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Influencer Kurt Schoop, this week Master Your Mind Platform Book session, register for our new workshop and week tips

Posted on September 15, 2019 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (16th – 22nd of September) we will interview Kurt Schoop; we will invite you for our upcoming Master Your Mind platform session on the 17th of September at the Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada; we will invite you to a workshop on Mastery over the mysteries of “Emotions” on the 5th of October called: “Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto i tin?” and we will share some motivational video-links with you on “Resilience”. Every day in the week we will upload one of these links on our Facebook.com/Share2uplift page.

Influencer Kurt Schoop: connector and showing people what is possible


Kurt, could you share with us some information of your family life?
I have 3 brothers and 5 sisters; both my parents are alive and were very supportive in whom I have become right now. I have a significant other.


Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are an entrepreneur?
I have studied policy and organisational sciences and love to facilitate change processes and dialogues within schools and communities. In the past 12 years, I have been focused on building communities in Otrobanda.

In the beginning this was difficult, as I did most things on my own, now I am part of a team of great people who all contribute.

Are you involved in other projects in Curaçao?
I am involved in “Kaya Kaya”, a community project in Otrobanda and I am supporting a number of schools in the implementation of quality assurance.

Besides that, I am renting rooms. This started out small, in my own house, at some point I bought and restored another house and recently I opened the “Bario Hotel”, consisting of eight houses in Yzerstraat/Emmastraat. In this hotel, people living in the neighbourhood are involved and we have one central front desk for our guests.



You are very involved with the bario, why is that?

I like to see things change and improve, both in infrastructure and people. I find it energising when people seem ‘to get it’ and change their way of doing things. Also, it is very satisfying to restore homes to their old grandeur, to bring back dignity to these homes and to the neighbourhood.
Up until a year ago, I was chairman of the foundation for Ser’i Otrobanda. When Kaya Kaya took off last year, I decided it was time for a change. I handed over the foundation to a new group of people and focussed on the further development of Kaya Kaya, together with Clayton Lasten and Raygen Zuiverloon. I am pleased to see a growing interest of companies and organisations to align themselves with Kaya Kaya as sponsors, they approached us, which is an unique situation to be in. And also OBNA and Korpodeko (local development banks) want to help develop a multi-annual plan for the development of the neighbourhood.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I like to connect, inspire and transform people and show what is possible. In the end, I like to leave something behind. I seem to be good at bringing people from different backgrounds (inhabitants, investors and government) together.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Gentrification is something we need to be aware of. Luckily the social housing projects have a pretty permanent group of inhabitants, but you see there is more interest in the houses that are already inhabited and less in the abandoned houses. There is no way to stop people from selling their house, but I would like to see a balanced development where there is room for everyone.

I also have a challenge in balancing volunteer work and the need to make money to earn myself a living, right? I am investing a lot these days. I did manage to minimise my costs of living; this has reduced the stress as well. In the first years, I have faced more challenges, but I found out that by remaining consistent and sharing the story, I was able to connect with and involve more people.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Yes, I use my inner voice, but not always or very consistently. I like to walk or travel to clear my head and sort things out. Banda’bou is a great place to relax. Recently we went there to discuss the future (vision, direction, and attitude) of my new business ventures with my other business partners. This provided us all with new insights.

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I am doing things, because I prefer the experimental way of learning.

What are your strengths?
I am a connector, creative and can find new use for concepts. I am a good listener. I am able to see what will stick and become a hit. I am good at delegating and I am able to take my time to discover what someone likes to do.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
As a people’s person, I like to travel, organise a party, spend time with friends, interact with people, and bring them together.

If you as Kurt would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I am a ‘Yu di Korsou’, born and raised on this island, who loves the neighbourhood he lives in, and works hard to make it a better place. I like to have a great time.

How would you describe Kurt in one word or one sentence?
I am a connector who likes to show myself and others, how to get things done. I like to include people and empower them. Sometimes I am surprised, that I realised what I set out to do. I do visualise what I want to realise like a successful project, but I visualise also that the neighbourhood and my home is safe.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
My mother has taught me to be persistent. I have watched Oprah Winfrey many times and like the way she inspires people and achieves change. I also find great inspiration in Nelson Mandela and the way he dealt with adversary in life.

Where they always positive role models or where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
When I first went to the Netherlands, I went to a MBO school. Someone in my circle of friends at some point doubted if I belonged in that group. That made me work even harder to prove myself and I managed to finish a HBO education, just as the others. Now I know it is not about education, but who you are as a person, but still. Some politicians also function as a negative role model, they have the skills but use it in the wrong way. That is a pity.

What was a defining moment in your life?
A defining moment in my life was when I learned to let go of the old stories and experiences in life that were painful and holding me back.
During a training for Landmark, I started to tell these stories and realised that, every time I tell them, bit by bit, I am releasing them. I now see there are many limiting beliefs in our society that do not help us prosper. By telling the stories, without fear and shame, we can change our future.

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
In a rocking chair overlooking the neighbourhood and travelling the world, giving speeches and inspiring people.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
They would say: “We love him, although he did not have sufficient time for us.” But also: We are proud of him.”


What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
I see two things that makes me stay positive. There is a big group of people who are doing their best to make things work. I believe we have to start doing things and stop waiting for others to start. They make the future manageable and solve problems. I have seen that this works with Oasis Games and Kaya Kaya. There is so much potential in people, once they believe in something and feel involved, they are able to perform miracles. On a personal level, I have stopped following the news and retracted myself from the every-day hype and negativity and just try to do things that I can influence. That makes me stay positive.

Kurt Schoop is a (social) entrepreneur and a representative of the Business-sector. As a connector, a creative at using new concepts, he has this unique ability to see what will stick and becomes a hit. He likes to include people and show them how to get things done, after he had visualized the success of the project.

As former chairman of the foundation for Ser’i Otrobanda, last year he started with two other business partners (Clayton Lasten and Raygen Zuiverloon) with the Kaya Kaya project while at the same time investing himself personally in the “bario”. This inclusive approached has resulted in growing interest of companies and organisations to align themselves with Kaya Kaya as sponsors. We deeply respect and love Kurt for the work he has been doing as a community builder (people and infrastructure), investor and advocacy of an inclusive development of Ser’i Otrobanda as a neighbourhood, that we consider exemplary for how other barrio’s in Curaçao and elsewhere in the world, could be developed.
We definitely consider him one of the 250 Influencers in our society.

More on Kaya Kaya
August 2019 Edition Kaya Kaya the Aftermovie
Follow Kaya Kaya  on Facebook or Instagram

More video's of the summer edition 2019:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIcdtnabG8s and  www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8P0ADig4hY.



The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020

As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets connected, aligned and collaborate with one another to create impact in all walks of life. This in first instance via the enabling of opportunities to connect as Influencers with one another and secondly by actively promoting “best practice” problem resolution approaches like dialogue to solve the challenges our community has to deal with. We want to reach our target of 250 Influencers by the end of 2020. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.


As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.
Share2Uplift aligners are those that:
– Create an inspiring vision of the future;
– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;
– Manage delivery of the vision;
– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.
We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:
• Peace from within;
• Compassion;
• Respectfulness;
• Integrity;
• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.

Our next MYM-platform session in September

We would like to invite you to our next MYM-platform session on Tuesday, the 17th of September (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present two books:
In the book “Rising Strong” by Brené Brown, the New York Times bestselling author. The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough often enough, we will fall. The author tells us what it takes to get back up, and how owning our stories of disappointment, failure, and heartbreak gives us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle, Brené Brown writes, can be our greatest call to courage, and rising strong our clearest path to deeper meaning, wisdom, and hope. Rising strong will be presented by Haydee Hermans.

“The power of the sub conscious mind” by the author Dr. Joseph Murphy has been a bestseller since its first publication in 1963, selling many millions of copies since its original publication. One of the most brilliant and beloved spiritual self-help works of all time, which can help you heal yourself, banish your fears, sleep better, enjoy better relationships and just feel happier. The techniques are simple and results come quickly. You can improve your relationships, your finances, your physical well-being. Life events are actually the result of the workings of your conscious and subconscious minds. One can change one's destiny, principally by focusing and redirecting this miraculous energy. Years of research studying the world's major religions convinced him that some Great Power lay behind all spiritual life and that this power is within each of us. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind' will open a world of success, happiness, prosperity, and peace for you.
The power of the subconscious mind will be presented by Ivan Kuster.

Place: Chit Chat Cafe Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 - 9 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Click to attend!

Workshop on “Emotions” on the 5th of October at Avila Beach Hotel
Do you want to know more on the mysteries of mastery over “Emotions”?
Then, we would like to invite you to attend the workshop: “Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”
Place: Avila Beach Hotel
Time: 8 am - 12 pm.
Entrance fee: Ang 125,-

Presenters:
Haydee Hermans, Soul Garden
O’dennis Daal, Master Your Mind
Ivan Kuster, Uplifting BV
Click to attend!

Tips
This week motivational video-links on “Resilience”. Every day in the week we will upload one of these links on our Facebook.com/Share2uplift page.

An Inspirational story of Oprah Winfrey - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9sEHBp5ULo

Nelson Mandela: A Call to Action for Democracy, Peace and Prosperity for All - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXLmS2CnOGw

Resilience in the workplace - short video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTpY8DGYGtY

RESILIENT - Best Motivational Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vdjHG_bGKhk

The final Resilience video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXYmxMGVFsE

RESILIENCE - Motivational Video ft. Alexa Carlin - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiQow9dCZ2Q


Influencer Ace Suares, Master Your Mind Platform Book session, Workshop in October and this week tips

Posted on September 8, 2019 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (9th- 15th of September) we will interview Ace Suares; we will invite you for our upcoming Master Your Mind platform session on the 17th of September at the Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada; we will invite you to a workshop on Mastery over the mysteries of “Emotions” on the 5th of October called: “Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto i tin?” and we will share some motivational video-links with you on “Empowerment”. Every day in the week we will upload one of these links on our Facebook.com/Share2uplift page.

Influencer Ace Suares: enabler of development for our less privilege youth

Ace, could you share with us some information of your family life?
I was born in Curaçao and grew up in Holland. I came back to Curaçao in 2002. I have a significant other and I have 3 children.

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are an entrepreneur?
I am not an entrepreneur, I never wanted to become one. But I was forced to make a choice after I noticed, that I was unable to work under a boss. The job I had was exactly the type of job that I wanted to have, but I was smarter than my boss and that didn’t work out, so I quit. In life one is at times forced to make choices. I was aware of the consequences, as I went on welfare in Holland. It had lots of benefits, as I was free to do what I wanted to do. I learned so much in those days. I lived in communes, one time with 100 people in a building that looked like a castle. Basically, I had two choices, either to look for another job or start my own business. In Holland you could open an account and borrow NL 500,- and I started my business. I was traveling all over Holland as a system administrator for non profit organizations, that was a big thing those days. Later on, in 1995 the internet started and the use of email and websites was not wide spread. I installed email, made websites, and gave lots of workshops about the Internet. Then I started to host these services myself, so non-profits could have access to this new world without going to the helpdesk of large companies which was very frustrating. Of course, all hosting was on a Linux environment and not in a Windows environment, so I became ‘the open source guy’.

What were the challenges you experienced while working for NGO’s?
Small NGO’s run by volunteers have certain disadvantages as you want to deliver a good IT environment for them, comparable to what a large IT-firm would offer. They have bad computers, bad software and with all my good intentions to make the world a better place to live in, there is another side of the coin: those NGO’s don’t really appreciate the work you are offering. They are not as disciplined in keeping promises like being on time etc… At the other hand a company or government institution, that is willing to pay 200 USD per hour, will treat you more professionally and more politely, they will offer you a cup of coffee when you meet them for the first time and that is something that I learned: the more volunteers work in an organisation, the lower they value work that others do.


We have met before when I was still working in government as we were trying to enable the one child one computer project through the Ministry of Education 5 years ago. Now I have heard from you that you channelled your focus via projects through the foundation Kòrsou Habrí like you are doing a project or have done a project for example in Ser’i Domi? Are you also involved in other projects in Curaçao ?
The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project dates from some time ago.
I was trying to convince people to see this project as an educational project to get access to what is going on in the world and not to see it as a computer project. By getting access to the internet and having a computer the students could develop themselves with the help of their teachers and parents of course. This idea was from proferssor Nicolas Negroponte of MIT. That was his vision. When I started with this Mr. Maurice Adriaens was Minister of Telecommunications and he liked the idea, and in the media also this was supported as everybody agreed with the concept that this could elevate the development level of our students. When Ivar Asjes was the Prime Minister he also tried to get this project going and it didn’t work. I stopped my efforts last year and surrendered to the idea that I will never have a role in the government, doing such a project, although I still deeply believe in this project.

What I am doing now is that in the neighborhood where I live here in the heart of Otrobanda, I have created wifi connection for about 10 children living very close to my house. Btw, what I have noticed is, that there is a false narrative saying the following: “Every kid has a smart phone or tablet with access to the internet.” Well that narative is totally false. On average only 60 % of our population have access, but in Ser’i Domi that percentage is almost zero and in Jan Thiel it’s 90% or something and that means that on average 60 % do have access according to the CBS, but it’s not evenly distributed in the neighbourhoods. So, when I found out that this was so, I decided to start a project for these 10 kids and got some funding and donations and bought some laptops and the children were allowed to go home with their laptop.

It was also part of teaching them to become more disciplined and teaching them responsibility. We don’t teach them Word or Excel, but we teach them how to search for information as part of preparing a presentation. We teach them Floorplanner and within half an hour they virtually create their houses, with 2 cars in front of the house, a LCD TV screen, and a swimming pool. Or they would use Google Streetview to go to Rotterdam and one would say: “Over there my aunt lives, this is her house!”. Or we would go to Dubai, Paris, New York and Cairo, experiencing the world through the eyes of these children, making their world bigger.

Find out more abou the project on Nos ta konektá Website or on Facebook.

Could you share with us some more information of the project you are doing in Ser’i Domi?
Well we already had run 3 projects. The first in Rif, Otrobanda (10 kids), the second in three neighbourhoods (30 kids) and now in Ser’i Domi (45 kids). The first and second projects where focused on the age group 11 -17 years old, the latest project takes kids from 6 year and above. We run a project every two years and we have been doing this for 6 years now. In the second project we noticed that the dropout rate was 50% for one specific neighbourhood, which was caused by the lack of a supporting home.

In Souax the results were interesting, we had children from ZMLK till VWO and all other levels of education in between those, and they all progressed with big leaps forward. We aim at breaking their routine when they come from school which consists of going to bed to sleep for a while, they don’t read books and watch lots of TV. By breaking the routine, we have seen children from ZMLK whom couldn’t do anything and didn’t dare to do anything, grow so much. One of these students is now writing heart felt poems, some others are baking chocolate cake which they learned via Youtube. They only need to search and watch a video where they bake a cake, there is no need for a cookery book.
You can imagine the increase in the level of self confidence of these youth, after they have made their own cake. This as part of an assignment we give to the students. They need to select a subject matter from the internet, that they should make it themselves. This is empowering them a lot.

Whom are their teachers?
We hire experienced teachers with a degree for the primary educational level (Teacher Funderend Onderwijs) and pay them. It is better to pay then to use volunteers, because this entails more commitment and responsibility. Like someone where the husband is employed and the wife is willing to work as a volunteer, this is also better then someone that will come for 2 months as a volunteer and then after getting a job somewhere else, doesn’t show up anymore because they need the money to make a living, to survive. In Ser’i Domi we worked with a mother that lived in the neighborhood and knew all the children personally and their personal situation and if there were challenges are not. She could call and pick them up to attend the project. So over the years we have learned from all these projects, so we felt the need to add some kind of social work to the project so that at an early stage remedial actions could be taken. Some support for the parents, to give their children what they need to participate in the project.

What we have learned after doing these three projects was, that the environment of the children is very important. So we approached the Ministry of SOAW to become a partner and also support the parents of the participants in the project. Well, this didn’t work out completely, but we firmly believe that we should also involved the parents, as we are seeing children coming at the project that are totally without any energy and being apathetic and this affects their pro-activeness, their creativity and thus their development. In the past 3 years we have had over 100 children attending our projects and we have obtained a lot of donations, sponsoring and grants (about half of it coming from Dutch funds, and about 40% from local entrepreneurs and businesses), which we are grateful for, but we believe the government should also pinch-in as a partner in helping to give support to the parents.

On the OLPC project, just one more thing. Every person, from a cabdriver up to the highest ranks in government including Ministers, have this belief that poor children will break or steal the computer, once you let them take the laptop home. This is real shocking because apparently, we don’t trust our own children, when you give them something of value for themselves. This is unbelievable. All our projects showed 10 % in damage to the computers. We have a strategy, that we use to increase their responsibility. We don’t give the laptop right away. First they need to design a cup and bring it back to the lesson. Next, we are giving them a raw egg, that they need to bring back. So there’s a whole process of guarding the thing you got from us, and if you show you can guard these (fragile) things, we know that you are responsible and that your home environment is safe. Them we would give them an assignment to design and make a sticker. We print it and put it on their laptop so no one can make a mistake: this is Roshendricks laptop, that is Romenas laptop, it’s not an impersonal thing anymore. It’s really theirs. Now they have something of great value that is for themselves, and they treat it with great love and care. Remember some of these children come from very dysfunctional families, like the family where the parents went on a cruise for two weeks while leaving the children at home all by themselves. I never used to go in these neighborhoods except when I had some business to attend there, and I think most people that decide things on this island, are totally unaware that these things happen.


You are very involved with the youth, why is that?
I am not involved with the youth directly, I manage the projects and other professionals deal with the youth. I firmly believe that you just have to start at a very young age at the Kindergarten level already and start from scratch or when they are age 6 to 7 years old (in group 3) so that when they go to the secundary school level, they already know the basics. But you know what happens now at the VSBO (secundary school level) the students are forced to buy a computer. But if you see how the logistical infrastructure, that is a pre-requisite for internet access, is disfunctioning, it means that in fact the students don’t learn so much and that breaks my heart. For example, in a school at Koraal Specht, the class room where they were supposed to learn about computer science and what have you more, this class room was closed for 4 years. So if you live in an under-privileged background, you would be lagging far behind students where the school and/ or parents have taken care of adequate logistics and infrastructure as these students learn at home and at school.

What are the goals of the foundation Korsou Habri exactly?
The goal is to promote open source and the open data school of thought in Curaçao . That is why I use Chrome book instead of Windows for example.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
First of all my own curiosity and drive to know more. Furthermore, I despise the fact, that as a coloured person growing up in Holland, I was considered to be less intelligent. When I made my CITO-test (this is a test you make before going to the secunday school level after finishing the primary school level), I scored 120 points higher than the next student at my school. Being “dumb” is totally unnecessary, as I believe our schools and educational system are not focused and aligned enough towards more progress. I work in less privileged neighborhoods and the children from these neighborhoods are 80 to 100 % underdeveloped. We are a nation with people with so much talents when this developed, but we are vastly underutilizing these talents and they stay undereveloped from their birth till grave. This needs to change, it has to. Because you know, 20 years from now the world would have totally changed even more so, we will need to have citizens, that can flourish in a knowledge economy era, that are outspoken and self-confident, that have the interpersonal skills that make it possible to collaborate in a mature matter with one another, that speak the required languages, so that we can jointly progress.

You can now see how the internet can be helpful in the development of languages. For example at the Prins Bernardschool as part of learning Dutch, students and teachers watch the “Jeugd Journaal” which is totally in Dutch, together and this helps them master the Dutch language. Imagine the teacher asking students at schools from less privileged backgrounds, getting an assignment to watch the “Jeugd Journaal”, because they would have to prepare a presentation in Prezi for example. As everyone under ideal circumstances would have internet access, this could be tremendously helpful in the development of students. This drives me, this is my WHY. Our society needs to go through a big transformation and we can use the internet and computers to create a level playing field also for those students from under privileged neighborhoods. What a difference that would make!


What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
My biggest challenge is in dealing with people. I love dealing with computers, computers are predictable, human beings just do things slightly different than what they have promised you to do and that it very challenging for me. On the other hand, I do love working collaboratively with people. Where everyone in the group have their own role to play. Explaining to people what the project is all about. I work in different projects and we have been relatively successful in collecting funds locally. We don’t have an AMBI status yet (This status is authorized by the Tax Department in Holland, allowing tax deductions for companies based in Holland giving donations as part of their corporate citizenship to organizations in for example Curaçao).
But it is not always easy, as having your own ideas on how things should be changed, remains a big challenge. I am really flabbergasted by some people working in government, that I would call insane, in need of psychiatric help that occupy very important positions in government and they should be dismissed form these positions. They would take decisions that would be detrimental for thousands of children and they get away with it. Really, really I am surprised that this is possible.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I would never describe this as you are doing it now. It is a process, continuously happening during the course of the whole day. If I have a challenge, I would entertain myself with a computergame for 2,5 hours and within 10 minutes solve something that I was struggling with for 3 weeks. I can also feel it in my gut when something is totally wrong. I was once on my way to a client where the approval or disapproval for a big assignment was planned to be discussed and on my way, I felt it, I knew that it was cancelled. So it is nice to have these abilities, but I would describe it in different wordings.

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I do lots of reading via Internet.

What are your strengths?
My ability to think logically, and attention for detail.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Listening to music, playing a little bit with a guitar and some reading.

If you as Ace would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I do something with computers.

How would you describe “Ace” in one word or one sentence?
“Ace” in English means ‘number One’, or ‘the best at something’. Reversely “Ace” in Spanish together with my last name “Suares”, means something that you don’t need, an extra that is nice to have but not necessary. In this life, this duality in my name is a way I look at life.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
Musicians like Captain Beefheart; John Lee Hooker; Nick Cave those artists inspire. In the computer world, I don’t really have people that inspire me.

Where they always positive role models or where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
Sexual abuse, being disrespectful towards women, gays, people of another skin color or handicapped people, that is what I condemn. These issues I had to deal with early on in my life, later on I became more aware and conscious of this and I don’t want to be part of these believes and mindsets. That is what I would say is: Negative role modelling.

What was a defining moment in your life?
When I was 15 years old at the secondary school and I first got acquainted with computers sciences in those days. The classes didn’t had computers, we only had the teachers, our pens and paper. I was immediately sold. I knew that this would be my career for the rest of my life.

Where do you want to be 15 years from now with your career?
If I would live on another planet that would be wonderful, but I don’t wander so far in the future.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
I don’t wander so far in the future.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
The talent and the resilience of our people is there, I am experiencing this. I believe we have what is needed to get out of our flunk. But I have also experienced, that in the past 17 years how our educational system has further declined in terms of knowledge, personal development and courage. Our language issue is still looming and it is being neglected and not addressed properly. If we can solve these issues then I am convinced that our people will develop themselves and blossom, in that scenario there are so many good things possible that could happen.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Yes, we do have another project on STEM-education with coding and LEGO. This is another initiative we are trying to help parts of our youth to develop them self. Look at this video that we made of this project.
Website of STEM education, with videos: www.luna-di-stima.com

Ace Suares is a (social) entrepreneur, an altruist and a representative of the NGO-sector. As a computer science expert for years, he has and still is exploring and implementing ways and means to further enable the development, especially of the less privilege youth in Curaçao . He recognizes and is experiencing the talent and the resilience of our youth in projects he is involved in and firmly believes, that we have what is needed, to anticipate the big transformational changes that are taken place in the world because of multiple technological developments taken place at the same time. He believes, that via free easy access to internet, we can accelerate the educational backlog in knowledge, personal development and the pro activeness of our youth and subsequently blossom as a country. We deeply respect and love Ace for the work he has been doing, for his advocacy of free and easily accessible internet on the island, to be better able to anticipate the transformational changes that currently are taking place in the world. We definitely consider him one of the 250 Influencers in our society.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets connected, aligned and collaborate with one another to create impact in all walks of life. This in first instance via the enabling of opportunities to connect as Influencers with one another and secondly by actively promoting “best practice” problem resolution approaches like dialogue to solve the challenges our community has to deal with. We want to reach our target of 250 Influencers by the end of 2020. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.
Share2Uplift aligners are those that:
– Create an inspiring vision of the future;
– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;
– Manage delivery of the vision;
– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.
These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:
• Peace from within;
• Compassion;
• Respectfulness;
• Integrity;
• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.

Our next MYM-platform session in September
We would like to invite you to our next MYM-platform session on Tuesday, the 17th of September (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present two books: 

In the book “Rising Strong” by Brené Brown, the New York Times bestselling author. The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough often enough, we will fall. The author tells us what it takes to get back up, and how owning our stories of disappointment, failure, and heartbreak gives us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle, Brené Brown writes, can be our greatest call to courage, and rising strong our clearest path to deeper meaning, wisdom, and hope. Rising strong will be presented by Haydee Hermans.

“The power of the sub conscious mind” by the author Dr. Joseph Murphy has been a bestseller since its first publication in 1963, selling many millions of copies since its original publication. One of the most brilliant and beloved spiritual self-help works of all time, which can help you heal yourself, banish your fears, sleep better, enjoy better relationships and just feel happier. The techniques are simple and results come quickly. You can improve your relationships, your finances, your physical well-being. Life events are actually the result of the workings of your conscious and subconscious minds. One can change one's destiny, principally by focusing and redirecting this miraculous energy. Years of research studying the world's major religions convinced him that some Great Power lay behind all spiritual life and that this power is within each of us. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind' will open a world of success, happiness, prosperity, and peace for you.

The power of the subconscious mind will be presented by Ivan Kuster.
Place: Chit Chat Cafe Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 - 9 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Click to attend!

Workshop on “Emotions” on the 5th of October at Avila Beach Hotel
Do you want to know more on the mysteries of mastery over “Emotions”?

Then, we would like to invite you to attend the workshop: “Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”

Place: Avila Beach Hotel
Time: 8 am - 12 pm.
Entrance fee: Ang 125,-

Presenters:
Haydee Hermans, Soul Garden
O’dennis Daal, Master Your Mind
Ivan Kuster, Uplifting BV
Click to attend!

Tips
In this week we focus on the importance of “Empowerment” as motivational tips. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook Page.

Leadership is About Humility and Empowering Others - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vkB5G7rdb7c

Leadership 101: How to Inspire and Empower People to Do Great Things (Intro) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsT3viNo_1Y

Leaders Empower Others to Lead! - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQCxiLVAXS0

Trust in Leadership: 3 Lessons in Empowering Your Team | Northwestern University - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WAD_xBkZgE

Empowering People in Leadership - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIvroyXMNdI

Empowerment and Real Leadership - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgZtFpIJ9qo

 

Influencer Gilberto Bakhuis, Master Your Mind Platform Book session and this week tips

Posted on September 2, 2019 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog we will interview Gilberto Bakhuis. We will invite you for our next Master Your Mind-platform session on the 17th of September at the Chit Chat Cafe at Mensing’s Caminada and we will share with you some motivational videos on the importance of “Education”. Every day, we will upload one of these videolinks on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Gilberto Bakhuis: at peace with myself


Gilberto can you share something about your family background with us and if your parents have been very supportive or not?
I was born in Curaçao in a family of 5 children. Two of my brothers have already passed, but I have a twin sister and one other brother and the 3 of us are living in Curaçao. I am happily married to Josephine Bakhuis-Trinidad and we have 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren. My mother passed when I was 13 years old. She was my big role model and has greatly influenced my life. She was a business woman, not only taking care of her business and own family, but also of the rest of her extended family, meaning 3 other families from her brothers and sisters and 2 foster children. Inspite of all these responsibilities, she had time to take good care of all 5 children of her own and still enough time to dedicate to music, which was her main hobby. She lived a balanced life and had lots of energy to share with others.

You are the pastor of the “Arise Church”, which was founded 40 years ago by you and your wife. This year this church celebrated its 40th anniversary. What were the reasons for you to start this church 40 years ago?
I felt the urge to help those who did not have the same experience I had with God, to get to know Him personally, and also wanted to particularly support the less privileged in our society and the young people. Later on we started to work with the drug addicts and my wife became the director of one of the drug rehabilitation centers on the island. I developed a special interest in our youth, as I wanted them to experience a real change in their lives. The commitment we both had to mentor young people and equip and empower the next generation has inspired both of us in our leadership role up to now.

During these past years there must have been ups and downs. I assume to build the church to where it is now. What was your biggest challenge in building the church?
Our biggest challenge was to have our own people of Curaçao, accept and respect us for presenting the Word of God to them in our own language, Papiamentu and worshipping God with our local music. You mustn’t forget, that 40 years ago, almost all of our Evangelical churches were led by people of Dutch, English and Spanish speaking descent and we were one of the first that offered our church services 100 % in Papiamentu. We consider it important for people to feel worthy enough, respected and valued. By conducting our services in Papiamentu, we succeeded greatly in our intention. The Gospel music group Zamar, the Drughabilitation center Narkotikonan Viktorioso & Reskate and the Excel Arts Academy are some of the para organizations which were a result of our ministry.


Your leadership capacities are obvious, where do you get all your inner strength to counsel those in your church?
Well this strength comes from an urge to bring about change in people’s lives. If we could help just one drug addict to change his or her life, we would feel utterly satisfied. This was a GOD given motivation, because this requires a 24 hour dedication when you work in the world of drug addiction. There was never time for a break. Over time, the addictions our society has to deal with, have changed into different forms of addictions. Now in the 21st century you also have internet addiction, gambling addiction, addiction to sex and pornography, addiction to TV and it is challenging to grow up as a youngster, because the social media and internet offer all sorts of distractions from a life of high morals. And we should not underestimate the peer pressure among youngsters and adolescents. This pressure is very powerful and totally different compared to when we started 40 years ago. So we had to change our approach to be able to confront these new challenges. The content which we present is based on the same principles of the Kingdom of God, but the package is different.

If you would meet a stranger in the bus in Canada or Holland and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I would introduce myself as an ordinary person and I wouldn’t use my title or the positions that I hold. I like people to accept me for the person I am and not because of my position or titles.


If you would describe yourself in one word, how would you describe yourself?
At peace.

How do you keep up with your knowledge and skills?
I attend international conferences at least twice a year, study from the Internet and keep abreast of the local and international news.

You are the secretary of the Council of Churches of Curaçao and a member of the board of the Curaçao Pastors Association of which organization you functioned as president and chairman for 23 years. Given the complexity of the challenges our society has to deal with, how important is dialogue as a method to explore common ground?
I have always been a big advocate of “democratic dialogue” with the goal for it to end up in specific and concrete solutions. I also believe in regular evaluation of your vision and means to see whether you are still on the right track. What I am seeing now, and this is a very positive development, that more and more people are becoming aware of the fact, that we can’t go about in the same way that we used to, that we need each other and we can’t achieve anything on our own. We must realize that we need to break the barriers, that are keeping us separated. More and more people feel the need that we must change our ways and we can’t sit at the side and stay far away from the center of things, but we need to look for ways and means to find common ground. And if we try hard enough, you can and will find issues you can agree upon. I am so sure that unity can be achieved as long as we are willing to respect each other’s authority, gifts, talents and abilities and let others understand and realize that their part is important and that we are open to receive from what they have to offer and they are listened to.

Who are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
Jesus Christ of course, Daniel as described in the Bible, my mother as I already explained, Apostle Turnel Joshua Nelson from Trinidad, my wife Josephine and Dr. Myles Munroe.


Were there also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
Yes, I have met several people that were in leadership positions who had a disastrous marriage life and treated their wives very bad.


What was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
That was the moment I realized I was lost and needed help. I had heard the Gospel but did not know how to surrender my life to Jesus Christ. I was so scared and depressed that I even entertained the idea of taking my own life, although I lacked the courage to do so. Until I met the right people to show me the way and explain to me that GOD had other plans for me. I am immensely and forever grateful to God and to those who helped me find the way. My radical conversion has been a blessing to me and to thousands of people whom I have been able to help through the years.


Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I am a jogger, that is what I do as my exercise. I will go for a run preferably in the open air and the nature (the 'mondi') and when I am stressed this way of exercising sets my mind free. As I relax during my jogging I speak to God and He answers and gives me directions so that I know for sure what to do afterwards.

We have always experienced you as a very dynamic and opiniated person? You influence a lot of people while you work. Where does that come from?
Well, since I was very young I would mobilize my cousins to do, for example, some exercises. I was always inspired to do the opposite of negative things. And I always had this quiet demeanor that would still influence others positively.

What are your other strengths?
I am a problem solver and I can come up with simple solutions. People tell me that my smile gives them energy; I make people happy and enlighten them, all of this with a quiet but serious demeanor. I am also a go getter.


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be who you are right now?
My greatest motivation is to help people particularly the next generation to discover their true purpose in life so that they can achieve this and be the person they have been created by God to be.

Where do you want to be 10 years from now?
I would like to see youngsters know for sure, who they have been created to be, being enabled to take the right decisions in life, and contribute to a better world. I would like to then still be considered a role model for many people.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 15 years from now?
That I have lived an exemplary life, I have always been there for them and willing to help and inspire others.

What causes you to stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao and the world?
GOD. My trust in Him. I know that things are not going to stay the same in Curaçao. Right now as you are asking me this question I have the same feeling I have when I am in prayer or while I conduct my sermons. I can feel GOD’s presence clearly and know that what I say is not me but is being said by Him through me.

Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
I am convinced; that we can create much better perspectives for Curaçao; if we really do what we know needs to be done. We need to have democratic dialogues to address the real issues of the nation. If we could set aside the things we don’t agree upon and just find the smallest common factors upon which we can agree and act on them, that will start creating the difference. We are talented in so many ways. If we just consider what we are achieving internationally in the area of different sports on a continous basis, just to mention one area and focus more on what we agree on and break the lack of trust, we would start creating the difference. That is what I sincerely believe.

Follow the Arise Church Curacao on Facebook.
See what others had to say about Pastor Gilberto Bakhuis for his 60th birthday a few years ago on YouTube.




Pastor Gilberto Bakhuis is a representative of the spiritual and religious sector. After he radically transformed himself to dedicate his life to GOD, he has been working over 40 years to help people particularly the next generation, to discover their true purpose in life so that they can achieve this and be the person they have been created by God to be. As pastor of the Arise Church Curaçao he focuses particularly to support the less privileged in our society and the young people. He developed a special interest in our youth, as he wants them to experience a real change in their lives. We deeply respect and love Gilberto for the work he has been doing, for his advocacy for democratic dialogue and his abilities as a problem solver. We definitely consider him one of the 250 Influencers in our society.



The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets connected, aligned and collaborate with one another to create impact in all walks of life. This in first instance via the enabling of opportunities to connect as Influencers with one another and secondly by actively promoting “best practice” problem resolution approaches like dialogue to solve the challenges our community has to deal with. We want to reach our target of 250 Influencers by the end of 2020. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:
– Create an inspiring vision of the future;
– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;
– Manage delivery of the vision;
– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.
These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:
• Peace from within;
• Compassion;
• Respectfulness;
• Integrity;
• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.

Our next MYM-platform session in September
We would like to invite you to our next MYM-platform session on Tuesday, the 17th of September (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present two books:

In the book “Rising Strong” by Brené Brown, the New York Times bestselling author. The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough often enough, we will fall. The author tells us what it takes to get back up, and how owning our stories of disappointment, failure, and heartbreak gives us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle, Brené Brown writes, can be our greatest call to courage, and rising strong our clearest path to deeper meaning, wisdom, and hope. Rising strong will be presented by Haydee Hermans.

“The power of the sub conscious mind” by the author Dr. Joseph Murphy has been a bestseller since its first publication in 1963, selling many millions of copies since its original publication. One of the most brilliant and beloved spiritual self-help works of all time, which can help you heal yourself, banish your fears, sleep better, enjoy better relationships and just feel happier. The techniques are simple and results come quickly. You can improve your relationships, your finances, your physical well-being. Life events are actually the result of the workings of your conscious and subconscious minds. One can change one's destiny, principally by focusing and redirecting this miraculous energy. Years of research studying the world's major religions convinced him that some Great Power lay behind all spiritual life and that this power is within each of us. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind' will open a world of success, happiness, prosperity, and peace for you.
The power of the subconscious mind will be presented by Ivan Kuster.

Place: Chit Chat Cafe Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 - 9 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Click to attend!

Tips
In this week we focus on the importance of “Education” as motivational tips. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook Page.

21st Century Education - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA1Aqp0sPQo

Why Some Countries Are Poor and Others Rich - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-4V3HR696k

5 Main Reasons Why Education is So Important - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Y_pXbcfqOk

All about Learning. Why is education important? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJbQphVcGxA

Education Vs. Schooling: Is it The Same? - Learn Liberty - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vmx5KrRVkMc

21st Century Skills: The 4Cs - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXT2STtm_54


Influencer Elton Villarreal, Master Your Mind Platform Book session and this week tips

Posted on August 25, 2019 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (1)

In this week’s blog we will interview Elton Villarreal, we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind-platform session on the 17th of September and we will share with you some motivational video links related to “fitness”, including one from Influencer Jordan Lourens and each day we will share with you one video on our Faceboob.com/share2uplift.

Influencer Elton Villarreal: Energetically empowering


Elton, could you share with us some information of your family life?
I have 4 brothers and 4 sisters, my father died in 2008 and my mother is still “alive and kicking”. I knew my father, but I grew up with my mother and she has always been very supportive, supportive in everything I wanted to do and leaving the choice up to me, but at times she might say: “..if I were you, but ...... it is up to you to decide.” 

I was born and raised in Curaçao and life brought me to Sint Martin for some years, so I also know Sint Martin very well. I have a significant other and a son, a super boy and he is 4 years old.


Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are an entrepreneur?
In Curaçao I did Mavo, Havo and VWO and after that, I went to the Netherlands to study Medicine and Health Care sciences. In Holland as I had, as a side kick, a job as a security guard, bouncer at that time, I certified myself as a security officer. I worked at different events like soccer games, events, disco’s.... It also brought me to do some personal security for people and flying as a flight marshal accompanying hooligans some times, this brough me lots of experience and there were lots of fun parts in the job. So in doing that, I became intrigued in helping others by giving them guidance to help them find their way in Holland as newbees. I helped by working for SSC and the S4 (Stichting Studiefinanciering Sint Maarten) as a mentor and as the reception coordinator of new students. For S4 during that process, I tried to offer training and this is were I started to become interested to start my own company and become an entrepreneur. You know, often our students would arrive and fail in their first year in Holland, because of the lack of preparation. They don’t know what to expect, when they are in Holland and what they hear beforehand isn’t equal to the reality. 

The approach we took is that, they needed to understand that the moment you sign a contact with any association or organization and you travel abroad not only to the Netherlands btw, it could also be to the USA, South America and the Carribean, where ever you went to, you became an adult. I was passionate to let students understand that concept, because that is what was they needed. Not only did they have to adjust to this new country, but also the mental awareness “whom you are” is important. Whenever you travel to another island or country, they have their own ways and mannerism and although you have become an adult formally, you are still a child and people believe, that you have to be successful at any cause. If this is so, then preparation is key. It is imperative that they prepare and know certain things for themselves.
For myself I was fortunate enough to have had some experience as before I went to study in Holland, I was in scouting. This was for me important, as scouting formed me and it became the basis of the logo of my first company Student Affairs CAMBES.



I have understood that there are 5 stages in a human beings life:
1. birth;
2. becoming an adult from being an adolesent,
3. your years as a worker,
4. the moment you retire and
5. when you die.
When you become an adolescent and when you retire are not celebrated and/or comemorated. What is your opinion on this?

So these stage 2 and 4 are challenging moments in a person’s life. So this is important to pay attention to when you are a student, but also in stage 4. I have experienced this. When we stopped as security guards in the Netherlands, as I was coming back to Curaçao, some of my ex-colleagues when they were laid off, they didn’t know what to do. This is just like some people reaching the pension age. They fall in a vacuum and they were not ready for this, as they don’t know how to fill up their days, some choose to go back to work and some die little by little. So it is important in these stages of a person’s life also to prepare oneself.

Why is it that you became involved in the security business?
It was a side job, as I have a black belt in judo, it was a easy step to take. I really love martial arts, because of the mental and spiritual side of it, especially the breathing part, to let you be in the present moment. I love what is called the “mastery over the art of budo”, as it is actually having total control of the body, the spirit and the mind.

You are an entrepreneur right now and not a doctor, why is that?
Studying Medicine turned out not be my thing. I wanted to connect with a lot of people at the same time and in the Health Science this was offered. In this study they try to answer questions like: “How can you help a community”, whilst in Medicine it is more focused on the individual patient. They don’t necessarily bite each other, but I like the awareness part of health sciences, where you teach people to live in a preventative state and that is actually the beauty of health care sciences. And of course you can be cured, when you have something with your physical health, but I like preventative approach of the Health Sciences, as your body is asking you to be productive, healthy and have a fulfilling life. The key word is “Being Mindfull”.

As Curaçao also changes over the years, did you have to adapt when you came back to Curaçao?

It is important to also state, that we go to Holland and when we are back to the island, we tend to believe that nothing has changed, but that is’nt correct. Curaçao is also developing itself at its own rate and it is important to be aware of that. I did understood this well, even though I needed to adapt again, but Holland formed me very well in that sense.

What did you start doing when you came back to Curaçao?
I had my own company Student Affairs CAMBES. In the past we had a company CAMBES they made uniforms for everyone. I offered training for all, back then in Holland. When we lived in Holland, we were “One” and we lived together meaning, those for the former Netherlands Antilles. And here, here we fight each other. As we have been through the same and there was no difference in the colonialism and slavery past. We had the same language, a slang of papiamentu, a slang of english there is lots of communalities. My philosophy basically is that, if we can do it there, we can do it here and that is the significance of my company name CAMBES.

When did you came back to Curaçao?
I came back in august 2012 and this is after 2010. I still believe in this, because as foreign students, we are all young boys and girls that turn into adults, you had to defend yourselves and all of us had our struggles, but the environment created this commonality. In 2019, the environment affects this commonality as we cannot take away the political aspect. We are so divided, because politics is so divisive, and this is causing that we can’t find each other in the middle. We have to create an environment, where we have to tolerate each other, because I am obliged to accept you in my surroandings and that is wrong. We need to create an environment, where we can have empathy for one another, I believe we need to learn to “convivir” (= live together peacefully) and that is what we need to create now.

Why did you become an entrepreneur?
Studying and working from 9 – 5 is a killer and I wanted to empower others. Working a 9 – 5 job, kills your creativity and inspiration. I went to study in 1997 and when I arrived in Holland mobile phones were being introduced and in 1998 you had to pay a lot of money to have a post paid. The students that came in 2000 could afford a mobile for a much cheaper price and the speed of the transition was amazing. This taught me about the importance to be able to adapt quickly to the environment. As an employee compared to an entrepreneur, you can’t choose as much as an entrepreneur, choose to create new opportunities, that is why I became an entrepreneur because of the opportunities it offered.

We have met once at a workshop of Bos di Hubentut their leadership retreat at Santa Barbara Resort in 2015/2016 and you were one of the facilitators during that retreat. Afterwards you facilitated some training for Youth Vision 5000. You were working as an international trainer are you still working outside of Curaçao and in what countries, can you expand a little on this?
Yes, it was in Bolivia in Canasawa for JCI in those days and I have also presented in Japan. Junior Chambers International caters towards youth of 18 to 40 years old. I gave a training on effective commmunication and personal leadership. The title was “No more crumbs, but bread.” What it really meant was, I want people to understand that they need to stop fighting about the crumbs and start fighting for the bread. We have more to share, once you share, you have more and that is leadership.


What traits do you perceive starts creating synergy and value instead of fighting for the crumps?
If
you have a poor mind set, the economy is not thriving. If you have a rich mindset, there are opportunities everywhere. Because of our poor mindset we don’t see it, we hurt and fight each other. People don’t see the opportunity in our core economic state we are in.


What services do you offer?
I offer training and by doing that, I offer opportunities for people, to develop themselves, I help people with their personality profiling, with public speaking, I coach people in their business and last but not least, I have a company where we give young people a second chance in life. We work on any kind of furniture that people don’t want anymore and refurbish them. Whilst doing this the employees learn the techniques necessary, depending on the materials being used, to improve the quality of the furnitures. The proceeds are being re-invested in the younsgers and by doing that, completing the circle of life in this company.

When do you consider that you have been successfull?
When a client tells me: “Thanks to you, I develop myself”. And I can see that growth being anything. For example, I was mentoring a girl that was timid if she needed to talk in front of a group bigger than 5 people. After 6 weeks working with her, she participated in a debating contest, she didn’t win the contest, but won because she overcame her fear to speak in public.


You were very active in Jaycees, what is your role nowadays in Jaycees as we have met at a debating contest some time ago?
I am now a passed member, as I am now over the age of 40. I am not a member anymore, but an alumini of JCI. This means that I can help any way or shape I want to give back to the community. I don’t have an active voting right and that it is ok, as this gives opportunities to the younger generation to step up at the plate.

Given the complexity of our society as it is developing now, not only in Curaçao btw, but all over the world, how important is dialogue as a method to explore common ground?
Dialogue is one of the endeavours I am also very much involved with, as it can play an important role in conflict or problem resolution, compared with the traditional discussions that we are used to. The key element of the democratic dialogue is, that everybody has a right to be heard; every one’s opinion is an opinion; you don’t try to convice someone; your only objective is that everyone gets a chance to speak and to be heard and that it the key to conflicts. We have different points of views, both are equally important at the table once you can recognize this in the other, you can recognize yourself in the other. I myself, at times, I use the talking stick method also. The democratic dialogue process was initiated by the UNDP as part of a project aimed at capacity building in Curaçao. The UNDP started an office in Curaçao and I was part of the 3rd group to become a trainer. It can be used by anyone that has a conflict. We are a society that needs this instrument.
If this is done properly, it can be a strategic tool for dealing with conflict and the key to it is, to talk and understand each other without being judgemental.

Can you share with us some succesful examples where democratic dialogue has lead to direct facilitators results?

I want to mention three of them, that I was involved with:
Firstly, was an initiative from the ministry of Physical Planning (VVRP) with the bus drivers. They wanted a bath room at the bigger busstops, so that do their diligences. Afterwards they were happy with the dialogue.
Secondly, the floating market, because the participants based on the democratic dialogue came to a resultion that helped our economy. This initiative was sposored by the Ministry of Economic Development (MEO).
Thirdly, the Ministry of Health, Nature and Environment (GMN) organized a dialogue on our cultural heritage as this was threathened. By explaining how we go about at the end of the year and during Carnaval, there was more mutual understanding for it and the amount of decibel used during those days.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
Development of people, my company’s slogan is: “Your development is my purpose.”

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Challenges are opportunities, we all have challenges, as it is what it is. It is about creating an opportunity, it is about looking at things from a different perspective and come up with new solutions, to learn and create new things, so this is the reason I became an entrepereneur. It is all about opportunities.

What was a defining moment in your life?
My defining moment was the switch from going to work and becoming an entreperneur. It was triggered by a professor named Twisk, whom taught us Statistics literally with sticks, balls and ropes. This was so different and that is actually how I got into it. It changed my way of giving and sharing knowledge to people, because the subject matter suddenly became so interesting. The classroom was packed with students during the 6 weeks he gave the classes. Until this day I remember and understand most of the classes he taught and that is how I became a big fan of “Experiential Learning”. If you want to engage students, it has to be through “Experiential Learning”.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I listened to my inner voice a lot and sometimes if I ignore it, it has tendency to let you postpone things. Sometimes, as it is diffiuclt to distinguish between your Einstein mind or Frankenstein mind, it could be this or that and sometimes I do postpone> I don’t get upset, I let it marinate and in doing so, it makes life a lot easier. Finally, sometimes I go with it, because it is necessary at that moment.

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
Reading and following seminars.

What are your strengths?
I am a very good listerner and I don’t get stressed, I just don’t stress and that is a very good variable.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Martial arts, reading,spending quality time with my son.

If you as Elton would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
My name is Elton and if you want to develop yourself, I am here to serve you.

How would you describe Elton in one word or one sentence?
Energetically empowering.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
The first one and most important one is GOD. Furthermore my mom, my son, my partner, some professors, especially 2 of them and some authors of books I have read. Why? All of them bring a new dimension to my life and they make me see things differently, because when you see things differently, you can choose to adapt or remain yourself in your development. But in most cases, you have to adapt in order to move forward.

Where they always positive role models or where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
There are role models that taught me things, that I don’t want to be remembered by and in that sense they served a very important purpose in my personal development.

Where do you want to be 20 years from now with your career?
I want to be the most reknowned speaker from the Caribbean in the world together with a group of youngsters from Curaçao, empowering the world to be a better place. This via my company, Kiwanis (I am a member of Kiwanis now), JCI and the foundation Take2 to mention just some examples.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
I want them to be happy and be part of my dream. They would confirm this.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
There are only opportunities and there are a lot of opportunites f.e. tourism is growing, so lots of people can work there, servicing in catering and I can see people do work in small art ...ect...

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I hope to inspire people, so that they can see the opportunities that Curaçao has to offer.

Elton Villarreal, relaxed, entrepreneur and at the same time dedicated towards his passion, being the personal development of people in general, especially of our youth. Apart from being an excellent trainer focused on Experiential Learning, a facilitator of Democratic Dialogue, a coach for those starting their business, as an alumni of JCI and ex-JCI member, he is now as a member of Kiwanis continuing to be actively in different initiatives aimed at making others and our society become better. We deeply respect and love Elton for the work he has been and still is doing as a representative of the business sector and definitely consider him one of the 250 Influencers in our society.
YouTube videos of his work approuch.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020

As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets connected, aligned and collaborate with one another to create impact in all walks of life. This in first instance via the enabling of opportunities to connect as Influencers with one another and secondly by actively promoting “best practice” problem resolution approaches like dialogue to solve the challenges our community has to deal with. We want to reach our target of 250 Influencers by the end of 2020. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:
– Create an inspiring vision of the future;
– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;
– Manage delivery of the vision;
– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.
We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:
• Peace from within;
• Compassion;
• Respectfulness;
• Integrity;
• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.

Our next MYM-platform session in September
We would like to invite you to our next MYM-platform session on Tuesday, the 17th of September (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present two books:
In the book “Rising Strong” by Brené Brown, the New York Times bestselling author. The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough often enough, we will fall. The author tells us what it takes to get back up, and how owning our stories of disappointment, failure, and heartbreak gives us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle, Brené Brown writes, can be our greatest call to courage, and rising strong our clearest path to deeper meaning, wisdom, and hope. Rising strong will be presented by Haydee Hermans.

“The power of the sub conscious mind” by the author Dr. Joseph Murphy has been a bestseller since its first publication in 1963, selling many millions of copies since its original publication. One of the most brilliant and beloved spiritual self-help works of all time, which can help you heal yourself, banish your fears, sleep better, enjoy better relationships and just feel happier. The techniques are simple and results come quickly. You can improve your relationships, your finances, your physical well-being. Life events are actually the result of the workings of your conscious and subconscious minds. One can change one's destiny, principally by focusing and redirecting this miraculous energy. Years of research studying the world's major religions convinced him that some Great Power lay behind all spiritual life and that this power is within each of us. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind' will open a world of success, happiness, prosperity, and peace for you.
The power of the subconscious mind will be presented by Ivan Kuster.

Place: Chit Chat Cafe Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 - 9 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Click to attend!


Tips
In this week we focus on the importance of “Fitness” as motivational tips. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook Page

5 WAYS OF FITNESS HAS CHANGED MY LIFE – YouTube by Jordan Lourens
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CCuUVwLBm8

10 Benefits Of Exercise On The Brain And Body - Why You Need Exercise - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTL_bNvXJ9s

Fitness Is Important - Motivational Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvW3mIDNY6o

The Importance of Physical Activity - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=94Q5hPE9Al0

Physical, Mental, And Overall Health Benefits Of Regular Exercise - How Exercise Improves Health - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lxg-35Xo_o


What Will Happen to Your Body If You Walk Every Day - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ka7B3hCg08


Influencer Lisette Van Lamoen-Garmers, Master Your Mind Platform Book session and this week tips

Posted on August 18, 2019 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (1)

In this week’s blog we will interview Lisette Van Lamoen-Garmers; we will invite you for our upcoming next Master Your Mind – platform session on the 20th of August at Mensing Caminada and we will share with you some motivational video-links on “Restorative practices.” Everyday in the week we will upload a video-link on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Lisette van Lamoen-Garmers: "Dare to choose"



Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am married, we have 4 sons, and I come from a family with 2 brothers. So both in my parental family as in my current family, I was and am a sort of Queen of the family. Both my parents passed away in 1983, in the same week. I was 22 years old. They were very supportive, both from their own perspective. My mother was a teacher and taught me discipline, my father was a very wise man, who used to read lots of books. He was not easy in his realtionships with other people. He used to challenge me by asking lots of questions. We used to have discussions, he didn’t preach to me and respected my opinions. Through the years we developed a special relationship with one another.

This has helped me greatly to deal with my oldest son, as a baby. As he was a hot tempered little baby, I worked hard on him, as I didn’t want him to be like my father. He has grown up into a smart, educated and composed adult, he earned a scholarship in Track and Field as a sprinter and went to the USA, but due to injuries he had to stop with Track and Field. Otherwise he would have been right up there running with Shurendy Martina competing internationally. As I was tough on my eldest son, this helped me with the upbringing of my other sons, as within 3 months after the birth of my eldest I became pregnant of the second son, and soon afterwards the 3rd son was born. They are now 27, 26 and 25 years old and 7 years later my youngest son was born.

How did you deal with the challenges of raising your children as a working mother?
As I didn’t have my parents and I don’t have any sisters, it was indeed a challenge. I didn’t sleep much at that time and finally got a live-in help from Colombia. She looked after all our three children, then returned after our youngest son was born. She is such a wonderful person and my children loved her dearly.


 

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences?
I have studied Pedagogy in Leiden and after my first year I went to the University of Nijmegen where I got my bachelors degree. During my Masters, I did an interdisciplinary package of the theory of Education that was new at that time. But after my parents became very sick, I broke up and came back to Curaçao to take care of them. I finished my Masters 6 years later which I combined by doing my thesis in Curaçao and flying up and back to Holland to finish my last 6 final exams. I was determined to finish my studies, because I promised this to my mother. Once I put my mind on something, I do it. I worked and studied, took care of family matters as my parents passed away and was keen on how my brothers would do. This decisiveness, I had at an early age. In Holland I became even more independent. 

This month it has been 35 years since I started working. I started working at Sedukal as a trainee in 1983 and was employed in 1984. First I got to know the Kindergarten educational level very well, I would sit in the classrooms and mentor teachers after observing them.

Together with Suze Giskus, Hetty Kook, Haydee Sluis and experienced kindergarden teachers I wrote a book titled “Konosé mi desaroyo pa yudami den mi logro”. We worked together with the teachers and applied a bottom-up approach. I worked as the head of the department in charge of the guidance of teachers and later got involved in KEZ.

Together with others I gave feedback on the KEZ original draft and later became the director of SGE after negotiating a 5 years contract for SGE. At that time I was regularly approached by RKCS to work for them. After 2,5 years, I did make this career switch and became RKCS director of Education in 2003/2004. In 2006 I was appointed general director of RKCS.

Do you have any regerets on the decisions you have made?
Well maybe one, that SGE isn’t the way it was originally intended. I have come to realize that it is a challenge for a lot of people to swim against the stream. If I don’t agree with something, I tend to go all the way to convince others there is a better way. Like I fought for SGE’s contract to be 5 years and not 3 or 1. We succeeded.

Nowadays, we need to be aware of safety of our community and our schools as part of our community. This is an issue that also triggers me to go all the way, but again not everybody is on board to go the extra mile . We can’t stay in a state of denial on this.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be who you are right now? What drives you?
People inspire me and I am inspired by people and I am curious about people, no matter where I am. People are not easy to deal with, but they fascinate me and I try to reach them.

I have had my share of drawbacks as at times there was bad talking from people I thought were on the same page. If that would have influenced me, I would have stopped doing my job a long time ago. But I take decisions, that I consider to be beneficial for the good of all. We can do so much more at school if we would involve the youth and children more. I dialogue with children of 8 or 9 years old. You know what youngsters say? “Adults don’t see us as part of the solution”, whilst I believe that children and the youth have so much potential. My work isn’t easy as every change has to pass through so many layers of the system. Also there are stakeholders who could have conflicting interests. The youth is free from all of this and they tend to go for the interests of all, the students, and that is exactly what it is all about in the end, right?

So what drives me?

We have so much potential among our youth, for example Leo President Nathaniel Yzer and his Vice President Leo Zamir Narvaez. They are both members of LEO Club Willemstad, and are also making waves and setting a good example for all other youths out there. That is why they have both been recognized as outstanding Leo’s by their entire district. This inspires me. We have so much potential in so many other areas such as sports. That is also why I don’t give up. I can’t be responsible in a function with authority and give up, that is the worst of all possible scenario’s.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Every coin has two sides. I believe in people, but there are people who betrayed my trust. It can be very frustrating when people are bad-talking after they leave a meeting and you thought you were in agreement. I manage this by making a distiction between Lisette as a person and as director of RKCS. When we meet each other later, they would still hug me and talk nice to me. If I confronted them with this, it could be clarified, but in the meantime their dis-information or whatever that was told outside our meetingroom, would still be doing much harm out there. Some people do this to protect themselves and their schools. It is easier to say that I forced a certain decision upon them, than to admit it was a mutual decision. That is why I don’t blame them and forgive them.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I often use my inner voice. My mother was a teacher and was raised in a convent. She taught me to always use my inner voice combined with the power of prayer to understand the other person’s point of view before I take a decision, so that it can be a fair one.

I always ask for a time out when we have to take an important decision, just to think it over. Either I ask for one day or I leave the room for a moment. In my work, there is never a dull moment, because we are challenged everyday with situations that are new to us and we have to think fast, but I don’t want to take a hasty decision that could be detrimental to lots of other people.

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
Well I attend conferences, not as much as the time when I was at SGE, but I still do. Last year I was in Canada to attend a conference on “Restorative Practices” . It is very valuable for our work at RKCS. We are implementing this and looking for ways and means to introduce it at our schools and every single day I feel so grateful that I have been to this conference.


I have also been following a course to become a certified mediator. After the basic course and after doing a video assessment, I am now expecting the results of an exam to become an accredited mediator. I am so happy with this. These are the things that resonate with my strengths and interests and this is what I would like to do in the future after I have finished my tenure as director at RKCS. I sincerely believe in dialogue as a means to solve conflicts and problems based on common goals, respect and a safe environment.

Finally, I also keep up with my literature, as people keep inspiring me.

What are your strengths?
I have “GUTS”, that is in dutch “LEF” which is an abreviation of the initials of my three names namely Lisette Emilienne Fatima.


I don’t know if my mother did this on purpose, but since I was a child, I knew what I wanted and would go after it. I would take up issues that were for the good of all, not only for my personal gain. I don’t back off easily once I have decided to do something, but I don’t bulldozer other people.
I am resilient, as you get setbacks.
Another of my strengths is decisiveness, even if the choices are difficult one’s. Let me share a story. This one is related to my father. He loved to ask me questions and have discussions with me. He always respected my opinion, even if it would be different then his. He would present me with a difficult ethical dillema on life or death and if I didn’t want to make a choice, he would come back with it after I have gotten some time to give it a thought. After years, I still didn’t dare to choose one of the alternatives, because both options were extremely painful.

In one of the last years of his life he gave me his advice on his preferred option. His advice taught me an important lesson. The lesson was: “No matter how difficult the options are, you should always choose.” As a leader in all the different positions I have held, I always remembered this lesson. Whatever the situation, a leader has to make choices and decide what to do. As a leader it isn’t possible to make everyone happy at times. Making a choice is always better than not making a choice. That was the biggest lesson I have learned from my father.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Not really, I like reading books and love to watch movies especially regarding people with problems. I always ask myself what are the lessons that I can learn from this? My husband loves sport and he loves to watch a lot of sports and we would watch sports together with all the emotions involved and I would cheer more entusiastically than he does.

If you as Lisette would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I would mention my name Lisette and won’t say anything else. I won’t use my title or my function at RK-Schoolbestuur.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
There were many, my children even my dogs and my parrot. If I have to mention one person specifically, I would choose my youngest son. He once asked me if I didn’t like to hand out money to people or young boys who asked for it. I told him, I send lots of positive light to people all the time, because I know that it works. And I mean that.

When he was 4 years old and we were on our way bringing him to his Kindergarten school, we got stuck in traffic behind a car that wasn’t moving. And I got irritated and very impatient and after a while the car started to move slowly again and we could continue our ride. Now my son was 4 years old and he told me: “Mom I love you dearly, really, but maybe the other driver couldn’t move for valid reasons. Maybe you shouldn’t get mad.” He told me this with so much love, that it made me self reflect deeply and this taught me a big lesson.
Furthermore my former teachers have inspired me. But what I would like to share with you is, that I am constantly sending light to people especially to those that don’t like me for whatever reasons, to help dissolve this negativity.

Where there always positive role models or where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
Yes, I don’t want to identify myself with those who spread hate as this is a serious issue worldwide. Worldwide this phenomenon is increasing. It is a spreading of intolerance towards everyone who is different, it could be race, gender, religion or social background. They disguise this under the umbrella of nationalism, the national flag and nationbuilding with a deep hatred under its surface. This is scary.

When you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts? What was a defining moment in your life?
There were many moments, one that comes to mind now was the time when my mother and father passed away. I was only 22 years old and it was a heavy burden on me. I was forced to deal with myself and help others pass through these difficult times, but it was also the time that I discovered the strength that lies within me, that had served me well later on in my life.

In my work there were also defining moments when people attacked me with force and below the belt. But I developed this gift to stay my authentic self and inspite of what they say or do, I send them Love.

Where do you want to be 10 years from now with your career?
I want to be a practioner in mediation and restorative practices.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
I love them and they love me, nothing more, nothing less.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
I am very hopeful because of the potential of our youth. For example the other day we were on a vacation and I couldn’t get a hold on a Uber so I asked my son to help me out. He suggested I take Lyft instead of Uber. His advice was based on a moral issue. Uber has repeatedly been accused of sexual harassment in the workplace, so Lyft looked like the morally superior alternative. As I argued with him, I was used taking Uber rides, he told me this : “Instead of listening and understanding my reasoning, you remain stuck in your beliefs because it is easier. If everyone in the world did that, then nothing would ever change. This is why we don’t advance and progress. I was flabbergasted, he was right, I wasn’t listening. Normally I do listen and have dialogues with him, just like my father use to have with me, but in this case I wasn’t listening because I needed a ride as soon as possible. So, I have great hope for Curaçao because of the upcoming generations.

Lisette Van Lamoen-Garmers is a decisive, “gutsy” and resilient leader, representing the educational sector. She knows what she wants and if it is “for the good of all” she will go after it. She doesn’t back off easily, once she has decided to do something, but respects other people’s opinions, as she sincerely believes in dialogue as a means to solve conflicts and problems based on common goals, respect and a safe environment. No matter how difficult the options are, she would allways make a choice, as she understands that in a leader’s role, it isn’t possible to make everyone happy at times. While maintaining her authentic self, inspite of what some say or do, she wouldn’t blame them, but forgive them and send them “Love”. We deeply respect and love Lisette and definitely consider her one of the 250 Influencers in our society representing the educational sector.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020



As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets connected, aligned and collaborate with one another to create impact in all walks of life. This in first instance via the enabling of opportunities to connect as Influencers with one another and secondly by actively promoting “best practice” problem resolution approaches like dialogue to solve the challenges our community has to deal with. We want to reach our target of 250 Influencers by the end of 2020. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:
– Create an inspiring vision of the future;
– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;
– Manage delivery of the vision;
– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.
We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:
• Peace from within;
• Compassion;
• Respectfulness;
• Integrity;
• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.

Our next MYM-platform session in August
We would like to invite you to our next MYM-platform session on Tuesday, the 20th of August (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present two books:
In the book “The tipping point” by Malcolm Gladwell, the author of five New York Times bestsellers: The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath, the author explains that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas. The tipping point will be presented by Michiel van der Veur.

In “The Emotion Code” the author Dr. Bradley Nelson skillfully lays bare the inner workings of the subconscious mind. He reveals how emotionally-charged events from your past can still be haunting you in the form of "trapped emotions"―emotional energies that literally inhabit your body, fester in your life and body, creating pain, malfunction, and eventual disease. Perhaps most damaging of all, trapped emotional energies can gather around your heart, cutting off your ability to give and receive love. It is a powerful and simple way to rid yourself of this unseen baggage, to identify and release the trapped emotions in your life, eliminating your “emotional baggage,” and opening your heart and body to the positive energies of the world. It is a distinct and authoritative work that has become a classic on self-healing. “The Emotion Code” will be presented by Ivan Kuster.

Place: Chit Chat Cafe Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 - 9 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Click to attend!

Tips
In this week we focus on “Restorative practices” as motivational tip. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook Page.

Introduction to Restorative Approaches - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJJxbn1VjYo

Restorative Practices Circle - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6ChwR6tzb8

A Restorative Approach to Discipline - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=5r1yvyP141U

A New Story of Justice: Nonviolence and Restorative Justice - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YMxk3v7mVY

Using Dialogue Circles to Support Classroom Management - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTr4v0eYigM

Restorative Practice for Secondary Teaching Explained - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9I8dDGKUcg


Influencer Jordan Lourens, this month book session and week tips

Posted on August 12, 2019 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (12th – 18th of August) we will interview Influencer Jordan Lourens a representative of the business sector and educational sector, we will invite you for our next Master Your Mind-platform session on the 20th of August and end with some motivational video-links on “being passionate”. Every day we will upload one of these video-links on Facebook.com/share2uplift.

Jordan Lourens: "Do what you love and learn from your mistakes"


Jordan, could you share with us some information of your family life?
I have one other brother, my parents are alive and they were very supportive in whom I have become right now. Everything I have done or tried my parents supported me. At the end of the day if I really wanted to do something they supported me in that.

You have a very respected mother, Mistica Fraay. We have interviewed her in august 2018 and got the most reaches, shares and likes ever in this Share2Uplift blog, how important is she in your life? Are you the son of Mistica Fraay or is Mistica Fraay the mother of Jordan Lourens or does this not matter?
It depends on whom you are asking. My parents split when I was 10 years old and from there on it was mostly my mother that raised me. Her educational approach was the best thing she gave me by just raising me. My mother is a living example of someone disciplined, she required me to finish everything I started and also taught me to stand up for my self. Children replicate what their parents do, how she raised me was “leading by example”. So my hard work and very disciplined work as well, I got it from her. That is why I can work every single day, train everyday as I got this attitude from her. I am extremely grateful for that.

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are a student, you work part-time at a gym and you are a motivational speaker? Can you expand a little on this?
Growing up I was a rather insecure guy. I worried and cared too much about what people thought of me. Now I can tell you that was a bad thing to do. Now I don’t worry what people think of me. After my VSBO with the technical curriculum I went to MTS as I was good in working with equipment and materials. I always liked to play with computers and after 2 years I was totally unsure about what I wanted to do. So I switched from a technical study to a business study when I decided to go to the UOC. I’m almost graduated I still have one course to do, before I can defend my thesis. During these past years, as I started working on myself, I started going to the gym and here is where my self - improvement journey really started and took off.

Why? Because the same work ethic needed for the gym is needed in all other parts of my life not only physically, but also emotionally and socially. I started making songs and releasing them, and just by doing that I got more self-confidence. And as I like to motivate other people, through my instagram, I started posting not only tips and links related to our bodies and physical health, but I started with everything, with growing success. I want to continue doing these promotions, but I am the biggest obstacle standing in the way of my self.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerfull beyond measure.” Nelson Mandela. When I was in the gym, I became a role model for those visiting the gym and this affected all the different areas of my being. I didn’t grow up with my father, he was there but at a distance. As I decided to start my own business and Curaçao is a small market, I kept working on developing my knowledge and skills and within a year from now I want to go work and live in the USA. I will also start by offering my motivationals in english.

The last time we talked about your studies you were working on a thesis on the creative economy as part fo your studies at UoC. How this creativity works for you? 
I go in a flow as a creative and then it just happens. When I was young, I learned to just start somewhere and “As consistency is a superpower”, I started to work on my subject matter day in day out and within soon you are bound to know more than 80 % of what most people know. And you need to just finish what you start. This is how it works for me, I manage how I use my time very well, I just do it and then it happens and I see what comes up.

In what areas are you creative?
I am creative in music production, painting and my mind has this unique ability to break down things so that everything can be seen in layers. That is how I am good at making great stuff in music, writing and performing arts as well. Everytime I have to present something, I never prepare in detail, I know what I am going to talk about and I just do it. I really can’t explain it better than this. So creativity for me works by: “Being consistent in what I want to do and grow over time.”

Of late I have seen a YouTube of you where you sharesome valuable tips for your followers to inspire them. Is this the start of more of these motivational you tubes that you will create?
Yes, it is a start. I have spend lots of time developing my latest motivational video. The experience of how to do this, I have mastered it sufficently enough now so the thing that I am need to do for a next one, has become easier to do. I want to go eventually deeper in the content, telling stories of the worst thing that happened to me and still master the art of not giving a F.....k, what people think of it. What I have learned from books and other YouTubers is that everything is a failure first. For example every time you go to the gym, your muscles are streched and overtime they recover and become bigger and stronger.Through the hard work work and in time we will always be changing and be approaching our end goal, but we will never reach that perfect state. That is why you need to be humble and strive to be better tomorrow and also being OK knowing, that you will never be perfect.
Jordan on YouTube.


How would you describe whom you are now and what can we expect from you the coming 5 years career and/or business wise?

Now I am just a guy that grew up in Curaçao with a single mother whom is trying to do the best she can. I am trying my best to live to reach my dreams, I do what I love and I am passionate about it, trying to strengthen and build character and I know what I want to do with my time. At this moment it is about “motivation and creating content” to motivate other people as well. 5 years from now, I will be in America.

I have come to notice that some of those in your age group 24 years are very entrepreneurial and pro-active, they don’t wait for “Mana to fall out of heaven”, but they are full of energy and initiatives. Do you agree with this and why is it that we can see this?
Yes and no. Why yes, because we are growing up in an information age, anyone can have access to the internet. 30 years ago there was no internet, but through globalization there is now a global level playing field where there are more eyes on you, but the only limit is our self. I have this at times that a little voice in me tries to holds me back. It goes like this: “What are people going to say”; or “never take risks” etc......On the other hand another part of me is saying that this an opportunity and that we can do everything we want and decide to work for no one and decide to be our own boss. It is about choosing on which side you want to be. I don’t know what the exact numbers are and if the balance would be yes or no-sayers. Even if I post something, those whom come to see it within 1 to 2 minutes will like it or not and go on with their life. I have arrived at a moment in my life now, that I encourage constructive criticism and will listen to constructive criticism, but if it is not constructive, I will just keep doing my things, not that I am stubborn or so, but just that I believe in what I do, period.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I believe that what I have learned from life is the following:
“You don’t get what you want, you get what you deserve.” Everything that I ever wanted, I got it overtime. For example, if I want to date a pretty girl, it might be that in my sub conscious mind, I took notice of certain traits that I don’t like of her, but I put these aside initially. In the end I am going to get her, but I am going to get a back lash also as it will come at a price. Life teaches you that. So whatever you are involved in, just start somewhere and by doing your things, sometimes or often there are coincidences and a bigger power controlling these events and it will come to you if you deserve it. That is why I say, that everything happens for a reason and we should learn from these experiences.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
My biggest challenge is my self. To overcome that challenge, I am pushing myself daily, to do things that I don’t want to do, but after doing it, this makes me better at it. I would say: “Making the right decisions now, so that you can have a better tomorrow.”

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Yes for sure, always for me when confronted with a dilemma, it is the best for me to think it through a couple of days, instead of taking quick decisions based on emotions and then regret that it was a bad decision.

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I read everyday and socialize everyday.

You are a cousin of pastor Meris Curtis of Santa Maria and he once told me that you are going to be a millionair in your life-time, because you of your focused and determined attitude. You are so focused in learning new knowlegde, skills and eperiencing new things, do you agree with him?
I think he sees the potential in me, that I am destined to do somehting big. Lots of other people also saw that in me. Overtime it is coming more and more obvious that this will be where I would end up in my life, this resonates with me. But in the beginning I was very insecure, but of late I am believing more and more that I am destined to do something big and I am becoming more and more aware that the biggest barrier is myself.

What are your strengths?
My discipline;
1. I can relate easily with a lot of people and I am resilient. Life at times can bring you down, but I always bounced back and come back stronger;
2. I firmly believe in the theory you have to fail to succeed. If something didn’t work out I can still relate with people to find out why that had happened and grow from the lessons learned;
3. Another strength is my “self awareness”, knowing that nothing is real and everything that happens is unreal. I have always tried to expand my horizons. As I also believe that your creativity is only limited by your own limitations.What is the point, if you are not living a life where you are doing what you want to do. In your endeavours you are whom needs to surround yourself with friends that can uplift you. Most of my friends are older then me, as I completely understand why it is important to learn from other people.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I am an all-rounder. I am now messing around with motivational videos and I am in filming; I like singing, playing piano; there isn’t only one thing that I really love until now. At this moment I aspire to be a You Tuber and as Curaçao is a small island I am aiming to go after the bigger markets of english speaking followers.
My main activities at this moment are the gym and offering motivational speakings. Another way to explain where I stand now is, the motivational part of me is my core, and fitness is on the side. I started small and first it started at the gym. I started earning money and this was much more that the allowance I got from home. At a certain moment I suddenly realized, that I had Ang 10.000,- in savings. I could have bought a car, but I decided instead to start a small business and invested in video camera’s as I saw opportunities in filming and started to earn more money as I got paid to develop my skills levels needed to work on my passions. This is awesome.

If you as Jordan would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
My name is Jordan. I grew up in Curaçao. I am passionate about growing myself and other people around me.

How would you describe Jordan in one word or one sentence?
Passionate, doing the things that I love, as that is the best way to go though life. Just do what you love and learn from your mistakes.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
I have no specific person, their are different persons whom had influence me.


Where there always positive role models or where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
Everytime I choose my role models, I chose them because things, traits that motivate me, I never had a negative role model.


What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts?

A heart break, that became my best motivator. I find that being broke and having a broken heart broken are the two best motivators. When you reach that low point, you learn the most.


Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
I want to be able to achieve “financial freedom”, so now is the time to put in the work and now is the time to create different streams of income. By doing this now, I will not need to worry about money by that time. I grew up with good values and I am aware that I am the only one that can limit myself and prevent me from reaching this goal.


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now, let us say on your 45th Birthday?
That I have taken care of my self. That I had done what felt right in my heart and that made me a happy person and that my happiness was not a result of other people’s opinions. That I have no regrets, because regrets hurt more then failures.


What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?

I don’t really follow politics. What I believe in for myself, in my perspective, I will keep doing what I am doing and by doing this if something needs to go wrong it will happen and I will learn from it, and as long as it doesn’t hurt other people. If you do what your heart, your intuition, your gut, your inner voice says everything is going to be fine. Through my motivationals I hope to inspire others to do the same.


Is there anything else that you would like to add?

My last video is an example of something that I had imagined first in my mind’s eye and then created it . I am going to switch to do these motivational videos in English so that I can target a broader market. My reasoning is if people locally can become a fan of someone in the US then they can also be a fan of me, when I present my motivational videos in English.


Jordan Lourens is “motivational speaker” that inspires his peers. As his young age, he is remarkably consistent and disciplined in all areas of his life, be it as a “motivational speaker” through his videos, or at the gym where he works. He considers failure as being part of the learning process that any person has to go through as “…our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…”. He models this behavior and through his increasing presence on Instagram, YouTube and at the gym where he works he is becoming a role model for an increasing number of youth in Curaçao. He will soon expand his wings outside of Curaçao by offering his motivational presentation in English. We deeply respect Jordan and definitely consider him one of the 250 Influencers in our society representing the business sector and the educational sector.
Visit and follow Jordan on YouTube.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020




As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal by the end of 2020. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:
– Create an inspiring vision of the future;
– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;
– Manage delivery of the vision;
– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.
We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:
• Peace from within;
• Compassion;
• Respectfulness;
• Integrity;
• Responsibility.As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.

Our next MYM-platform session in August

We would like to invite you to our next MYM-platform session on Tuesday, the 20th of August (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present two books:
In the book “The tipping point” by Malcolm Gladwell, the author of five New York Times bestsellers: The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath, the author explains that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas. The tipping point will be presented by Michiel van der Veur.

In “The Emotion Code” the author Dr. Bradley Nelson skillfully lays bare the inner workings of the subconscious mind. He reveals how emotionally-charged events from your past can still be haunting you in the form of "trapped emotions"―emotional energies that literally inhabit your body, fester in your life and body, creating pain, malfunction, and eventual disease. Perhaps most damaging of all, trapped emotional energies can gather around your heart, cutting off your ability to give and receive love. It is a powerful and simple way to rid yourself of this unseen baggage, to identify and release the trapped emotions in your life, eliminating your “emotional baggage,” and opening your heart and body to the positive energies of the world. It is a distinct and authoritative work that has become a classic on self-healing. “The Emotion Code” will be presented by Ivan Kuster.

Place: Chit Chat Cafe Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 - 9 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Click to attend!

Tips
In this week we focus on “Being passionate” as motivational tip. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook Page.

4 Simple Questions To Find Your Passion - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmiBcHJpKR0

4 Questions to Help You Find Your Calling | SuperSoul Sunday | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Rl0N2W7arw

How to Know When You've Found Your Purpose in Life | SuperSoul Sunday | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyN5tK0Varc

How to Find Your Passion and Discover Work You Love (Hint: You Won't Learn THIS in School) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOe3qILUS_I

5 Ways to find your PASSION - #BelieveLife - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7MLw6rxfwo

How To Find Your Passion - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pgaJb2Wwhs


Influencer Cherelle Maduro,this month events and week tips

Posted on July 29, 2019 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (29th of July – 5th of August) we will interview Cherelle Maduro, an Influencer that doesn’t live in Curaçao at this moment in time; we will invite you to our next workshop on the 6th of August; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind-platform session on the 20th of August and we will end this blog by sharing some motivational video-links on “Consistency versus Intensity” with you. Every day in the week we will upload one of these videos on Facebook.com/share2uplift.

Influencer Cherelle Maduro: achieving greatness and a chaordic leader

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
Where to start; my father has 6 children from whom I’m the third. Regarding my mother, I’m her ‘grawata’. We are 4 ladies and 2 boys and our age ranges from 35 to 10. One would not believe it but at first my mother did not approve of all my extracurricular activities due to the fact that these were time consuming. Nonetheless, at a certain point she realized that her reaction was just counterproductive and the amount of organizations and events that I was involved in just kept on growing. My father was always supportive, however not always convinced that he had to reinforce this due to my mother’s point of view. The support to keep on going and to pursue the changes I want to see and the goals that I am planning to achieve came mainly from my grandfather (my mother’s father). This didn’t make my mother’s task any easier. 
However, my grandfather always thought me to listen and understand where the concern of my parents came from. Due to this I learned to think my decisions through and also be able to argument them at a young age, seeming the fact that I had to make my case to be allowed to attend whatever meeting I was planning to attend. He also introduced me to the Red Cross at the age of 13. 

He is the reason why, since I can remember, I wanted to become a medical doctor. I wasn’t just raised by my parents but by my entire family, meaning grandparents but also aunts and uncles. My cousins weren’t people whom I saw at birthdays. Furthermore, they are the extension of brothers and sisters whom I played with on a daily basis. This culture made family a key value to me and has become my trade mark when working with others in any kind of organization.

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are a health professional at this moment and you live in Maastricht Holland?
I have a bachelor in health sciences with a major in policy development; as I am finishon my Master to become a medical doctor, I decided to also start doing a PhD as I also like research. I am an instructor in First Aid at the Red Cross and Orange Cross. Of late I started teaching at the Red Cross after being a coordinator for the Red Cross for some time.
I am the chairperson of “Ars Vivendi” which tries to facilitate and promote a group of amateur artists from Caribbean decent with talent, to get in contact with one another, be it in music, word or visual arts.

Are you artistic Cherelle?
I have some artistic affinity and I have organized an Arts Exposition in the days when I was still living in Curaçao. I am of opinion that too little atention is dedicated in our educational system for the Arts and I consider that a pity, so that is why I am in “Arts Vivendi.”

You had been president/chairperson of YV5K and founder of it in 2010, why did you participate in YV5K then and are you still involved in YV5K one way or the other, now in a different role and from Holland?
Back then I believed firmly that one must be the change that one wants to see and by so doing lead by example. I am convinced that our people can be better and that they do deserve better. In line with this stream of thoughts it sounded like magic that we were able to empower the next generation to design the country that they want to live in and furthermore, build this country as they personally grow and become wiser. The new generation would be able to build the country that they want to live in.

Are you part of an organization of (young) professionals that were born or lived in Curaçao for a while? Or are you and maybe others in your network, planning to become more deeply involved with Curaçao, as it is going through some rough times at the moment? Could you expand on this a little bit, how would this work in your opinion/according to your vision?
“Arts vivendi” helps amateur artists to get connected. Like they are now working on an artistic project at the Rif Corridor, that is one way I am involved.

Another way is a network is being formed of young professionals and entrepreneurs in collaboration with Kas di Korsou. This requires a new role for Kas di Korsou as this requires a pro active stance of Kas di Korsou. Imagine that through this netwerk we will be able to make a list of all available knowledge of people of local descent and helping where there is a need for in Curaçao, instead of investing the little money that there is on consultants. As we also have artists involve, this network could come up with creative, out of the box-solutions, addressing real problems in Curaçao.

We have always been a trade island and have an excellent geographical position, why not explore more trading possibilites in Curaçao in partnerships via Kas di Korsou? We should be aware of some possible risks though in such partnerships, when we explore collaboration. We should first and foremost “need to seek to understand before being understood.” People in Curaçao shouldn’t have the feeling that they are not being respected and not being understood....very important.

We have understood that some time ago, you have won een “Appeltje van Oranje” for your work in Holland, can you expand a little bit on this?
Indeed, I did win an ‘Appeltje van Oranje’, however, this was due to my work in Curaçao. Back in the days I started a project named ‘Het Ouderen Project’ under the Red Cross department of Curaçao. When becoming part of the Red Cross, I soon realized that the role that my grandparents have in my life isn’t the same for everyone else.

A lot of my peers didn’t really had contact with elderly and visa versa. At the same time “Wit gele Kruis” reached out to the Red Cross due to the fact that they noticed that there were a lot of elderly living in isolation. This is how the youth division of the Red Cross started visiting these elderlies every Saturday. I planned a scheduled visitation with the elderly and the youngsters. Together with a few peers we arranged that everyone was picked up on Saturdays, were brought to the elderly, and brought back home. The focus of these visits was to interact about how we used to do things now a day and how they were done back in the days by “old schoolers”. Besides, if the elderly needed something to be done in their house, but they couldn’t manage to do this by themselves, we helped them out with their chores. And once a month we organized an event where we picked every participating elderly up to do something with them. We mainly organized tours, so they were able to see how the island was changing. But we also organized “Bon Kune” or celebrated cultural events where they were pampered by the youth. The project grew along the years and in 2012, when I left to the Netherlands to continue with my studies, the Oranjefonds selected the project as winner of an “Appeltje van Oranje” for the work that we have been doing for over 5 years back then.

Video:
Cherelle Maduro about  HIV/AIDS on Curaçao (2009)
Come closer campaign.

Our journeys have crossed in 2009/2010 I belief and after you left to Holland for your studies, you kept supporting morally YV5K. We appreciate this a lot. What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
At the end of the day and at the end of my life I want to leave something of value behind. In Sea Scouting where I used to be a member, they taught you, to leave a place better behind after you have left it. I am constantly checking where I am and where I want to end up being and where necessary I need to tweak my course, I do this constantly.

How does your “Why” translate in a contribution that you can give from living in Holland?
Well in my area of specialism I am constantly exploring, researching and checking if we are making a measurable impact in our society. I am also trying to help the Red Cross in Holland slightly less intensive as I used to, when I was living in Curaçao. I am also helping the Red Cross in Curaçao from here. I am trying to help Youth Vision 5000 as you know.

My latest effort is now focused on getting a netwerk going of young professionals and entrepreneurs by august. We are organizing a BBQ in collaboration with Kas di Korsou, to explore if and how they are willing to invest in possible projects in Curaçao.


What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
My biggest personal challenge is to stay grounded and take it easy by taking care of myself at times. At the other hand empower, motivate and activate others. That would be my biggest achievement if I succeed.
Furthermore, and this might sound strange, it is working with people from Curaçao descent. If we have agreed on something we should stick with that agreement, right? Well this doesn’t happen necessarily, so as I don’t want to be affected by this, I work with deadlines for myself and others and I keep working on their motivation.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
In a way it is easy, because if I don’t listen to my innervocie, my body just goes on “strike”. Most of my dilemma’s are centered around doing something or choose for more me-time. As time has gone by, I have improved my ability to make the right choices. I schedule my “me-time” and it is not something that now comes after I have scheduled all my other to do’s.

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I follow courses to upgrade myself; I go to symposia; I do research, I read books and dive into innovative subject matters and discuss this with some of my peers, hereby consantly challenging myself.

What are your strengths?
I am able to motivate people; I am passionate about the things that I love to do, therefore I am very energetic and I connect people easily.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Scuba diving and swimming. Although I don’t dive in Holland, but I know that after doing this I am totally “Zen” and I like reading books.

If you as Cherelle would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I would be short and I am Cherelle, if needed I would say: “How may I help you?”

How would you describe Cherelle in one word or one sentence?

Chaordic, meaning withing the chaos create a stream of order or the harmonious blending of both order and chaos principles where neither is dominant (e.g. competition and cooperation).

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
My grandfather.

Where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
Yes I have, I was a trainee and use to work with an urologist, that I definitely don’t want to emulate for the type of dokter, he was representing.

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts?
You know during my tenure as chairperson of YV5K I have learned some hard, but valuable lessons.
First of all, I had to keep my shit together and maintain my composure;
Secondly, I learned, that I needed to adapt and apply situational leadership skills to stay on top of things and adapt.

What was a defining moment in your life?
When I came to study in Holland I had to start from point zero again to build myself a life, this was not related to my studies, but my life. Financially, I earned less money and I was forced totally out of my comfort zone, but I finally managed to adapt and showed enough resilience to overcome the challenges I had to deal with. I soak it up, went for it and did it.

Where do you want to be 10 to 15 years from now with your career?
A trauma surgeon and I would be combining this with a function as policy advisor.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 30 years from now?
She is achieving greatness.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?

Our people, we are “Dushi Hende” as simple as that and at times we can be challenging, but then still I believe in our people.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I am excited to see Curaçao in it’s glory back again, a better Curaçao. I am looking forward for that time, as right now Curaçao is dealing with lots of challenges.

Cherelle Maduro is primed to connect, motivate and inspire others because of her people’s skills and because of how passionate she is pursuing her career and extra-curriculum activities. Her drive at a young age has made her a remarkable Influencer and now that she lives and works in Holland, she is now taking specific steps to see how she, with the help of some young professionals and entrepreneurs in Holland from local descent, can be of help for Curaçao. As a representative of the health sector she has and still is continuously influencing large groups of people. We deeply love and respect her and definitely consider her one of the 250 Influencers in our society representing the health sector.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020



As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal by the end of 2020. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:
– Create an inspiring vision of the future;
– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;
– Manage delivery of the vision;
– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.
We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:
• Peace from within;
• Compassion;
• Respectfulness;
• Integrity;
• Responsibility.As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.

Workshop on Tuesday the 6th of August

In the series of workshops Haydee Hermans (Soul Garden) and Ivan Kuster (Uplifting BV) will offer this year, we will address as the main topic: What is holding you back?

Our third workshop of 2019 at the Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada as part of a series of three will be:
“Being judgmental, why non-judgmental is so difficult and how to deal with it.”
This series, the first was “The power of Intention” and the second “How to unlock the brains power”, aims at explaining ways and means to change your mindset and we hope to trigger you, to take the necessary steps to change your mindset and by doing that, change your behavior as long as you are consistent in the actions you take.

So, save the day and we hope to greet you then. We will use as part of the resources we will use for this workshop:
1. Judgement detox, by Gabrielle Bernstein
2. Emotional Intelligence 2.0, by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves
3. The four Agreement, by Don Luis Miguel
4. "The Emotion Code,” by dr. Bradley Nelson
Date: August 6th
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Place Chit Chat Café Mensing’s Caminada
Tickets: Navel. 45,-
Save the day and we hope you will attend.

Our next MYM-platform session in August
We would like to invite you to our next MYM-platform session on Tuesday, the 20th of August (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present two books:

In the book “The tipping point” by Malcolm Gladwell, the author of five New York Times bestsellers: The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath, the author explains that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas. The tipping point will be presented by Michiel van der Veur.

In “The Emotion Code” the author Dr. Bradley Nelson skillfully lays bare the inner workings of the subconscious mind. He reveals how emotionally-charged events from your past can still be haunting you in the form of "trapped emotions"―emotional energies that literally inhabit your body, fester in your life and body, creating pain, malfunction, and eventual disease. Perhaps most damaging of all, trapped emotional energies can gather around your heart, cutting off your ability to give and receive love. It is a powerful and simple way to rid yourself of this unseen baggage, to identify and release the trapped emotions in your life, eliminating your “emotional baggage,” and opening your heart and body to the positive energies of the world. It is a distinct and authoritative work that has become a classic on self-healing. “The Emotion Code” will be presented by Ivan Kuster.

Place: Chit Chat Cafe Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 - 9 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Click to attend!


Tips
In this week we focus on “Consistency versus Intensity ” as motivational tip. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook Page.

Consistency is KEY! - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLKwvmy5mJ8

Why Consistency Beats Intensity - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kEM-2d3dqc

Simon Sinek on Intensity vs Consistency - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5OV3RmXhbg

Success Stories- Power of Consistency - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOTtp7wEf70

How To Be Consistent: The Secret To Lasting Consistency - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Sc4kfhrskw

How To Be Consistent: 5 Steps To Get Things Done, All The Time - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vZNnKzVS1Yw


Influencer Aissa Henriquez, Master Your Mind Platform Book session, Workshop in august and this week tips

Posted on July 22, 2019 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (22nd of July – 28th of July) we will interview Aissa Henriquez; we will invite you to our next workshop on the 6th of August; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind-platform session on the 20th of August and we will end this blog by sharing some motivational video-links on “Purpose” with you. Every day in the week we will upload one of these videos on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Influencer Aissa Henriquez: Love, Laughter, Service, Connecting hearts and minds


Aissa could you share with us some information of your family life?
I believe we choose the family we need and in my case I was blessed with growing up with parents who had my wellbeing, my education and intellectual development at heart. Wisely, especially my father, was very keen on stimulating critical thought and awareness of responsibility and free will. An important person was my grandmother who was very loving and caring to me. I have one brother and we differ eight years in age. As his older sister I used to have the tendency to be a bit of a mom to him to. At least in my mind. Nowadays, he is an accomplished and passionate professional and most importantly a devoted father and a sweet brother. I could not be prouder.

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are an entrepreneur?
I
studied a combination of Marketing, Economics and Languages. Later on I also did the local legal assistant course and various trainings and courses in primarily the financial services and banking sector. I have had many business titles and worked in many different fields. I don’t see myself as an entrepreneur per sé.

We have understood that you have worked as a consultant, senior accountmanager at a bank, you have worked in different committees to support these committees like StIP, National Dialogue, CMC, you worked for a short stint in the SGR-group, you are translator,you are active in the LIONS service club and what else?
A very long time ago I used to co-own an office furniture and office supplies business and a supermarket with a small wholesale company in food and non-food items. This was abroad. Nowadays, my translation work has led to requests to teach language skills at local companies. Even though I am not a certified teacher, I do enjoy this very much and I have been honored with good reviews by my trainees. Beside all these activities, I am also a certified BTB Feng Shui Consultant and a Certified Live Coach and Workshop Leader (both personal and corporate) under license of the Louise Hay philosophy. I have trained with Robert Holden (Coach Camp) and as Future Search Facilitator under Sandra Janoff. I am in the process of training with the Proctor Gallagher Institute (online) on some of their programs.

Our journeys have crossed over many years now since 2003 and on when you were supporting StIP the foundation in charge in those days with privatization and governance of government entities. Our paths crossed from time to time during all these years and we became interested in interviewing you, as you are a very multifaceted person that through your specific strengths you are influencing different sectors in our society. What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
Being of Service and an instrument of Love and as such contributing in leaving the world behind in a better shape than when I arrived.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
I am trying to find ways to create awareness of the need to lead with heart and mind. I have learned to talk and communicate with and to be willing to really listen to others.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I am not sure what your refer to as my inner voice. I will answer like this: By now I have enough knowledge and experience to know that when challenges of dilemmas appear in life, they do because you are ready for them and they basically are invitations to grow in areas where you need it. That being said, they are not always fun and often times unconfortable or painful. I have trained myself to say thank you. Thank you challenge for being here, thank you for trusting I have the strength and wisdom to face you and come out better at the other end. And then I ask to please reveal the lesson. Now this sounds easy but can be quite messy: tears, laughter, fear, anger they all come and visit. The point is to keep going (not keep busy) but stay with the process, try to be as aware as possible and listen to your heart and mind (meditation and chocolate help!).

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
By reading and as soon as I have the opportunity travel and train with programs I consider important and interesting and most importantly nourishing for my heart and mind.

What are your strengths?
My sense of humor and ability to become very practical when facing major challenges.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Reading, traveling, my rotties. Lately I am feeling the need to be more creative so I am considering writing, dancing and maybe even some handicrafts.

If you as Aissa would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
Human being, work in progress

How would you describe Aissa in one word or one sentence?
Love, Laughter, Service, Connecting hearts and minds

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
Locally, I am afraid I don’t have people who I have been really inspired by. Currently, I am following our Minister of Public Health. I like that she is a force to be reckoned with, always well prepared and that she has the courage that is often lacking in our local leadership to take decisions and actually get things done.

Were they always positive role models or were their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
I have been blessed with a number of bosses from hell and some very human bosses. Often times, I did not identify with the people in charge of leading me.

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts? What was a defining moment in your life?
Challenges: heartbreak, some serious family issues, death of relatives. Defining moment: death of my grandmother and death of my mother.

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
Published author, international facilitator leading with heart and mind.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
That to them I am a source of Love, Support and that they can laugh and learn a lot with me and from me.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
The fact that everything we need is already here and within us and that all we need is to learn to see / look at things through different eyes. We can do this and there are many loving and caring people on the island. All we need to do is connect and align. This is our home.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for the opportunity.

For more information about Aissa Henriquez go to: www.healyourlifeworkshops.com/teacher/aissa-henriquez

Aissa Henriquez as a Certified Live Coach and Workshop Leader (both personal and corporate) under license of the Louise Hay philosophy, coach of the Robert Holden Coach Camp, a Future Search Facilitator under Sandra Janoff, is primed to and is actually bringing this knowledge and experience to the next level in Curaçao. In doing this she is helping others to uncover themselves and also helping to re-invent our country, daring others to dream a different life. Her diversity makes her unique in so many ways, as she is gifted in leading from the heart and mind. A multifaceted person, that through her specific strengths is influencing different sectors in our society, mostly low key. We deeply love and respect her and definitely consider her one of the 250 Influencers in our society representing the business sector.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020



As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal by the end of 2020. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:
– Create an inspiring vision of the future;
– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;
– Manage delivery of the vision;
– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.
These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:
• Peace from within;
• Compassion;
• Respectfulness;
• Integrity;
• Responsibility.As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.

Workshop on Tuesday the 6th of August
In the series of workshops Haydee Hermans (Soul Garden) and Ivan Kuster (Uplifting BV) will offer this year, we will address as the main topic: What is holding you back?
Our third workshop of 2019 at the Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada as part of a series of three will be:
“Being judgmental, why non-judgmental is so difficult and how to deal with it.”
This series, the first was “The power of Intention” and the second “How to unlock the brains power”, aims at explaining ways and means to change your mindset and we hope to trigger you, to take the necessary steps to change your mindset and by doing that, change your behavior as long as you are consistent in the actions you take.

So, save the day and we hope to greet you then. We will use as part of the resources we will use for this workshop:
1. Judgement detox, by Gabrielle Bernstein
2. Emotional Intelligence 2.0, by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves
3. The four Agreement, by Don Luis Miguel
4. "The Emotion Code,” by dr. Bradley Nelson

Date: August 6th
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Place Chit Chat Café Mensing’s Caminada
Tickets: Navel. 45,-
Save the day and we hope you will attend.


Our next MYM-platform session in August
We would like to invite you to our next MYM-platform session on Tuesday, the 20th of August (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present two books:

In the book “The tipping point” by Malcolm Gladwell, the author of five New York Times bestsellers: The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath, the author explains that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas. The tipping point will be presented by Michiel van der Veur.

In “The Emotion Code” the author Dr. Bradley Nelson skillfully lays bare the inner workings of the subconscious mind. He reveals how emotionally-charged events from your past can still be haunting you in the form of "trapped emotions"―emotional energies that literally inhabit your body, fester in your life and body, creating pain, malfunction, and eventual disease. Perhaps most damaging of all, trapped emotional energies can gather around your heart, cutting off your ability to give and receive love. It is a powerful and simple way to rid yourself of this unseen baggage, to identify and release the trapped emotions in your life, eliminating your “emotional baggage,” and opening your heart and body to the positive energies of the world. It is a distinct and authoritative work that has become a classic on self-healing. “The Emotion Code” will be presented by Ivan Kuster.

Place: Chit Chat Cafe Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 - 9 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
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Tips


In this week we focus on “Purpose” as motivational tip. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook Page.

See The Purpose - Motivational Video (ft. Nick Vujicic) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysJfKrgeA4Y

Finding your Meaning of Life - Inspiring Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCXMXuUDaic

PURPOSE - Powerful Motivational Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIvx6q0YhNk

Finding your life's purpose - Passion - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mLn99CQubI

Purpose (Discover Your WHY) - Incredible Motivational Short ᴴᴰ - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yBwzuVI6sA

Find Your Life Purpose Motivational Video! - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMRjRgsl0tk

Influencer Marta Dijkhoff, Master Your Mind Platform Book session and this week tips

Posted on July 15, 2019 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (15th of July – 21st of July) we will interview Dr. Marta Dijkhoff, we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind-platform session on the 16th of July at the Chit Chat Cafe at Mensing’s Caminada and we will share some motivational video links on “emotional release”. Every day during the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebookpage.


Marta Dijkhoff: "I did what I wanted to do and even more than I ever thought I would do"

Marta could you share with us some information of your family life?
I married this year in May 2019 with Herbert Romer. So life together is a challenge. I come from a big family with a mother who was married twice. So together my parents have 11 children, 3 from my mother’s former marriage. My family consists of 6 brothers and 5 sisters. My parents were humble people, my mom was a housewife and my dad worked at the local oil refinery. They were there for us, so I am grateful for their support during our childhood. My mom was a very strong woman with high morals on almost everything, my dad was merely a provider. They very much believed in me. They expected nothing but the best, so I always thought that I needed to be the best in everything. They trusted me and, as I child, I think they gave me a lot of responsability. I couldn’t have children, but I brought up two girls, who are grown up now and they gave me three grandchidren: two boys and a girl .


Could you share with us some of your educational background?
I was always fascinated with language as a child, and I loved Latin and Greek at the secondary school. For they are like puzzles. You have to know their structure in order to read them well. I wanted to study classical languages, but I could not enter at university level, for at school I had Greek until my third year at the secundary school level. So, I went for English. But I graduated with a 7.4. and I needed a 7.5 average at that time to enter into the university. So I started studying Philosophy and Spanish. When I was in my graduation year, I needed to do two mayors, but I could’t choose. So I did Portuguese, Creole languages and phonetics. Creole languages were thought in Leiden, and I was studying at RUGroningen, in Groningen. The professor in Leiden Dr. Voorhoeve, who worked on “Sranan”, saw my interest in Papiamentu, and advised me to study linguistics. In Groningen they had just started with this new study. So that is how I found my passion. I finished linguistics cum laude in four years and went on to do my Ph D. So I graduated in Spanish, general linguistics, with Portuguese, phonetics and Creole languages as minors. Later on, I did a Masters in training systems design. So now, as a consultant, I combine my knowledge of language with training and development.

Could you share with us some of your professional experiences?
I have been a Minister of Education and the Secretary General of the Ministry of Education in Curaçao, and before that I was employed at the “Instituto Liguistiko Antiano.” I taught a number of courses, both at the University and at the Teacher Training college. I have also produced a number of modules for teaching Papiamentu and other subjects at this level. And I spoke and wrote about these subjects in international conferences and journals, respectively. And lately I have worked on many educational projects as a consultant. Go to: Dr. Martha Dijkhoff - YouTube.

So you know what it takes to create transformative changes in the educational sector. Could you expand on this for a moment?
Yes, I wrote a lot about these subjects, on Papiamentu, on language and emotions (go to (PDF) The Language of Emotions, on the educational situation in the ABC islands, and on the particularities of Papiamentu as a Creole language, both locally and also internationally. I am also the president of “Instituto Alsa Papiamentu” and the foundation organizes activities about Papiamentu’s role in society. We try to raise the consciousness of our population on the role of Papiamentu as a language.

So we understand that you are now working as a consultant, coach, mentor, scientist, linguistic expert, and you have a doctorate in Linguistics and have lots of experience internationally? Could you explore on that a little bit?
Yes, I worked in Holland, for a while, but I could not ground there. I need to be able to have a social impact with my work on change and in Holland that was not the case. Or you are obliged to work with immigrants, but I did not want to be pushed in a certain area of work. So I moved back home. Later on, I worked with other colleagues in Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten, Bonaire, but I also did some projects in Puerto Rico, Bolivia and I am currently working on a project in Suriname.

Our journeys have crossed over many years now since 1974 and on. We became interested in interviewing you, as you are still very passionate about educational innovation and fervent about the importance of education in one’s own native language in the case of Curaçao, the importance of Papiamentu in our educational system. Can you expand a little bit on how you got interested in studying linguistics?
Yes, I already told you about my interest in languages as a child and student. So while studying philosophy, Spanish, Linguistics, Portuguese, Creole languages and phonetics, I always asked myself, how does all this knowledge connect to Papiamentu? I wanted to learn about the structure of Papiamentu and how it fits into linguistic theory, for Linguistics subparts such as phonology, syntax and semantics, to me, are like puzzles, like a sort of mathematics. I wanted to discover how a language such as Papiamentu could exist and fare with no help at all. I had to study mathematical linguistics for example and logic, and I did all of that without failing, for I was motivated to finish my linguistics study. And I discovered some rather interesting structures in Papiamentu during my study and wrote about them in my graduate and PH D-thesis. That is how I got the cum laude mentioned for my graduate thesis. While working at the Linguistic Institute , later on I got interested in Education and the role of language in securing a natural link to the child’s brain. So I helped with the whole process of introducing Papiamentu in education as a linguist and teacher. When I became a Minister of Education, I pursued that belief in policy. And thereafter when I finished my masters in Training Systems Design, I understood not only about language and its role for learning, but also how to connect language to learning in the practice of teaching and how to innovate and get through a process of real change.


If you would draw an ideal path for Curaçao to have a more 21st century proven educational system, based on Papiamentu as the mother language in our educational system, what would this look like, Marta?
I had a vision as a Minister of Education and that vision is still valid today. A school should be a safe place where students feel they are respected and thus feel free to grow. It should be a place where they are not only taught how to develop their knowledge and skills, such as reading and writing, mathematics, history and geography, but teachers should add something more to their teaching. They should teach them how to deal with their emotions and how to relate as human beings to one another. School should also be about norms and values, about caring for our island and how to live here and now in this rapidly changing world. So I would put a lot of emphasis on IT in schools and teach students how to deal with the huge amount of information coming their way. We have always been a multilingual society, and we must maintain that asset in our education. But nothing will come of that, if we do not ground what we learn in the child’s brain. Our point of reference to learn another language has to be based on the solid foundation of the language that we first came into contact with: Papiamentu. Children would learn naturally in the first 8 to 10 grades of the school system and build knowledge on foreign languages in the course of this time, depending on their capacities. So by the time that they are 13 or 15, they will be able to switch easily and with no extra effort to English or Dutch.

But the way I would go about change would be very different. I would start with teachers and their teaching and motivate them to be the best, to do what is right in our local circumstances, help them rethink their way of being and teaching. And when they want change, stimulate and help them to build a new curriculum. So it would be a very different way of going about innovation, a more practical and also holistic approach. I would also involve parents and bring them back in school, let them feel the difference for their children. And together with the innovators, build good practices and show to the public how we build good schools. I would work with schools who want to take the challenge and teach them how, but also learn from them how to go about the change in their schools. They know what they can and what is needed, and I know where I would want to go with them, according to our common vision. So we would learn together, about how to proceed, one step to the next. Yet this kind of organic or natural change is not common in our so very Dutch educational structure, with schoolboards having all the power, unions fighting for material benefits mostly, and teachers being employees and not actors of change. But, I still have this dream and their might be a school and schoolboard who believes in this type of change and go for the challenge. I have worked on change on different levels and with different teachers and I think that a holistic approach is the only solution. There are many sensitivities, and many factors are influencing education in our schools, and much of it, is politically oriented and more or less fixed by social conditions of teachers, parents and their children. But we have to try and change education, despite everything. Our teachers should be the role models of change.
If teachers change, they will change education on their own, for sure.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I think, that I can say that I was formed by the events before and after the 30th of May 1969. The change to give Papiamentu more social significance, started irrevocably on that day. It was the language spoken by the ones who wanted social change. The language, that was used to lead that revolt. And as a child I was confronted with it’s power when my father picked me up at school and told me that he could only have passed the barricades, because he could speak it. Furthermore, I always liked stories and Ellis Juliana used to tell stories on television and I associated his voice with culture. That is how I wanted my Papiamentu to sound like. My parents are not from Curaçao. My dad is from Aruba and my mom from Venezuela. But I could be a Yu di Kòrsou because of Papiamentu. So I have had this passion for Papiamentu as a language and of it’s social importance, as long as I can remember, and it only grew when I studied it, as a professional. It is a language with it’s own beauty and incomparable to other Creole languages, with it’s role in society growing in spite of all opposition. So I work to show others it’s value by writing on it and showing them its richness and beauty. So I wrote a (online) method to teach Papiamentu on basic levels (A1/A2) for non-Papiamentu speakers, which I am still working on and perfectioning it. I wrote a program for foreign primary school teachers, so they could reach an intermediate level (B1), and this was taught in Bonaire. I wrote different modules on syntax, morphology, phonology, the verbal system and the phrase structure of Papiamentu, for a 4 year curriculum at the Teacher training college, and for the bachelor study of Papiamentu at the University.

I also went through the learning objectives of languages taught in primary school, with a colleague Drs. Marion Snetselaar, and we organized them in a system based on the mother tongue.

So I worked on language curricula on all levels of education and translated along with others a huge amount of pages on themes such as management, mathematics, computer sciences and health care. Some of the things I do are paid for and others are not. So I work mostly on non profit basis with Ace Suares of Suares @ Co and Manuel Ortega, another IT professional working in Spain, on the digitalization of Papiamentu and the presence of Papiamentu on Internet. We developed a spellcheck on Papiamentu and a database called Papiamentu.info. I was a president of “Kòrsou Habrí” for a long time and still follow their steps, trying to bring computer and computer science to young people in underpriviliged or disadvanteged neighbourhoods.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Time is a challenge. I want to do so much in the 24 hours, that I have every day. So I make time for my grandchildren every friday afternoon. I used to work long hours, but I am married now and living together is a challenge. I definitely want to make my marriage work. Yet I cannot live a life of routine. So combining work with family life has always been a real challenge.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Yes, I think my inner voice has always guided me. I decided and made choices I understood only later. Choices which caused me e lot of pain and which I doubted that they would work. But afterwards it was always the right choice for me. Like leaving my first husband, leaving politics, quitting my job at the ministry, letting the daughters I brought up, go and live their own lives. Choosing for a marriage with the person I always loved, at this late age in May 2019. But in the end, I can say that I am happy, and that I did the right thing.

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I go to conferences of the Society of Caribbean Linguistics every two years and others if possible. I also read a lot and try to keep publishing in my field. At least once a year. And for my personal growth, I like to go to retreats like the one organized by Carlo Monsanto, Angelo Luidens and Patricia Chin-A-Fo (IOLEE Ecosystem) for education professionals. IoLee testimonials – YouTube for more 

What are your strengths?
I am good at managing change, where things need to get ordered and sorted in a new way. I am also a good listener and facilitator for creating new working environments. But my strength is also my weakness. I do not easily let my emotions enter into work. So I tend to overdo, become addicted to work. I tend to loose myself in work and stop feeling. Yet I know things can change only when combining brains with emotions. So I consciously work on that particular aspect and keep reminding myself, that I need to pay attention to feelings and emotions next to the cognitive aspect of learning and teaching.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I love sewing, embroidery and needle point. I haven’t done it much of it for a long time. I also love swimming, something I try to do this every week for at least half an hour.

If you as Marta would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I wouldn’t immediately share my name, I would start talking to explore commonalities, like this time in Jamaica, were I went to a conference, and didn’t have any transporation back to the hotel. Getting into a conversation with a girl I met, we talked on commonalities and I got a lift from her, she brought me to the hotel and I even got a adress from her for a future stay at her house in Montego Bay.

How would you describe Marta in one word or one sentence?

I did what I wanted to do and even more than I ever thought I would do.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
Ellis Juliana since I was a young child watching him on TV and Frank Martinus Arion because of the role they played in making Papiamentu what is has become. Frank and I were colleagues during my years at the ministry. Furthermore Maria Liberia Peters and Lucille Wout because both had personality traits as women, that I admired during their political careers.

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts? What was a defining moment in your life?
My children were a defining moment in my life. Because of them, I developed my Emotional Intelligence on a deeper level. You can’t educate children only from the mind, that is what I learned from raising them. I had this opportunity to become the care taker of 2 children (girls), one of my brother’s (her mother died at a young age) and one of my sister’s (we were two mothers, dividing the week and holidays between us). So they came into my life and I feel blessed of all they have taught me.

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
My career was.... I am an elder now. I was a professional for many years, and I served long enough, lastly as a Secretary General of the Ministry of Education. In the coming years it would give me a lot of satisfaction, if I am able to pass my knowledge and expertise to the next generation: as a linguist and as an innovator in education.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
“She was there for us.” I pick up my grandchildren every friday and spend time with them. I do not let anything stand in my way, because I want them to remember the good times we had. They are important to me and they need to sense that. I also took care of my children when they grew up, in spite of having to deal with a lot of challenges when I was working. And I want my husband to feel loved, in the time that we still have left. I want my friends and family to remember me as someone who cared.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
The youth. They still come up with new ideas and see things differently, without all the baggage of older people. They see the world as fresh and new, it still challenges their creativity. My daughters, my nephews and nieces live their life as entrepreneurs. They work very hard at different jobs, they don’t even go for steady jobs, but for what they like to do. They are like entrepreneurs in what they do and they work hard to make things happen in their own way. They see a future we don’t see. So new things are happening. New types of relationships. New types of living “life.” They don’t rely on our ways of safety, they don’t need a fixed place to stay or live, they have this freedom with their lifes, which I did not have when I was young, and they are perfectly happy with change. The trust we build over the years with my daughters, in the time that I took care of them, made them, I believe, the person that they are right now, they are free young people, full of zest and hope for the future.

Marta Dijkhoff, is an inspiring and energetic multifaceted Influencer. As consultant, coach, mentor, scientist, linguistic expert, innovator, author, former Minister of Education, Civil Servant and doctorate in Linguistics and she has spend, lots of time consolidating Papiamentu in our society and in ou educational system using all the different facets she has to its maximum, to achieve this. A worthy representative for the Educational sector of our island, with international experience. She is still a committed educator, eager to transfer her experiences to the next generations of educators. In that sense, she is a role model and therefore an Influencer for all working in the educational sector. We definitely consider her one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island with a warm heart for Curaçao.

Check these links:
Marta Dijkhoff | LinkedIn
Marta Dijkhoff
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The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020



As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal by the end of 2020. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:
– Create an inspiring vision of the future;
– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;
– Manage delivery of the vision;
– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.
We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:
• Peace from within;
• Compassion;
• Respectfulness;
• Integrity;
• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.

Our next MYM-platform session on the 16th of July

We would like to invite you to our next MYM-platform session on Tuesday, the 16th of July (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present two books: "How democracies die", by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt and it will be presented by Michiel van der Veur and "The atomic habits", by James Clear to be presented by Ivan Kuster.

In “How democracies die” the authors raised the question if Donald Trump’s presidency has raised the question: Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes. Democracy no longer ends with a bang—in a revolution or military coup—but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms. Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, from 1930s Europe to contemporary Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela, to the American South during Jim Crow, Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die—and how ours can be saved.

In “Atomic Habits” the author will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits--whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, or achieve any other goal. You will learn how to:

* make time for new habits (even when life gets crazy);
* overcome a lack of motivation and willpower;|
* design your environment to make success easier;
* get back on track when you fall off course;...and much more.
Place: Chit Chat Cafe Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 - 9 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Click to attend!

Tips

In this week we focus on “emotional release” as motivational tips. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook Page.

Science Bulletins: Mapping Emotions in the Body - YouT
www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZP_I6NkQb4

How to Process Your Emotions - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=b197XOd9S7U

How to Release Your Negative Thoughts - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=UU0WhRvKS0s

Healing Quest: Deepak Chopra on Releasing Toxic Emotions - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQNq_QdI-V8

How to Identify and Stop Your Pain-Body | A New Earth | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fzj7R9IB48s

What Oprah Knows for Sure About Letting Go of Anger | Oprah's Life Class | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0HHowwK5y4


Influencer Natalie Daal, this week workshops, Master Your Mind Platform Book session and helpfultips

Posted on July 8, 2019 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (8th – 14th of July) we will interview Natalie Daal on her progress and future plans; we will invite you for our next workshop “How to unlock the Brain’s power” on the 9th of July; we will invite you to a repetition of the “Power of Intention”- workshop on the 11th of July for those whom missed the first workshop both at Chit Chat Café; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind Platform-session on the 16th of July and we will share with you some motivational video clips on “change”. Every day we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Natalie Daal: a committed educator with new challenges


Natalie as an Influencer, we have interviewed you in July 2018 and we were interested on how you were doing in the different ventures you are involved in, for example in the educational field?
My main focus is on the future and my biggest challenge is to start a new after school educational offering to adolescents, as of the 1st of September, on top of what is required from students from the Educational Authorities as day time students. I already have the keys of the building (at the Schout bij Nacht Doormanweg) that we are going to use, I have bought some furniture and equipment for some of the classes. I firmly belief, that we need to offer to adolescent’s, curriculum in our institute that will focus on making them more responsible for their own choices, empower them, teach them “soft skills” like emotional and spiritual intelligence (Purpose in life). Right now, there is little time left for offering this curriculum at the day time school. It is a bold decision, as we have, to my knowledge, no other institution, that is offering something similar, so we will have to build this from scratch, but we will look for best practices elsewhere in the world to learn from. It will be a combined youth – parent project, as we believe that parents play a crucial role in the growing up of their children. Right now, we are evaluating what kind of adolescent’s we are aiming at to enroll.


What made you decide to take this bold step? 
Well, I have raised my three, now grown up, daughters to be independent and be responsible for their choices as they were growing up to become adults. So, I have some experience of myself on how to do this. About a month ago I attended a session, that Meyrtha Leetz from SEDA had organized, where they presented “The Rite Journey”, presented by Andrew and Becky Lines from Australia. That convinced me to move forward with this new after school offering to adolescents. As explained by Andrew the founder of the Rite Journey: “It provides unique educational programs in schools and organizations designed to support the development of self-aware, responsible, respectful, resilient and resourceful adults. By raising young people’s consciousness about transitioning from child to adult & having conversations with them about what really matters, assisting them in guiding their journey into adulthood.” More on: The Rite Journey | Transforming Today's Teens.

What other initiatives are you involved in at this moment in time?
As we understand the importance of the influence of the environment of the class-room on the students, we are also very much into, different set-ups of the physical environment of class-room, like working in different corners. Ten years from now some of the jobs that we have now, will no longer exist. That is why we need to prepare the students for this rapid changing world.

How did the students of Leerinstituut Klimop perform this past school year?
Well, we are extremely happy and grateful for the results are students have achieved in this school year.

In group 8 we had 4 students going to HAVO and 2 to VSBO;
All of the 60 students attending primary education “/ Funderend Onderwijs” passed and will go to their next year;
9 out of 10 of the students attending secundairy school passed
5 students finalized their HAVO/VWO;
2 students will go from HAVO to VWO. In conclusion, we have had a great year.



You are still involved in “Leerorkest”and what were the results of “Leerorkest over these 2 years?

Yes, I am. I am the Secretary, Rodney Concencion is the Treasurer and Roy Kross is our Chairman. After being positively evaluated after our first year with students from the fifth and sixth grade of the primary school Maria Oxiliadora (Santa Maria), it was obvious that the children participating in the classes of “Leerorkest” from the neighborhoods at this first pilot school, where showing positive behavioral changes. They learned:
• how to focus,
• to take care of an instrument,
• to read music notes,
• to pay attention and learn the timing when they can get musically involved during a concert and this was obvious during a concert at Koningsdag, where they performed in a disciplined matter.

This successful year resulted in some positive spins-offs like:
• We will start Leerorkest on a second school and we will start to offer this also at Klimop After school on the Friday afternoons;
• We are now working on recruiting some youth to become instrument maker, so that locally we can repair and do some maintenance of some of the instruments being used;
• Tania Kross, whom started this initiative in Curaçao, had 2 fundraising in May of this year and
• “last but not least”, because of the obvious behavior changes of participants in “Leerorkest”, I had the opportunity to explain to the evaluators of Leerorkest project, that I am involved in afterschool education professionally at “Klimop.” So, via Leerorkest, I was approached to become the quality manager of some other after school educational centers at neighborhoods that need this the most. The Ministry of Justice in Holland wants to support these centers, as part of their support to prevention programs, to lower the number of drop outs and it is aimed at improving behaviors of youth from these neighborhoods. This is now under serious consideration and we hope this will start very soon.

What were your challenges?
All of this has resulted in some great positive spin-offs I would say. But, we have also had our share of challenges this past year, but through “Faith and Focus”, the momentum has changed and slowly and surely we are making consistent progress.

You told us that you will the chairperson of Kiwanis very soon, what is your WHY to apply for this position?
Well I will become responsible to Chair Kiwanis by October 1st 2019. You know it is becoming harder to recruit people to do volunteers work these days. When you are a member of Kiwanis, you don’t only have to pay your contribution to be a member, but it is also required that you serve the community. We will install soon 7 new members and they are young people, which makes me very happy. We are in the middle of a general economic situation where people migrate to Holland and Canada btw. And at the other hand Gaming Control Board has developed such rules and regulations, where it has become hard to collect money based on what we used to do traditionally. What I want to achieve in the coming year to focus on the incorporation of more young people in Kiwanis, like we are in the process to select a school where we will build a so-called Builders Club, aimed at offering services to the society as a whole. That is why I decided to become chairperson again of Kiwanis.

Natalie Daal is an inspiring and energetic Influencer and representative for the Educational sector of our island, she is a dedicated, innovative, bold and a committed educator. In that sense, she is a role model and therefore an Influencer for all working in the educational sector. We definitely consider her one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island with a warm heart for Curaçao.
For more information on Natalie go to our earlier blog on this website.



The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020



As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal by the end of 2020. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:
– Create an inspiring vision of the future;
– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;
– Manage delivery of the vision;
– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.
We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:
• Peace from within;
• Compassion;
• Respectfulness;
• Integrity;
• Responsibility.As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.

Workshop on the 9th of July
In the series of workshops Haydee Hermans (Soul Garden) and Ivan Kuster (Uplifting BV) will offer this year, we will address the topic: What is holding you back? Our second workshop of 2019 at the Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada as part of a series of three will be:

“How to unlock the brain’s power. Why willpower, hard work and an action plan are not sufficient to reach your personal goals.”

This series aims at explaining ways and means to change your mindset and we hope to trigger you, to take the necessary steps to change your mindset and by doing that, change your behavior as long as you are consistent in the actions you take.
So, save the day and we hope to greet you then.

Date: July 9 th
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Place Chit Chat Café Mensing’s Caminada
Tickets: Navel. 45,-
Save the day and we hope you will attend.

The Power of Intention on the 11th of July

On request we will repeat the workshop “The power of Intention”. We will teach you how to formulate and work on your Intention and we will show you and invite you to experience a so-called “group of 8”- type of Intentionality, where your intention can be magnified.

Date: July 11th
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Place Chit Chat Café
Tickets: Nafl. 45,-
Save the day and we hope you will attend.

Our next MYM-platform session in July

We would like to invite you to our next MYM-platform session on Tuesday, the 16th of July (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present two books:

"How democracies fail", by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt and it will be presented by Michiel van der Veur and "The atomic habits", by James Clear to be presented by Ivan Kuster.

In “How democracies fail” the authors raised the question if Donald Trump’s presidency has raised the question: Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes. Democracy no longer ends with a bang—in a revolution or military coup—but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms. Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, from 1930s Europe to contemporary Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela, to the American South during Jim Crow, Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die—and how ours can be saved.

In “Atomic Habits” the author will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits--whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, or achieve any other goal. You will learn how to:

* make time for new habits (even when life gets crazy);

* overcome a lack of motivation and willpower;

* design your environment to make success easier;

* get back on track when you fall off course;...and much more.

Place: Chit Chat Cafe Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 - 9 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Click to attend!



Tips
In this week we focus on “change” as motivational tips. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook Page.

Be The Change - Inspirational Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8oJV_mBY9g

Nothing Will Change Unless YOU Change - Motivational Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQAG4JcI0x8

WATCH THIS BEFORE YOU GIVE UP - Steve Harvey Motivational Story - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LngxdiwFpno

The Power of Words - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzgzim5m7oU

What Is The Value Of Your Life? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwVfS7n3ghs

Before You Judge Someone - WATCH THIS | by Jay Shetty - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5E8gyDPs70


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