, and how the community discusses things like sin. A must listen!
I would expect that a book with a cover quote from Deepak Chopra would lead me through 150 + pages of great Zen like business advice, and Likeonomics does not disappoint. Rohit Bhargava, marketing expert and Adjunct Professor Marketing at Georgetown University, has written a great book on something that you would think is much simpler. Yes, people do business with people they like. But has anyone ever broken down what makes the products and the people we spend money on more likable? Each chapter is written like a college text book, with Vin diagrams and summary sections, to help you quickly refer to the principles detailed throughout the book.
The highilight of the book is the clever acronym detailing the heart of the Likeonomics priniciple. T.R.U.S.T. Truth, Relevance, Unselfishness, Simplicity, and Trust. The stories of how Rwanda turned its economy around after it’s epic genocide, how Oprah’s truthfullness led to her domination of daytime television, or how a creative lunch meeting at Pixar stopped Steve Jobs from selling the company to Microsoft. Using countless studies the author shows how customers and clients “liking” you has little do with your effectiveness at your job or reliability of your product, but more from a feeling that your consumer really knows and trusts you. continue reading…
The suicide of an adult son. The cancer death of a toddler. The adult revelation that you’re adopted, followed by the quest to find your family. Multiple tours as an officer in Vietnam. All of these individually would have been the main story line of most people’s book about fear and courage, but in Gordon Livingston’s “The Thing You Think You Cannot Do”, these are just anecdotes, tossed out to the audience to show how normal dealing with the pain of life is. Reading the subtitle “Thirty Truths About Fear & Courage” I expected a typical self help book, but instead it is a deep polemic analysis on how fear effectively corrupts everything we love about society. From page xi he starts in on the harbingers of fear, including religion and the authoritarian regime’s almost all people live under do to xenophobia.