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Influencer Jeanette Hooi-Bonet, Skype Book Session, Workshop on Emotions, this week tips

Posted on July 12, 2020 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (1)

In this week’s blog (13th of July – 19th of July) we will interview Jeanette Hooi-Bonet, we will invite you to our upcoming Master Your Mind- skype book presentation on the 21st of July; we will invite you for our next “Emoshon kiko e ta? 15 weeks journey (our 5th this year) on the 22nd of August and we will share with you some links to motivational videos on “Promotional tourist videos of Curaçao”. Every day we will share one of these links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page


Jeanette Hooi-Bonet: Passionate, warm and energetic 


 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am married and we have 4 children, the oldest is 32 years old and the youngest is our only daugther is 18 years old. Last year we became grandparents of a grandson. I have furthermore 2 brothers both living in the USA and one sister living in Puerto Rico. Fortunately my mother that is from the island and stepfather are still alive but my biological father passed away in Puerto Rico. I was born in New York and I call myself “Latino Caribbean” as of Yankee I do not have anything. When I was almost 4 years old, we came to live in Curaçao in April 1969 and I grew up in Otrobanda. Yes, I have a vivid memory of the 30th of May 1969, when there was a popular uprising and I was impressed by the fires that were lit in different parts of Otrobanda as we lived in the heart of Otrobanda and needed to be evacuated as the fores came very close to where we lived. I still have found memories of growing up in Otrobanda where there was a lot of community sense among neighbors, they looked after each other, it felt safe growing up there and I was raised by my Venezuelan Grandgrandmother with high standard on values and norms. Thus I have this mixed Puerto Rico, Venezuelan and Curaçao background.


I have always been very in voluntary work contributing to the society in CHATA, VBC, CTB, The Chamber of Commerce, Rotary lately supporting Voedselbank Curaçao. I am found of youth, they have a special place in my heart and want to see a solid and prosperous Curaçao for the next generations.

My parents where very supportive in whom I am, they inspired me to get into the hospitality sector. My father in Puerto Rico had his restaurant and my stepfather had a catering company where I was very involved in helping in the kitchen and and all the different aspects that this brings with it. I went to Peter Stuyvesant College and in those days there where no hospitality schools of programs offered . The possibilities that you could choose from were limited. My mother worked at the Concorde International hotel known as the Hilton, my brother was in the Army and deployed so I could not go any longer to study in the States. This changed my career. As I worked as a part-timer at Concorde Curaçao this gave me the opportunity to get acquainted with all the different charateristics of the hospitality sector. After one year as Management Trainee, a golden opportunity given by the General Manager I started my career the Concorde Curaçao. My entire family, be it either husband, my children, name it they have always been very supportive in my career development which included different positions and active in boards like the CHATA, CTB...etc.. as I mentioned before. As as woman I have worked lots of years in the sector before I reached a high light in my careeer, that was being appointed as first woman general manager in the hotel sector on the island and of the largest hotel then. On top of that I became the first female President of CHATA.


What kind of business are you in?
I have my own company and I don’t have employees that I employ. I offer Interim- and change management services in the hospitality sector. My company’s name is Bon Ami Hospitality BV. As an interim manager, I have employees that I was responsible for, I am now interim manager for 7 years of the properties Kura Hulanda. I also assisted with the closure of the operation of the Curaçao Marriott Hotel for 6 months when this was sold, here responsible for a smooth closedown and handover to the new ownership.

 

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are an entrepreneur but also manager in the hospitality sector of different hotels?
After finishing the secundary school (HAVO) at Peter Stuyvesant I started an internship in the hospitality sector and basically never stopped learning getting all sorts of certifications during the years and earned a Masters Certification in Hospitality Management of the Cornell University. I am still not done studying as I am enrolled to start an MBA-study.

 

We know you to be a very pro-active, businesswoman, executive in different companies. We have known each other for some years and you have always been involved in different functions representing organizations like you have been in Chata, you are in Rotary, you are a participant in Dialogo Nashonal, where does this drive come from?
Growing up in Curaçao I have always been interested in finding ways and means to help our youth develop themselves especially in Tourism at first and now not strictly in Tourism only. I am a coach and mentor young professionals as I believe that giving back is something that is and always been very important through out my life and career. I have alaways been investing time in organiaztions involved in Tourism and the economy in general. As an elected board member of the Chamber of Commerce I am delegated to attend the “Dialogo Nashonal” platform where together with others we discuss plans and proposals that advance the progress of our country for the next generations.



Does the fact that you are woman affect they way you can add value and make a difference in the different settings where you are in?
As a matter of coincidence, I am the only woman in the Chamber of Commerce, as in the “Dialogo Nashonal” . I believe that as a woman and mother, I do look at things from a different view and more femine perspective, which has a added value to the discussions we have in these entities.

 




Of late you have been selected as board member in the Chamber of Commerce representing small and medium sized companies just when we are in the middle of an economic contraction, do you regret becoming a member of the Chamber or does the opposite happens do challenges inspire you and get the best out of you?
I am not easily discouraged by challenges, it triggers me to do even more as I have this personality that I give all of me to to accomplish the goals set and when people are involved, I even go the extra mile, push myself, to achieve these for their welfare . So when challenged, it inspires me to do even better.

 

And when do you consider that you have been successfull in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now. And hat is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
Well, I have always lived by 5 years visions of where I wanted to be in my life. Of late these 5 years have extended to 7 years one way or the other. The moment I had formulated my vision that would drive me to reach this vision. When I had reached my vision I would develop a new 5 years vision and go after that vision. I would not give up on it, but I would extend the period with at least 2-3 years if I have not reached it yet.


I will be considering myself to be more successfull when I will have migrated from entrepreneur to becoming an investor and be the owner of my own boutique hotel and my family being my children and grandchildren could be involved one way or the other and be around me. I always had this desire to have lots of children and with four I hope to have tons of grandkids.


You are a very dedicated spiritual person, right. How much does this helps you to be whom you are?
I am a very spiritual person, as it gives me so much strength from above and it enables me go through life and work on reaching my goals, personally and professionally. It is my number one focus, without this support from above I wouldn’t be as effective in life. I had come to learn over the years, that the moment I am less focused, I immediately experienced that wasn’t making enough progress. For me it is a natural thing to do now, if I want to be successful in all matters.

 


What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
I have three very important values that I live by. Honesty, loyalty and integrity. Of late, especially very recently I have come to notice, that my values are set so high, that for some including those that are very close to me, it is hard to meet these standards. I am a dedicated, caring and sponteneous person. When I get in those situations where people around their true essence is revealed showing me that they don’t meet my valued standards, it has shaked me up and got me out of balance and to understand why. This has been a challenge for me and I had to learn dealing with that and accept the fact that this is part of the society nowadays. I am considering it part of my learning curve on my way to greater maturity and part of my personal growth.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I go into retreat in my house and I meditate. After my prayers, I stay still and listen to my inner voice. My femine intuition always has been very high. It has guided me and alert me for people or situations of danger. If I wouldn’t , soon I would regret it not to have listened to the warning signals. Now it has become a practice, as the moment I get a message I put it into practice. In my house I have an open area and my family allows me and gives me my space without any restrictions. My living room is the heart of the house and there, my energy is the highest. When I was looking for my house for two years I was going around this and finally I I knew that this is where I needed to live. It is in this area in the living room, I pray and have my conversations with the Supreme Being. I breathe, meditate and listen to my inner voice.


 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I have always been very curious 

and consider long life learning to be very important. In this COVID-19 era, I followed a lot of courses on-line via Zoom for example on norms and protocols related to COVID-19. In my personal development I have a life coach that has guided me these past 3 years, dealing with the lessons that I had to learn, I participate in business coaching sessions related to my career and business. My next step will be re-instate in my MBA-course as I consider continuous studying as being very important and also need to finish what I started is very important.

 

What are your strengths?
I am a very good communicator; I am good in balancing my humanity with the professional aspects of whom I am. I speak different languages. I can easily blend into different cultures. I am a multi cultural person that also easily blends with all genders and ages.

 


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I love dancing; I love all types of music, that can express feelings, but not the latest, most modern genre’s;

I love shore fishing and love listen to the waves the sea brings to shore as I throw out my fishing line. It is very relaxing.


If you as Jeanette 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 Jeanette Bonet, I am a multi cultural Latin Caribbean person. I love getting in contact with people and I love children. A vivid passionista from Curaçao.


How would you describe Jeanette in one word or one sentence?
Passionate loving, warm and energetic.


Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
In my personal life, it were my both grand-grand mother, my grand mother and mother. In my professional developement , I was lucky as I had Don Mario Venturini who showed me what hospitlaity was all about. Then I had Frank Maynard that pushed me to excell and believed in my capacities, also drilled in me that we have to give back to the community and Don Werdekker who mentored the leadership skills and why and the importance to be a leader of my country. So as you can see Mario and Frank were the tutors in my professional development while Don in my leadership development.

 


What is a trait that is still work in progress?
Presently I am working on dealing with the emotions of betrayal and dishonesty, especially on how not to let these touch my inner soul but deal with them as they come and clear them out.

 


What was a defining moment in your life?

IIn 2013 I had to take a big decision regarding my future in my career. I had this excellent opportunity offered to me to accept a job outside of Curaçao. But my youngest child, my duaghter was barely 11 years old. For the first time in my life I decided to choose for my family instead of my career. I hindsight I am so happy that I have chosen for my family. I decided to become an entrepreneur and that meant choosing to go way out of my comfort zone but that worked out perfectly also. I became an entrpreneur and during these seven years I have broaden my knowledge and gain so much experience which I would not have had the chance if I have stayed in the career path I was in then.

 


Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
I would definitely have retired and would be enjoying of my own boutique Bed and Breakfast.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
That I was a determined, loving, very caring and accomodating person. Because I really go out of the way for my family, everybody around me. Not only for my husband, children, but also my friends..... Everybody that has an issue or situation comes to me for advice and I am seen as a pillar for them.They would say: “..She did it, she reached her dreams..”. 


We are climbing out of the lock down now and just starting to open our borders back since the first of July, because of the presence of the Corona virus in World. What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
I think inspite of the divisions now, our people are very patriotic. We will overcome this crisis, I am confident of this. We are “Yu di Korsou”. Where else do they say that ? We are the only country in the world saying that. Even people not born on the island having lived during a short period on the island become very passionate about this country. Our people are strong believers and I am sure we will reach the line were we will jointly move forward together.


 

How important is innovation and digitalization for Curaçao as we are in the middle of transformational changes driven by Artificial Intelligence? 
It is very important and we can’t stay behind. It has not been a priority yet as we don’t have the whole island with easy access to computers and completely on wifi , free and accessible for every body. However it is very important what this happens very soon as we cannot stay behind what is happening outside there in the world. Our island is a hub between Latin America,North Amercia and Europe so digatalization and innovation actions are a priority. Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea after all to have sold UTS to a third party – maybe we should have taken this internally and ensure our country was 100 % Internet Free first and give full access to the people of the Curaçao to be connected easily and with the highest modern speed with the world.

 

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Jeanette-Bonet-Hooi, is a wife, mother of 4 children, grandmother, socially engaged, spiritual, warm hearted hospitality sector professional and entrepreneur.

 

Apart from being a business owner, Jeanette loves our youth, especially children and is a socially very engaged person. She spends lots of time, mostly as the sole woman in different representative functions like the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, CHATA, CTB and of late due to the COVID-19 crisis, she is involved in the collaboration of different organizations distributing food packages to those in need in our society.

Being a value driven person at times she has been challenged when others don’t meet her standards, as well as when in her career she chose for her “family first” value, instead of continuing her professional career elsewhere in the world where they offered her a job.

Giving her valuable contribution to the island development comes as a second nature to her and she is an example of a lifelong learner. Her tendency to be socially engaged makes it difficult at times for her, to say “no” to people asking her for advice and help. Because of all of this, we deeply love and respect Jeanette and consider her one the 250 Influencers on the island, representing the Business (Hospitality) sector.

 

 

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2020.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join.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.


Starting August: New workshop in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman. Den e 15 simananan aki nos lo sinjabo:

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

• skucha bo intuishon mas mihó pa asina bo por ta mas kreativo i

• kon di laga loke bo a sinja bira un kustumber i transformabo komo persona.

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 22 di Ougùstùs di 9 – 11.30 pm.


Pa mas informashon i detajes di e suma ku ta kobra, tuma kontako ku un di e 3 fasilitadornan:

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com
Website: www.upliftingCuraçao.com/workshop-emoshon-kiko-e-ta


Our next MYM-platform session in July via Skype
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 21st of July (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype, where we will present “Be Fear Less, A guide to go beyond. By looking within”, by Steven Coutinho. Author also of “Breaking ranks, How to lead change when yesterday's stories limit today's choices”. Steven Coutinho is a Dutch born from Surinam parents, raised-all-over-the-world speaker, author and board executive. He worked as regional managing director of the Royal Bank of Canada in the Caribbean and these days is Managing director of “De Surinaamse Bank” in Surinam. Steven holds a Masters in Medical Physics, cum laude, from the University of Groningen, and an MBA from the Wharton School.


If you knew you were living in a dream, How would you live? You would fly, soar and discover.
You would live and experience. In times of fear, You realize you can shake yourself awake. In other times,
You are fearless. After starting Vipassana meditation 4 years ago, Steven Coutinho has come to see the world more clearly. He has come to live more fearless. He hopes by sharing his thoughts with you, you too can live more fearless. Less fear about what others think of you. Less fear of speaking up. Less fear of not knowing where your next paycheck will come from. Less time spent in fear of death.

Subscribe by sending us an email sixtaivan@gmail.com or ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com and we will send you the Skype link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book

Time: 7.30 – 8.45 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Presenter: Ivan Kuster


Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some motivational videos. This week we will share some “Promotional tourist videos of Curaçao” Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

Curaçao bucket list: 10 best things to see and do in Curaçao (incl. hidden gems) - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82wdMXR_cOk

 


TOP 10 CURAÇAO: TRAVEL GUIDE - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3D6ZwWSsvA


CURAÇAO island 4k beaches snorkeling food weather party2019 - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWcz_ZCkYvU

 


Best Beaches in Curaçao | Travel Guide - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_N77MYOLI6g

 


Exploring Curaçao - A Hidden Paradise In The Caribbean (2019) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ide3zyL080A

 


The Secret Beaches of Curaçao - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTjgQUV1HV8

 



 

Influencer Luuk Weber, Skype MYM Book Session, Workshop on Emotions and this week tips

Posted on July 6, 2020 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (3)

In this week’s blog (6th of June – 12th of July) we will interview Luuk Weber, we will invite you to our upcoming Master Your Mind- skype book presentation on the 21st of July; we will invite you for our next “Emoshon kiko e ta? 15 weeks journey (our 5th this year) on the 22nd of August and we will share with you some links to motivational videos on “Blockchain and D.A.O. (Decentralized Autonomous Organization)”. Every day we will share one of these links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

 

Influencer Luuk Weber: focused, ecosystem builder and a system’s innovator

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am 23 years old and was born in Curaçao. I am not married and have no other brothers or sisters. As a baby, my family went to live in Holland and when I was 10 years old, the family returned back to Curaçao and I finished my VWO at the Peter Stuyvesant College. I returned back in Holland and got a degree in Business Administration at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, but I also studied Philosophy during those days, meaning I studied the role of ethics in Economics, addressing issues like: ”What is the value of money and how should an economy function”. I never graduated in Philosophy as I came in contact with the Crypto and Blockchain Technology and noted that all the ethical questions that were raised in the Philosophy study, were also being dealt with in the Blockchain Technology, so my appetite to learn more about Plato and Socrates evaporated.

How important was the role of your parents in whom you are now?
My parents were important in the kind of upbringing that I had. I have always asked myself: “Why innovative students just like I am, do so well?” I am innovative and creative. I was fortunate to be able to attend school and I am grateful for that. Furthermore my parents when I was in the secundary school always had this typical “Dutch” approach towards me: If you get good grade, let us say an “8”, they would compliment you and you might even get a bonus. If your grade was not that great, let us say a “5” they would tell you, “next time better”. This is contrary to an upbringing that is a more punitive style, where if you got an “8” you would be off the hook and if you got a “5” you would be punished. Furthermore my parents always stimulated me to try new things out and taught me to “do, act, an apply”- kind of mentality. By doing this, I developed my non-lineair way of thinking of things, instead of a constructed conditioned mindset. I have always been entrepreneurial and started the first street soccer team when I was 9 years old. As a teenager I loved gaming and I like developing logo’s. While at school I wasn’t the best student. It wasn’t about being lazy, I just didn’t want to be part of the more conventional school educational system. I wasn’t the sweetest student at school, but I had always trained karate. And my karate coaches Yvonne and Anthony Leito were always teaching me that “everything is possible, if you work for it”. I also helped in a bootcamp for a year or so. This bootcamp was for children that were difficult to educate. That was some 7 years ago. There, I experienced that if you work hard for something, you will get it. So I have learned the value of focusing and have also developed a more broad world view.



I love building a community and expanding it. That is my job now based on DAO-concept. A DAO is a decentralized autonomous organization. It is a business or organization whose decisions are made electronically by a written computer code or through the vote of its members. In essence it is a system of hard coded rules that define which actions an organization will take. It also works out a protocol arranging where the money that it makes, goes to. I have in the past 1 – 1,5 years organized about 40 events be it digital or “live” from Asia to Puerto Rico. In the past 5 months I have created a new DAO and all of this is related to my passion “Blockchain Technology” and my passion to make the world a better place. By doing this, there is a lot of innovation and iteration involved. So the upbringing that I had, comes in handy.

 

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are an innovative entrepreneur?And what kind of business consulting does you company offer?
I never had a side job in Curaçao or earned any extra money, because I was too busy with my self development. When I came in Holland to study I came into contact with the start up world. I was all into gaming, making videos and editing. I started in Rotterdam on a zero-hour contract for social media company as I wanted to develop something new that was close to whom I am. So I got to work for a crypto currency company and again got in contact with the Blockchain Technology when I went as a trainee to work for IBIS in Curaçao. They asked me what I knew about Blockchain and Crypto currencies and that was a perfect synchronicity that fitted well and further developed my interest and passion for this area. Back in Holland I worked for 9 months as a day traider in Crypto Currency and earned some good money doing this. But I decided to combine things, that is to combine trading with organizing meet ups events for Carribean students, so that is how the Carribean Blockchain network began. I also got involved in Blockchain talks as the lead organisor and I learned a lot from organizing this. As of the beginning of 2018 till the end of 2019 with the help of a grant for a Crypto Currency Fund, we started the “Innovation Ç” and in the first event presenters needed to tell something personal about themselves and during that time I stayed a month in Curaçao. Although we planned to have 40 attendees, it turned out we had 120 attendees and that was far beyond our expectations and that was not the original intention. Even the Prime Minister Rhuggenaath attended. Back in Holland I was pondering my next steps.

 

I wanted a bigger challenge and in March 2019, I decided to organize another event in Curaçao. There was a big demand for it. In april 2019 we had 9 sessions and 300 attendees. One of these sessions was on the future of organizations in the Netherlands and America in the Blockchain world. In organizations a lot of overhead can be eliminated and trust levels can be increased by starting the Curaçao Blockchain Network. In a DAO, which is a decentralized organization, no one is “the boss”. The governance is set up so that decisions are made by all, everybody that can add value to the island for example has voting rights. In June 2019 we organized a similar event in Trinidad. In July 2019, we started a pilot that ultimately consisted of 40 people and we implemented 12 projects. But then I changed my course again, as I wanted to add a little more tempo to my work and I left the Carribean Blockchain Network, as I found it had become too theoritical. So I started another pilot and wanted to have more freedom to choose where I wanted to add value on in Curaçao. In the Curaçao DAO every effort, also voluntary work, needs to be honored and paid for. Everybody needs to be honored according to their input. In the capitalist system there is too much inbalance. Not paying for certain work, I consider non-sensical and hampers the sustainability and the health of the whole system.


After co-organizing events and meet-ups of 50 to 300 attendees and having overall over 15000 attendees in our events and meet ups all over the world, as I was playing a more important role in closing deals and gained lots of experience, I decide to start on my own.

  YouTube: Curaçao Blockchain Week April 2019 | The Aftermovie

How is the COVIV-19 pandemic affecting your business?
In february 2020 I was in Denver and we had 400 attendees and then the COVID -19 crisis came into play. It became clear that “live”-events would stop for the coming months. But I have learned that open systems like a DAO, do not always have to stay in motion. In March COVID-19 brought to me the opportunity to invest in myself and the ones close to me. I am a person that need to use my hours very efficiently. I am involved in at least 3 projects and I am also a fundmanager for a Crypto Asset Fund. I need to constantly switch in different languages, working in different time zones, always being alert. So my time I invest, there where I believe that I can add the greatest value.

Basically you live in two worlds right? Is this a deliberate choice, living in two worlds and still be very interested in creating social change in Curaçao?
I am a world citizen, is a better description. Because of digitalization, I hardly notice that there are country borders. I could have been in a retreat in Berlin in one week and next week be in Bulgary. I work mostly on-line and then I am unaware at times if a person is in Los Angeles or Bulgary and I could even work in 4 time zones at the same time. This is the world that I want to work in.

I have googled you and see that you are entrepreneur. You call yourself a community manager and you are organizing different events. Is this a correct description of what you are doing?
More accurately, I would say that I am an ecosystem builder and a system’s innovator. I only work in an integrated, whole manner and in Innovation Ç we make agreements on collaboration and help create positive loops for everybody. In Blockchain, we can write our own rules we don’t know any borders, but we have an innate drive to bring what we have to the rest of the world. To be successful, I am fully aware of, will take years of dedicated time and love for the work. There will be set backs in the Blockchain and the only way to stay the course is “passion” and that is what keeps you going in the end.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
The urge to make something new that really gives results not necessarily in terms of money, but in terms of change and movement. It doesn’t have to be my system. The Macro Economic system that we are in now and that has been formed over the years in the world, is cracking and it is time to make a new system where there is more equality and a better world. Where the resources we have a right to, there is no competition to be able to access it, like “the air we breathe in” and the whole (all of human kind) can manage these public domains like “the air” and not a small group. And this is managed like “an organism”. For the Curaçao DAO the big question is how to make a system, that works on self improvement and that contributes to the everybody in the system, where the incentives are aligned.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
My time. Being as efficient as possible spending time on what really matters.

 



Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Sports and writing. Every three months I write a roadmap of myself, whom I want to be, what do I want to improve and I look back after three months. What went well, what could have gone better, reflection on all of my life basically. And be aware: To become successfull requires doing the hard consistent work, it doesn’t fall out of the blue sky. Being aware of that makes it easier for my to spend hours and hours of honing my skills and knowledge levels to achieve what I want.

 

What are your strengths?
Curiosity, sincere perserverance, strategic insight and adapatibility and flexibility as I am able to make a 180 degrees switch if needed.

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Everything that I do now, but also being outdoors and travelling. I like doing lots of things and I love a variety in things.


How would you describe Luuk in one word or one sentence?
I am constantly working on my self improvement to be the best version for myself and for those around me. I am thoughtfull and action oriented and if I believe in something that is positive and I go after it and in doing that I become unstoppable.


Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
My mother, my karate teachers Yvonne and Anthony Leito and Larry Regales. He taught me that one person can make a big difference in this world. For years he has been offering bootcamps for 150 youth from 5 to 15 years old on a “pro bono”- basis. I was able to help him for one year and saw how through his approach, he enabled a very impactful positive change in these youth, based on his vision.

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
Efficiency and self reflection.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
When we went back to Curaçao when I was 10 years old. I had to adapt to a different culture and language. Als when I started to work for Blockchain Talks and this became my passion as Blockchain can make the world a better place. Being involved in this and able to earn a living out of it, has been defining. And lots of great moments with my family.


Where do you want to be 15 years from now with your career?
I want to be involved in the same type of career that I have now, but do not want to be involved in repetitive tasks. I hope people will not have to work so much in 20 years from now, I foresee that they will work only 2 days a week.


 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
That I have supported and encouraged them in difficult moments.


 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
We have done it before, we have our talents and resources, we have connections, we know our languages and at this moment we have lost our ability to find our resources, but if the management of the resources improve and it manages our resources more efficiently, especially our human capital, we shall overcome.

 

You know Andy Kirchner and why do you appreciate him so much?
In March 2020 I got into contact again with Andy. We have met before in Inovation Ç in 2018. His way to be loving and at the same time brutally honest to himself, really resonates with me. Andy has gone through a similar transformation as I have, by making that scary jump into the unknown to change, he is very self-critical and is constantly improving himself. He is the embodiment of Innovation Ç. This is what we need. Having that kind of mindset means, that we will achieve a lot of innovation. He is now consulting over the whole world and while he started very small, as a business owner.

More info:

Innovation Ç
CuraDAO



 

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Luuk Weber, is an innovative, creative, energetic and focused entrepreneur, with a drive to be successful in his business activities. But at the same time, he actively works to “make the world a better place”. For Curaçao, this means that he is the co-founder of the Curaçao DAO. Although only 23 years young, his fast track of gaining multiple experiences during his life is exceptionally. His work is also based on a longterm vision to contribute to the world. Passionate about Blockchain and the governance that a DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization) offers, has given him a clear path on how he wants to achieve this. Working with a 3 month’s roadmap of himself, whom he wants to be, what he wants to improve and reflecting rigourously every three months, typifies him. Furthermore his opinion, on having the incentives right so that everybody participating in the Curaçao DAO gets their fair share, is remarkable and in another sense very inspiring as it makes so much sense. “Otherwise the system is not sustainable”, according to Luuk. Luuk is tirelessly looking for the solution on how to get the incentives right in the Curaçao DAO. We have no doubt that he, with all those involved in Curaçao DAO, will succeed in this endeavor, as he is clearly non-linear thinker that can adapt and make 180 degree changes to achieve his goals if needed. Because of all of this, we deeply love and respect Luuk and consider him one the 250 Influencers on the island, representing the Business (Innovation) sector.

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2020.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join.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.


Starting August: New workshop in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman. Den e 15 simananan aki nos lo sinjabo:

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

• skucha bo intuishon mas mihó pa asina bo por ta mas kreativo i

• kon di laga loke bo a sinja bira un kustumber i transformabo komo persona.

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 22 di Ougùstùs di 9 – 11.30 pm.


Pa mas informashon i detajes di e suma ku ta kobra, tuma kontako ku un di e 3 fasilitadornan:

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com
Website: www.upliftingCuraçao.com/workshop-emoshon-kiko-e-ta


Our next MYM-platform session in July via Skype
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 21st of July (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype, where we will present “Be Fear Less, A guide to go beyond. By looking within”, by Steven Coutinho. Author also of “Breaking ranks, How to lead change when yesterday's stories limit today's choices”. Steven Coutinho is a Dutch born from Surinam parents, raised-all-over-the-world speaker, author and board executive. He worked as regional managing director of the Royal Bank of Canada in the Caribbean and these days is Managing director of “De Surinaamse Bank” in Surinam. Steven holds a Masters in Medical Physics, cum laude, from the University of Groningen, and an MBA from the Wharton School.


If you knew you were living in a dream, How would you live? You would fly, soar and discover.
You would live and experience. In times of fear, You realize you can shake yourself awake. In other times,
You are fearless. After starting Vipassana meditation 4 years ago, Steven Coutinho has come to see the world more clearly. He has come to live more fearless. He hopes by sharing his thoughts with you, you too can live more fearless. Less fear about what others think of you. Less fear of speaking up. Less fear of not knowing where your next paycheck will come from. Less time spent in fear of death.

Subscribe by sending us an email sixtaivan@gmail.com or ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com and we will send you the Skype link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book

Time: 7.30 – 8.45 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Presenter: Ivan Kuster


Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some motivational videos related to “Blockchain and D.A.O. (Decentralized Autonomous Organization” . Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

 

What is Blockchain Technology? - YouTube
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=27nS3p2i_3g

 


Blockchain In 7 Minutes | What Is Blockchain | Blockchain Explained Simply | Blockchain |Simplilearn - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=yubzJw0uiE4

 

How does a blockchain work - Simply Explained - YouTube
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSo_EIwHSd4

 


Decentralized Autonomous Organization - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pyi8-qm02hs

 

19 Industries The Blockchain Will Disrupt - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3psxs3gyf8

 


What is BLOCKCHAIN? The best explanation of blockchain technology - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xGLc-zz9cA

 

 


 

 


 

Influencer Hubert Cordilai, MYM Skype Book Session, New workhop and this week tips

Posted on June 28, 2020 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (10)

In this week’s blog (29th of june – 5th of July) we will interview Hubert 'Ibi' Cordilia, we will invite you to our upcoming Master Your Mind- skype book presentation on the 21st of July; we will invite you for our next “Emoshon kiko e ta? 15 weeks journey (our 5th this year) on the 22nd of August and we will share with you some links to motivational videos on “Work Ethic”. Every day we will share one of these links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Hubert 'Ibi' Cordilia: character, spiritual, sharing and serving mindset


 

Hubert 'Ibi' Cordilia we met because I had some trouble with a bees nest at my home and through a friend, Russell Wall, we contacted you. As you were talking, I noticed that you were special because you knew about bees, you were very disciplined, on time 6.30 am and hard working and I sensed the goodness in you. When I visited my mom that day Erta Florencia a caretaker of my mom told me, how nice a person you are. She lives in the same neighborhood as you. So Ibi, could you share with us some information of your family life?
I was born in Curaçao and I have 4 children, 3 sons and a daughter that passed away and I have 3 grandchildren, two grandchildren of my oldest son and one from the second son, a baby. I have been happily married for 22 years. I come from a family of 11 children, we were 8 brothers and 3 sisters and my parents were very supportive in whom I have become. My father worked at Shell and my mother stayed at home raising the children. My father once taught me this, he said: “..If your salary is not enough to come by with, find another source of income..”. That has been a very valuable lesson for me from the early beginning on when I started to work and that is what I have done over the years.

 

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences?
I went to school till I was 14 years old and in those days, there wasn’t a lot of patience neither tolerance with students with different abilities and that didn’t master the Dutch language. I am someone that can do anything with my hands. So I started working at Britania through mediation of one of my brothers and after they closed the company, I went to work at the Mijnmaatschappij. As I was very good as a handworker, one of the supervisors that liked me as a worker, suggested me to upgrade my driver's license to also be able to drive trucks, which I did. That came in very helpful, because soon I had a chance to become a truck driver and I did this for over 20 years until I stopped about 9 years ago, when I turned 60 years old.

 


You are a bee keeper. I have noticed your love for nature in general? Where did this interest in bees and nature in general come from?

Since I was a young boy, my parents were breeding cows, goats, sheep, pork so I grew up breeding these animals. As I became an adult, I also started breeding my own livestock and I started the breeding of bees. The reason for that was, that I used to have some trouble with my health, especially my stomach. I even had my stomach operated and someone recommended me to use honey as this was good for my stomach. The love for bees started then. I once caught some bees and went to a friend of mine whom was breeding bees and he was a very experienced beekeeper, Bebe Fernando. He taught me a lot about bees and that was over 30 years ago.


My love for nature started because as I grew up, I was taught by my parents the names of plants and trees and I taught my children these names. Once, my youngest son went on a camp and explained to the leader of his group the difference between “palu di brasia” and “kibra hacha”. Most people confused these two trees. Growing up with animals and being often in the “mondi” automatically raises one’s interest in nature.

 

Did the use of honey helped your stomach?
Well it eased my symptoms, but I cured and became completely healed when in my prayer's I sought and found GOD.

 

You have told me that the nature has been changing in Curaçao, how can you notice that?
I can see it in the plants, you can also notice that there is less rainfall these past years. The Watapana tree is becoming scarce, you don’t see a lot of Soursop tree, Xiamaruku, Watakeli, Welinsali trees anymore. Nature has really changed.

 

 


You have grandchildren and one of them you take with you often when you go and deal with bees so that at his 11 years, he can learn the craft of being a bee keeper, right?
Yes of late I take my grandson Adael, he is now 11 years old, with me a lot. Actually we started when he was 9 years old. He is a real help and this work requires a good conditioning and Adeal helps whenever and where ever possible. In fact I involve the whole family in this work. They look at what I am doing and this triggers them to wanting to do the same. My oldest son is a barber, he has studied engineering and if he is free, he also stills helps me when needed. My second son has a degree at the UNA and my 3rd son is a designer and very artistic.


We have taken notice that when you work with bees you often prefer not to wear gloves, but you still love and deeply respect bees, why is that? Do the bees sting you at times?
Yes they do, but then again, it comes with the territory. I deeply respect bees because when they feel threatened, they attack and we get bee stings at times. Like one of those times we went to work on a nest and they were aggressive and they attacked me and my wife. So I came back with my son and again they attacked, but we stay put and we managed to overcome them. Do the stings hurt, yes, but we have become immune of their stings.

 

 

You have told me that you also have had cows, goat, sheep, pig and what have you more, but that bees was the one you loved the most and earned the most out of it compared with the husbandry of cows, goats and sheep. Is it worthwhile to care for bees?
From a business point of view a gallon of milk you can hardly preserve it, but a gallon of honey you can preserve and it generates more income. The honey that is retrieved by cutting the seal build around it by the bees and collecting the honey, that is then put in bottles. Honey is a natural anti-biotics just like “Sende Bibu”. It should stay pure because if you add water the fermenting of the honey starts and you don’t want that to happen. You should also keep it in at room temperature and not in a fridge. So I love them for this.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I just love to work, I have a high work ethic. I have always worked hard in my life. Everywhere where I worked they liked me. And furthermore, I love working with bees. If I have an appointment with someone to deal with bees, I just wake up inspired in the morning, eager to get there. Once I have caught the queen and put them in a box, the climax of the whole exercise is when the supporting bees fly and make a certain sound calling the working bees and communicating with them that it is OK to get in the box and all is well. That is what I like the most of this work, that is catching most of the bees in a box and relocating them.

 

 


 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
I had and still have such a great work ethic. Once at the MijnMaatschappij in my younger years, I was 16 or 17 years old, they wanted someone to dig a sink put and they wanted to look for a Portuguese guy to do this. Someone suggested to let me do that job. So they were happy with the job I did and my work ethic got noticed. Where did I learned this work ethic from? From my father, as I saw him do a lot of extra things like preparing char coal that gave him some extra income. I use to help him cut the wood in specific manner, that it could be used as charcoal that could be sold.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Well it depends at what time I wake up. I wake up at 2 or 3 am and I kneel down and do my prayers for over 1 hour or so. I communicate with GOD and by doing just that, I get my answers in those early morning hours.


How did you learn the craft to work with bees?
I learned it from my friend Bebe Fernando, he lives in Noord Santa Rosa. I caught some bees in a box and went with them to where I knew I could meet him at Seru Loraweg close to the Water Zuiveringsinstallatie. We met and I gave him my phone number and the next Saturday we met. He told that the flock of bees were mine and that he would accommodate them at his house and that he was willing to teach me anything I needed to know about the cultivation of bees. Then I started to order boxes to be used for the cultivation of bees and from there on I started cultivating bees. As I can do anything I want with my hands, getting use to this kind of work was easy for me and in the beginning, I took along my sons since they were 9 or 10 years old. My wife also helped in this business as we would work from Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday on the bees and the collection of honey. After our hard work, we would go the restaurant the Golden Star to have some fine local food with the whole family.

 

How important is your family for you?
It is very very important. Some colleagues use to invite me to go to a snack after work to have a drink and I would invite them to another snack, my home and I would call it Milva’s snack, my wife’s name is Milva.

 

Adeal, you grandson accompanied you in this interview. So we asked Adael: “What do you think of your grandfather in one word?
He is HEAVY.

 

What are your strengths?
Getting up early and work that is the thing to do. If you just sit and wait, nothing will just fall out of the blue sky.
Furthermore, I am also good at saving money. At MijnMaatschappij., although I wasn’t the highest paid worker, I often used to be able to buy company used cars/pick-ups that the company sold in an auction. Over the year's I bought 5 cars/pick-ups like the one I am riding at this moment. I would fill in a sum and win the auction. After I had won the auction, I would call my wife and tell her to bring the money, she would then collect from the bank the money needed from our savings account and we would pay it cash. Some did win the auction, but they were unable to pay it off. So it did triggered envious reactions I guess, but I didn’t let that bother me a lot.

 

You are a very likeable, friendly person? Where does that come from?
As a watertruck driver I would fill the cistern of those living in the MijnMaatschappij area. And as I would be waiting for that to happen, I would craft with wood some “palu di lele” and “palu di funchi” and I would engrave their names on it and gave it to people I was filling their cisterns. And this is still in lots of people their kitchen and people appreciated me for that. I would also make a wooden handle of bricklayerssoop and machetes, at times triggering people to compliment me on my abilities to use my hands and crafts in such a way.

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I am passionate about the communication with youth. I love to help them where necessary, that is why they love me.


One of my neighbors once told me, that she loves me because of what I have done for her. I have done more for her than her biological father. She wanted to become a nurse at IFE. But her parents were not able to finance this. So me and my wife went to the bank and we borrowed her the money she needed, which she paid back completely in due time after she finished her studies as a nurse. Another youth invited me and my wife to attend her graduation when she got her diploma at Maria Stella College, representing her as if we were her parents.


You know life is fun and it feels great to help another human being. If you don’t help them their lives could be wasted. That is why I just heard on the radio that some Ex-San Fernado students want to restore this institute as a pay back for the education they got at San Fernando. That is great, it is their way to give and express their appreciation for what they have gotten from San Fernando. This is very important. Like the old Roman Catholic “Frere” housing in Santa Rosa is now also in deterioriation. It would be a pity to let it just go without using it.

 


I asked Erta Florencia to give me an example of the kind of person you are. She shared with me a story when you were in the hospital for the operation of your stomach. As she went to see you at the hospital, she saw lots of youth, some from where you use to live and some from where you live now, in the corridors of the hospital and they were crying. Erta thought you had passed away, but it was because they were so worried about you that they were crying. These youth, really appreciate you. Furthermore Erta tells me that if she wants someone to help her at her home, she can always count of you. That is the kind of person you are Ibi.

If you as Ibi would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Aruba) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?

My name is Hubert Cordilia, I come from Curaçao.

 


Adeal what would you say if you meet a stranger in a bus in Aruba?
My name is Adael and I am from Curaçao and we catch and cultivate bees.

 

How would you describe Ibi in one word or one sentence?
I was born in Wetu, I have a twin sister and I am married and I catch and cultivate bees. In the week-ends I bring my grandson to learn to play music.

 


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

My father, he was my role model and also Bebe Fernando. Bebe and I have become family of one another until this day, he and his wife.

 


What was a defining moment in your life?

Finding GOD’s word that gave me health and lots of blessings.

 


Where do you want to be 10 years from now with your career?
I want to be with around my family, family for me is very important.

 


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 10 years from now?
I don’t know....I am a humble person.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
Curaçao is a very special place to live on. I have travelled to for example to Columbia and I have seen poverty that I don’t see in Curaçao. I once saw a child living on the streets in Columbia hanging at the bumper of our bus during a tour. I couldn’t stand this and I asked the guide to stop the bus and ask the boy to get in the bus with us and I would pay this trip for this boy.


I am grateful as Curaçao gave me the opportunity to be whom I am and it gave me the opportunity to travel to Columbia. Furthermore I believe that if we communicate with each other, we can help each others. Like my wife we communicate and she knows everything about me and this makes us help one another.

 

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
My father taught me another lesson and it goes like this. He told me: “..You have to learn the in’s and out’s of the cave of the LION...” He meant the Maduro and Curiels Bank. He taught me to save money. If you don’t save money and something unexpected happens, you have nowhere to go. You have to live a prepared life, like funeral costs if you or one of your family members come to pass away. People ask me how much money the company has given to me, and they can’t believe it when I say “not a thing”. I grew up with the savings system called “Seter” where we saved two guilders a month. Me and my wife were members of this savings system. We have constructed 2 basements for the burial of our family members, in the meantime. My late daughter was buried in one of them. It is all about preparations and having a prepared mindset. I have known of lots of people that got totally lost for small amounts of money. If you have saved the money, then there are no problems, as you have prepared yourself for the worst. My father taught me this mindset.

 

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Hubert 'Ibi' Cordilia, is a humble, spiritual and dedicated husband, father, grandfather of his family that he loves dearly. Over the years his workethic has been remarkable. His love for animals and love for nature was something he learned from his parents. His caring for his family, the youth in his neighborhood and his caring for neighbors goes far beyond average. In fact, for Ibi it is hard to say “no” when people ask him to do them a favor. Inspired by his father from his early age on, he has always been, until today, a hardworking, family centered man, willing to go the extra mile to add some extra income to his salary. Cultivating bees has been the most rewarding of all the animals that he has cared for. With his wife he lives with a “prepared” mindset, like saving money for the unexpected expenses or investments that inevitably are needed in life. Because of all of this we consider Ibi a role model that we deeply love and we consider him one the 250 Influencers on the island, representing the sector Family and Living.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2020.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join.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.


Starting August: New workshop in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman. Den e 15 simananan aki nos lo sinjabo:

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

• skucha bo intuishon mas mihó pa asina bo por ta mas kreativo i

• kon di laga loke bo a sinja bira un kustumber i transformabo komo persona.

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 22 di Ougùstùs di 9 – 11.30 pm.


Pa mas informashon i detajes di e suma ku ta kobra, tuma kontako ku un di e 3 fasilitadornan:

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com
Website: www.upliftingCuraçao.com/workshop-emoshon-kiko-e-ta


Our next MYM-platform session in July via Skype
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 21st of July (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype, where we will present “Be Fear Less, A guide to go beyond. By looking within”, by Steven Coutinho. Author also of “Breaking ranks, How to lead change when yesterday's stories limit today's choices”. Steven Coutinho is a Dutch born from Surinam parents, raised-all-over-the-world speaker, author and board executive. He worked as regional managing director of the Royal Bank of Canada in the Caribbean and these days is Managing director of “De Surinaamse Bank” in Surinam. Steven holds a Masters in Medical Physics, cum laude, from the University of Groningen, and an MBA from the Wharton School.


If you knew you were living in a dream, How would you live? You would fly, soar and discover.
You would live and experience. In times of fear, You realize you can shake yourself awake. In other times,
You are fearless. After starting Vipassana meditation 4 years ago, Steven Coutinho has come to see the world more clearly. He has come to live more fearless. He hopes by sharing his thoughts with you, you too can live more fearless. Less fear about what others think of you. Less fear of speaking up. Less fear of not knowing where your next paycheck will come from. Less time spent in fear of death.

Subscribe by sending us an email sixtaivan@gmail.com or ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com and we will send you the Skype link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book

Time: 7.30 – 8.45 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Presenter: Ivan Kuster


Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some motivational videos related to “Work ethic”” . Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

WORK ETHIC - Best Motivational Video - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChF3_Zbuems


Work Ethics - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyzwZvVy_e0


How to Develop an INSANE Work Ethic - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hML-7FUdKJQ


The True Definition Of A Strong Work Ethic - Motivational Video - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5avVsKjNyo


The Definition of Work Ethic by Grant Cardone - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQks_zQZo6M


The 5 Am Club Summary | Robin Sharma Book | The 5 Am Club Review - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kC6FPxlIEfQ

Influencer Gerard van Buurt, Skype MYM Book Sessio, New workshop on emotions and this week tips

Posted on June 21, 2020 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (3)

In this week’s blog (22nd – 28th of June) we will interview Gerard van Buurt, we will invite you to our upcoming Master Your Mind- skype book presentation on the 21st of July; we will invite you for our next “Emoshon kiko e ta? 15 weeks journey (our 5th this year) on the 22nd of August and we will share with you some links to motivational video on “Wild life preservation”. Every day we will share one of these links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page..

 

Influencer Gerard van Buurt: curious, humble,
broad based with lots of perseverance

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I was born in Curaçao, I am single and I have one sister. My parents have been very supportive to whom I am today.

 
Picture: Gerard and sister Mignon R van Buurt - Photo studio in Mexico DF, 1955


Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know you as the expert on different subject matters related to our Island biology?
Well after finishing my secondary school I went to study in Holland in 1966 where in 1974 I graduated as a Master of Science in Biology at the University of Groningen.

I worked most of career from 1977 till 2006 at the Department of agriculture, animal husbandry and fisheries of which the last 13 years as the deputy director.

The work at the Department was very, very varied. I was also on loan to the central government and I have had the opportunity to meet many interesting people and learn a lot from them during the years. Also we were dealing with laborers, this has given me a much better insight in Curaçao than I could have had if I had worked only in a more elite environment. None of my fellow biology students has had such a varied career.

But from the beginning of my career in 1974, I started doing research in Aquaculture and Fisheries and was in the early beginning a part-time teacher.

But from the early going onward after I came back from Holland, I was involved in writing articles, writing books, formulating project proposals, educational articles in collaboration at times with others or alone. Most of the publications can be found and downloaded on: www.researchgate.net. For this work and my efforts to combat and raise awareness about invasive species, I got a condecoration in 2014 as “Ridder van Oranje-Nassau”.

 

Picture: Klein Piscadera with the Jack Evertszberg June 1965 - The signal house on the mountain is still intact


You are an author of different books and an expert in your area. Where did interest in biology, science and writing come from?
I grew up at Klein Piscadera, my grandmother lived in the landhouse (which is now a ruin) and we were living nearby. I was always roaming around in the “mondi” (128 ha), every day, after my homework, either alone, or just with our dogs, sometimes with cousins or friends. I once read an article in “The Economist” stating that people who grow up to be biologists often have had a somewhat lonely youth, where they grow up with animals.I think in my case this is certainly true. Our dogs were always very important to me and I was catching lizards and doing experiments on small iguanas by putting them in plastic pails with differently colored paper to see how fast they would change color.

I think this environment has been absolutely crucial to my further development. We were not allowed to go to town alone, to my mother, town was a dangerous environment, my mother was afraid we could get hit by a car, since we were not accustomed to cars, and she said that in town there are often dangerous people. In the “mondi” on the other hand we were allowed to go anywhere and do anything and she did not mind, which was undoubtedly because of her own upbringing. “You know where the wells are, do not fall into them” and that was it, everything else was OK. She herself was a "Yu di Kunuku". She taught me how to catch large land crabs by hand and my father would look on with some trepidation. He refused to try it himself. And she gave lot of practical advice, if you want to make a bow, you should use “palu kalbas” etc, etc.

 

We have taken notice that you are also being asked internationally to either write articles of be part of research being done. Is this a crowning of sorts for your life work?
I guess you can say it is a crowning of sorts.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
Since I was a kid and still now certain things would/will fascinate me and I would then start to find out more about them. A few examples: As a kid I went to Mexico with my parents, where I reached my 6th birthday on the way we flew over the Lago de Nicaragua and passed the volcanoes on Isla de Ometepe, the pilot banked the airplane so we could see the volcanoes real well, you could see smoke coming out of them. In Mexico we saw the Popocatepetl volcano.


I have a picture of an aunt standing in front of the volcano which was covered in snow, the picture was taken in summer, nowadays there is no snow anymore on this mountain. Here we see climate change in action from a family photograph. I always wanted to go to Ometepe and 3 years ago I did so.


When I was a first- year biology student we went to take samples from a “sloot”. Then suddenly under the binoculair I saw a flatworm and the animal looked back, stared back at me. I knew these animals from the artbooks by Esscher but had thought they were imaginary animals, like his “wentelteefjes” which are imaginary animals. It was absolutely fascinating to see that these flatworms really exist. So I started collecting information on flatworms. Many times it started like this, I would buy one book on a particular subject and after a while I would have a whole library, some of these first interests go back very far. In the 4th grade of elementary school I gave a presentation on bats and now I have a whole library on them. Same with volcanoes and volcanism and several other subjects.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
I am getting older and cannot do some things that I used to do anymore. I have problems with one knee and can do less in a day than in the past. I would like to go back to Nicaragua again, but do not know whether I can make it.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I hate saying “no” to people, I think we were raised to be cooperative, but I guess my inner voice prevails more easily now. Sometimes you have to say “no”, this has become somewhat easier now that I am older.

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I read many internet articles, some which are behind paywalls, I try to get via friends who have access, I now have a very large .pdf library. And sometimes these articles are being discussed with others via email.


This library now turns out to be very useful. When people have questions, I can often find some articles on the subject on my USB stick. Just today I sent articles from this library to two different people.

 

What are your strengths?
Perseverance and very broad based knowledge.

 


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I love reading and I love collecting books; Biology, Geology, History. Main subjects; reptiles, paleontology, paleoclimates, fish, bats, palms, tropical forests, history especially of South, Central America, the West Indies and Portugal.

 

If you as Gerard would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or Brazil) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I am usually not very forthcoming in a first meeting, it would be quite short.

 

How would you describe Gerard in one word or one sentence?
Curious, humble, broad based with lots of perseverance and I don’t mind sharing my knowledge.


I am regularly being approached by people for some advice in one of the areas of my expertise, like for example snails. Just as an example of this, recently I was approached by someone whom had found a snail in a fruit they had bought in a local supermarket. As I was unsure, I took a picture of this snail and send it to a friend of mine in Holland whom is an expert on snails to check this out. He confirmed to me that this snail was an invasive snail. The supermarket was approached and took these fruits out of circulation and the distributor in the US was approached and they on their terms took immediate actions.

 


Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
My first boss at the Department of Welvaartszorg, Ir Randolph van Eps took the time to explain many things to me as “aankomend ambtenaar” for which I am very grateful. I met people at FAO who inspired me very much and also at the GCFI, The Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute. There were 3 older Americans who had all three fought in WW II. They had an enormous push and did everything they could to help me and inspire me. I am sure it had to do with their wartime experiences, they wanted to use their last remaining years to leave a better world. When they were gone, first pensioned, now death, this positive attitude in those who they were in contact with including me, was also gone. I was in Nicaragua about 30 years when the “Sadinistas” just came into power. During my last trip to Nicaragua 3 years ago in 2017, speaking with many people I noticed this same attitude, the war is over and people would say, now we have to build a better Nicaragua. I found the place very intriguing. That is the reason why I would like to visit Nicaragua once again soon.

There are also some people whom I underestimated at first, but from whom I nevertheless also learned important things.

 


What are you doing these days?
I have written an article on the amphibians of Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire that should come out shortly.

I am still answering many questions at least 2 times a week, of people who are contacting me or have been referred to me.

And I had contacts with the Avila hotel on tertiary treatment for their new hotel at Sta. Martha. Because of the Coronavirus everything is now on hold.

I have participated as an advisor in an advisory board of a project called BRIGAID (EU funded project 2016 – 2020). It is about new technology related to how to deal with the consequences of climate change like 1. water conservation; 2. flood control and 3. forest wild fires. As a general broad specialist, my knowledge was very useful in a few instances in this project.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
I think it was my first year in Delft when I studied architecture, it was a disaster, this nearly upended everything. But I guess people need failure too in life, to enable them to grow.

 


Where do you want to be 10 years from now with your career?
10 years is a long time. I am 70 now. My grandfathers died at 56 and 69. My grandmothers at 73 and 76, my mother reached 72, my father 75.

 


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 5 years from now?
This is a very difficult question. I would be happy if most of them would still be around on my 75th birthday.

 


What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
I think we will eventually survive and prosper again, but very tough times undoubtedly lie ahead, the American empire is crumbling and this will affect us too.

 

Some publications on:
www.researchgate.net/profile/Gerard_Buurt

 

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Gerard van Buurt, is a humble and broad based island biologist in Curaçao. His curiosity in nature at an early age has never faded over the years where he developed himself and now is considered a reputable biologist. From the beginning of his career onward, he has been involved in writing articles, writing books, educational articles in collaboration at times with others or alone giving him a solid foundation to giving advice to those whom until today approach him. This has made Gerard over the years the “Number 1 expert” on invasive species in Curaçao and surrounding islands. For his work and efforts to combat and raise awareness about invasive species, he got a condecoration in 2014 as “Ridder van Oranje-Nassau. Until today Gerard is still being approached by local and international organizations and individuals, tapping on his vast and broad knowledge on species. Being asked internationally to either write articles of be part of research being done has been a crowning of sorts for his life work. For all this we deeply love and respect Gerard and consider him one of the 250 Influencers in Curaçao and a representative of the Science and Educational (Biology) sector.

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2020.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vison 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join.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.


Starting August: New workshop in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman. Den e 15 simananan aki nos lo sinjabo:

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

• skucha bo intuishon mas mihó pa asina bo por ta mas kreativo i

• kon di laga loke bo a sinja bira un kustumber i transformabo komo persona.

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 22 di Ougùstùs di 9 – 11.30 pm.


Pa mas informashon i detajes di e suma ku ta kobra, tuma kontako ku un di e 3 fasilitadornan:

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com
Website: www.upliftingCuraçao.com/workshop-emoshon-kiko-e-ta


Our next MYM-platform session in July via Skype
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 21st of July (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype, where we will present “Be Fear Less, A guide to go beyond. By looking within”, by Steven Coutinho. Author also of “Breaking ranks, How to lead change when yesterday's stories limit today's choices”. Steven Coutinho is a Dutch born from Surinam parents, raised-all-over-the-world speaker, author and board executive. He worked as regional managing director of the Royal Bank of Canada in the Caribbean and these days is Managing director of “De Surinaamse Bank” in Surinam. Steven holds a Masters in Medical Physics, cum laude, from the University of Groningen, and an MBA from the Wharton School.


If you knew you were living in a dream, How would you live? You would fly, soar and discover.
You would live and experience. In times of fear, You realize you can shake yourself awake. In other times,
You are fearless. After starting Vipassana meditation 4 years ago, Steven Coutinho has come to see the world more clearly. He has come to live more fearless. He hopes by sharing his thoughts with you, you too can live more fearless. Less fear about what others think of you. Less fear of speaking up. Less fear of not knowing where your next paycheck will come from. Less time spent in fear of death.

Subscribe by sending us an email sixtaivan@gmail.com or ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com and we will send you the Skype link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book

Time: 7.30 – 8.45 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Presenter: Ivan Kuster


Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some motivational videos related to “Wildlife conservation”” . Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

The Story of All of Us - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkok5xEaP3c

 

Wildlife Conservation - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvbvhZ9ssr8

 


Wildlife. Not Entertainers. - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kMCzwGh5uE

 


Working Together to Save Wildlife and Ecosystems - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7x8LiFK4gQ

 


Wildlife Conservation Society: Discover, Protect, Inspire - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTIVLnX5HsE

 


The Wildlife Conservation Society Says "Thank You!" - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zyq4-OW7-jM

 

 


 

Influencer Renato Ignacio, Skype Book presentation, Workshop on emotion and this week tips

Posted on June 14, 2020 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (6)

In this week’s blog (15th – 21st of June) we will interview Renato Ignacio, we will invite you to our upcoming Master Your Mind- skype book presentation on the 16th of June; we will invite you for our next “Emoshon kiko e ta? 15 weeks journey (our 4th this year) and we will share with you some links to motivational video on “Digital revolution”. Every day we will share one of these links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Renato Ignacio: a challenger, defying the odds.

 

Renato, could you share with us some information about your family life?
I am married. I come from a family of three and I am the middle child. I was born and raised in Banda Abou, where my father also grew up, and my mother is from Buena Vista. They always taught us the importance of education, self knowledge and personal development. So from an early age I grew up dreaming and experimenting who I wanted to become professionally. At first I thought I was going to be a baker, then a carpenter, as my father is a carpenter and owns his own business. My mother has always worked in administrative jobs and as a writer. So as a child we were influenced by different role models and at a young age I became interested in technology. I studied the whole blue encyclopedia on science and electricity that explained how rockets work ..etc...and at the age of 8 we, as one of the first ones got our first computer at home. From the primary school level onwards my interest for technology grew and at the age of 12 or 13 years old I won an internet device connecting our television to the internet at a conference I attended at WTC. At that time the internet had just been available for 1 or 2 years in Curaçao. So my interest in technology dates back from a very young age. I wanted to become an inventor and ended up becoming an inventor of sorts as I am now a software developer.

 

How important were your parents for who you are now?
Very important and very supportive as I grew up in a family where my father taught me the discipline of an entrepreneur and my mother taught me creativity and self knowledge. Every day counts, according to my father and I grew up getting used to my father waking us up at 5 am in the morning to be at school at 7 am. He took care of us until we were on our way to school (by bus) from kindergarten level onwards. In the afternoon my mother took care of us when she got back from work.

 


Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are an entrepreneur?
After I finished my secondary school level (HAVO) in Curaçao I went to the Netherlands to study. First, I briefly tried Electrical Engineering. But soon I decided to switch to study Technical Information Sciences, which is the technical science embedded in software and hardware.
As I was studying I also worked as a software developer as well as a consultant and in my 3rd year in the Netherlands I started my own company. I also got a Master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Utrecht before returning back to Curaçao.

 


Renato as you travel a lot and have an international market, you basically live in two worlds, right?

I have another way to look at the two worlds concept that you are mentioning.

It is hard to explain to others what exactly I do, as we see our reality as it is unfolding from completely different perspectives. The Digital Revolution is seen by entrepreneurs in my sector as limitless opportunities that we can tap into. But this is seldom understood by the majority of the people and in that sense there are two worlds. The COVID-19 crisis has accelerated the opportunities as lots of organizations are now forced to digitalize. In this sense, as ICT sector, we are tapping into innovation and it offers vast opportunities for us to help clients. We still find ourselves at the beginning of the Digital Revolution. Only when these new products have become commodities and easily accessible for everyone, it evolves and becomes generally accepted. In this process of acceptance and adoption, it is usually not the technology that is the issue. It is all about mindsets that need to change to accept the possibilities that technology offers. Airbnb wasn’t considered a possibility some 10 years ago while now it has become the standard in the tourism sector. Nowadays, getting a prescription at the Botica is fully digitalized, you go to the Botica and get the prescription that your physician has sent digitally to the Botica, where in the past you had to bring a hard copy prescription to the Botica. We are experiencing exciting times as we can see so many things changing right in front of us.

 



How important is the ICT sector for Curaçao?

The ICT sector is very important for Curaçao and we, as a group of software companies in Curaçao, are starting an association to unify our efforts, since we have lots of grass roots software organizations that are exporting their products and services. We don’t think exclusively local. We even have one of the highest amount of software companies per capita in the region and we have been leading in this area for over 20 years in our region. The main reason is that many of us have studied in Europe. We have developed a tradition to export our services as software companies since our products can easily be scaled with relatively low costs. We also see a younger generation becoming active in this sector and which makes it all the more promising. We believe that this sector can become the 4th pillar of our economy, as we produce products and services that are easy to export and generates foreign exchange. This philosophy is also supported by organizations like the Chamber of Commerce, CBCS and the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

My company Minubia also works in foreign markets. We have partnerships with a company in San Francisco, which helps to keep us up-to-date. We also have partnerships and teams in the Netherlands and in Colombia. Back in 2017 we won a pitch contest in the USA, where we presented our software application. Apart from this being quite awesome, for us it was also an opportunity to benchmark ourselves against competitors from all of the world. There were startups from the US, South-Korea and China, and it proved to us that we can compete with the best in the world.

 

You are the founder of Minubia, what kind of software do you offer to clients?
We offer solutions via our apps that for example streamline the work processes of so-called “field workers”. For distributors it is the logistical processes, for mobile sales representatives it is the sales-ordering, the administration, the delivery, the inventory, the invoicing, and ultimately the payment process. We started in Curaçao with the customers like Fritolay and Johnson&Johnson and slowly but surely grew and expanded to Aruba, Colombia and the Netherlands.

 

We know you to be a very innovative businessman. Where did your business and proactive mindset come from?
My parents have taught me that. My parents and their families are people that know how to get things done. They become nervous when things are idle or when work isn’t progressing. I sincerely believe that most of us on the island have a solid foundation and heritage, but somewhere somehow we lost some of it.

I remember certain sayings like: “..Traha dam, warda awa..” = “Build a dam to save water for the future”. And the song “Plegaria” of Chin Behilia is another example. We need to rediscover this heritage.

 


What do you consider successful in the context of your personal and business/professional life, let’s say 5 to 10 years from now?
I always work with measurable targets and my goal is to create value. Success for me is that 20 years from now or maybe earlier, I have solved or helped solve problems that exist in our daily lives. I work with an end in mind and retroactively countdown how I am going to achieve it. This makes me extremely aware of my available time.

On a personal level, I am aware that I own my time fully. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have free time and “me”-time, as we need that time to recharge our batteries. It means I choose to dedicate it to things that I value. That to me is what success means.

The society in which I live, my family and my friends, they trigger me to see what I can do for Curaçao. Success to me is also not reaching the finish line alone, it is also about being of help to all walks of life. That makes me feel content.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be who you are right now?
To create value and solve problems.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
I am very aware of who I am; where I come from; what my environment looks like and where I am aiming to go. I am always analyzing and reflecting on how I am doing. I discern patterns and when I do encounter problems I will analyze it into detail to learn the lessons that I need to learn to prevent having the same issues in the future.

I work in Information Technology where one has to be constantly looking for solutions to problems. Finding solutions gives us satisfaction and by learning from mistakes we can save time in the future. I use my skills and knowledge to guide my managers, I am continuously working on improvement, I am proactive and early in taking corrective actions. With the aim of making our future easier and more enjoyable.

 
YouTube: San Fransisco pitch Founders Space (2017)

So you are living intentionally?
Yes, from a young age I had role models to look up to.

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I love listening to music which is very relaxing; I love hiking long distances; I love fishing and gardening. One can learn a lot from plants just by observing them. I just love to be active.

 

What are your strengths?
● I have an excellent ability to analyze problems and come up with solutions.

● I often take the lead in implementing the solution to a problem as I know how to translate the solution into actions, following a pragmatic approach that leads to an optimal result..

● I often question myself. I am comfortable with trusting the unknown and living in uncertainty. As Bill Gates said: “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction”. To remain on top of things, I journal and check my agenda and keep track on a daily basis. I now know how much I have grown in the past year. I am so much more productive. If I would have lived 50 years ago I think I would still act the same way, since it's all about your attitude.


Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I sub-divide the challenge in smaller pieces and start asking myself how I ended up being in that situation. I look for solutions to the problem at hand and I talk to other people, to tap their minds in order to solve the problem. I also depersonalize problems to be as objective as possible and once I have a number of possible solutions I let my creativity kick in. That is how I handle dilemma’s. Sometimes it doesn’t take a lot of time but at times it does take a lot of time. I’ve learned that it’s always important to know how problems affect you, especially when short-term solutions do not apply.

How does that work for you, this inner voice?
A part of me:

● wants to register everything;

● questions everything and analyzes patterns;

● comes up with solutions.

When I wake up in the morning or when I am driving I more or less automatically find my answers on what to do next.

 


How are you trying to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I read a lot. I talk a lot with peers. I deliberately create enough space in my schedule to experiment. I experiment a lot. Even in areas that are not necessarily related to my professional background. This is part of my curiosity to understand things better. And when we look for partners to learn from, we are very selective as we select them not only based on their past performance, but also based on whether there is a click so we can work together in an organic way.

 

If you would meet a stranger on the bus (let say in the Netherlands or Brazil) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I would tell them my name and tell them that I am from Curaçao. I would not introduce myself by my job title or start by talking about my work. I would want to connect just for the sake of connecting with this other person and get to know his or her likes and dislikes.

 


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

A challenger, defying the odds.

 


Who are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?

All those who have defied the odds like Elon Musk and Bill Gates. I also admire the nameless people who overcame hardships like the ghetto. I like to understand their life stories. I get inspired by people overcoming struggles, like Nelson Mandela. But I also like to ask people who have recently retired about the things they want to do, which they couldn’t do before due to lack of time.


What is a trait that is still work in progress?

Work in progress is effective listening and writing. The better I master these, the more it becomes a super power. As I practice my listening skills to register as objectively as possible what is said, I repeat that two to three times to see if I have understood the other person well, before I respond. In the first instance people generally tend to understand only 10 % of what is said. That is why I put in some extra effort to understand what they are saying to increase that percentage for myself.

Furthermore, I love to master the ability to explain complex problems in writing in the simplest way possible.

 


What was a defining moment in your life?

There have been many of which some I decide not to share, but I would like to share this. The worst that could happen, happened. Yet I am still thriving. This goes against common sense. I like to overcome the lies that we have been taught. Because they hamper us to reach our greater potential. That is why I am constantly challenging myself. Either you survive or you don’t. Limiting yourself and being afraid doesn’t solve anything. This means I have to take action and change my mindset constantly.

 



What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now on your Birthday?
That I’ve reached further and have accomplished more than they thought to be possible. 



What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao
Curaçao has defied many odds in the past and our people are very resilient. We had this foundation way back in time and there is always a tomorrow. The sun rises every day and it also rises for everybody so there will always be opportunities.

 

Anything else?
I appreciate the effort to create a network of Influencers that impact their circle of influence.
I like and support this initiative of Share2Uplift.


Business Website
Minubia.com/







One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Renato Ignacio, is a self-confident, innovative and focused ICT business owner that knows where he wants to be 20 years from now. His fascination with technology since he was young, his self-reflective and disciplined life attitude, his focus on his personal and business goals has made him successful in what he does. Like fellow influencer Andrew Solomon, 

Renato firmly believes that ICT can become the 4th pillar of our economy. He has experienced at first hand that we can compete on a global level. He and his team won a highly competitive “pitch” in the USA in 2017. Aiming to add value not only to his valuable clients, but also with a clear vision to play a significant role in our community at large, Renato as a member of the Chamber of Commerce, is creating positive ripple effects in the local society. Renato is constantly challenging himself and beating odds, and now he is one of the drivers, who want to help make the ICT sector the 4th pillar of our economy. We deeply love and respect him and definitely consider him one of the 250 Influencers of our island and a representative of the Business (ICT)- Sector.

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2020.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vison 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join.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 in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman. Den e 15 simananan aki nos lo sinjabo:

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

• skucha bo intuishon mas mihó pa asina bo por ta mas kreativo i

• kon di laga loke bo a sinja bira un kustumber i transformabo komo persona.

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 20 di Yuni, di 2 – 4.30 pm.


Pa mas informashon i detajes di e suma ku ta kobra, tuma kontako ku un di e 3 fasilitadornan:

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com
Website: www.upliftingCuraçao.com/workshop-emoshon-kiko-e-ta


Our next MYM-platform session in June via Skype
Our next MYM-platform session in 16th of June via Skype. We would like to invite you to our next free MYM-platform session via Skype on Tuesday, the 16th of June (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present “The power of Now”, by Eckart Tolle.

Eckhart Tolle is an a spiritual teacher and author who was born in Germany and educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge, is rapidly emerging as one of the world’s most inspiring spiritual teachers. Eckhart shows us how to quiet our thoughts, see the world in the present moment, and find a path to “a life of grace, ease, and lightness.” Eckhart’s profound yet simple teachings have already helped countless people throughout the world find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives. At the core of the teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution. An essential aspect of this awakening involves transcending our ego-based state of consciousness. This is a prerequisite not only for personal happiness but also for the ending of violence on our planet.

 

Subscribe by sending us an email sixtaivan@gmail.com or ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com and we will send you the Skype link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book

Time: 7.30 – 8.45 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Presenter: Ivan Kuster


Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some motivational videos related to to on “Digital revolution” . Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

The digital revolution - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcbbMM8YdMU

 


Embracing the Digital Revolution - Overview - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1txvfFa5TM

 


Michio Kaku - Digitalization of everything - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gE0go57w6c

 


The Future of Tech and Commerce with Dr. Michio Kaku - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGg8_vNQzk4

 


Animation: Digitalisation is a possibility - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0QRgAveFDc


What is Digital Transformation? Explained in less than 90 seconds - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsB1f5uoGWc

 

 


Influencer Oz Eleonora, MYM Books session, Workshop on Emotion and week tips

Posted on June 7, 2020 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (8)

In this week’s blog (8ty – 14th of June) we will interview Oz Eleonora, we will invite you to our upcoming to our Master Your Mind- skype book presentation on the 16th of June; we will invite you for our next “Emoshon kiko e ta? 15 weeks journey our 4th this year and we will share with you some motivational video links on “Blockchain, adaptability and UWC”. Every day we will share one of these links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Oz Eleonora: emotionally charged piece of graphene


 

Oz, could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am a husband and I am a father of 3 children. One daughter is 17 years old (born in Curaçao), but I was living in Denmark that time and after my wife gave birth, we returned back to Denmark. One is a 13 years old daughter born in Texas and I have a 5 years old son born in Los Angeles. I have one sister that is one year older than me and she is one of the best professionals I ever worked with, not because she is my sister btw. She has a background in Finance, HRM and Change management. My parents are luckily still alive and they still live in Curaçao. My parents were very supportive to whom I have become now. I have lived during my younger years on different islands of the Dutch Antilles. We moved to Saint Martin when I was 2 years old, from my kindergarten I lived in Bonaire, then I came to Curaçao and went to the middle school at MIL and in 1987 I got a unique scholarship from the United World College.

 

Were you born here in Curaçao?
I was born in Curaçao and my father came from Charo Abou and my mother from Charo Ariba.

Could you share with us your educational background?
When I was at MIL, I won that scholarship back then in 1987 to go to UWC (United World Colleges). UWC is a system of fee-paying independent schools and educational programs with a stated mission of "making education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future". The organization was founded on the principles of German educationalist Kurt Hahn. Most of the schools and colleges offer two-year residential programs, for people aged 16–19 years, during which they complete the IB Diploma Programme. The organization emphasizes the breadth of nationalities participating in its programs. UWC consists of 18 schools and colleges on five continents, several short educational programs, and national committees in 159 countries and territories. UWC was chaired by lots of dignitaries like Lord Mount Batton and Nelson Mandela. Its goal is to bring kids between 16 – 18 years together and give them a rigorous training and in doing that they try to create a generation of leaders with a balanced social consciousness that are drawn to each other. When I attended UWC, there were 6 of 7 school in the world in that time. Since than, they have 18 schools, they have never more then 1 in a country.

They helped excellent students with scholarships and they try to find national organizations to help finance the scholarship. I went to the US school at Montezuma New Mexico, which is a small isolated place. The reason for that is to make sure, that you really learn to accept and embrace the other students with little or no other distraction. They have on average 200 students of which 50 % male and 50 % female students from as many countries as possible offering the opportunity to the students to meet people from all of the world. It was by far the most impactful education I have ever had and I still have” real” friends from all over the world dating back to that period in time. I feel blessed to be able to think of different cultures and the global scale and this was special as in those days there was no internet yet. It is special when I grew up to meet peope from far away countries that made certain challenges we have in the world very real to me. Like we had real Palestinians and Isreali’s; we had Chileans that were Pro and Against Allende; we had white and black South Africans when there was still Apartheid in South Africa. What it really did was, it took things from being theoretical and brought it into real life. It just really sort of jump started my education. It gave me this empathic ability that had formed me and never changes in a time span of only 2 years in UWC.

 

As I started my bachelors study in Political Science, my ambition was to become the prime-minister of the Netherlands Antilles. During my studies, I don’t know where that came from, I set up an internship in Curaçao that was sponsored by the Central Bank. I was only 19 years old and the Central Bank seconded me out to the union confederation at that time. I became the economic advisor of Kamara Syndical and I went trough a roller coaster as it was a very turbulent time in 1990. The Curaçao Drydock was re-structuring, there was a lot of unrest in the education system and in the civil service as well and I experienced first hand what was going on. Being at the local center of the unions (their sede), you see things like workers crying as they didn’t know what to do if they lost their jobs, I met teachers fed up because the schoolboards and government were not giving them enough school supplies to function well as a teacher and I saw how some bought their own school supplies paid from their own pocket. This made a huge impression on me and how I look at unions, as I noted a big difference between union leaders and the union rank and file members. It would be a disservice to the union memebers not to make that distinction. As part of the internship I wrote a report that got me in a lot of trouble. I had mentioned in the report that there were no proper leadership succession plans in place. 

This was not appreciated back then but now the relationships have normalized again. The side effect of this all was that this experience convinced me that I no longer wanted to be a politician. Look I have experienced the most tense moments up close . For me at a very young age, a lot of what I saw made me disappointed about the ability to change things as a politician. So I decided to go to business school next. I thought that if I can be successful as a business owner, I can be more usefull to the world. Political coalitions are built on compromise and it becomes ugly when you dig into details. I saw things at that age that I knew I would not be willing to compromise on, but that were necessary in order to be able to win an election or maintain a coalition. This made me feel that in politics I would not able to lead from the heart. So I turned my back on politics even when I was asked to join several parties. Specifically, I believe unions should remain separate from political parties and in Curaçao we have an example of how this can go wrong. While the PLKP was initially successful, it has since ceased to exist and the negative impact on the unions (due to lack of leadership continuity) continues to be felt today.

I attended graduate school in the Netherlands at Erasmus University, where I completed a double Master’s Degree in Management of Information Systems and Strategic Management. In 2000, when I went to work in the telecommunications industry, I went to study at TU Delft and earned a Telecom degree as well.

 


Can you expand on your professional experiences as we know that you are an entrepreneur?

At 9 years, I got my first job as a deck hand that ran errands for the tourists. It was at the best hotel and beach in Bonaire at the time, Hotel Bonaire. It took me through the certification program for diving and I was less interested in the pay than in the benefits I got working there. I was allowed to swim any day I wanted at the hotel beach. I could bring a long one person so I brought along a friend of mine and we had a great time.

After finishing my College years, I worked for a year on Wall Street at what was then Solomon Smith Barney (later this became part of Citi Group). I experienced this as being extremely boring. I couldn’t understand why others found it so glamorous as literally everybody wore the same suits, three different versions of a shirt and tie and I thought it to be the worst job I ever had.

Since I had deferred my entrance to Erasmus University, I matriculated into graduate school following my year on Wall Street. After completing graduate school I came back to Curaçao and worked at a small Accountantsbureau, Van Ramshorst & Co in the advisory side of the business. We later sold the business to Deloitte and I returned to the Netherlands to join my girlfriend who had continued her law studies at Erasmus. This turned out to be a good decision, as we have now been together for 24 years (married for 20). Initially when I returned to the Netherlands, I worked for a bank again, MeesPierson. Unfortunately, it was again not a good fit. I had to accept the fact that I was not a traditional banker type.

I believe the culture in the banking sector is one of the reasons why economies are like they are.

Banks tend to control the capital that businesses need to create value and it is a real big problem as this banking culture is not visionary. They are very robotic in doing what they do and, while this may be appropriate for their own business, it ends up having a stifling effect on innovation in general.

I left the banking sector again and went into Telecom business full time. My interest in telecommunications comes from my father, who is a telecom engineer and spectrum specialist. When I was little, I was always fascinated by the complicated instruments and equipment in his workshop and he taught me how to use and understand some of it. I joined CMG in 2000. CMG was an Anglo-Dutch leading IT advisory firm that had 1 product division, the telecom products division. As CMG evolved and went through several mergers, I also grew with the company. From 2001 to 2004 I was CEO of a joint venture between LogicaCMG and TeleDenmark, where we executed the first ever live service link between the web and a mobile phone via messaging. In addition to the technology learning, I also learned a lot from the 6-month long process we went through to obtain EU approval for the service.

In 2004 I attempted to return to Curaçao. My wife had given birth to our first child in 2003 and we missed being able to raise our child surrounded by family. Unfortunately, it turned out that I was simply not ready to return to the island. I took a job at the local office of a ‘Big 4’, but I was soon feeling stifled. LogicaCMG had been very disappointed in my departure and continued trying to convince to come back. I ended up spending less than a year in Curaçao, returning to LogicaCMG in 2005 to run their North America commercial operations out of Dallas, Texas. We were able to build that business from a $20Million annual revenue rate to $183Million annual revenue rate by the time I left in late 2010.

I left to join DIRECTV USA, who headhunted me to run their telecom partner division in the US. At DIRECTV, I got promoted and ultimately ended up managing over 4 million customers, over 1,500 employees and over $4.3Billion in P&L. This was a massive learning for me. One of the most important things I learned was the difference between running a subscription business versus running an innovation business. A subscription business is about keeping things the same as much as possible. More importantly, when you are a key executive in a public company, a very large portion of your time is spent on reporting to the market. As incredible as it may sound, that is not very exciting. I had gone from being in an industry where things constantly changed and we were at least 3-4 years ahead of the market at all times, to an industry where what was expected of me was to keep things as calm and unchanged as possible in order to collect subscription fees.

At Direct TV in USA I was first in charge of 12 people in Texas and from there expanded to about 46 people. At Direct TV the P& L was 3 billion USD and they had 1 million subscribers, which for me was a very big thing to achieve.

But being whom I am, after a while this also became boring. The subscription business is quite boring and your goal is to have increase in net subscribers but that didn’t inspire me enough. It did trigger an awaking to me. I got promoted quickly and from managing 46 I started managing 1500 people. I had all the commercial business of Direct TV under my responsibility. I had 11 direct report 11 people, which normally is 10 and this was an interesting experience, as I was a key employee in a company that had 45.000 employees.

It was an interesting learning process, as I was spending just as much time reporting to Wall Street as managing the business and employees. I was responsible for 10 % of the 50 billion that Direct TV was making in those days in turn over. But I came to understand why large companies don’t innovate. They have no incentive to lose their revenues, so they don’t innovate as much as they should.

By the way the money I was making doesn’t equal by far the salaries being paid by some executives in Curaçao earn, that is to show how outlandish these salaries are.

 

After 2 years at Direct TV, I was approached by a private equity firm to be a member of the C-level team of a company they wanted to purchase and take through a controlled bankruptcy (chapter 11 in the US). I was an entrepreneur and I wanted to do new things and be involved in business development. In big companies more than 50% of new initiatives are turned down in favor of protecting existing revenue. So, I accepted the challenge and became the Chief Revenue Officer of Sonifi Solutions, a $350Million annual revenue company that provides entertainment and communication technology solutions to the global hotel industry. We were successful in turning that company around, including switching out 50% of the commercial organization, introducing bid and pricing procedures, rebuilding marketing and regaining market share with new products despite increased pricing.

Mind you, this was a company based in the mid-west of the USA. I don’t know how familiar you or your readers are with the MidWest of the USA. It is different from the East and West Coast of the USA. I was the highest ranking executive of ethnic minority descent and had to fire mostly white males and I will tell you it wasn’t easy, but the company became profitable again. In 2016 I left that company and started my own company because my team and I decided to build wealth for ourselves.

 

So, in this new company we started in a new business area and we wanted to run the company the way we wanted to run it, treating people from all walks of life with respect and we wanted to make sure that we gave back to the region where we were born. We settled on blockchain as we were aware that, despite the excellent potential and promise of the technology, there wasn’t enough work being done on the compliance side. We wanted to tackle that problem, focusing on Curaçao, as after our field research, we knew that the US and the Netherlands were not going to be the pioneers. But Curaçao was interesting as it still has a link with Europe. I came with my two partners and they were incredibly impressed by the professionals in Curaçao and they fell in love with our Curaçao ambiente!

In Curaçao a small team of professionals can handle different languages, business cultures, jurisdictional rules and compliance. We are very agile, much more agile than we think we are. We have undersold qualities, we have as our starting point qualities that I don’t see in any other place I worked and visited. I have worked in 42 different countries and when I say that, I don’t just mean that I visited those countries for meetings. I mean that I have negotiated contracts, managed people, led businesses, interfaced with regulators and public officials, and worked closely with legal and financial advisors in 42 different countries. Curaçao has an excellent competitive foundation and the sooner we realize and build on that, the faster our economy will evolve to the next level.

 

The goal of our company, Zinica Group, is to make to make Curaçao a hub within the future digital fabric of capital movement in the world. This refers to major capital movement across borders. Currently, global capital movement is centered around a small number of major financial centers, namely New York, London, , Hong Kong (Singapore may replace Hong Kong depending on certain developments) and Japan.
 

The interesting thing is that there is not a true major financial center in South America. Brazil has been the intended hub for decades, but its continued instability presents an ongoing problem, as does the continued instability of other large countries in the region.

We believe this vacuum, combined with technological advances (including blockchain), represent an opportunity for Curaçao to become the major hub for the region.

Blockchain changes the dynamics of capital movements around the world such that more freedom of capital movement is possible and smaller hubs can play a much larger role.

More importantly, Curaçao has done this before. Think of the Global Trust industry, Eurobond industry and the Hedge Fund Industry. Technology gives us the opportunity to it again.

I am quite encouraged, that the market is very close to what we expected 4 years ago. It is not something that the public will see right away, but it is coming and the opportunity will be significant.

Sometimes when I look at the amazing accomplishments in our past and the vast opportunities I see before us, I am intrigued by why we as “Yu di Korsou” are so conflicted about our place in and value to the world.


YouTube: In under 11 minutes, Zinica Group co-founder and CEO Oz Eleonora breaks down the complexity of navigating the compliance maze for Secure Token Offerings (nov. 2019).

 

Basically you live in two worlds right? We Googled you and we understand that you are often on the island as you are in the supervisory board of some local (government) enterprises/ institutional Investor. Is this a deliberate choice, living in two worlds?
It is deliberate and it is where life has pushed me to be and go. My parents taught me to never be afraid of where opportunity take you. I have moved a lot since I was a young child. What I do is I follow the energy in my gut, I trust that and when I do, things pan out.

If things would have moved faster I would have returned to Curaçao in 2017. Due to the age of my children, the next window of opportunity is about 3.5 calendar years away. But on the other hand living in different places is valuable. I recommend to everyone to go live and work somewhere else, think at a global level instead of projecting what the world would be like while staying in the same place.

 



 YouTube: Oz Eleonora, Founder & CEO, Zinica Group on receiving Top 50 Tech Visionaries Award (une 2019).

Where did your business and pro-active mindset come from and what make you land in this innovative world?
My father was an entrepreneur and at first extremely successful, followed by tough failures and then followed again by smaller but sustained success. My mom helped my father, but before that she was a civil servant. She taught me especially not to mess up. Don’t be reckless, think things through.
There is also a completely different side of me, my creative side. The artist in me that always wants to create. To me, innovation and creativity are the same. I am a hunter, not a farmer. The combination of inspiration by both my parents means that when I do things, I have thought about a hundred scenario’s. That way when things happen, I have thought about at least a similar scenario before, which enables me to react more fluidly to the situation. I am not the kind of person that is capable of doing just that one thing. I have tremendous respect for people who have that capability, it’s just not how I am built.

In my view, a true entrepreneur is an artist. The minute we lose that element, the artistic side within ourselves, the visioning of the business also dies. It is not the numbers that give birth to the business, it is that artist that creates the business and then the numbers follow.


When do you consider yourself as being a successful?
Success is a mindset. If you can combine the natural talents with which you are blessed, with your education and training, and then also add your passion, all in one, then you are a success. You are living your full potential. If one of them is missing this makes you feel unfulfilled. You can be financially successful but without passion or you can be an artist that is super creative but lack financial skills…it won’t work.

 

What is you BIG WHY?
I wanted to become the prime minister of the Netherlands Antilles and I considered Maria Liberia-Peters and Don Martina as my role models back then. Now I have evolved as a person and business man and I want to help my country and the people of my country in my own way. Right now, I am blessed to be doing exactly that. I mentor, I help connect, I am on two supervisory boards of local companies and more then 2/3 of my companies are located in Curaçao. I promote Curaçao wherever possible. I support every positive initiative that is to the benefit of Curaçao. I am living my Big Why. Hopefully I can contribute more, but I am living it, I am not in search of it.

 

So you are living your Ikigai? Meaning using your strengths, passion, earning a living out of it to the benefit of the society.
Yes! 

How do you keep educating yourself?

I’m not going to pretend like I read a book every week, I simply don’t have the time. The older I get, the more I figured out that the best way to learn is to make learning an active part of your life. I do these three things:

1. I surround myself with smarter people or whom are better than I am in something.

2. I am not afraid if I don’t know something to ask questions about it and to listen to what was said, there maybe people with a different look at a subject matter;

3. I listen and process then I ask again and process. It is how I continuously learn.

I am not too formalistic in learning. It is not 100 % experiential learning as I would also say that it is emotional learning. One of the disservices to humanity is the separation of our emotional self from ourselves. The notion that emotions are bad or women are weak because they are emotional is all incredibly ridiculous in addition to being misogenystic. Emotions warn and alert you and guide you in certain ways better as a human being. It is really an important thing. We have to open ourselves more and give more value to this.


What are your strengths?
1. My ability to see somebody else's potential, help them see and believe it, and then help them achieve it. The people I gave opportunity to develop I still have extremely good relationships with every one of them I worked with closely. I have the gift to see more in them than they saw in themselves or others saw in them. I don't believe in the single dimensionality of valuation of a person. I once recruited a salesperson that everybody else disqualified. I believed in him because, while he did not have a formal education, he was a very successful door-to-door magazine salesman. Door-to-door sales is one of the most challenging sales jobs in existence and a successful door-to-door salesperson can be taught to sell pretty much anything.

2. Secondary strength is "social cameleon”, I can feel at home pretty much anywhere, in any place I go. More important than the formal stuff, I know how to find common ground with other people and I firmly believe this is rooted in the fact that I’m a YDK.

3. Thirdly I am an optimist. It is a waste of time to be a pessimist.

 
What are your hobbies?
I am an artist and I feed my soul with art to create balance in my life.


If you as Oz would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in in China or Germany) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
Well not in a bus but a lot on airplanes. I meet people regularly where I have to introduce myself. I would tell them that I am a father, a husband, originally from Curaçao and that I speak different languages. That is a great conversation starter and some do test my language which I shock them by showing them that I do speak different languages. Everything else follows from there.

 

How would you describe yourself in one word or sentence?
I am an emotionally charged piece of graphene (the strongest element on earth).

 


Whom influenced you the most in your life?
My parents. The internship at the union and my soft skills was inspired by my mother.
My tech, entrepreneurs side and being a rock was inspired by my dad.

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
1. I have many as I am in constant development and I hope that I will keep doing that as long as I live.

2. Trusting my gut, which is much easier to say than to do. Following your gut can mean, avoid the money your brain wants you to accept and wait for the right money to come from somewhere else. It requires trusting the unknown.

3. Balancing passion with aggression. We as human beings tend to confuse these two things, I certainly do. I hope to become better at it.


How does your inner voice work for you?
Three things I would like to mention.

1.Walking always help, the positive effect of the pandemic is that I exercise regularly again;

2. Enough sleep. I agree with that, it removes the barrier between the conscious and our subconscious mind. I am clearer when I rest well

3. Actively following my gut, requires listening to other people as well. Me and my co-founders have only rule we have not written it out even, but we live by it. If someone is to be a partner with us, one of us need to have know him/her for at least of the founders for at least 10 years and shared the inevitable successes and failures we all go through. You get to know everyone when it is not going so well.

And all three of us have to be involved. We will have a conversation and ask the question: what does your gut tell you? If one of us has a bad gut feel, the deal and that person is rejected, without hesitation.


What was a defining moment in your life?
Well in fact there were two moments, one is watching my mother fight for her life for 4 months in the ICU with a potential cancer diagnosis, even receiving her last rites 3 times. She survived.

The other is watching my mother in law die only 4 months after her initial cancer diagnosis, even though she had previously never been sick in her life.

Both things happened in a relatively short time period and this has left a mark on me and it is constantly on my mind.

 

Where do you want to be 10 to 15 years from now?
I am not striving for a destination. I enjoy the blessings of life today. I aim to reach my potential for catalyzing good throughout my sphere of influence. This will require fully trusting my gut, continuous learning and leveraging that learning, never shying away from the challenge at hand and a commitment to positivity and love.

 

What would your family, Loved Ones and friends say about you 20 years from now?
Wherever they choose to. There is no need for a prescription for that.

 


Why are you optimistic of the future of Curaçao?
Optimism is the foundation of the future. It doesn’t need a reason, it is the reason.

 


Anything else?
To the reader: You are more interesting than any role that your fear to conjure up for you. Be unapologetically YOU. This is just my story. It isn’t more interesting than yours. In fact, what is YOUR story?



Company website:  
www.zinica.com/


 

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Oz Eleonora, is a talented and driven, passionate business owner that has gone through many diverse experiences and earned different degrees. At a young age, he attended UWC ( United World Colleges) teaching him how to accept and deal with diversity in the world, as an intern with local unions he learned about politics, he has held different types of high ranking jobs in Banks, as a consultant meanwhile living in different countries following the steps when he was young, as he lived on different island of the Dutch Antilles. After a very successful career as the highest senior positions in big companies, he decided to start his own company and focus on developing what he considers Blockchain Compliance Services via his company in Curaçao. While an internationalist at heart now living in New York, Oz can live anywhere in the world. Of late he is dedicating lots of his time in Curaçaoo, focused on leveraging his knowledge and skills to use the potential that he sees in Curaçao. By doing that he is living his Big Why, his “Ikigai”. Meaning using his strengths, his passion, the ability to earn a living with his willingness to serve others in this case Curaçao. In that sense, we deeply respect Oz and definitely consider him one of the 250 Influencers of our island and a representative of the Business (Financial) Sector living in two worlds.

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2020.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vison 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join.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 in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman. Den e 15 simananan aki nos lo sinjabo:

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

• skucha bo intuishon mas mihó pa asina bo por ta mas kreativo i

• kon di laga loke bo a sinja bira un kustumber i transformabo komo persona.

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 20 di Yuni, di 2 – 4.30 pm.


Pa mas informashon i detajes di e suma ku ta kobra, tuma kontako ku un di e 3 fasilitadornan:

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com
Website: www.upliftingCuraçao.com/workshop-emoshon-kiko-e-ta


Our next MYM-platform session in June via Skype
Our next MYM-platform session in 16th of June via Skype. We would like to invite you to our next free MYM-platform session via Skype on Tuesday, the 16th of June (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present “The power of Now”, by Eckart Tolle.

Eckhart Tolle is an a spiritual teacher and author who was born in Germany and educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge, is rapidly emerging as one of the world’s most inspiring spiritual teachers. Eckhart shows us how to quiet our thoughts, see the world in the present moment, and find a path to “a life of grace, ease, and lightness.” Eckhart’s profound yet simple teachings have already helped countless people throughout the world find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives. At the core of the teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution. An essential aspect of this awakening involves transcending our ego-based state of consciousness. This is a prerequisite not only for personal happiness but also for the ending of violence on our planet.

 

Subscribe by sending us an email sixtaivan@gmail.com or ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com and we will send you the Skype link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book

Time: 7.30 – 8.45 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Presenter: Ivan Kuster


Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some motivational videos related to to “on “Blockchain, adaptability and UWC” . Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

A UWC Education - SKOOL Short Film - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaKV8B9T4nY

 

Understand the Blockchain in Two Minutes - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=r43LhSUUGTQ

 

How does a blockchain work - Simply Explained - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSo_EIwHSd4

 

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-uyB5I6WnQ

 

Adaptability Part 1: Change as an Opportunity - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IGNiLNeD0I

 

Resilience: Anticipate, organise, adapt - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyX6UULJEic&t=76s

 

 


Influencer Andrew Solomon, Skype MYM Book Session, Workshop and this week tips

Posted on May 31, 2020 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (1st – 7th of June) we will interview Andrew Solomon, we will invite you to our upcoming to our Master Your Mind- skype book presentation on the 16th of June; we will invite you for our next “Emoshon kiko e ta? 15 weeks journey our 4th this year and we will share with you some motivational video link on “Artificial Intelligence”. Every day we will share one of these links on our Facebook/share2uplift page.

Influencer Andrew Solomon:
visionary, warm, friendly, humoristic and inspiring


 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?

I have 2 children, one is now studying & living in the Netherlands and one is living in Curaçao. I am happily married and was born in Curaçao. I have a younger sister that lives in the USA. As most of us do, I went to the Netherlands to study and worked and lived there for 20 years. My dad is from here and my mom was born in Holland and she has been living here for 60 years. I was inspired by both of them, my mom taught me values, what is important, and how the world works. She was always at home. Me and my sister have always been exposed to as many experiences as possible and even now with her 79 years old, she is still very curious and is on her I-Pad every day. Still discussing the latest developments in the on the island and the world with my dad.

My dad has always worked very hard. He was in the second cohort of students that left to go for their studies in the Netherlands back then in 1955. He studied Electronics in the Hague and started working for IBM Canada and France and he had a great career in IBM here in Curaçao, until he retired. He once took me to the Data Center in the IBM building at the Reigerweg when I was young. I felt like I was stepping into the future, getting into the cockpit of Star Wars or a Star Trek space ship or something. It was really exciting! I got so inspired by this, that I think it influenced my decision to study Computer Science later on.

My father came from a humble background and he rebuild the house for his parents whom were living in a “kas di kunuku” single handedly with his brothers and sisters. That also inspired me. He showed me how a good education combined with dedication can help you achieve amazing things in your life.

Both my parents were very active in the swimming community and they helped bring this sport to the next level both on Curaçao as in the Caribbean. They were into it day and night. As a small child at the dinner table, I heard them discuss how to further tweak things and organize things in a better way. I believe it has influenced me , in the sense that I’m also always trying to stay critical and think about on how we can improve things in a structural manner.


Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are an entrepreneur?
After finishing my secondary education in 1984 at Radulphus College and went to Holland to study architecture at the TU Delft. After the first year I concluded that this was not for me and I switched to my first love, Information Technology. I ultimately graduated on the subject of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on how to combine Expert Systems with Neural Networks. Nowadays this is really hot, but back then there were only a few companies active in this field. The company that I started working BSO-AI, appeared not to be viable and transformed into BSO - Technical Automation. When working for BSO I had the privilege to meet its founder Eckart Wintzen. Eckart was one of the first software companies in the Netherlands to start with the so-called “detachering” (staff augmentation). He had a special theory on how to grow the company in an organic way, which made ultimately led to BSO growing to a few thousand employees. This cell-formula is based on the idea that people have a natural inclination to work effectively as long as the group is not larger than 40 to 60 people. Eckart mandated that such a cell needed to split up in to two new smaller business units. He also believed each cell needed to have a lot of autonomy in how to run their business unit as long as they adhered to the company values and branding. It was a kind of an Agile way of working avant la lettre... Eckart Wintzen wrote a book about his vision, “Eckart’s Notes.” He passed away unfortunately. Working for BSO was a very inspiring period. I went to work for a spin-off company of BSO called Sioux Embedded software, later on. Both Sioux and BSO had inspiring leaders with a strong vision and a focus on strong company culture and values.

 

What kind of business are you eaxctly in and what is your companies name? How many people are employed by your company?
ICTual is an IT- software company, we are right now exploring also some hardware options, we have 35 employees and we were founded in 1992 in Curaçao. We also have a small business unit in the Netherlands and we used to have a business in Brazil and Philadelphia and there was a management buyout and they are still active. We have a partnership in Surinam Blue Dots and a partner ship in Aruba ICTual-Caribbean and one representative in Saint Maarten attending the Caribbean market for us.

 

Andrew we were due to interview you in March and then due to the COVID-19 crisis this was postponed until this week. How is the crisis affecting ICTual?
I am fortunate to say that actually we are as busy as ever. We have had a lot of requests for further digitalization. Of course it has affected us in the sense that we all needed to continue working from home. On the technical level it was easy as we mostly work from the cloud, only needing to setup our VPN and routing our PBX to different phones. People wise it is a different story however. With kids and partners also being at home it of course caused stressful situations, some coping better than others. But at the other hand it has also become clear that we are more productive working from home. Our employees have a high sense of responsibility which makes it relatively easy to manage the company. In ICTual we have our values at our core and in this situation we saw that everybody doubled up. The down side being that we also saw some of our employees working dangerously long hours, so we had to make sure that they didn’t burn themselves out.

 


We have interviewed last week Adric Walter the founder of Curaçao Tech Meetups and he - as he is living in two worlds in Holland and virtually in Curaçao as diaspora - has this vision of an accelerated digitalization of Curaçao and he firmly belives technological changes can make Curaçao play a catch up game to reach a next level where education also plays an important role. ICTual was a sponsor of the last Curaçao Tech Meetups event in 2019, what is your opinion on his vision?
Our opinions are totally in sync. In fact, together with some other locally based IT companies, we are currently putting together an initiative to make ICT an exporting, 4thpillar of our economy. My vision is the other current pillars of our economy are not future proof. The oil industry is an old, non-sustainable business sector, especially if we are considering fossil fuels as an energy source for our transportation needs. The oil industry is going to pass through a very difficult period. Tesla is pushing us into the electrical cars. As the use of electrical cars is increasing sharply around the world, and as we need to address the climate change challenge it is inevitable going to keep the use of clean energy on the agenda. We can’t go on like this. There will be used for oil for lots of things, but not as our main source of energy.

Our second pillar, our International Financial sector is also a very difficult industry. It has declined under continued pressure from international competition higher compliancy requirements, black listing, corresponding bank issues , etc... I do not foresee growth in this sector on the short term. It is passed it’s heydays.

The 3rd pillar of our economy is Tourism. It has is of course an important sector but its past record has shown lots of volatility. Just like now with COVID-19 , we have seen in the past that whenever there was an outbreak like Sars or Zyka, big plane crashes, or terrorist attacks like 911, you can see huge dips in world wide travel., meaning it is a volatile business to be in. The other thing is that there are limits to its growth. We can not have twice as much tourists on this tiny island. We are already seeing people starting to complain as thing s get too crowded at Playa Piskado and all those people snorkeling on top of the turtles there. We see the same thing happening in Venice and Amsterdam. The local residents are getting sick and tired of tourists taking over their city. In other words: tourism is not very scalable. Furthermore there are a lot of low paying jobs in tourism. We need those, it is good for our economy and employment. But we also need other higher paying jobs in order to sustain the social security system we have in place right now. I am of the opinion that we need to aim at letting tourism not become more than a certain percentage of our economy otherwise our economy will become very vulnerable. 

 


So having said that, the question remains what can we do in the island.

 

Worldwide the most valuable companies are IT-companies: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft at this moment and some Chinese companies like Alibaba & Tencent. Quote: “software is eating the world”. There is a huge market out there. The beautiful thing about it is also that it is a very scalable industry. You can build software once and sell it a 1000 times, thus generating huge revenues with more or less the same amount of people.

Instagram, Skype, Facebook and the likes, generated incredible revenues with only a small amount of people working for them in their early stages. Meaning for a small island like us, it is an interesting sector to be in, if we would be able to sell locally produced software solutions in a specific niche of the world wide software market. Our vision is that we should focus on this sector.

Our vision focusses on digital knowledge, as it scalable. We should enable innovators, new software start ups as part of our new economy. If we become an island known for supporting this, we will also attract people back to the island.

There is this thing about Curacao. Sometimes when I’m at the beach, laying on my back in our beautiful blue water’s, I think we are living in paradise. We are living on an incredibly beautiful island. It is still relatively unspoiled. There are not that many traffic jams and the island is not stacked with gigantic flats like Singapore, where you have 5 million people living in skyscrapers. So we are still in the driver-seat and we can still decide on what kind of island we want to become. We can use the digital disruption that is taking place right now and build an industry around it and choose, not to become a second Singapore, but to become a prosperous paradise island. If we do it in a smart way.

I am really passionate about this and I firmly believe that we should make the decision as in island to move in that direction. We shouldn’t leave it up only to our private sector. As we have limited resources on the island we should make conscious choices to implement such a strategy in close collaboration between the private and public sector. We cannot enact this strategy on our own as private companies, we need alignment with the government. Only together with the public sector we will be able create the conditions to make this happen. Think about revamping our educational system, think about creating the necessary legal frameworks, the labor market and creating the infrastructure needed to realize this vision. We need the public sector being involved in that. We can’t go in 10 different directions at the same time to develop our island economically, we need to focus. And spend the limited resources that we have based on a clear and viable vision. We should make a conscious decision, considering the prospects and potential, and choose to make the ICT sector the 4th pillar of our economy. This is what I want to focus my energy on these coming years.

 

The strategy is a also double edged sword, because if we do it right and join forces, we can not only offer locally developed software products internationally, but also apply the same knowledge and solutions locally. Increased digitalization will benefit the whole island. Improving service of our local companies to their customers, our government to our citizens, tourists. We could improve tax collection if we would have automatic remittance of taxes with each e-payment. We could lower the red tape. If we become an efficient, digitalized island, we will also become more attractive to (international) investors.


Is ICTual a company with foreign markets and workers that live elsewhere in the world as I know through my interviews some other companies have?
Yes, as said, we have sold our solutions to many islands in the region, ranging from the Dutch Caribbean to Belize and the Bahamas for example. And our business unit in the Netherlands caters the Dutch and Belgian market.



How important is having a “change mindset” to embrace the inevitable changes that this COVID-19 breakdown is causing?
Extremely, because the only constant is change. It is not survival of the fittest but survival of the one that is able to adapt. Of course mindset is very important and believe the educational sector is the best place to enable and bring about these mindset changes. We need to focus having our teachers teach these new mindsets, so that they can educate a new generation of children with the skillsets necessary for the future. We sometimes offer short programming internships to kids in high school, ranging from a few days to 2 weeks. It is fascinating to see how interested they become in building software and even start contemplating pursuing a career in Computer science. So it is extremely important to expose our youngsters to the digital world from an early age, so instead of thinking only about becoming a lawyer, doctor or accountant, some of them will also consider becoming a software engineer.

 

 

When do you consider that you have been successfull in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
Business wise, that our employees keep working with lots of enthusiasm, that we were able to have the younger generation to pick up this challenge of building the 4th pillar and that we started to export more and more of our locally developed software products.

Personally: if I have managed to balance work/life in acceptable way. Combining being there for my family, doing voluntary work for the Rotary and coaching the youngsters in our the swimming team.


Where do you want to be 10 years from now with your career?
To still have the great job I have now, in working with such wonderful colleagues. I would like see that we have enabled some spin-offs, so they can offer new paths for growth to their employees and exciting solutions for their customers.


We know you to be a very pro-active, businessman, where did your business and pro-active mindset come from?
My parents taught me to be positively critical, curious and proactive. Sports taught me to work with goals and to focus on achieving them. It taught me to what it is like to win and lose and learned to deal with setbacks.

Also I took a lot of inspiration from Steven Covey book “The 7 habits of highly effective people”. One of these habits is “be pro-active”. The well known Dutch leadership trainer, Remco Claassen, brought me on this path.



What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
We live in “almost paradise…” here in Curaçao. The people, the weather, the beautiful island the beautiful ocean we are surrounded by. There is so much potential. ICTual has so many clever and intrinsically motivated employees. It is inspiring and a privilege to work with them... The dream is to mobilize this potential and to transform Curaçao from “almost paradise” to a truly, socio economically prosperous, paradise island...



What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
First of all: Finding good employees. We used to recruit a lot of employees through the FRED event in the Netherlands (formerly known as the Carriere Orientatie Dagen, or Passaat Recruitment Days) but of late it has become more difficult because of how well the economy was doing in the Netherlands. This makes it extremely hard for our Dutch Caribbean people in the Netherlands to decide to come back and work here.

Second of all, the COVID aftermath challenge: how to get people back working at the office in a safe manner. It is very important for the culture of the organization..

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Yes I do. I try to listen to my intuition, my core values, and use the “always put people first principles”. Seek to understand what drives and motivates and then decide what action to take. 



How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I have read lots of books in the past. Of late I am more into watching You Tube’s and reading articles and doing courses online. The number of distractions makes it rather difficult to keep up with the nook reading.

 

What are your strengths?
Strategic thinking, assessing risk’s and act upon what we decide on. I try to measuring our progress and adjust when necessary. I like to think that I’m a good listener also.


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I love to play music, I play oboe every Thursday evening and off and on we offer concerts.


If you as Andrew 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? How would you describe Andrew in one word or one sentence?
Well, it depends on the person I meet. I would say, my name is Andrew and I am an idealistic realist that lives in Curaçao.

 


Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
There are so many, but to mention a few: Eckart Wintzen, Andre Fruitman, Anthony Robinson, Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela and Remco Claassen.

 


What is a trait that is still work in progress?

Well, I am a forward thinker and I leave execution over to others. So with this comes that I have a tendency to dive into everything and this may cause me to lose some focus.

 


What was a defining moment in your life?
The death of my older brother when I was 8 years old. I later realized it changed how I behaved, as I didn’t want to be a burden for my parents, , seeing how much pain they were already in.

It also made become more aware of what is important in life. It made me aware of how transient life is. Children get born, new souls enter into this world, people die of old age, illness or tragic accidents. Still life goes on in a never ending circle.


Another thing I want to mention is the importance of sports, swimming in my life. I continued swimming competitively when I was studying in Holland and made it to the finals at the National Dutch Swimming championships. I think it ultimately made me realize that with perseverance and hard work you can achieve many things. It helped me gain a lot of self confidence and contributed in defining who I am today.


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now on your birthday?
He is a warm, friendly, humoristic and inspiring person?

 


What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
We have a great potential, especially if we include the knowledge and wisdom and connect with the people in our diaspora. We can still decide what the future of our island looks like in 20 years from now. We should do a collective thought experiment and work it out. I firmly believe in the (digital)-potential of Curaçao.


Btw why not work on the thought experiments as part of the Vision Curaçao 2030?
Yes why not.



Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Let ‘s make Curaçao part of the future digital economy connecting those living here with those in diaspora. Let’s apply forward thinking: learn from the past but don’t look back too much. Let’s team up and collaborate, that is our local and international talents.

 

More info and contact:
ictual.com/

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Andrew is a visionary whom’s focus for some years aims at creating a solid IT sector as the new 4th economic pillar of the Curaçao economy. Focusing on the IT sector is a knife that cuts on both ends, as Andrew believes that we can digitalize the island offering better services to our citizens and tourists. By doing this it makes the island more attractive for investors to come to the island because of its relative unspoiled state and beauty. By combining forces of local IT-companies, the diaspora and the government, Andrew is convinced that together they can make it work. We are still in the driver’s seat to determine our future as we have an unique opportunity now, to set clear priorities and direct our scarce resources and attention to realize this ambitious goal. Andrew, due to his past in competitive sports Andrew is clearly result oriented. This, combined with his high ethical values, his employees centeredness - he values the need of his employees to have a balanced work-life - he is convinced that we can leverage Curaçao’s potential to attract others to come and help us make this happen. For his resolve, his clear vision and efforts to make this happen we deeply respect and love Andrew. We definitely consider him one of the 250 Influencers, representing the business (ICT)-sector.

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2020.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vison 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join.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 in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman. Den e 15 simananan aki nos lo sinjabo:

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

• skucha bo intuishon mas mihó pa asina bo por ta mas kreativo i

• kon di laga loke bo a sinja bira un kustumber i transformabo komo persona.

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 20 di Yuni, di 2 – 4.30 pm.


Pa mas informashon i detajes di e suma ku ta kobra, tuma kontako ku un di e 3 fasilitadornan:

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com
Website: www.upliftingCuraçao.com/workshop-emoshon-kiko-e-ta


Our next MYM-platform session in June via Skype
Our next MYM-platform session in 16th of June via Skype. We would like to invite you to our next free MYM-platform session via Skype on Tuesday, the 16th of June (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present “The power of Now”, by Eckart Tolle.

Eckhart Tolle is an a spiritual teacher and author who was born in Germany and educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge, is rapidly emerging as one of the world’s most inspiring spiritual teachers. Eckhart shows us how to quiet our thoughts, see the world in the present moment, and find a path to “a life of grace, ease, and lightness.” Eckhart’s profound yet simple teachings have already helped countless people throughout the world find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives. At the core of the teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution. An essential aspect of this awakening involves transcending our ego-based state of consciousness. This is a prerequisite not only for personal happiness but also for the ending of violence on our planet.

 

Subscribe by sending us an email sixtaivan@gmail.com or ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com and we will send you the Skype link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book

Time: 7.30 – 8.45 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Presenter: Ivan Kuster


Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some motivational videos related to to “Artificial Intelligence” . Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

What is Artificial Intelligence? In 5 minutes. - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ePf9rue1Ao

 

UBC Connects with Michio Kaku - Will AI Impact the Human Experience? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Q7i2uM3HQA

 


Top 10 Artificial Intelligence Technologies in 2020 | Artificial Intelligence Trends | Edureka - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_Mh21P9OwA

 

WHO CONTROLS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE - Ben Goertzel | London Real - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZyQhhGBFg0

 


Yuval Harari warns about the potential of AI - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGTGoRrzItA

 


Microsoft wants AI with personality - BBC News
www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-26164467/microsoft-aims-for-ai-assistant-with-personality

 


 

Influencer Adric Walter, Upcoming workshop series, Skype MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on May 25, 2020 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (25th of May – 1st of June) we will interview Adric Walter, we will invite for our Master Your Mind- skype book presentation on the 16th of June; we will invite you for our next “Emoshon kiko e ta? 15 weeks journey our 4th this year and we will share with you some motivational video link on “Technology and the changes it brings about”. Every day we will share one of these links on our Facebook/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Adric Walter: driven, passionate and given back to his native island

 


Would you share with us some information of your family life?
I was born in Curaçao. Right now I have no children and I am not married, but it is the intention to get married and to have children. It’s in the plans. I grew up in a very supportive family with a lot of space for creativity which I embraced. I learned a lot from all my grandparents.
I am thankful for that and both of my parents are alive. I will be living in Holland for 20 years in August 2020. Yet I am on a regular basis in Curaçao for all the several endeavours I am involved in to empower our country.

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences?
I do have a background in Computer Science with specialization in business software engineering. I have a long experience in building digital companies, like banks, insurance companies, but also doing high profile projects for the Dutch Government. The short version would be that I am an expert in building FinTech companies, which means building financial companies driven by state of the art and emerging technologies. I always had a great passion for technology and started to program at the age of 11.



As an Information Technology expert you have been involved in a of lot of impactful projects related top the bank system and pensionfunds in Holland. You are also involved in a tech platform organized in Curaçao, can you expand a little bit on this?
Yes this is correct. I founded Curaçao Tech Meetups in the summer of 2018. This is by now the Curaçao leading technology conference built on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). We cover at least 9 of the 17 goals. The intention is to continue growing both in Curaçao and outside of Curaçao. Because we have really big plans. We went from 220 registrations in 2018 in to 1311 official registrations in 2019 - from 1 speaker (myself) in 2018 to 35+ speakers in 2019, and from 1 sponsor to 10 sponsors. This is a long term vision for the upcoming 8 to 9 years. Beyond we will see. Our mission is very clear. The adoption of technology and digitalization of Curaçao to improve the quality of life. To become an export platform Curaçao and a great source of inspiration.

By now, we are not only ‘just’ a conference but a conversational, narrative influencing platform and a reliable partner to help Corporate Curaçao, the Government of Curaçao and non profit organizations in the adoptions of technology. Even though we started as a conference, we grew into a platform to help everyone to realize their potential by using technology and innovation.

I am of the opinion, that we need to educate people so that they can find a relevant(!) job after finishing their education. Quite a no brainer, however the execution in this area tend to be very low. So we have to take our responsibility here. “Women in Technology” is an important aspect in our platform as well.Therefore we have the #WomenInTech hashtag to clearly denote what we are pushing on as well.

The main idea is in how to get women more interested in technology and to foster more female leadership in technology. For me it's extremely important to have enough ladies in our team - to help plan everything around the event and the platform. We want to speak both the language of the gentlemen and of course the ladies. We ask the ladies in our team to help build the narrative to use to attract women. And we succeeded in taking the first steps as 57 % of the attendees were women in the 2019th edition of the Curaçao Tech Meetups.

 

We are involved in some social impact projects like the PapiaKuMi mobile app. We invented this app during the crisis as people would have a strong need to be in conversation with all types of official entities and reach out for food aid. Our platform is as well a part of the Curaçao 3D printing Taskforce. We print protective shields to protect everyone working on the frontlines in society. We care to protect them!

We have created as well other types of several concepts for everyone in our platform. For example we do organize leadership sessions called Business Villa Sessions and we foster the love for technology in kids by having a Kids Tech Saturday. Not less important to mention: we focus to be a near 100% vegan and plastic free event. Not the easiest task in our country, but we take the challenge. So far so good.


What is your opinion on the Convid-19 pandemic consequences in terms of social distancing and hygiene and how will this affect the world where we live in right now, especially with regards with your field of expertise, that is the role digitalizing will play in the coming era?
As a family we took a cruise ship in 2007 and I remember these kinds of hygiene measures. They were in place to avoid an outbreak on the ship. I see the same similarities. Yet, on a way bigger scale. The way it will affect is definitely in terms of awareness. Surely it will help in terms as well as adoption of the technology. Because we see many businesses going online in Curaçao.

 

You seem to be very passionate about what you are doing and also I have understood passionate about as diaspora investigating ways and means to be involved in the future development of our island. Some call it “living in two worlds” in this global village? Where does you drive come from?
My drive is twofold. It comes from one side of the promise we all make by our teenage years to our country: “You go abroad, you study and you come back to contribute. But we (as a diaspora) either don’t come back or come back way too late” and on top of that our diaspora is a huge gold mine which is not actively and structurally leveraged. This is the next area where I am taking my responsibility. I am of the opinion, that instead of using my skill levels to only solve problems for some important clients in the banking and insurance sector in The Netherlands, it's definitely possible to extend my skills to address some serious issues that we have to solve in Curaçao. I live technology, I dream technology, and I “eat” technology. It's what I can do the best - so I push it in the country to improve the life of others.


I only want to give the best to our country and our people. Because my strong and fierce wish is to bring our country to the next level. That is why I like the idea and your opinion on the role of the diaspora can play to help bring Curaçao - and within 2 years also the other Dutch Caribbean islands - to the next level.

We have in The Netherlands and in the USA and other countries a huge goldmine of knowledge and skills in people who were born and who have lived on the island. It can all be tapped to bring the island to a next level. That is why I like your vision to get the diaspora somehow on a platform where they can get to know each other better. I believe that there should be more platforms for example in the area of social work, physicians, plumbing or even gardening just to mention a few. Wherever this can be tapped from, we should make use of this and help our population in Curaçao to grow.


I want to inspire all my peers to have a social impact project in Curaçao. When I say “in Curaçao”, I also mean the other islands in the Dutch Caribbean. What I am doing should be a blueprint, an inspiration and a spark to motivate others to do the same.

 

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I grew up in a family where social and technology came together. A perfect hybrid I would say. My father is a social worker and my mother used to work for IBM. We use to discuss over the dinner table, the poverty in the neighbourhoods of Curaçao, which unfortunately still exists. I experienced very early the power of the internet back in the mid nineties. Because IBM played such an important role at our home. Those things (without it me realizing it until a few years ago) emerged to what I am doing now.


Where do you want to be in your profession and personally let us say 10 years from now, which in the IT-world is a very short time span considering the transformational changes that are taking place right now driven by technology?
I think I will always be a nerd, IT computer guy, but with a big social heart. In 10 years I will, or better say “we” will have more social projects on which technology is the main driver. In 10 years we will have way more artificial intelligence and robots. I once mentioned that people will marry a robot, maybe you will laugh about this right now or find it an odd idea, just like what people thought back then in the nineties about ordering a pizza online. Everything in the future will be “a service” running in the cloud, controlled by artificial intelligence and robots.

 


What are the challenges that you are dealing with now? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?

The main challenge is how we can help create a better mindset for our people. We are a resourceful country with endless creativity. We are perfectly able to organize a world class Carnival in less than 8 weeks. Consistently(!) every single year. Yet we do face challenges when it comes to organizing our health care and educational systems and the local economy. That’s why it’s important and I feel a big responsibility, to help our authorities and leaders think on how to solve these challenges. And I am convinced technology can play a very important role in these areas.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up or how do you tap into your intuition? How does that work for you?
Yes I do. I have written all my personal principles down and I read them often. This is to keep the clarity of my inner compass in the right direction. I am exposed to a lot of opinions and visions of others. I love to listen to them all. It is important. But it is also important to listen to your own inner voice. As all of our truth is most of the time right there.


How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I read a lot and watch YouTube and follow a bunch of online courses. The amount of educational material on YouTube is simply incredible. In my work, I have to travel a lot and traveling offers me excellent opportunities to educate myself while on my way. Instead of watching TV or listening to the radio I am educating myself. I have been following a traders course and within 6 month the compounded effect of doing this regularly, has helped me grow my skills a lot. I am not there yet but still, it is about doing this consistently. I also read all kinds of Dutch and international newspapers. Yet also the newspapers in Curaçao which helps me look at the whole spectrum of things that are happening that are of interest to me. All these help me form my opinions, knowledge and specially my vision.

 

What are your strengths?
I am very well connected and connect easily with people. It doesn’t matter what their social background is, it comes easy to me. Furthermore I am who I am and people are free and allowed to have their opinion about me, that doesn’t necessarily mean, that we can’t work or associate with one another to reach a bigger goal that would only be possible through collaboration. So I am also good at giving other people their space.


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
My great hobby is investments, real estate investments, trading and algorithmic trading on ForEx and Cryptocurrency markets. This trading on the financial markets is to continue becoming financially independent. On the other hand it is also my other project where I am working on, with a different network. The aim is to help our population to reach a next level by offering financial education and resilience to our people. I have read the book “Rich dad, poor dad”, by Robert Kiyosaki that has really impacted my thinking in a big way. If we keep educating our population as we are doing now, we will never reach the next level of prosperity. That drives me to work on this other project also.

 

If you as Adric would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Germany or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
The best way to introduce myself is to tell a stranger I am from Curaçao. Beside doing all the prior things mentioned I am an international public speaker and I always open my talks with the fact where I am from. I love to tell people about our country, and the array of beauty we do have. I had the opportunity to do this in various countries and cities, including Berlin Germany, Kiev in Ukraine, Moscow Russia but also in Reykjavik Iceland. It’s important to give people the abundant sun rays we have and tell them to come to our island.



How would you describe Adric in one word or one sentence?
I have lots of drive and I am a very passionate person.


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

My parents because they are hard working people both of them. From my mother I have the drive and passion. From my father the diplomacy to be effective in communicating with other people. Furthermore my grandfather Nick Nicastia has influenced me a lot. He is one of the first three judges born in Curaçao, (Meaning: Not born in The Netherlands) that has been appointed as a judge back in the sixties. He was born and raised in the poor neighborhood of Charo under very poor circumstances. At times he literally had to fight his way to survive and he outgrew poverty to become a judge and later when he retired he accepted a new job as the director of the Curaçao Port Authorities. Simply because he didn’t like the idea of not working.

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
That is relative, as it depends on whom I am dealing with. The point being I need to adjust my speed to their tempo. I need to learn that at times, people need their time and opportunities to catch up with me and understand what I am trying to achieve or explain. I think fast and voicing it to others in an effective way is a constant art in progress.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
When my grandfather reached the age of 90 and he throw a big celebration and many people came.

 


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
In 20 years from now would be too short a period but in 40 years from now I want them to say, that I succeeded in the contribution through technology in bringing Curaçao to the next level, where poverty has been eradicated and where there is wellbeing for all. Where there are more than opportunities for everyone.

 

We were just opening up in the global shot down because of the presence of the Corona virus in Curaçao. What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao and humanity in general?
As hard as it seems, people are resilient. The world has overcome many crises and this one is a unique one but not the only one. People in Curaçao are creative, resilient and very inventive. I am convinced these times will make us even more stronger than before. Either you will do it or the situation will just force you. But in the end it will be fine.

 


Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I am humbly thankful for this opportunity to share my visions and opinions.

Curaçao is a great place. I’ve seen a lot of the world and I can tell you we do have everything. We just need to put our focus on certain very important areas where we are slightly “too relaxed” about. We have the abilities, the people, the networks, the power, the creativity, the imagination, the resiliency, the sun, the freedom, our languages, infinite talents but also the beaches and great food. We are actually unstoppable. We just need to first start to believe that in our mind and adjust our mindsets accordingly to overcome our challenges. That’s why I accepted another challenge to write a book. The book is being co-written with seven other authors. The book release is on 16th of September 2020.

 


More info on:
www.adricwalter.com
www.Curaçaotechmeetups.com

 

 

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Adric Walter, is a driven, passionate founder of Curaçao Tech Meet ups. As an ICT expert and public speaker, that works and lives in two worlds, in Holland and virtually in Curaçao, he uses his technical knowledge and his excellent interpersonal intelligence skills to create value for big clients in Holland. Of late Adric also is using his excellent abilities, to make a difference in his native island Curaçao. He considers education as the way to go if we as Curaçao want to reach our next level of wellbeing for the good of all, eliminating the poverty mindset through financial education, using technology for example for health care preventive applications and the overall wellbeing of the people of Curaçao. He wants to be instrumental to within 40 years from now, Curaçao will have eradicated poverty and there will be wellbeing for all.

Because of his unique knowledge, skills, drive and passion Adric considers it an obligation, to give back to the society and works hard to let technology serve Curaçao big time to achieve this goal in collaboration with other like-minded people on the island and elsewhere. His drive and passion have been proven already by the speed at which the Curaçao Tech Meet Ups has grown in the past two years and is enabling useful spin-offs like the use of 3-D printing for health worker’s protection and construction materials. We deeply respect and love Adric, as he believes that in this day and age, time zones, geographical distances, languages are not relevant to contribute and make impact. In fact, those not living in Curaçao are an untapped goldmine that need to be explored in as many areas as possible. We consider Adric one of the 250 Influencers of our island and a representative of the Business (ICT-) Sector living in two worlds.

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2020.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vison 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join.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 in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman. Den e 15 simananan aki nos lo sinjabo:

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

• skucha bo intuishon mas mihó pa asina bo por ta mas kreativo i

• kon di laga loke bo a sinja bira un kustumber i transformabo komo persona.

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 20 di Yuni, di 2 – 4.30 pm.


Pa mas informashon i detajes di e suma ku ta kobra, tuma kontako ku un di e 3 fasilitadornan:

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com
Website: www.upliftingCuraçao.com/workshop-emoshon-kiko-e-ta


Our next MYM-platform session in June via Skype
Our next MYM-platform session in 16th of June via Skype. We would like to invite you to our next free MYM-platform session via Skype on Tuesday, the 16th of June (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present “The power of Now”, by Eckart Tolle.

Eckhart Tolle is an a spiritual teacher and author who was born in Germany and educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge, is rapidly emerging as one of the world’s most inspiring spiritual teachers. Eckhart shows us how to quiet our thoughts, see the world in the present moment, and find a path to “a life of grace, ease, and lightness.” Eckhart’s profound yet simple teachings have already helped countless people throughout the world find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives. At the core of the teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution. An essential aspect of this awakening involves transcending our ego-based state of consciousness. This is a prerequisite not only for personal happiness but also for the ending of violence on our planet.

 

Subscribe by sending us an email sixtaivan@gmail.com or ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com and we will send you the Skype link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book

Time: 7.30 – 8.45 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Presenter: Ivan Kuster


Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some motivational videos related to “Technology and the changes it brings about” . Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

Why the rise of AI makes "mental resilience" so important - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gn7uDObRtNc

 


Artificial Intelligence - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gq3_G3_wylo

 

Retail 2020 | 5 Technologies that will change the way you shop - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRvaWHk3A8k

 

How Do Stock Trading Algorithms Work? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vPm_EDTrz7Y

 

Digital transformation: are you ready for exponential change? Futurist Gerd Leonhard, TFAStudios - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ystdF6jN7hc

 

Digital Transformation Vision 2020 - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvZRRIRcbHY

 

Influencer dr. Desiree Hooi, Skype MYM Book Session, 15 weeks Workshop on Emotions and this week tips

Posted on May 17, 2020 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (18th – 25th of May) we will interview Desiree (Desi) Jasmin Hooi MD, PhD; we will invite you to our next 15 week’s journey “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” next date 20th of June; we will invite you to our next skype Master Your MInd-book presentation platform on the 19th of May and we will share with you some video-links on Behaviour Change. Every day we will upload one of these videos on Fabebook.com/share2uplift.

 

Influencer Desi Hooi: Critical, honest, dreamer and enthousiatic

 

Dr. Desi Hooi, would you share with us some information of your family life?
I was born on Curaçao, I am in a relationship but not married yet, I have no children, I have no brothers and sisters, my parents are alive and they are very supportive in whom I am now. I grew up in a loving, warm and music oriented family from both my father and mother’s side of the family.


 

In your biography, I have read that on October 25th, 2018, you obtained from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), your PhD in Medical Sciences. In your dissertation entitled: “HPV and cervical cancer on Curaçao, towards implementation of an integrated prevention programme”. Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences?
I have a nursing, medical and scientific background. Transplantology and inmunology were my driving spirit to become a doctor since I was very young. I was driven later on in my career to do researches on a possible cure for diabetes mellitus. But life has taken me on a different path, where I have found a new passion in Public Health Ethnography, Medical Antropology and Health Governance. During my PhD career, I have gained knowledge about the psychological, social and anthropological role in a population's health and in the healthcare sector. I also gained knowledge on Global Health, Global Health Governance and Human Rights. The important line connecting health and behavioral sciences motivated me to assist the UN regional meeting in Geneva since 2017. There I presented my views on the topic at discussion, namely on more inclusion of the Afro-descendant population in health programs striving for proper healthcare and these were considered as valuable input for the Outcome Document in that year.

 

You advocate for good registration of medical epidemiological data, making medical decisions based on the needs of all specific groups, and equal medical care for everyone. Why is that so important, and why did you specifically mention inclusion of the Afro-descendant population?
There are not enough evidence based data in the Afro-descendent population. If one really wants to implement evidence-based practices and make evidence-based decisions, resources must also be made available to collect this data. In the Caribbean, where most of the population are Afro-descendants, an epidemiological database is under construction. But even more input and commitment is needed. Good health is an essential people's right. And as a black female doctor from the Caribbean, I feel it is my duty to advocate for that.

 

As a researcher what kind of research are you involved in? Are you still involved with research that might have relevance for Curaçao and for the whole Caribbean area?
I spent six years researching the implementation of cervical cancer screening in Curaçao. The last two years I have been busy implementing care programs in the Dutch Caribbean. In the near future I am preparing to do more research in the field of Public Health Ethnography. Now I am more interested in the behavioral aspects of health, as I am understanding better how big a role emotions play in the behavior of people, in fact they drive mostly people’s behaviors.


What is your opinion on the Convid-19 pandemic and how will this affect the world where we live in right now, especially with regards with the role researchers as you will play? How will people live together in the new era were the corona virus will be endemic?
Many researches are ongoing and much remains to be done. The COVID pandemic is simply a great transition moment. Every now and then a mutated virus comes up and affects our normal way of life. Nature will always find mechanisms to compensate for this, and sometimes it can cause lots of damage. Perhaps this virus was a mechanism to compensate. I sincerely believe that we as humans should treat mother Earth with more respect and care. And as Charles Darwin once said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one most adaptable to change.”


You seem to be very passionate about what you are doing now where does you drive come from?
The Universe.

 

Could you be more specific?
First of all, I think that we are so insignificantly small compared to the vastness of the whole Universe, as we are inseparately part of a much bigger whole. It feels like everything is connected and that fascinates me and t makes me very curious. As part of the whole, there is this Yin and Yan and there is always a mechanism striving to reach an equilibrium when it is out of balance. We should always try to strive for balance and use all available powers to show the best of us.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
It’s just who I am.


Where do you want to be let us say 10 years from now in your profession and on the personal level?
Wherever I can continue to progress by making a positive contribution to making people happy, promoting health and preventing disease.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Every day is a challenge, I just take it day by day and keep on walking. I don’t know of any other options.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Of course, I can always use some expert advises.

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I have several ways: Internet, education, my personal network, conferences, etc.

 

What are your strengths?
I have a lot, but the most important ones, I am a dreamer with a great perserverance.

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Music-, poetries-, and play production.

 

If you as Desi would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Germany or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
Hi, I am Desi.

How would you describe Desi in one word or one sentence?
Critical, honest and enthousiatic.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
Family and friends.

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
I don't have a specific trait that is “work in progress”. It is situational, as every day I wake up, to find the best version of me that fits well in that day and in my environment.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
Every single second.


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
“You inspired us to be who we are today”.

 

We were shot down and just opening up because of the presence of the Corona virus in Curaçao. What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao and humanity in general?
Beyond every dead end lies an infinite of prospects –D.J.Hooi 2019.
I believe that we will find a way to focus, collaborate and communicate properly with each other even though it is a great challenge. Hopefully we will overcome this COVID-19 crisis soon.

Contact info:
E-mail: djashooi@hotmail.com
Linkedin: Desiree J. Hooi

 

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Desiree Hooi, is one of the bright young researchers who is trying to make an impact in her field of expertise in the world as she works and live in Holland. At a young age, she was already interested in health care and became a nurse. After graduating as a physician, she earned her PhD in medical science and of late has change her focus to the behavioral side of health care. She firmly believes that social-anthropological aspects have an enormous impact on human beings their health. The understanding of cultural aspects can influence the way how best to communicate with patients. This important line, connecting health and behavioral sciences, motivated her to become a member of the African European Medical and Research Network, which is an active NGO affiliated to the UN and branch partners such as WHO, UNESCO, etc. Here she presents her views on the topic at discussion, namely on more inclusion of the Afro-descendant population in health programs striving for proper healthcare and these were considered as valuable input for the UNPAD Outcome Document. She is now preparing to do more research in the field of Public Health Ethnography and thus actively deepening the research related to this connection. We deeply love and respect Desi and consider her one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao, representing the Health sector.

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2020.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vison 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join.

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 in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman. Den e 15 simananan aki nos lo sinjabo:

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

• skucha bo intuishon mas mihó pa asina bo por ta mas kreativo i

• kon di laga loke bo a sinja bira un kustumber i transformabo komo persona.

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 2 di Yuni, di 2 – 4.30 pm.


Pa mas informashon i detajes di e suma ku ta kobra, tuma kontako ku un di e 3 fasilitadornan:

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com
Website: www.upliftingCuraçao.com/workshop-emoshon-kiko-e-ta


Our next MYM-platform session in May  via Skype
We would like to invite you to our next free MYM-platform session via Skype on Tuesday, the 19th of May (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present “A New Earth”, by Eckart Tolle.

“A wake-up call for the entire planet . . . [A New Earth] helps us to stop creating our own suffering and obsessing over the past and what the future might be, and to put ourselves in the now.” —Oprah Winfrey

 

With his bestselling spiritual guide The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle inspired millions of readers to discover the freedom and joy of a life lived “in the now.” In A New Earth, Tolle expands on these powerful ideas to show how transcending our ego-based state of consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world. Tolle describes how our attachment to the ego creates the dysfunction that leads to anger, jealousy, and unhappiness, and shows readers how to awaken to a new state of consciousness and follow the path to a truly fulfilling existence.

 

 


Subscribe by sending us an email sixtaivan@gmail.com or ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com and we will send you the Skype link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book

Time: 7.30 – 8.45 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Presenter: Ivan Kuster


Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some motivational videos related to Behaviour Change. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Health Behavior Science - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTALHvwGE3w

 

Behaviour Change By Design - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wfp2nkk3zeU

 

Theory of Planned Behaviour - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZsxuD3gExE

 

Improve Your Life Using the Stages of Change (Transtheoretical) Model - Dr Wendy
Guess - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Twlow2pXsv0


How to live healthy life? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zd00oIDAt60

 

Approaches to Behaviour Change - YouTube"
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BmhtlmaO-4

 




Influencer Anil Sadhoeram, Workshop on emotions, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on May 11, 2020 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (11th – 17th of May) we will interview Anil Sadhoeram; we will invite you to our next 15 week’s journey “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”; we will invite you to our next skype Master Your MInd-book presentation platform on the 19th of May and we will share with you some video-links on Transformational Change and Transformational changers. Every day we will upload one of these videos on Fabebook.com/share2uplift.

Influencer Anil Sadhoeram: Trendwatcher, Innovator, Chief Philosophy Officer

 

Anil, would you share with us some information of your family life?
Sure, I was born and raised in Paramaribo a small tropical town in South America. Both my parents come from the west district of Suriname called Nickerie. In the past this was a Dutch settlement with different immigrants, mostly Indian immigrants who were lured by the British to come and work in the colony. My father comes from ‘the polder’ and my mother lived in the capital town, New Nickerie. One day my father, after studying and working a few years in Holland, came back to Nickerie where he met my mother. My mother was just graduated from the Mulo school as the best in class. It was her last holiday from school in Nickerie. My parents got married within two weeks and then left to live in Utrecht in the Netherlands where my father’s work was.

 

Depressed by the cold weather my parents returned back to Suriname after 6 months and started the family in Paramaribo. First they had my sister and then me and after six years twin sisters joined our family. My father worked as an accountant at Moret, Ernst & Young and my mother worked as a primary school teacher, they are both retired now and still live in our family house in Maretraite.

 


How come you ended up become a Philosopher and engineer?Well I guess I was always curious as a kid. What I remember is that I first wanted to become a car mechanic, then influenced by televisionseries, I wanted to become a heart surgeon, then later on I wanted to become an architect and finally, I guess I got influenced by popular magazines, I wanted to learn how to build computers so that’s when I ultimately decided to become an engineer. The only problem was that I failed a crucial secondary school exam in Physics due to my lack of preparations and being too overconfident, while Physics was a requirement if I ever wanted to become an engineer. I remember my dream crashing big time.

 

It was my father that came to my rescue. After many unsuccessful attempts of him trying to convince me to become a registered accountant he got a brainwave and came up with a perfect solution for me at that time: He helped me to get enrolled at the LOI, the Leidse Onderwijs Instellingen, from the Netherlands which was a distant learning school that would sent me my weekly Physics classes by mailorder. So under the mango tree at my parents house I schooled myself in Physics and in the meantime I was writing letters to the deans of e.g. the University of Amsterdam and the Technology University in Delft to inquire about the computer science studies they were offering.

 

So finally when I was 18 years old, I flew to Holland to become a physics engineer at the TU Delft, which was the best and oldest available Technology University in the Netherlands according to my research as a kid. But when I finally arrived there and as soon as the classes started, I fell in a figurative ‘black hole’, it was so hard to grasp all the complex knowledge. Nevertheless I continued my journey leaving Delft, going to the University Groningen where I continued to study Physics.

 

Nowadays I sometimes call myself a “digital nomad”, but those days I literally travelled a lot. Because all my friends where studying in different pIaces I was travelling by train crossing the Netherlands. So it happened that I landed in Utrecht and switched both City and Study to become a 1st Grade Teacher in Physics.

 

One day on my way to my classes, I forgot to step out of the bus and then something awesome happened: the next stop of the bus was right in front of the Philosophy building. I got curious straight away and stepped into the building and followed a lecture that was given at that moment.

 

Philosophy, or “Wijsbegeerte” as the Dutch say, immediately resonated with me. I still remember vividly how I would feel sparks in my brain hearing my Philosophy professors explain. So I started to combine the two studies by myself. Most people tell me that they find it an odd combination. To me it’s a natural fit. Look at Einstein, he was more of a natural science philosopher than most of the average physicists. To make a long story short, two years later some marketeer sent me a brochure of the University of Twente and it turned out that what I was trying to puzzle on my own they already offered in a formal curriculum. That’s where I ultimately graduated as a “Wijsgerig Ingenieur” as we say it in Dutch.



Looking back now I realize that Physics helps you to answer the question about “the How of things” and Philosophy, being the Mother of all Sciences as my professors used to say back at the University, was centered around “the Why of things” question. I was always curious so at very early age I asked myself and remember asking my mother things like: “Where does life come from? Why are we on earth? Who or what is, what the people call GOD? The latter issue had fascinated me since way back, when my two younger sisters were born. My mother had told me that if I wanted a brother, and I wanted a brother, I should pray to GOD and behave well, GOD will then grant me my wish. It turned out that my mother got, not one, but two baby girls, at the same time! Can you believe it!? I was very devastated, I can still remember that very clearly. Today, still not knowing what it is to have an actual brother, I must say I am so grateful to have such wonderful sisters.

 

Philosophy is accepting to not having all the answers. It is about the art of asking great questions, so that one can discover the truth by oneself. You gain insights by asking questions, even if there exists no certainty that these insights that you get are the truth. This constant struggle is really what is so fascinating, because some things might seem fixed while at the same time other things are constantly changing. These insights are helpful in these like these while we are experiencing so many transformational changes at the same time.

 

What is you opinion on the COVID-19 pandemic and how will this affect the world where we live in right now?
COVID-19  has made us so aware of how vulnerable we are as a species. Our governments also don’t know what exactly to do next and how the pandemie will effectively play out as this is totally new for all of us.

To me the pandemie asks for a multidisciplinary approach not only, with all respect, from the medical community or virology experts. And the central debate certainly should not be hijacked by over the top political entities and fakemedia outlets. That will result in narrow solutions that will potentially cause greater harm to the society as a whole.

 

While we were gearing up for the “Smart Cities of the Future” by harnessing internet based technologies, implementing city surveillance systems, artificial intelligence and telehealth we suddenly got caught by the Coronavirus and the “Angst” it created that came as a thief in the night.

Digital Transformation evangelists that have been preaching all these decades about the benefits of the Digital Society suddenly see massess of people jumping online as if they jump on a stool and start screaming because an ugly rat just entered the kitchen. Now we are jumping online as a panic reaction that potentially exposes the governments and the general public to lots of cybersecurity risks while they are trying to cope with the Corona threath. Our data and privacy is already under a lot of pressure but that is nothing compared by what lays ahead given the reflex of governments and commercial enterprises to solve everything with stricter regulations or an app to do that, so to speak. 

Lets take a minute to look at the foundations of Physics and Biology in the context of the current COVID-19 virus. In physics many truths about nature are discovered not simply by using your “common sense” but by something different in the faculty of our mind. Things that were once considered the truth such as Newton’s theory about the existense of an absolute Time and an absolute Space are now considered wrong.

Since Einstein proofed that E= Mc2 we know better. Time and Space are not seperated from each other but together form what is called the Space-Time Continuum. Physics furthermore teaches us that certain phenomena in the macro Cosmos and the phenomena in the micro Cosmos are best understood with Quantum Physics.

According to Quantum Physics there is something “weird” or counterintuitive going on. We have to deal with a fundamental uncertainty called the Heisenberg principle. And there is this famous thought experiment called “The Schrödinger’s Cat” which leads to pretty freaky conclusions about the true nature of us and the universe that we live in. Quantum Physics deals with the so called elementary ‘particles’. Now when we look at Biology we learn that a virus is in fact a nano organism, or if you will a living nano particle so basically when it comes to really understanding virusses and how they interact with other organisms it’s not bad to know something about physics and possibly other sciences.

 

I also remember reading a Dutch quote when I was studying in Utrecht: “Een statisticus waadde vol vertrouwen door een rivier die gemiddeld één meter diep was. Hij verdronk.” You can ask Google to translate this for you.

This pandemic brings us together on the same page. In a certain sense it created a level playing field because no one, no country is immune. In 1947 the french philosopher Albert Camus published a novel called, “The Plaque” which is in essence an allegory of France's struggle during the Nazi occupation. It’s also a story of bravery and determination against the precariousness of human existence.

So that’s why I believe that only by applying a dynamic multidisciplinary approach of multiple natural sciences such as physics, biology and computer science combined with history, sociology and economics, about how people really live and interact together in groups, we will be able to deal effectively with the pandemie moving forward.

 


Can you expand a little more on this Chief Philosophy Officer position in a company and how it can add value to a companies business?
While working inside some of the world’s very amazing corporations and having had thousands of meetings and conversations with business leaders and the regular employees I realized that almost everybody in the company and even in the board or in the management team is just focussed on their part of the business. So when I created this role for myself I was probably one of the first people worldwide calling themself Chief Philosophy Officer. I slowly but surely went on a mission to proof that applying Philosophical Thinking, which is in effect critical thinking about the true nature of things, would simply lead to better insights which leads to higher changes to reach the strategic goals of the company.

The way I see it is that a Chief Philosophy Officer is trained and used to deal with ‘crisis’ from a multidisciplinary perspective.

 

Let me give you an example. Once upon a time I was working in Amsterdam at Forrester Research, a Boston based firm. Their events business was in a crisis, the CEO, George Colony, that is mister Forrester himself wanted to shut down this unprofitable part of the business but he gave it one more year to turn things around.

I remember when I got on board I didn’t know anything about their business or even anything about events business as I was previously working at Oracle, a titan in the IT industry. Actually coming from a complete different type of business I had the advantage of the complete ousiders view so I was able to add value from the start simply by looking at the same problem from a totally different perspective. Together with my team the events business results broke all previous records and I got into trouble because I earned more money than my manager that time...


The 21st Century just began and it is already full with inconsistencies and paradoxes. So the Chief Philosophy Officer should offer help to individual leaders and companies to see the bigger picture of what is really going on, create a culture that allows employees to ask the right questions and help them develop or aquire the tools and mindsets to create a meaningfull experience and existence.

People nowadays are more informed yet more confused than ever. Nietzsche onces said “God is Dead”. Mind you that his father was a pastor. What he meant by that is because of the enlightenment of the people and scientific discoveries the church and religions don’t have the authority anymore that they used to have in the past. Science and corporations slowly but surely took over the authority and the role of the church and religion.

We human beings, because of our growing knowledge of natural sciences and advances in medicine and technologies such as vaccins, electricity, the industrial revolution, the internet revolution etc. started to believe that we could make or break anything we wanted to as long as our knowledge increases. There is a very persistent illusion going on that makes us erroneously believe that if we get to know the forces of nature better we will be able to control nature and eventually dominate nature.

On top of that the social scientists assumed many theories of physics to be true without really understanding what the physicist is really talking about. So they mixed and matched a lot of the natural empirical sciences that created this collective illusion that if we develop our societies toward the highest technological levels that we can imagine, we will be able to steer society also in the desired direction AND stay in full control at the same time. Some people even want to use all this vast knowledge to live forever.
 

The COVID-19 is teaching us how vulnerable we are. What human beings make or do, doesn’t always lead to a better equilibrium for our own species, while nature always is going for an optimal equilibrium where multiple species coexist with or without us human beings. If we want to survive we need to become a bit more reasonable, humble, respect nature much more and accept that we are mortal beings that have to learn to live with uncertainties in our lives. We have to deal with that. We have to navigate based on a bigger picture view of the crisis. We have to transform our mindsets and define our purpose. Here is where a Chief Philosophy Officer can add value.

We as humans love to have a strong hold to something, to prevent drowning in a tumultous world. The question is: “What can we know for sure?”. We are dealing with a world where not everything that exists can be seen with our senses. The virus is just one example. The good news is that we can experience synchronicity or we can have moments of serendipity. This is maybe the best tool we can have in a world full of noise to come up with out of the box solutions for the greater good. The coronavirus and how we deal with it is the biggest challenge today but tomorrow it might be something else that challenges humanity.

So better start sharpening your organization today. Ultimately, and this is not a message just for a company or for a society as a whole but for each and every single one of us, to Know Thyself! Check the links to learn more about the role and value of a Chief Philosophy Officer.

www.forbes.com/sites/sallypercy/2018/03/09/why-your-board-needs-a-chief-philosophy-officer/#5d91a78042e3

www.theguardian.com/business-to-business/2018/mar/29/i-work-therefore-i-am-why-businesses-are-hiring-philosophers

www.t-systems.com/en/best-practice/03-2017/focus/philosophy/chief-philosophy-of%EF%AC%81cer-760662

 

What are some of the ideas that you are also exploring righ now?
I have lots of ideas, but I need to collaborate with others to translate that in value and impact for businesses and society. Many years ago I had a brainstorm with a colleague of Oracle. We started to think about the future of work and organizations. So I asked the question: “what is a business equivalent of a LAT, Living Apart Together relationship? That is a WAT relationship or to make things more powerfull: we created the concept of a 100% Working Apart Together Tribe. So that is how I work, depending on the task at hand I create a tribe by using digital platforms to collaborate in order to compete more effectively with the large corporates in the market.

 

During my time at Oracle, I was working in their Dublin office in Ireland. That is the place where I’ve I learned a lot about the whole idea of the internet and how that would change the world. A key take away for me from working at Oracle was that you can work, study and play anywhere independent from where you live as long as you have connectivity. #AnyData, #AnyWhere, AnyTime, AnyDevice and AnyOne. This was in in the year 2001. Today we call this On Demand.

Truth to be told this is exactly why ten years ago when I moved from the Netherlands I choose Curaçao as a perfect destination given the submarine fiber optical connectivity of our Island. Using the Working Apart Together Tribe Organizational Philosophy, I signed up a partnership with a company in the Netherlands because of their technical resources and capabilities and simply moved to Curaçao. Didn’t know anyone on the island back then, but nevertheless started my company here with a wireless internetconnection of just one Mbit per second.

Did not need any office building or other traditional things to start. I became a member of the Canto.org started to network and managed to find my way. I was offering end to end internet television platforms which at that time were super innovative and I was fortunate to sign up some of the National Telecom operators in the Caribbean region such as Telesur in Suriname and UTS here on Curaçao to name a few. Today my company is mainly focussed on Digital Transformation, Smart City solutions and next generation Cybersecurity solutions.

 

One of the ideas that I am also currently exploring because of my teachers background, is the creation of a platform of talented teachers that could offer their services on-line to different schools in the Caribbean. We all need to adapt to the new realities and start blending our online and off line worlds. All Smart City initiatives will have to be re-assessed by the way. We have to re-iterate a whole new paradigm, one that incorporates for example the new rules of our 1.5 meter distance society and all the new hygiene requirements into the program.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qu_fLgxG3cg

 

Another thing that we should be looking into is the (digital) platform economy. Companies like Uber and Airbnb are examples of a platform business in the patform economy. Because of COVID-19 these companies are also loosing their market value and laying off many employees but the trend is clearly in favor of platform companies that re-iterate themself to the newer realities of today. Contactless and frictionless are going to be key drivers for the new platform players. The problem with the newer Silicon Valley companies today is that they are not really succesful in other countries. So global platform companies that truly respect local cultures and invest in the local community will have a better change to get a footprint in Curaçao. And Curaçao and it’s people have the opportunity to capitalize much more of the connectivity capabilities of the subsea fiber optic network to become an important hub for local and regional platform companies. This of course won’t happen by itself, we should all try to become forward thinking. This is the opportunity for the next wave of entepreneurs.

 

What is your companies name? 
Nx(t) Wave Inc. as a tribute to the better part of Silicon Valley and the game changing visionairies like Steve Jobs.


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
‘Life is a Journey, not a Destination’, I once read in the office at Andersen Consulting, now Accenture where I had my first job. I was hired one year before graduation in a time when there was a recession in the Dutch labour market. It was branded as the paperless office and I was sent to their Head Quarters Training Facilities in St. Charles close to Chicago where I did the Human Performance Design School. I was the only recruit from the Netherlands so I gave a presentation about Amsterdam. I showed a commercial of Rolo, a dutch chocolate candy, it was a commercial of a boy that once teased an elephant by offering him a Rolo and then when the little elephant tried to take the candy the boy took away the candy and laughed at the baby elephant. Years later in the commercial, the boy is a man and he suddenly hears an elephant’s trumpetting. He turns to look and suddenly he gets a smack in his face. It was the baby elephant now grown up and part of another parade. I guess my memory is not that great as the elephant’s because somehow along the road I forgot about my Why. So to be honest I am not so sure what my BIG WHY is, I just know that I am driven strongly by curiosity. When I was child I used to reverse engineer my toycar that my parents gave me as a present. I would dismantle it and study it in all it’s details and was unable to fixed it back in it original state, but I learned a lot in the process. When my sister got a singing doll I also reverse engineered it only to realize that there was a small music player installed in the back of the doll. Nothing really magical or am I missing someting?

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
At this moment I am dealing with almost the same issues that everybody is dealing with. Staying in lockdown modus and trying to make the best out of my personal life and my company, tyrying to re-inventing myself continously, letting go of the things that are not helpful for me anymore and being genuinely happy with the things that we now have. It gives me somehow comfort to know that I am not the only one. Like I said before the COVID-19 Pandemie somehow creates a level playing field for all of us. Trusting the future although I know that we don’t have everything under control. I love to take long walks with my dog to clear my mind. I also love to walk together with other people in the business community, these are what I call the “CEO walks”. These walks often leads to a very interesting exchange of different points of view as they spark the creative mind in a different way. Meditation is also helpful.

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels and how do you use your inner voice?
The internet is the biggest library in the world. So I read and watch a lot of stuff online. I also read all kinds of books and netwerk a lot with other people. I am online since 1996 so I guess I am also able to network with people on the other side of the ocean. I also use my own inner voice or my own thinking capabilities. In the evening I sometimes sit on the rooftop of my house looking at the stars. It’s like connecting the dots and letting my imagination wander freely.

 

We have met in 2015 at first and I received a WhatsApp of you this week where you shares a presentation that you have made one year ago. In this clip there where certain projections made regarding a pandemic outbreak that was kind of an implict message in the text of the song of your presentation and furthermore you mentioned one year ago, that their might be oil found in Guyana and Surinam. Both of these predictions are now a fact. I have always found you to be “not the average guy around the block”, you are different as you are a trendwatcher and you want to offer companies services as a Chief Philosophy Officer, could you expand a little on how you have made your predictions?
Well I don’t really make predictions about the future. I just blend different ideas from different sources and I just use my smartphone mainly. But I guess having worked for companies such as Oracle, Forrester and also Gartner where I had first hand access to some of the smartest people in the world and they also made me aware of certain big ideas and big trends also helps. So I guess I combine a few trendwatching techniques and also use my own imagination. In fact I study other analysts so I am doing some Meta Analysis if you will and I am data driven in the sense that I understand how to look at numbers and use critical thinking but I also try to incorporate information coming from other domains such as the music and entertainment industry as they have some pretty good understanding what drives the end consumers. The way I see it is that we will get more and more predictive capabilities as we are all entering the world of Big Data, Machine Learning and general purpose Artificial Intelligence.

 

At the same time I am aware of the uncertainty principles that somehow are fundamental in nature. So to be frank the only prediction I want to make moving forward is that the words “Downloading” and “Uploading” will disappear from our vocabulary. In the future internet connectivity will be so fast that it would be like switching on a light. Feel free to check my video on youtube. Perhaps it will inspire you to start predicting or better said influence your own future. www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFK6-aHxuuQ

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I like reading and listening to music. I used to love dancing and swimming but never on a competitive level. Nowadays, I love networking and talking to people about all the new ideas out there and what they think about it. This gives me the energy to keep on going.

 

If you as Anil would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in vietnam thailand) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I can give you an example that already happened in the past. I was travelling through south east asia when I met this guy from Australia in the bus. We just started a conversation. He asked my name and where I was from. I told him simply that my name is Anil and that I am originally from Suriname. I also told him, assuming he would never guess that if he could tell me where Suriname was geographically I would buy him a beer. He looked at me and said you are the Paramaribo man! He once read a book that only had one sentence in it that made a reference to Suriname. Later after my trip when I was back in the office in Dublin I received that book by mail. He did sent me the book, the title of the book was ‘Children of Kaywana’.


How would you describe Anil in one word or one sentence?
Most Probably the World’s first Chief Philosopher Officer.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
There were more than one, some of them I met in person some of them are public figures.

My mathematics teacher when I was in the 5th grade at the secondary school in Suriname, my father because of the role he played in crucial moments in my life like suggesting the LOI to catch up on Physics. My mother is also a inspiration for me because she is such a people’s person, everybody loves her.

 

Other persons that have inspired me are Nietzsche, one of the greatest philosophers of the western world and Einstein of course. Another great mind that inspires me is the great indian mathematician and astronomer Brahmagupta that was the first person to give us the rules to compute with zero. He published this in the year 628. As strange as it might sound it took many centuries for the western world to understand zero. The church considered it a number of the Devil. Today all computers depend on this discovery of zero.

 

I am also inspired by Steve Jobs and last but not least the software Billionaire Larry Ellison. He is the founder of Oracle, the company I have worked for in the past. There is this book about Larry Ellison with the title “What is the difference between GOD and Larry Ellison”. The answer given is very simple: “GOD doesn’t think he is Larry Ellison”.

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
To let go of things that are holding me back, work on my patience when things are not going as I wanted and at times even let go of too much science, as we can’t control everything.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
Everytime I moved, either from Suriname to Holland or from Holland to Dublin to work for Oracle, or moving to Curaçao to set up shop here.


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
Please, you should in fact ask this question to them when you meet them by that time.

We are shot down now because of the presence of the Corona virus in Curaçao. What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao and humanity in general?
This is not an easy question to answer but have I full confidence in Curaçao.
The struggle of the people is real. When I was a student in the Netherlands I was struggling with many things. My father back then sent me a handwritten letter, he tried to motivate me and told me that if things didn’t work out over there I could always try to set up myself in Curaçao. I completely forgot about that letter which my father wrote in 1996 until a few years not so long ago when I was going through some of my old papers while already living on the island. I have often asked myself why Curaçao? Now I believe that it had to be this way, call it synchronicity call it whatever you want to. I came here as a complete outsider and saw the opportunities that others living here maybe didn’t see. Einstein said that “Logic brings you from A to B, and Imagination Everywhere”. Imagination brought me to C, the C of Curaçao.

Think about this: “Dushi Kòrsou” to me means “Schat Eiland”. So I believe in Curaçao, the island and the people is it’s real treasure.

 Read more about: Creating Smart Cities in the Caribbean.


One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Anil Sadhoeram is a living example of an innovator who walks his talk. He was innovative in chosing Curaçao years ago, as his place where he would work and live from. From here on he closed million dollar deals with regional clients. As a digital nomad, he considers himself in essence being a Chief Philosophy Officer and offers services as a CPO, which in itself is innovative. As a CPO wants to create more clarity with regards to people’s purpose in life. Philosophy taught him acceptance, which is, not having all the answers and still live with uncertainties in our lives, while still asking good questions and discover. As this constant struggle is really what fascinates him and he wants to offer to clients. Anil is also passionately looking to find the killer “app” as next business breakthrough in collaboration with a new network of regional players. Being an innovator, as he is, he is still very much involved in exploring new ways to offer services to diverse groups of customers on-line through platforms of collaborating parties. We deeply respect Anil and consider him one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao, representing the technology and business sector. You can connect with him on linkedin.com/in/anilyzer


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2020.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vison 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join.

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 in Papiamentu
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.

Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman. Den e 15 simananan aki nos lo sinjabo:

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

• skucha bo intuishon mas mihó pa asina bo por ta mas kreativo i

• kon di laga loke bo a sinja bira un kustumber i transformabo komo persona.

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 16 di Mei, di 9 – 11.30 am.

Pa mas informashon i detajes di e suma ku ta kobra, tuma kontako ku un di e 3 fasilitadornan:

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

E-mail: ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com
Website: www.upliftingCuraçao.com/workshop-emoshon-kiko-e-ta


Our next MYM-platform session in May  via Skype
We would like to invite you to our next free MYM-platform session via Skype on Tuesday, the 19th of May (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present “A New Earth”, by Eckart Tolle.

“A wake-up call for the entire planet . . . [A New Earth] helps us to stop creating our own suffering and obsessing over the past and what the future might be, and to put ourselves in the now.” —Oprah Winfrey

 

With his bestselling spiritual guide The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle inspired millions of readers to discover the freedom and joy of a life lived “in the now.” In A New Earth, Tolle expands on these powerful ideas to show how transcending our ego-based state of consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world. Tolle describes how our attachment to the ego creates the dysfunction that leads to anger, jealousy, and unhappiness, and shows readers how to awaken to a new state of consciousness and follow the path to a truly fulfilling existence.

 

 


Subscribe by sending us an email sixtaivan@gmail.com or ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com and we will send you the Skype link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book

Time: 7.30 – 8.45 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Presenter: Ivan Kuster


Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some motivational videos related to “Transformational change and Transformational changers”. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

Steve Jobs Motivational Speech | Inspirational Video | Entrepreneur Motivation | Startup Stories - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vtD0T-ZcF2M

 

Larry Ellison: I had all the disadvantages necessary for success - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrZoRNSQSPw

 

Change Management versus Change Leadership: What's the Difference? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=yseq-v9DFqg 


HOW TO DEAL WITH CHANGE - WHO MOVED MY CHEESE BY SPENCER JOHNSON | Animated Video Audio Book Summary - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlBD4vJsPzo

 

Best motivational video for ever for leadership - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=tghjgOv4mKc

 

"Genius": The story of Einstein - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ev5KPlPBG8

 

 

 




 

 

 



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