Darren Baptiste is an author, entrepreneur, and creator of The Cop Watch app. I was honored to interview him for my Journey To Success Radio.
Darren was born in Trinidad & Tobago in 1967, and migrated to Canada as a boy, and grew up in and around Toronto. He's a computer programmer by trade, mas player, panman, and traveller at heart. He plans to see the whole world. He's been to 6 continents, but still has 159 countries left to visit. His first book, a motorcycle adventure travelogue, “Goin’ Toco”, chronicles his 4-1/2 month solo trip from Canada to Trinidad & Tobago.
Recently, he launched a new iPhone app called Cop Watch. It’s his attempt to have a positive impact on the issue of police violence.
The Cop Watch app provides the easiest way to create and upload videos about police-citizen interactions. Settings are available to have the app begin recording as soon as it is launched, and to upload video to YouTube automatically. The app also provides some handy reference material concerning your right to shoot these videos.
I love the poem by George Bernard Shaw that Darren Baptiste has on his website.
This is the true joy of life, the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live.
Life is no "brief candle" to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
--George Bernard Shaw
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A chronicle of a solo motorcycle journey over 4-1/2 months through 13 countries. This book gives you a front-row view of what it takes to organize, and survive, an epic trip like this.
There are tales of sickness and loss, meeting adversity, and thrilling triumph. And, of course, the wonderful stories of the generous and kind-hearted souls met along the way. If you're already a rider, you'll relate. If you don't yet ride, be warned — this book of wanderlust and adventure may inspire you to try something new.