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Influencer Sharnon Isenia, Online MYM Book Session, next Personal Journey and this week tips

Posted on July 18, 2021 at 1:25 PM

In this week’s blog (19th – 25th of July), we will interview Sharnon Isenia; we will invite you to our next MYM Book presentation via Zoom on the 20th of July (3rd Tuesday of the month); we invite you to our next Personal Journey. We will also share some short videos on topics Ryan Holiday has written about. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video links on our facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Sharnon Isenia: a knowledge eater who gets things done

 

Could you share with us some information about your family life? 
I am married, I am 56 years old and we have a 12-year- old son Thomas and we live in Emmastad. I have 4 other siblings. My parents have passed away and both played an important role in who I am today. My father was a very disciplined man and selfemployed before and after his retirement after serving 25 years at the Isla Refinary. My mother was the binding factor in our family and a very strong woman that taught me to deeply respect women. She grew up in a family of 11 children and an even larger extended family. I have inherited aspects of both my father and my mother. In 1982 at the age of 17 years old I went to The Netherlands for my studies.

 

Could you share something about your educational background and your experience?
In The Netherlands, after I graduated from the Verkeersacademie Tilburg, I went to study Human Geography and Spatial planning at the University of Utrecht and got my Masters degree within two years. My thesis at the University of Utrecht was a multidisciplinary study of the so-called Evaluation of the Urban Renewal of the Schippers Kwartier in The Hague. I worked on this thesis with two other students whom were working on graduation as sociologist. The intention was to demolish some old houses and construct new houses. We needed to evaluate the urban renewal and give suggestions how the social management and aftercare should done after the renewable had taken place, as this neighborhood had its social challenges. Different people that use to live in the neighborhood, were moved to other parts of The Hague and also to Zoetermeer and more houses were build than before based on a higher building density. Migrants from Surinam and Antillean came living in the neighborhood whilst people that didn’t live in that neighborhood before came living in that neighborhood leading to several increased social tensions in that neighborhood. The lesson learned was not to concentrate people of the same social background in the same neighborhoods and prevent gentrification. But it was quite an experience for me to do a thesis on this subject matter.


 

After my graduation, I returned to Curaçao and started working at Secretariaat Stadsvernieuwing as one of the first employees in 1990. I was a projectleader. Our office was located at first in the Hoogstraat in Otrobanda and then we moved to Scharloo close to the Executive Council of the Island Government of Curaçao their main government offices. I have worked and known different Heads at the Secretariaat Stadsvernieuwing. I did a vast array of projects in Pietermaai, Otrobanda, Sint Jago and Punda. The first one that I did was the writing of a policy note on parking for the innercity. This was also the design of/ and the founding of a Parking l Authority Curaçao, PAC. It was a great experience.

One interesting projects we worked on was the neighborhood improvement of Sint Jago. This project was unique as we worked from scratch together with DROV, DOW, FKP and with other stakeholders. The overall setup of the urban renewal organization for the innercity of Willemstad consisted of several projectteams at the bottom they were action area bound. For the overall middle management above there was one workgroup and on the top for the strategic management there was a steering group installed, which was chaired by the lieutenant governor. We tried to involve all stakeholders and there was a high willingness to collaborate especially in the beginning.

 

In the first year, we worked on the first three pillars (physical, economic and social), namely the physical infrastructure of the neighborhood. I worked under Maarten Smit as director of Secretariaat Stadsvernieuwing. One of the first things he did was to have all the relevant budget items for the innercity to be managed by the Secretariat. If you have funds, people will respect you and you become an interesting partner to deal with. Furthermore, in the first three years of our existence we fell under the responsibility of the Lieutenant Governor, Mr. Wilsoe in those days, and in that sense, if there would be issues that needed to escalate, this was great if the chairperson is the Lieutenant Governor that stands above all other parties. Maarten Smit was the secretary of the steering group where decisions are taken by decreed. We were respected and things could be done result-driven and we got things done.

I was also involved in the construction of the Renaissance hotel which included the parking garage and the development of the Riffort area. After that, I went to work for USONA. I started doing an MBA at ICUC, the former Curises at the UNA and as part of my thesis, I did a survey for the evaluation of the Urban Renewal Organizational structure and the work with stakeholders. I concluded that there is a need for a coordinating organization when the public and private sectors work together. Unfortunately in the NBO, Secretariaat Stadsvernieuwing got eliminated. Furthermore, I have also worked on the reconstruction of Brionplein and other few physical projects like reconstruction of Caprileskade, Handelskade, Gouvernementslein, Molenplein etc.

We have understood that you are very involved in the Curaçao Doughnut and green economy initiatives. Can you share some more with us ? 
I have been involved in the Curaçao Doughnut Economy initiative and helped organize 10 workshops in 10 (neighborhood) centers (Sentro di Bario) like Otrobanda, Barber, Buena Vista to mention a few. We did also meet in other places like the meeting room of Aqualectra, a day-care for children, at a school with Kura di Arte and the University of Curaçao. We met with different groups from young, adult entrepreneurs too public servants, which included green initiatives. The baseline study report is based on Kate Raworth’s model of the Doughnut Economy. It is actually a measurementtool with 21 indicators that is applied in the measurment of existing levels of sustainability for each indicator in improvement of the island development. There are two main categories 12 social needs and 9 planetary limitations. The city of Amsterdam is the first pilot city in the world using this model.

Juan Carlos Goilo was involved in Amsterdam with the pilot and as he is also from Curaçao, he helped create a collaboration with the city of Amsterdam, where Curaçao became a pilot island for the Doughnut Economy. In the first phase, an overview was made, a picture you can call it, was taken of the situation in Curaçao. The report on the first phase was finalized in March 2021. It was an overview of 95 initiatives of which 27 ideas didn’t have a project owner yet and the intention is to have these projects implemented. As we are in the middle of the start of a new government, it is unsure what will happen next with this report, as there is a need for some funds to move this approach further.


There is a Think Tank at work that is enabling presentations to different stakeholders, like TNO presented their ideas to a group of different stakeholders which also included stakeholders from The Netherlands, exploring what the stakeholders are doing and exploring possible collaborations among the stakeholders. The Doughnut Economy Initiative has a website consisting of over 60 members in Curaçao and The Netherlands. The intention is to have that the Chapter in The Netherlands focusing on Curaçao specifically. In the process, we also had a member of KREA, Corina Regales, participating. Joeri Oltheten started a foundation Stichting Curaçao Doughnut Economy and the foundation is looking for funds to move the initiative further.

As Indigo Blue Consult is owned together with my wife Elly, I am working on a Moonshot for Curaçao. I am a great advocate of promoting Curaçao as an excellent place to explore the space. I have written an article on this. The idea is not completely the same as the old project that failed, but it is inspired by this old initiative. What lessons can we learn from the first initiative? The reason why I believe in this is, that space exploration is an industry that will grow enormously in the coming years. And we still have an excellent geographical position. This could be the next economic boom comparable to the 20th-century boom that Shell created when it started its operation on the island in 1917.


The intention of this is based on a called book “Moonshot” that is written by Mariana Mazzucato. Based on a different type of stakeholders approach, stakeholders work together and work in the same direction, collaborating to make Curaçao progress. By doing this we can achieve some pretty awesome things in Curaçao. We would love to have her visit Curaçao btw. If we can lure the right investors to do this, this is possible, as the transformation of the government to deal with the challenges of this new 21st-century era, will have to be lead by the corporate private sector.

Can you tell us some more about your experiences?
I have been involved in research on the traffic impact analysis and compatibility of mobility on “living” and “the living environment”. Like the planned extension of the American consulate in Willemstad that just was announced in the press recently and a land development project in Banda Abou. After I left my job at USONA, I participated actively in the Bedrijven Platform Milieu (BPM) and participated two years in Greentown Curaçao, I was involved 2 years in “Think to Do Institute”, where we organized a conference about the possible consequences of Brexit and after that, I ended up in the Curaçao Doughnut Economy Task Force.

I was also involved with the Island Innovation platform created by James Ellsmoor, in 2018 Cinex had brought to the island and afterwards he organized the first Virtual Island Innovation Summit.
Coming September there will be a 4th Worldwide Summit Online, which offers excellent opportunities to showcase some initiatives of Curaçao on that platform. Ex-Minister Steven Martina of Economic Development, Vanessa Toré for the Ministry of MEO, and Runy Calmera presented on this platform. I am working to become an ambassador for this platform. The summit last year in 2020 had an attendance of about 10.000 participants and 500 speakers. It was a ten days event.


I am also been a member of ISISA since 2014, which is an association of small island studies. This is a network of researchers that meet and exchange research that was undertaken on small island state economies. Recently they had their first virtual summit meeting. I have written an article that Curaçao is the 1st world’s islanddoughnut, which is published in the July edition of this year in their Newsletter btw. Small islands can’t just copy-paste solutions that work for bigger countries, but I myself advocates for customized solutions for small islands. Last there was a Transportation Symposium held Virtually at the campus of the University of West Indies in Trinidad for example, where the applicability of electrical cars and other renewable energy applications were discussed.which is an association of small island states.


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be who you are right now?
I want to get things done. Despite I have an intellectual backround I don’t like the idea that plans remain an “air castle”. Like the parking policy we developed the Parking Authority with the parking meters became real, with the involvement of contractors..etc. we just got it done. This is something I learned from my father; get things done. He was a very practical man, that designed houses, also worked as a carpenter and as security officer for about 25 years at the Isla Refinary. I come from a family where we have different very practical members. It is about the relationship between certain abstract things and practical things and that is what I do. You have a vision and I want to make the vision come through. I want to get things done as a project manager and I have done a lot of projects, I love being involved in projects.

 

What are your plans for the coming years and when do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
We are a small island and I am expanding my wings outside of Curaçao, not necessarily the Caribbean but small islands in general because I want to be exposed to more contacts, that can lead to assignments. As a consultant, you have highs and lows in the work you do, with the necessary uncertainties that come along with this. If I would have recurrent income as a consultant, I would consider myself to be successful.

I have written an article based on a book titled “Mission Economy, a moonshot guide, which entails a long-term plan and it is about an Island innovation opportunity, namely Aerospace opportunities for Curaçao. I hope I can make people aware about the opportunities and the existing potential that Curaçao have above other destinations with this vision. As I have said I want to make visions happen, I want my dreams to become reality, just like the way evolution takes place.

 


What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Having recurrent revenues. With the two of us we manage and these Covid times we are not supported by the NOW-arrangement. But constantly working on acquisition will stay a challenge, always. It requires a lot of constant time and effort. Don’t forget the Curaçao market is not a big market. That is why I have to re-invent myself and expand from my original field of expertise. I had to leave the comfort zone of my cocoon and diversify my service offerings to different sectors and other markets. I am into mobility on the land, sea, air and now going into space as the 4th dimension of mobility. I’m always been a generalist and not a specialist with a holistic view to future, I aim to achieve sustainability and to be creative. In all this, networking is very important. So I invest a lot in networking in Facebook, Linkedin, and the different platformorganizations I am involved in. My goal is to connect with at least 100 people a year and maybe 10 of these contacts would be worthwhile further exploration for possible deeper collaboration and conversions.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemmas show up? How does that work for you?
II love watching movies, in a real movie theater with a big screen and I love feeling all, like the sounds and all the visual effects. I am not a Netflix type of guy. I like the “Fast and Furious no. 9” and Starwars, Science Fiction mostly. As I am watching a movie, it brings me to another world and it expands my world and imagination. I used to go to the movies every Saturday, it inspires me, it brings up a lot in me and gets me out of my reality but after that, I can see things better and see things that I didn’t see before. That is how I use my inner voice.



How are you trying also to keep up with your knowledge and skills levels?
I am very active in my groups, networking. I read a lot from the internet and try to discern what is fiction and what is not. That is why I like traveling also, if possible we will travel 2 or 3 times a year. The last time we traveled was December 2019, we went to visit New York and visited Planetarium of Neil deGrace Tyson. Then in March 2020, Covid became rampant. As a geographer, I like to explore and travel. This inspires me and I don’t like monotony in work. I love change, I love learning from history and love working on projects for the future.

Upcoming agenda activities 
I have subscribed for the 2021 International Climate Action Challenge of the Green Team Academy, which is a 90-Days challenge and training, which starts in August ’21. It is organized by Joan Gregerson living in Colorado USA. In April ’21 the Green Team Academy of Joan held an ‘online’ workshops for the 3rd Annual Earth Summit, which Sharnon participated too.

I have also subscribed for participation in workgroups as part of the Curaçao action plan initiative against Climate Change. This initiative is setup and carried out by the Meteorology Department of Curaçao (MDC), under supervision of the secretary general Marva Browne, which is representing the UNESCO. The execution is based upon the recommendations of the Curaçao Climate Change Road Map as result of the Policy Assessment, which has been done with local stakeholders.

What are your strengths?
Perseverance and consistency. I have been involved in the cooperative movement for 28 years via ACU. After 28 years, I finally had an opportunity to influence policy matters on “cooperatives”. This was something that I started all by myself and even visited Spain and Italy for that matter to study cooperatives.

For “Moonshot Curaçao” it was the same, you dig into the subject matter and with the space exploration possibilities for Curaçao, I will do the same. I might even visit New Zeeland someday for this matter. It starts as a dream and then the ideas evolve as you talk with different stakeholders. If you are lucky some stakeholders might have the same interest and then you move some steps further in making the dream come through. This is its incubation time. So this is my strength. And I am always thinking outside of the box.

 


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I love sports. Like fitness for my health, I love to watch soccer, major league baseball. I am a fan of the Yankees, the national soccer team of Brazil and Real Madrid. I admire excellence. I love traveling and I love watching movies.

 

If you as Sharnon would meet a stranger on the bus (let say in new york) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I am Sharnon and I am from Curaçao. 

How would you describe Sharnon in one word or one sentence?
A knowledge eater, I am curious, I am eager to know more. I don’t like a routine job, as it frustrates me. Because I am curious, I am always looking for new things to learn and grow. It is for me as normal and comparable to drinking water every day.

Who are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
My father, my mother, and my grandmother. My mentors like Dito Abad he is an architect urban planner, where I used to be a trainee and he worked on different islands of the former Netherlands Antilles, he inspired me. My wife also inspires me a lot.

 

What is a trait that is still a work in progress?
Communication in word and writing. My Dutch spelling will always be a challenge for me.


What was a defining moment in your life?
The day I met my wife, our dreams are more aligned with each other. Dreams come through in unexpected ways.


Where do you want to be 10 years from now with your career?
I would be an independent financially stable consultant, that collaborates with the politicians, but I would not be into politics.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends, and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
He got it done!


What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, recession, and in the middle of growing environmental challenges because of the global warming consequences?
Sharnon Isenia is an ambitious, practical consultant that wants to make vision(s) come to fruition. Starting as a Spatial Planner expert, he worked Boeli van Leeuwen in his book “Geniale Anarchie”, said that Curacao is always on its way to perish, but some way or the other, Curacao always survives. Like a miracle that pulls us back on our feet. I don't know why exactly but certain people, certain individualists like Dr. Da Costa Gomez, seem to play an important role as they are always at the right place, at the right time, and achieve results that benefit the island. As a collective group, things are not going that well. I would compare it with the national Brazil soccerteam. They often win because of the brilliant individual actions of someone. You need to have some people who are excellent and to get the things just done, like Kenley Jansen in the Major League Baseball.

PUBLICATIONS
Moonshot
- Moonshot Curaçao: Mission Economy
- Antilliaans Dagblad: Moonshot Curaçao

Green economy initiatives
- Wat betekent een Circulaire Economie voor Curaçao?
- Green Town Curaçao: presentatie Kickstart
- Antilliaans Dagblad: Wie zwijgt stemt in 

Doughnut Economy 
- Curaçao: the world’s 1st ‘island doughnut

 

Connect with Sharnon Isenia
LinkedIn 
Facebook 
- Facebook Isenia Mar Sha 
- Indigo Blue Consult


One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Sharnon Isenia is an ambitious, practical consultant that wants to make vision(s) come to fruition. Starting as a Spatial Planner expert, he worked on different projects as an employee and now as a consultant. Always aiming to get things done, preferably with the involvement of stakeholders, and using his perseverance, consistency, and tendency to stay practical has helped him during his career. Re-inventing himself over time, he has now diversified his service offerings to different areas, sectors, and other markets, not only focusing on the market in Curaçao. Through networking via Facebook, LinkedIn, but especially also via different organizations he is or was involved in, like Bedrijven Platform, GreenTown, “Think to Do”, the Doughnut Economy Task Force, the Island Innovation platform, ISISA an association of small island states, he is having an impact. With his drive to learn from the past, to help create a new future, he relentlessly connects with new people, and his ambition to promote space exploration opportunities in Curaçao as a Moonshot makes us confident that he will keep on having a greater impact in the future. For all these reasons we deeply respect him and we consider him one of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the sustainable business sector and an expert on Mobility.
Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.


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 2021.” 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. 


 


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.


Next MYM-platform session via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 20th of July (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present two chapters of the book “Think and Grow Rich” and the book “12 Rules for Life.”

Think and Grow Rich
Chapters three and four of 'Think and Grow Rich’ will be presented Haydee Hermans. This book has been called the "Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature." It was the first book to boldly ask, "What makes a winner?" The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world's winners himself.

The most famous of all teachers of success spent "a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort" to produce the "Law of Success" philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one. In the original Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles. In the updated version, Arthur R. Pell, Ph.D., a nationally known author, lecturer, and consultant in human resources management and an expert in applying Hill's thought, deftly interweaves anecdotes of how contemporary millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, achieved their wealth. Outmoded or arcane terminology and examples are faithfully refreshed to preclude any stumbling blocks to a new generation of readers.

 


 

 

Stillness Is the Key
Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller & Wall Street Journal Bestseller
In The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy, bestselling author Ryan Holiday made ancient wisdom wildly popular with a new generation of leaders in sports, politics, and technology. In his new book, Stillness Is the Key, Holiday draws on timeless Stoic and Buddhist philosophy to show why slowing down is the secret weapon for those charging ahead.

 

All great leaders, thinkers, artists, athletes, and visionaries share one indelible quality. It enables them to conquer their tempers. To avoid distraction and discover great insights. To achieve happiness and do the right thing. Ryan Holiday calls it stillness--to be steady while the world spins around you.

 

In this book, he outlines a path for achieving this ancient, but urgently necessary way of living. Drawing on a wide range of history's greatest thinkers, from Confucius to Seneca, Marcus Aurelius to Thich Nhat Hanh, John Stuart Mill to Nietzsche, he argues that stillness is not mere inactivity, but the doorway to self-mastery, discipline, and focus.

 

Holiday also examines figures who exemplified the power of stillness: baseball player Sadaharu Oh, whose study of Zen made him the greatest home run hitter of all time; Winston Churchill, who in balancing his busy public life with time spent laying bricks and painting at his Chartwell estate managed to save the world from annihilation in the process; Fred Rogers, who taught generations of children to see what was invisible to the eye; Anne Frank, whose journaling and love of nature guided her through unimaginable adversity.

More than ever, people are overwhelmed. They face obstacles and egos and competition. Stillness Is the Key offers a simple but inspiring antidote to the stress of 24/7 news and social media. The stillness that we all seek is the path to meaning, contentment, and excellence in a world that needs more of it than ever.


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

Chapters three and four of 'Think and Grow Rich’  will be presented by Haydee Hermans.
'Stillness is the key' will be presented by Ivan Kuster.
Date: 20th of July
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free


New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions starting in August

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: 

• 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 14 di Ougustus.

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


Personal Coaching tips
This week we will share some short videos om topics Ryan Holiday has written about. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

1. Ego Is the ENEMY by @RyanHoliday - #BookVideos - YouTube
2. “Stillness Is The Key” By Ryan Holiday on Vimeo
3. Ryan Holiday - Follow the Process - YouTube
4. The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday - YouTube
5. The Ryan Holiday Notecard System - YouTube
6. How to Feel Like You Have Enough: 3 Lessons From The Stoics | Ryan Holiday | Daily Stoic - YouTube

Influencer The Suit, Upcoming Summer Course on Emotions, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on July 12, 2021 at 8:10 AM

In this week’s blog (12th – 18th of July), we will interview “The Suit” as a fictional character representing a great collective effort; we will invite to our next MYM Book presentation via Zoom on the 20th of July (3rd Tuesday of the month); we invite you to our next Personal Journey. We will also share some short videos on snorkeling in Curaçao. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer “The Suit”: a posititive initiative for Curaçao

 

“The Suit”, could you share with us some information of your family life?
We were born in Curaçao and we come from a steady nest and we have a higher educational grade, that is what we want to share as we are not into getting any personal glorification. Everything we do is aimed to serve the public interest. We don’t want one person to be in the spotlight, so we will call ourselves for this interview “The Suit” or “The Suit Ocean Team”, as of late in 2020, we produced a 30 minutes long movie of the underwater world in Curaçao. The title: “Curaçao underwater kunuku”. This was a project that was supported by the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) and and we have involved between 50 and at times 100 volunteers, to get this project done. “The Suit” swam from the Eastpoint of the island in 8 days to Westpoint, skin diving while making videos of the underwater world of Curaçao at the southern side of the island. “The Suit: is a fictional character, it is a Swim Suit and everybody can be a” Suit”. This fictional character is doing this for the country. A beautiful film showing how beautiful our underwater world is. We couple people with organization and made this movie. We have a lot of footage and we only used 30 minutes for the film.


 

 

Could you share something about your educational background and your experiences? We have known you to be very active in organizing events. Can you share with us some more?
We are involved in so many non-profit organizations, as our greatest passion is to serve our fellow human beings, there is where you are more likely to find us. There is so much more that we can do and that is why it is what we do, we connect people to create projects that serve the community. We always say: “The more musicians you have playing in the orchestra, the better and the more beautiful the music they make”.
But this is also the problem, the more we do, the more the public looks to find us, while it isn’t about any individual on itself involved in these different projects, but it’s all about the results we achieve with our joint efforts and it is about serving the community, that is what it all about.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be who you are right now? What were you born for to do and be?
Well, that is too much of an honor to say that we were born for what we are doing now, we wouldn’t dare to do that.

We were always very good at what we are doing now since our Kindergarten age, we were able to analyze, organize and help in implementing projects. We are good at formulating new goals where together with others, we aim to serve the community. The 30 minutes movie by “The Suit” is a swim from the Eastern tip of the island to the Western tip of the island and that is a 100-kilometer long swim for Curaçao. 




You might ask, who are those idiots to, first of all, come with this idea, and go through the sacrifices and run all those risks to do this for the island. Starting at the Eastern tip of the Island at Oostpunt, have you ever been there, the waves are high and there are sharks there and still, we have done it. We wanted to make a movie that would continue to serve Curaçao not only as a promotional film but also for science, we put our footage available for science at Stichting Carmabi and for educational purposes for new materials. Of late Greenkidz used parts of our footage for their drive towards a more sustainable environment in Curaçao



Before this movie took on this movie that is now gaining increasing momentum, you have also walked 1500 kilometers in 8 months, to promote people to donate on regular basis money via standing orders to the Ride of the Roses. Can you expand a little on this project?
The Ride of the Roses which “the Suit” also co-initiated started years ago was collecting money but those revenues were not structural. So we started the project to hike 1000 kilometers in 2018 due to the 15th anniversary of the Ride of the Roses, intending to promote enough standing orders to stabilize the income from Princes Wilhelmina Fonds, which uses their funds for cancer research. We are aware that even if you develop a successful concept, you have to be constantly creating new concepts. This walk was first planned to be 1000 kilometers, but after we reached the 1000 kilometers mark, against all advice we got, we decided to continue our walk and we reached 1500 kilometers and succeeded in collecting enough standing orders for the Princess Wilhelmina Fonds and by doing this, stabilizing their income. And what happened last year, the Corona Pandemic forced us to postpone the Ride of the Roses in 2020 and because of the effort to collect more income from steady standing orders, we were still able to support the Princes Wilhelmina Fonds.


We finished our walk on the day we would have our next Ride of the Roses. We had a lot of organization involved in this walk but also later in the movie we made. Every day we knew where and how long we would have to walk. We had built a good governance structure around the project, dealing with our finances, but also a marketing team, a promotional team, an operations team, financial advisors, etc.... By getting so many people inspired to be involved, we achieved great team building. “The Suit” is good in conceptualizing things before anyone else sees what we see. As long it is in the best interest of the greater public and not for profit, this inspires us.

By doing these projects we connect people and this is important. But the goal is to connect people via community-building projects. The more musicians you have in the orchestra the better and more beautiful the music. It is different if you have 3 or 20 people playing in the orchestra. “The Suit” loves to build big orchestras. We also use the highest standards in terms of Good Governance, transparency, and integrity.

We can recognize the power in every one of us in a team and by teaming up and believing in each other we are reaching our goals. But you got to believe in each other. If we trust someone and this person can sense this as we can touch and connect at a deep level with this person, this triggers the blossoming of this person.

 
How many people were involved in filming the movie? How long did it take to prepare and finish the movie?
Well, we had camera’s on our bodies, but also divers and boats accompanying us, we had on the film set between 50 and 100 people involved one way or the other. The movie titled “Curaçao underwater kunuku” is now out since December 2020. We are invited to present it on International Platforms. We promised that we would do three things and we delivered on the promises.


We would make this movie that could be used:

- to promote Curaçao underwater world for skin divers;
- by Carmabi for their marine biology research and
- by the educational sector. Like GreenKids has already used some of the footage for their work to increase the consciousness for a more sustainable environment on the island.

We worked months in harmony on it with 16 to 18 people in the organization at the Curaçao Yacht Club, planned and executed it. The spirit was always to think of solutions. We are always open to other people to improve our plans. We trust people to do what they thought was the best way to do certain parts of the project and are just interested if we are reaching our goals yes or no. We have plans not dreams and we mobilize lots of people.

What are your plans for the coming years and when do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
We will still be serving the public in general.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Mind over matter.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemmas show up? How does that work for you? How are you trying also to keep up with your knowledge and skills levels?
We are just simple servants, serving the general interest. In the spectrum from individual interest until the general/public interest, we are involved and working for the public interest, everybody needs to benefit and there is no personal interest involved. Everybody knows what we are all about. We are always in a thinking mode and we are always looking for at the one side “what are the needs?” and at the other side “what are the opportunities?”. If we can be of help, we will put time, our creativity, and our efforts into that. We saw that the tourism sector needed some attention, so we visited CTB and offered them to make this movie promoting skin diving as this requires fewer investments and efforts to do it than compared with scuba diving, so we could reach a far greater number of people. Because of the criteria we used and our firm belief in what we can do, our experiences in the past, CTB was enthusiastic about this initiative and they trusted us and we told them “don’t worry we will do it”. We are creators, and offer options to choose from and we allow others to think along with us. We won’t impose our thoughts/ideas on others, but we co-create. Whatever we think of needs to address the public interest and we feel honored to be allowed and able to serve.

What are your strengths?
We never give up.

 

If you as “The Suit” would meet a stranger on the bus (let say in Miami or London) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
We are the most ordinary citizens that exist and we are part of this community in Curaçao, where we can serve and we get publicity not because we are consciously looking for that publicity, but because of what the things we achieve.

How would you describe “The Suit” in one word or one sentence?
It is an honor and a pleasure to serve mankind and actively participate in nationbuilding.

 

Who are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
We have and still are involved in a wide range of sports, we don’t drink and we don’t like competition with others. We dearly want to understand people, like if a person is upset, try to understand why he is upset.
We developed the concept for the movie and wrote the storylines and now the movie is being translated into languages, including Portuguese, French, and German.

We want also to enable people to capitalize on their power from within, there is where we invest our focus and attention to give people a tour in their minds.

What is a trait that is still a work in progress?
Always be aware, that we make more mistakes than we do good. We are not free of making mistakes.


What was a defining moment in your life?
When we were born. Our name we had no influence in it, but who we have become is what we can determine ourselves.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, recession, and in the middle growing environmental challenges because of the global warming consequences?
Optimism is an attitude. Let us search for and find the power from within and help each other grow. Growth and focus are needed to move on and move forward. Let the thinkers do the thinking and let the do-ers do the doing, but help, support, assist, and come up with sustainable solutions for whatever emerges.



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s there anything else that you would like to add?
There is still so much more, “The Suit “wants to do work that benefit the whole, serving the public interest.
  

More information:
- Video Playlist on The Suit on YouTube
- Website The Suit
- Follow The Suite on Facebook 
- Insta 


One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
The makers of the film “The Suit”, Lawrence Mensa Foundation, are exemplary social entrepreneurs who cherish “not for profit”- projects aimed at serving the public interest. Using creativity and skills to connect large amounts of volunteers, they create, analyze, professionally organize collaborations on a, for Curaçao, unprecedented scale. The foundation has helped individuals as well as organizations as Princess Wilhelmina Fonds’s efforts on cancer research. Their latest project: “Curaçao underwater kunuku”, which is a 30 minutes long movie of the underwater world of Curaçao’s south coast, “The Suit” is a fictional character, that swims from the Eastern tip of the island in 8 days to the Western tip of the island at Westpoint. They are skin diving while making videos of the underwater world of Curaçao on the southern side of the island. The way this movie came to fruition was remarkable as it symbolizes the power of mobilizing a group of people for a good cause, namely a film to be used to promote skin diving to the island, to also share their footage with Carmabi for Marine Biology Research and for schools for educational reasons, like Greenkidz has used to increase awareness for our underwater-environment.

 

As a collective they are inspiring, connecting people heart to heart, relentlessly working on new projects, that are having increasingly major impacts. Their collaboration is based on delegating and respectfully accepting other collaborators their specific knowledge that enables synergy and makes the whole stronger and by doing just that the Lawrence Mensa Foundation is bringing about impactful changes in our society.

In that sense, their leadership style totally represents the leadership style we want to enable. For all these reason’s we dearly love and deeply respect the Lawrence Mensa Foundation. We consider them part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing social entrepreneurship creating value for the greater public based on a collective collaborative effort.
Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.


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 2021.” 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. 


 


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.


Next MYM-platform session via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 20th of July (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present two chapters of the book “Think and Grow Rich” and the book “12 Rules for Life.”

Think and Grow Rich
Chapters three and four of 'Think and Grow Rich’ will be presented Haydee Hermans. This book has been called the "Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature." It was the first book to boldly ask, "What makes a winner?" The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world's winners himself.

The most famous of all teachers of success spent "a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort" to produce the "Law of Success" philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one. In the original Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles. In the updated version, Arthur R. Pell, Ph.D., a nationally known author, lecturer, and consultant in human resources management and an expert in applying Hill's thought, deftly interweaves anecdotes of how contemporary millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, achieved their wealth. Outmoded or arcane terminology and examples are faithfully refreshed to preclude any stumbling blocks to a new generation of readers.

 


 

 

Stillness Is the Key
Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller & Wall Street Journal Bestseller
In The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy, bestselling author Ryan Holiday made ancient wisdom wildly popular with a new generation of leaders in sports, politics, and technology. In his new book, Stillness Is the Key, Holiday draws on timeless Stoic and Buddhist philosophy to show why slowing down is the secret weapon for those charging ahead.

 

All great leaders, thinkers, artists, athletes, and visionaries share one indelible quality. It enables them to conquer their tempers. To avoid distraction and discover great insights. To achieve happiness and do the right thing. Ryan Holiday calls it stillness--to be steady while the world spins around you.

 

In this book, he outlines a path for achieving this ancient, but urgently necessary way of living. Drawing on a wide range of history's greatest thinkers, from Confucius to Seneca, Marcus Aurelius to Thich Nhat Hanh, John Stuart Mill to Nietzsche, he argues that stillness is not mere inactivity, but the doorway to self-mastery, discipline, and focus.

 

Holiday also examines figures who exemplified the power of stillness: baseball player Sadaharu Oh, whose study of Zen made him the greatest home run hitter of all time; Winston Churchill, who in balancing his busy public life with time spent laying bricks and painting at his Chartwell estate managed to save the world from annihilation in the process; Fred Rogers, who taught generations of children to see what was invisible to the eye; Anne Frank, whose journaling and love of nature guided her through unimaginable adversity.

More than ever, people are overwhelmed. They face obstacles and egos and competition. Stillness Is the Key offers a simple but inspiring antidote to the stress of 24/7 news and social media. The stillness that we all seek is the path to meaning, contentment, and excellence in a world that needs more of it than ever.


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

Chapters three and four of 'Think and Grow Rich’  will be presented by Haydee Hermans.
'Stillness is the key' will be presented by Ivan Kuster.
Date: 20th of July
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free


New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions starting in July

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: 

• 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 14 di Ougustus.

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


Personal Coaching tips
This week we will share some short videos on share some short videos short videos on snorkeling in Curaçao. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

1. Diving Curaçao 2019: sharks, turtles, seahorses and more! - YouTube
2. Curaçao - our best of snorkeling HD - YouTube
3. Curaçao Playa Grandi - Playa Piscado, Snorkeling with turtles - YouTube
4. SNORKELING AROUND THE SHIPWRECK - TUGBOAT BEACH - CURAÇAO ATTRACTION - YouTube
5. SNORKELING - PLAYA JEREMI - CURAÇAO ATTRACTION - YouTube
6. Underwater Mushroom Forest found in Curaçao? #shorts - YouTube

  

Influencer Andy Kirchner, Summer Courses on emotion, Zoom MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on July 4, 2021 at 1:30 PM

In this week’s blog (5th – 11th of July), we will interview Andy Kirchner; we will invite you to our next MYM Book presentation via Zoom on the 20th of July (3rd Tuesday of the month); we invite you to our next Personal Journey’s short Summer Courses of “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” starting on the 7th of July at 12 pm session # 1 (especially for those of you in Holland) and at 4 pm in session # 2. We will also share some short videos of Simon Sinek. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook-page.

 

Influencer Andy Kirchner: a pirate, facilitator, ecosystem builder 

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I was born on Curaçao, November 21st 1976, my first 12 years I was a single child. My brother was born in the Netherlands in August 1989, and my sister in Curaçao 1994. My parents are very down to earth yu'i Korsou who have lived most of their lives in Fuik. They believed the right path in life was school and work. The entrepreneurial look on life is somewhat foreign to them, but they are very proud of what I do. 

Could you share something of you eductional background and your experiences? We have known you to be a public speaker, you were once in our first webinar we organized back in 2016, founder of 2nd Life Curaçao, The Recylced Pirate, of late a life coach, ecosystem builder, social entrepreneur and you are involved in InnovationÇ and CuraDAI. 
As a teen, I wanted to become a social worker and work with teenagers to find their path in life. During my studies, I got my first experience of the hustle selling t-shirts, promoting parties, importing music CD’s. I dropped out of school at a young age due to lack of motivation and guidance. I would say I struggled for most of my adolescence with my “Why” and had no clear purpose in life. In 2012, I had a life altering accident, I lost a person dear to me, fighting for her last breathe in my arms, and 24 hour later I was paralyzed from the waist down. In those 24 hours my life changed and it has been my motor to the rest of my success.

During my rehabilitation, I learned to walk again, against all odds and in 2014 out of necessity I started a small business endeavor 2nd Life Curaçao to try to live independent again. The welfare I was receiving was soon less than what I could create upcycling other people’s “garbage”. I won a price with that, and people started to notice me. My first coaching client was in 2015 and many followed after that. From small business owners that needed advice on how to build or expand their business to people that were dealing with some rough patches in their life. That’s where The Recycled Pirate | Life Awareness & Innovations came in, I wasn’t just recycling my life, I was recycling my community’s life.

I wanted to become the support system that I couldn’t find, and worked and studied day after day to become an ecosystem builder/facilitator that could help, guide and support people on their path. I am an entrepreneur, and I believe that without the social, we are just empty shells trying to fill something that doesn’t exist.

I want to break old views on “what’s supposed to be” to” what can be”, if we think the box away. Innovation Ç came just at the right moment, during the first lockdown in 2020 and gave me the opportunity to develop myself more. We managed to build a vast network of young professionals and freelancers and we are in the phase of launching “Kolektivo”, a project to create an impact economy for Curaçao with a seamless payment system that will make “doing good” profitable in a way, we haven’t seen before.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I want to be the best me I can ever become, because that’s what the universe deserves from me and that’s what my island need from me. I want to create a safe place around me, where people feel comfortable sharing their fears and celebrate their successes. It’s a very selfish reason, I am creating a better world for me to live on for me, but to do that I need more emotionally developed people around me.
 

What are your plans for the coming years and when do you consider that you have been successfull in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
I am already successful right now, and have been in the past years. I survived two major impacts in my life, and I came out a better person. That’s all the success I can desire for myself. Now I want to create a community for people who want to achieve more in life, than make money and buy a house. I want to make sure that I set something up for future generations that can continue the work and be proud that there were some people who did think about the consumption economy and create something more sustainable, a regenerative economy that respects the people, the environment and a more diverse economy.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
It’s always a challenge to make ends meet, especially when you have physical challenges like me due to my spinal cord injury. I have learned to not pay too much attention to these challenges, for it’s easy to get demotivated when you are in pain or disappointed because you can’t do something. So, I accept whatever is ahead and I know upfront that I will come out a better person.


Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I think it’s what I said before, I can’t change my physical situation, but I can change how I deal with it. I value myself and my time more, so I really invest in myself, for myself, with myself. Conversations with myself are the most valuable conversations I can have. Only the few people that I have met, that have encountered death come close to the way I experience life, and still it’s a conscious choice to consistently choose truth and growth. You have to be willing to be that honest to yourself and embrace that you do not know all the answers. Nor will you ever.

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I learn every day. I work with people that I get to guide and teach, and I learn from that. I work with people that guide and teach me, and I learn from that. I’m just as much the most knowledgeable person in the room as the least experienced, sometimes within the span of 10 minutes. I am weirdly enjoying it.

What are your strengths?
I’m hungry for knowledge, I’m always willing to grow and develop, and I know when to let things sit and simmer. I have become very versatile and patient, but with an urgency. I am very honest about myself, I know my strengths and accept my lesser strengths. I am OK with who I am, and I am even better with the potential I embrace when the opportunity comes knocking.



Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
With my passion project of The Recycled Pirate, I can create my own merchandise. My merchandise is my way of coaching the world. "See what you can do from an island in the Caribbean if you put your mind to it?" "See what you can do even when the odds are against you?" And I get to do that with my own quotes, that I write! People are wearing my t-shirts around the world and when they are wearing the t-shirts, somewhere, somehow, someone will be influenced by what I wrote. That is very dear to me.
 

If you as Andy would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Miami or London) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I am an emotional Intelligence officer, a facilitator and coach who brings people and projects together to a higher level of consciousness.

How would you describe Andy in one word or one sentence?
In personal life? A Pirate. I walk my own plank! Professionally, a Facilitator who makes sure values are honored.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
Mostly regular people, no one famous. Luuk Weber, my business partner and co-founder of “Kolektivo”, for sure. He’s so motivated and dedicated and just like me, he wants to do good and inspire people. Simon Sinek, might come a close second.


What is a trait that is still work in progress?
Pfff, too many too mention, is everything an answer? The first that comes to mind is financial management. But I want to improve everything about myself, not because I’m not satisfied, I am, but I know I can still do so much better.

What was a defining moment in your life?
May 19th 2012, seeing my friend pass away in my arms. And the day my bonus daughter asked me to be her dad in the middle of La Granja.


Where do you want to be 10 years from now with your career?
I don't know, I hope to be happy and satisfied with my accomplishments and that my partner and I are preparing a new adventure for when our little one spreads her wings. Careers don’t matter that much in my emotional spectrum.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
He f’n tried!

 


What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, recession and in the middle of growing environmental challenges because of the global warming consquences?
Don’t look at what’s going wrong, look at what you can contribute. This is an amazing time to live in. We have more knowledge accessible than ever at the tip of your finger. Look up what you can do to create a change today. I’m 44, the environmental challenges have been there all my life. People cry wolf about the economy for decades, yet there is more wealth today than a decade ago. Stop listening to the narrative and become the change you want to see. We have work to do!

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
With “Kolektivo” we are building a unique opportunity for Curaçao. The world will be coming out of “pandemic mode” soon, and just like after the 2nd World War, people will want to rebuild. This is the moment to put our hands together and our egos to the side. We, Kolektivo, are creating an abundant system that can regenerate itself. We have started with what we eat and how we consume, with a food forest and are taking it a step further with a community coin. We believe in the communities that are planting forests around the island. We believe in the communities that are creating a better tomorrow unselfishly. With CuraDAI,  the community coin, we are aiming to create an impact economy that will make doing good profitable and support these communities.


Contact information of Andrew ‘Andy’ Kirchner
www.linkedin.com/andykirchner
www.instagram.com/therecycledpirate
www.twitter.com/andykirchner
www.therecycledpirate.com

 

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Andy Kirchner is a “pure sang”- entrepreneur, public speaker, ecosystem builder, social entrepreneur that over the years has developed different brands. Be it his passion “The Recycled Pirate”, creating for example his own merchandise like t-shirts with his own quotes sold to people all over the world. Or of late, more an emotional Intelligence officer, a facilitator and coach who brings people and projects together to a higher level of consciousness in “Kolektivo”. Exemplifying the change he wants to see, Andy has beat the odds after surviving two major impacts in his life and turning challenges in life lessons and in that process transformed into a better person. With the latest venture “Kolektivo”, Andy as co-founder is building a unique opportunity for Curaçao creating an abundant system that can regenerate itself by starting with what we eat, how we consume, planting forests around the island, creating a better tomorrow unselfishly. With CuraDAI he is aiming to create a community coin that will make doing good profitable and support these communities. For all these reasons we dearly love and deeply respect Andy and we consider him part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the sustainable business sector and coaching sector.

 

Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

 

 


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 2021.” 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. 


 


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.


Next MYM-platform session via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 20th of July (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present two chapters of the book “Think and Grow Rich” and the book “12 Rules for Life.”

Think and Grow Rich
Chapters three and four of 'Think and Grow Rich’ will be presented Haydee Hermans. This book has been called the "Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature." It was the first book to boldly ask, "What makes a winner?" The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world's winners himself.

The most famous of all teachers of success spent "a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort" to produce the "Law of Success" philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one. In the original Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles. In the updated version, Arthur R. Pell, Ph.D., a nationally known author, lecturer, and consultant in human resources management and an expert in applying Hill's thought, deftly interweaves anecdotes of how contemporary millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, achieved their wealth. Outmoded or arcane terminology and examples are faithfully refreshed to preclude any stumbling blocks to a new generation of readers.

 


 

 

Stillness Is the Key
Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller & Wall Street Journal Bestseller
In The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy, bestselling author Ryan Holiday made ancient wisdom wildly popular with a new generation of leaders in sports, politics, and technology. In his new book, Stillness Is the Key, Holiday draws on timeless Stoic and Buddhist philosophy to show why slowing down is the secret weapon for those charging ahead.

 

All great leaders, thinkers, artists, athletes, and visionaries share one indelible quality. It enables them to conquer their tempers. To avoid distraction and discover great insights. To achieve happiness and do the right thing. Ryan Holiday calls it stillness--to be steady while the world spins around you.

 

In this book, he outlines a path for achieving this ancient, but urgently necessary way of living. Drawing on a wide range of history's greatest thinkers, from Confucius to Seneca, Marcus Aurelius to Thich Nhat Hanh, John Stuart Mill to Nietzsche, he argues that stillness is not mere inactivity, but the doorway to self-mastery, discipline, and focus.

 

Holiday also examines figures who exemplified the power of stillness: baseball player Sadaharu Oh, whose study of Zen made him the greatest home run hitter of all time; Winston Churchill, who in balancing his busy public life with time spent laying bricks and painting at his Chartwell estate managed to save the world from annihilation in the process; Fred Rogers, who taught generations of children to see what was invisible to the eye; Anne Frank, whose journaling and love of nature guided her through unimaginable adversity.

More than ever, people are overwhelmed. They face obstacles and egos and competition. Stillness Is the Key offers a simple but inspiring antidote to the stress of 24/7 news and social media. The stillness that we all seek is the path to meaning, contentment, and excellence in a world that needs more of it than ever.


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

Chapters three and four of 'Think and Grow Rich’  will be presented by Haydee Hermans.
'Stillness is the key' will be presented by Ivan Kuster.
Date: 20th of July
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free


New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions starting in July

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. 


Nos ta ofrese riba 7 di Yuli di 12 pm – 2.45 session # 1 I un ripitishon 4 pm – 6.45 den e session # 2.

• 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 7 di Yuli.

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


Personal Coaching tips
This week we will share some short videos on share some short videos of Simon Sinek, a British-American author and inspirational speaker. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


 

 

1. Simon Sinek: How to Be at Your Best Each Day - YouTube
2. Simon Sinek | Why You're Failing to Inspire ANYONE - YouTube
3. Simon Sinek - How to Turn Business Competitors into Rivals - YouTube
4. Simon Sinek's Top 5 Rules For Success (@simonsinek) - YouTube
5. How to Get UnStuck | Simon Sinek - YouTube
6. Simon Sinek | Start with WHY to inspire action (Super Quick Version) - YouTube

Influencer Mike Euphrosina, Summer course on emotions, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on June 20, 2021 at 1:00 PM

In this week’s blog (21th – 27th of June), we will interview we will invite to our next MYM Book presentation via Zoom on the 20th of July (3rd Tuesday of the month); we invite you to our next Personal Journey’s short Summer Courses of “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” starting on the 7th of July at 9 pm session # 1 and at 2 pm session # 2 (especially for those of you in Holland). We will also share some short videos on diversity and integration. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Mike Euphrosina: empathic, good listener and enabler of integration of diversity



 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
My grandmother is from Aruba with an Indian background and my grandfather is from Curaçao with an African background and his grandfather, as I was told, was a slave in Curaçao. Their 4 children, my mother and two of her sisters were raised in Curaçao and the oldest sister was raised in Aruba in my grandmother’s family. I have no sisters nor brothers, I have one son and I have a significant other.

 

Were you born here in Curacao?
I was born in Curaçao and I’ve never seen my father, never felt or smelled him. He was a Shell employee originating from the Caribbean island of Grenada and from creole- French descent.

 

How supportive was your family in letting you become whom you are right now? 
I lived together with my mother, grandmother and the middle sister of my mother. They taught me that “Nothing for nothing”, that doesn’t exist. You have to work hard for your own success, because there won’t be anybody else behind you with a bag of money or success. So be smart, work hard, stay strong and develop your sixth sense. Mind you, I’ve been raised first hand by 3 emancipated women and 7 other individuals from the inner circle.

My grandmother became blind in one eye and was unable to care for me after school. Both my mother and aunt had to work for their income. They decided to send me to Aruba, to the eldest sister and I stayed for 3 years on Aruba as a child. From my 4th year, I’ve learned to deal with homesickness, loneliness and incomprehension. This horrible period in my life ended at the age of 7, when I returned back home, to Curaçao.

My mother was a Shell employee. Every employee had the opportunity to be a member of the social club Asiento. When I returned to Curaçao the only solution for after school moments, was to get involved in Asiento. So I was introduced in a variety of sports, such as swimming, waterpolo, football, tennis, bowling, etc. during many years. Sport was the solution for many problems, I realized myself many years later. I learned discipline, developed a fighter’s mentality, self-respect and respect for others, acceptance to win or lose, empathy, social interaction, importance of good health.. etc.

As I grew up in a collective environment with aunts, uncles by marriage, cousins, nieces, neighbours and family friends, I realized later in life, that I was brought up by far more people than in an average family.

In these circumstances I learned to listen carefully to others interpretations of facts, so I learned unconsciously to make my own choices, being the only child.

 

Are you married and do you have children?
I’m divorced and have a wonderful matured son who’s trying to keep our family name high as he’s till now the last in the row of the Euphrosina’s.
Sometimes people ask me, if I miss the presence of a father. To be honest I don’t, for the simple reason, I don’t know what it means, having one.
But the moment I divorced, I asked my son, he was 13 at that time, to help me to stay a father for him and he allowed me to be a father to him.

 

Could you share something of you eductional background and your experiences?
I visited the Sint Thomas College in Otrobanda, next the SEHOS. I’m a “Otrobandista”. The “fraters” taught us more about the Dutch culture, then about our own island, as you all know. We were already being programmed unconsciously to many norms and values of the Dutch. I was doing well as a student with high grades, so my next step was to attend Radulphus College HAVO. In my third grade my mother decided in 1971 to move to the Netherlands. She had met her future husband and we arrived in Schagen near Den Helder in the northwestern part of the Netherlands. My first year at school was a year full of novelty, new experiences, different climate, people, customs, you name it. My new Surinamese friend, Romeo and myself, where the only two afrohair black people in Schagen at that time. You can imagine we were “hot” and “worth seeing”. People wanted to touch our hair and our black skin, as if we were painted. But like many of us, my first year was not successful in school, I had to acclimatize and that’s common for newcomers.

After my HAVO I passed the tough physical and mental test for the Academy for physical education and sports at the University for Applied sciences in Arnhem. That was the best time in my life. I’m really proud for having gone through this education as my backbone and foundation. It gave me the knowledge of all that is known about human beings in anatomical, physical, psychological, pedagogical and philosophical matters. And beside that, nearly all types of sports, as needed for a future teacher and lecturer in sports. Sport as a tool for education, as a vehicle for personal development!



After 4 years living and studying in Arnhem and 8 years in the Netherlands with a lot of knowledge and social- and business experience, I remigrated to Curaçao in 1979 as a teacher in Sports to contribute to the development of my beloved island.

 

Only when you are abroad, you really experience what it means, to be a real Yu Di Kòrsou (YDK). My first employer was Maria College Mavo and 5 years later MIL. My professional goal was, to create youth awareness for the possibilities in sports to reach personal goals. And you know what…… it worked for a lot of them! How do I know? Because during personal encounters, they told me about their personal development in life.

An example is Sinuhe Oomen. There are many more examples of these (future) leaders, both men and women!

 

The soul of my personal development due to my sport education is, that I’ve learned to inspire, to coach and to train individuals and groups to rise above themselves. This because they have learned to believe strongly in themselves and in others, as a team. By the way,

the word TEAM means Together Each one Achieve More. Once you experience that you can do more than you expected before, a new world with more possibilities will open for you.

During “extra curricular”-activities I had the opportunity to work as trainer/ coach and organizer in different fields of sport with talented youngsters and together with

inspirational coaches like Wendell Prince in Athletics, Remy Sillé and Etienne Siliee and others in Triatlon, Egbert Ridderplaat in Swimming, Football Canicius boys with Shon de Wind (RIP), Basketball, Volleyball and Softball teams Maria College and MIL with my colleagues Ineke de Groot en Henry Lopes Ramirez (RIP) etc, etc.

Also to be mentioned is one of the first commercial gyms in Curaçao “Dans la Rue” with my friends and also Masters in Physical Education, Harold Samson”Sampie” (RIP), Rein Persaud and others.

 

How long have you been a business owner and coach?
In 1990 I migrated back to the Netherlands to study Political Science in Nijmegen. It wasn’t what I expected and I quit after 1,5 years and started looking for a job. My new challenge was working at the Province of Utrecht and the City of Amsterdam as a policy officer for “Sports and Minorities”. My job was to offer subsidized possibilities for sportclubs to become as diverse and inclusive possible in their memberships aimed at integration. I trained and coached them in their attempt. Antilleans, Surinamese, Moroccans, Turkeys and asylum seekers were introduced as new players or new Boardmembers in Dutch sportclubs.

In 1992 at one of my organized “sensibility” projects, I met a specialist in Intercultural Communication. After his workshop, my whole life was turned upside down. I recognized my own background in a nutshell. I told him my experiences with colonialism, prejudism, discrimination, cultural differences, exclusion, etc, etc. and 3 weeks later I joined my new employer “Kontakt der Kontinenten” in Soesterberg.

This 8 year’s journey, took me all over the world. I became a business consultant and specialized in Intercultural Communication & Collaboration, Inclusion & Diversity and Personal Leadership.

In the meantime I joined the Royal Tropical Institute( KIT) as a freelancer for over 18 years. Being a trainer, coach and consultant for both organizations, I had the opportunity to experience all organizational levels, from board to workplace. I’ve worked with multinationals like: Shell, KLM, Tata Steel, ING, RABO, L’Orèal, Volvo Cars, Take away, etc. Dutch Municipalities, Dutch Police Force & BES islands (local and national level), Red Cross, Lector for University of Utrecht and Universities for applied sciences, etc.

Also NGO’s like VluchtelingenWerk, many antillean organizations, housing corporations, KNVB for “Coaches professional Football league” and NOC/NSF “Topcoach in Sports” etc. I participated in conferences of SIETAR (Society of Intercultural Education Training and

Research). In 1997, I was one of the organizers of a SIETAR International Congress with 600 participants from all over the world in Curaçao, “building bridges between countries”, with co-host Freddy Curiël and Aco Henriquez (RIP).

 

After a burn-out in 1999, I started my own business. On the 1st October 1999, I launched PC&O People Culture & Organization as a business owner and this is what I have been doing since.

 

We have taken notice that you are a specialist in Intercultural Communication & Collaboration. This in a world that is becoming more and more a global village and both of these themes are essential in people getting along with each. Could you tell us how you ended being specialized and dedicated to it?
That’s true! To give you an example. I’ve been working since 2009 till 2017 on a regular basis in our Kingdom. I’ve been working on different issues related to Intercultural Communication & Collaboration on all the six islands, Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire, Sint Maarten, Statia, Saba and the Netherlands. I experienced a lot of prejudism on both sides, from the Netherlands to the Caribbean and vice versa but also among the Caribbean islands. Every country or island has her own strenghts, but also her own weaknesses. It’s so demotivating, that because of prejudism, we don’t make things profitable for all parties.


We can easily be complementary to each other. One plus one is three, as added value! The Diversity philosophy says that eleven goalkeepers can’t win a match, but eleven different players with eleven different qualities can! This reality inspires me to stay focused and dedicated, because I’m doing the right thing for mankind! But diversity won’t work without Inclusion and Inclusion needs Diversity. As human beings we all want to be respected, accepted and appreciated.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now and doing what you are doing right now?
When we as human beings admit, that we always point the finger to another, realize that at the same moment your thumb is pointing upward (God or Allah) and three other fingers are pointing at yourself:
1 Who are you,
2 Where are you,
3 What’s your goal.
Only when you are able to answer these 3 questions you have the right, to point not 1 but 5 fingers to someone else.


 “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds”

 

 

When do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
In my personal life when my precious ones, girlfriend and son, are proud of me for what I meant for them and others. In my business life, when we will experience that there are more and more examples that personal leadership leads to more Inclusion and Diversity for all minorities.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? 
My fight against polarization, for the acceptance that a multicultural society is not a threat but an enrichment. Life is not black and white, but there are millions shades of gray.

 

And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
To walk the walk and talk the talk!

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Of course, see my three fingers method. Ask yourself the three questions and be conscious that you’re not “Don Quichot”. Have a daily “look in the mirror”, in the morning (what’s your goal today) and in the evening (for your feedback).

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
By reading, participation in workshops, (international) conferences, training and coaching of others and myself.

 

What are your strengths? 
I am a good listener, empathetic, helpful, disciplined, righteous, straight and honest. What you see is what you get!

 


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Traveling (more than 44 countries), contemporary Jazz and Lounge music, I play congas, bongos and batá, gardening, sports, Netflix, cooking.


If you as Michael would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Mexico or Columbia) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer and how would you describe Michael in one sentence?
Hola, me llamo Mike, soy de Curaçao i vivo en Holanda, soy specialista en procesos Interculturales. Soy quien soy i a sus ordenes.


 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
Nelson Mandela, Paulo Coelho, Jane Elliot

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
The polarization of many societies and therefore the exclusion of many minority groups.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
When I became father, my visit to Robben island where Mandela was kept prisoned and the meeting with Padre Pio in Rome.

 

Where do you want to be 15 years from now with your career?
One year to go for my penshonado status. After becoming a penshonado I hope to continue with my awareness and personal leadership coaching and trainings because it’s a never ending story. Also it’s my personal aim to keep sustaining the future meaning the youth there where it’s possible. And if it’s still a challenge maybe a book for the last call.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
That’s typically Mike.


What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçaoas we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, recession and in the middle of growing environmental challenges because of the global warming consequences?
I’m still positive, because throughout all centuries we survived as a small island and still others, rather than ourselves, see the many possibilities we still have. That’s why I’m a very proud YDK.

 

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
“The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.”

- Albert Einstein

More info or connect
www.pc-o.nl/

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Michael (Mike)Euphrosina is a good listener, empathetic, helpful, disciplined, righteous, straight and honest. His study to become a physical education teacher taught him the value of coaching and training. After some years back in Curacao as a teacher at the high school levels and he returned back to Holland and after a brief stint studying political science which was not his thing he discovered his passion, that is being a diversity and integration consultant, coach and trainer in a world where the main thing seems to be to emphasize the differences between people. He is an advocate of looking first one self and then explore collaboration in spite of diversity, of which he firmly believes that this creates greater value because of the synergy. Since 1999 he has as an entrepreneur and business consultant and specialized in Intercultural Communication & Collaboration, Inclusion & Diversity and Personal Leadership. Because of how he has touched the lives of many during his whole career and his continued efforts to disrupt the polarization that is happening in many societies, given his knowledge and experiences, we expect him to continue to influence lots of people, teaching them how much sense it makes to work on integration, rid themselves of prejudice, while there is so much diversity in the world. Therefore we dearly love and deeply respect. We consider him part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the leaderships development, coaching and training sector with an emphasis on the integration of diversity.


 

 

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 2021.” 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.


Next MYM-platform session via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 20th of July (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present two chapters of the book “Think and Grow Rich” and the book “12 Rules for Life.”

Think and Grow Rich
Chapters three and four of 'Think and Grow Rich’ will be presented Jeanine Constansia-Kook. This book has been called the "Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature." It was the first book to boldly ask, "What makes a winner?" The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world's winners himself.

The most famous of all teachers of success spent "a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort" to produce the "Law of Success" philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one. In the original Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles. In the updated version, Arthur R. Pell, Ph.D., a nationally known author, lecturer, and consultant in human resources management and an expert in applying Hill's thought, deftly interweaves anecdotes of how contemporary millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, achieved their wealth. Outmoded or arcane terminology and examples are faithfully refreshed to preclude any stumbling blocks to a new generation of readers.

 

 

Stillness Is the Key
Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller & Wall Street Journal Bestseller
In The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy, bestselling author Ryan Holiday made ancient wisdom wildly popular with a new generation of leaders in sports, politics, and technology. In his new book, Stillness Is the Key, Holiday draws on timeless Stoic and Buddhist philosophy to show why slowing down is the secret weapon for those charging ahead.

 

All great leaders, thinkers, artists, athletes, and visionaries share one indelible quality. It enables them to conquer their tempers. To avoid distraction and discover great insights. To achieve happiness and do the right thing. Ryan Holiday calls it stillness--to be steady while the world spins around you.

 

In this book, he outlines a path for achieving this ancient, but urgently necessary way of living. Drawing on a wide range of history's greatest thinkers, from Confucius to Seneca, Marcus Aurelius to Thich Nhat Hanh, John Stuart Mill to Nietzsche, he argues that stillness is not mere inactivity, but the doorway to self-mastery, discipline, and focus.

 

Holiday also examines figures who exemplified the power of stillness: baseball player Sadaharu Oh, whose study of Zen made him the greatest home run hitter of all time; Winston Churchill, who in balancing his busy public life with time spent laying bricks and painting at his Chartwell estate managed to save the world from annihilation in the process; Fred Rogers, who taught generations of children to see what was invisible to the eye; Anne Frank, whose journaling and love of nature guided her through unimaginable adversity.

More than ever, people are overwhelmed. They face obstacles and egos and competition. Stillness Is the Key offers a simple but inspiring antidote to the stress of 24/7 news and social media. The stillness that we all seek is the path to meaning, contentment, and excellence in a world that needs more of it than ever.


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

Chapters three and four of 'Think and Grow Rich’  will be presented by Jeanine Constansia-Kook.
'Stillness is the key' will be presented by Ivan Kuster.
Date: 20th of July
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free


New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions starting in July

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. 

Nos ta ofrese riba 7 di Yuli di 9 am – 11.45 session # 1 I un ripitishon 2 pm – 4.45 den e session # 2.

• 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 7 di Yuli.

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


Personal Coaching tips
This week we will share some short videos on share some short videos on diversity and integration. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


1. Diversity, Tolerance and Acceptance - YouTube
2. Beauty in Diversity || A Short Film by Nawal Amir - YouTube
3. We Are All Different - and THAT'S AWESOME! | Cole Blakeway | TEDxWestVancouverED - YouTube
4. Embracing Diversity - YouTube
5. Diversity and Inclusion: Lessons In Friendship and Love | Maryam Elassar | TEDxAmanaAcademy - YouTube
6. Diversity - YouTube

Influencer Izzy Gerstenbluth, Book Session, register for the summer workshop on emotions and this week tips

Posted on June 13, 2021 at 9:05 AM

In this week’s blog (14th of June – 20th of June), we will interview Izzy Gerstenbluth; we invite you to our next Master Your Mind joint book presentation on the 15th of June from 7.00 – 9.00 pm via Zoom, presenting “Sapiens” plus “De meeste mensen deugen”; we invite you to our next Personal Journey’s short Summer Courses of “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” starting on the 7th of July at 9 pm session # 1 and at 2 pm session # 2 (especially for those of you in Holland). We will also share some short videos on public health and epidemiology. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Izzy Gerstenbluth: driven, passionate to make things better

 


Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am married and have two daughters and one sister. I was born in Curaçao. My parents were very supportive in letting me become who I am right now. They were main building blocks, together with the social environment in Curaçao, where I grew up. What I experienced when I grew up triggered me to study Medicine, as there was no equal access to health care for those from a lower social status and there was also a clear racial divide back then in the 1960-ies. My parents and growing up in a multi cultural islands where I had to talk at least 4 languages defintely formed me to be who I am now.

 

Could you share something of you eductional background and your experiences? long have you been an epidemiologist?
I am a medical doctor and later specialized to become a public health physician and an epimediologist. I have always worked in the public sector at GGD of the Ministry of GMN and my late father used to call me “an idiot” for doing that (btw my daugthers agree with him on this. Why? I earned far less compared with other medical professions and certainly worked and made longer hours. I have been in the board of different international boards, as our work was more appreciated elsewhere than in Curaçao. Over the years we have been neglected and our department doesn’t even have a budgetline in the budget of the government, even though lots of important people that could give our work more recognition, are not doing anything to address this un sustainable situation.


How long have you been an epidemiologist?
In 1993/1994 we worked on a major Health Survey in Curaçao, where we concluded that the way we were spending money in the health care, needed to be re-directed. This survey became a best practice example of what is essential national health research and also that this should be the foundation to implement adequate health policy. There was a long time in which the full report of our study, The Curaçao Health Study, Methodology & Main Results, was the first book you encountered upon entry of the library at the main headquarters of the WHO in Geneva.


As we have a relative small population of 160.000 people, when we took a 3% random sample of the adult population of the island (about 2500 people), this was manageable, where other countries had to overcome a lot more to do such an extensive study. Because of the sheer numbers of people if you needed a sample of 3%. For Curaçao although managing 2500 respondents was a hell of a job for us, we pulled it off. This resulted in me being asked to speak for different audiences all over the world. I was even invited and installed as a boardmember of the “Council for Health Research and Development” (COHRED) in Geneva. I was apointed at the end of the 90-ies and stayed on till the beginning years of the new millenium, giving an opportunity to the next generation to take a seat. Years after this I was elected by my Peers in the American continent to serve three years on the Advisory Council on Health Research in the Pan American Health Organization. It was great experience to participate in these platforms because, here is where smaller countries are given an opportunityy to have a seat at international fora and make their voices heard. It was a place where the needs of smaller countries could be brought forward instead of having to accept the agendas of larger countries who had the power. It is no coincidence that COHRED’s slogan was: “Countries first”,It was a wonderful experience to be a member of the board and to actively participate on an international forum directed specifically towards using research for development in the broadest sense widening my own knowledge and understanding the power and importance of essential national health research no matter the size of a country. On the other hand it also created some embarrassing moments, when asked to recount the follow up of our own work in terms of implementing new policy derived from our findings because that is when I had to admit that until today the government has not done much with the recommendations made.


 

Over the past year the world has and is still been affected by the Covid Pandemic and you have become a very public figure over this past year, as a spoke person of the “Crisisteam” in Curaçao. How has this affected the way you look at public health in terms of “lessons learned” now after this past year?
The past 1,5 year has proven that we lack an adequate public health structure. We, at the department of Epidemiology knew this for a very long time and this was painfully shown during the Covid pandemic. We did manage to weather the Covid pandemic up to this moment rather well, as the number of active covid cases are down and over 74 .000 people are fully vaccinated against Covid. But because of the lack of a structure it cost us considerable more time and effort to get things done. My department of Epidemiology consists of three persons, myself and two other staff members and out team together with some additional help literally worked day and night every single day during 7 days a week. There were times when we went home at 3 am in the morning to come back at the office at 7 am.

 

Has your view on preventive health changed over the years, especially after the Covid pandemic that we slowly but surely seem to climb out of its worst affects locally?
What you can see is that we do build a white elephant, this new hospital CMC, as in the old hospital SEHOS there was so much des-investment going on and the SEHOS building was in-efficient , that in the end we had no other option then, to build a new hospital. But by not following through on the results of epidemiological studies and the proposals for policy derived from those we keep placing the horse behind the wagon. We do not invest in creating conditions for healthier living, and keep putting money on the back end of treating disease. And in these times of retrenchment in the budget, the dilemma between the lack of enough funds for the financing of health care and the political desire to have a high qualitative care becomes more distressing without even then investing in adequate cost benefit or cast effectivity analysis.



Over the years we have cut in the health care budget on the wrong budget lines, according to me.
SVB is cutting costs in retirement and nursing homes, this while our population on average is growing older.

While clinical specialists are not being addressed and these specialists obstruct efforts to cut in their income, as their renumeration is based on the volume of their work, this creates perverse effects as their income is determined via the number of medical interventions they do.

The costs of our medicines are much higher than the costs of medicines in Holland and in Aruba because of the central joint purchase of medicines between entities .

Of course there is also waste, but more importantly there are persisting inequities in health and health care that are not being adequately addressed.  We see now is that a Task Force aimed to lower the costs in the health care is using incorrect figures to propose budget costs and there is no deliberation or actual involvement of any stakeholders. Where does that leave the health care if cost cutting is done without an idea of what the costs could be in the long run and primarily fueled to be able to pay for the white elephant and actgually proposing that public health should be driven out of the clinic!.

 


And what about the wellness branche?
The question is: what exactly is “Wellness”? Public health can be defined as all that is needed to protect and promote the health of the population we serve. Health care is just one part of all of this, and it takes place at the end of the line. Our health depends on jobs, education, sound and safe neighborhoods, healthy living conditions, a healthy environment and equity. All of this based on an integrated policy. But if we invest so much money in a new hospital, that then necessitates upkeep, this leaves almost no money left for other essential parts of this integrated policy. This has not been a priority over all these years and like I have said my department of Epimediology doesn’t even have its own separate budget line .

We have documented proof that low- social economic class is a major underlying determinant of chronic diseases while obesity is a common underlying risk factor for the most common chronic illnesses on our island. Those of lower social economic background do not have the understanding nor the means to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

And even if you start now with the children of these adults from the lower social economic bankgrounds it will take a generation to see a change in the epidemiological lay out. In the interim period the costs of healtcare will still be very high because all those with chronic diseases will necessitate treatment. So where do we cut in the health costs?

Even though this is a challenge I am an advocate to approach public health in an integrated manner where we create the pre conditions that people can develop a healthy life style.

This also may include unconditional cash transfers to people in need instead of e.g. food packages. Now, coming back to “wellness”: while public health states that we need to re-engineer our society to create the conditions so that people can develop healthy life styles, wellness submits that there is nothing wrong with our society. “Wellness” basically says that society is not the problem, but that it is you who are unable to cope with the stress of our changing society and therefore we will teach you how to deal with the stresses.

That is not public health. That is a coping strategy or a gimmick if you will and the foundation of a new line of entrepeneurship.

You sound like Rutger Bregman advocating a universal basic income for every one?
I am also a sceptic regarding our democratic system. I am an advocate of giving people more authority, I might sound like like a rebel. But I have seen too often that what the systems we currently employ does not work.

I want to help make this a better place to live in. I was raised in a jewish tradition and one of the key ingredients in that tradition is the obligation to make the world better. A world where we value each other and we do good deeds without fighting among each other. Personally when I see that injustice is being done, I stand up against it especially also there where we can collaborate and team up forces, to create a bigger impact.

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
By reading as much as I can ( scientific articles -medical & Public health- as well as books in general and philosophy journals) and interacting with professionals of a wide variety of areas, by participating in teaching of young professionals and participating in conferences and networks. Regretfully due to the demands of leading the COVID response there has not been a grat deal of time for many of these.


 What are your strengths?
I have this enormous drive to make things better, to enable people to become their best. I am telling people around me in the government in positions in which they could make a difference that I am on my way out, forget me. I will retire soon and it would be such a big pitty if whatever we have built , would totally collapse. This is not because I am irreplaceable. Far from it, but we do not plan for sustainable systems, we do not take care of ensuring continuity and improvement over time on the island. Programs run as long as those who initiated them carry them. 

Too often do these programs fall apart after the primary mover is gone. My drive is to identify young people that are willing to shoulder the burden of the work that needs to be done in the public health area. It is not about me, I am all in to create a structure, that will be sustainable and that there will be some young doctors and health professionals that will continue to do the work without me and maybe even conclude that what I have done was “shit” and that they will make it better. This is my BIG WHY.


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Reading, some sports but truth be told: I have not done much of that in recent years and my family.


If you as Izzy would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Mexico or Columbia) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer and how would you describe Izzy in one sentence?
Hi, my name is Izzy and I come from Curaçao.

 

Who are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
There are so many of them...but I would say some ordinary patients, during the time I was working as a general practitioner. They were telling me about their lives and although they had nothing, they were brilliant in surviving and they kept helping others. I deeply admire those people that usually are not the ones being honored or decorated but do so enormously much for others and remain invisible.

I have so many good friends that have and keep on inspiring me, with their own passion, knowledge, integrity and humanity.

I am inspired by the students I have had the honor to accompany, by young people who are eager to learn and by their own drive to make things better, not in the least by my own nephew and nieces as well as my daughters who challenge me to keep up with them.

And of course I was inspired by my parents my sister and my wife. My two daughters. They are both very critical and I am proud of the fact that we always had a lot of humor in our relationships. They are more principle centered that I am and far more disciplined than I am, but not dogmatic in their beliefs .

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
I would love to learn to force myself to become more effective as in this moment in time, because of lack of sufficient staff. I am all over the place as there are so many things that interest me.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
My student days in the Netherlands This is the time you define yourself, choose your path, sharpen and polish who you are. The friends you make, the bonds you foster, the things you undertook together, remain essential for you. These are the people who remain among my best friends.

 

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 party?
That they still love me.

 

When do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
I hope that we are able to create, and this is something that I am really passionate about, an independent structure that is strong enough, able and capable to refresh and renew itself and that is able to develop capacity and retain capacity to take care of continuity of our intentions.Built upon a foundation we created to manage funds for research (ISOG -2000), we created a new foundation called Curaçao Biomedical & Health Research Institute (CBHRI). The intention of 'Internationale Samenwerking en Onderzoek in de Gezondheidszorg' (ISOG) was to be able to finance a next Health Survey. This never happened and we want to enable and sponsor young students to do their PhD regarding subject matters that are relevant for Curaçao and the other islands of the Dutch Caribbean. s and we would guide them in this. By enabling them to do their PhD’s, we would not only increase their qualitative level, but also the overall level in Curaçao. Wouldn’t it be nice to bring some of our youth with brains back to Curaçao, the reversal of the braindrain. Not only offering the possibility to do research, but also if we would be able to give them a job. We as CBHRI were the first that obtained a direct NWO grant for a joint project together with the Universities of St t Maarten, Aruba and Curaçao, that is not via an academic entity in the Netherlands but as primary lead academic institute. This is important because if we are succesful this would enable us to acquire more grants for essential research as regretfully there are not enough funds for research and thus no opportunities our own young promising students to further their skills , create posts for them and help us elevate our level on the island as a whole and so help ensure a stable development of the country. as much as possible. This is what I will be doing 5 years from now.

 

More info:
Curaçao Biomedical & Health Research Institute (CBHRI). 
Profile Izzy Gerstenbluth on CBHRI
- Publications on Researchgate 


One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Dr. Izzy Gerstenbluth is a passionate, visionary and highly skilled epidemiologist that has caught the attention since he was a student in Groningen, Holland of many in the seventies. Triggered by the lack of access to medical care for those of lower social economic status in Curaçao, he decided to study Medicine with the intention to bring about changes in the health care system in Curaçao. During the past 35 plus years Izzy has relentlessly worked towards bringing about changes aimed at focusing on the primary health care and in preventive medicine, often seen by others as being rebellious. The Health Care Survey “Hoe gezond is Curaçao” his department made in the early 90-ties, caught international attention and this lead to Izzy being invited to become a board member of the “Council for Health Research and Development”. Izzy stayed in that board till the beginning of the new millenium and later was appointed as member of the Advisory Council for Health Research of the PAHO for 3 years. His vision on the need for an integrated, multi-sectoral policy approach that can have a real impact in the lif e styles and lives of especially those from a lower social economic class has seemed “too far out” for many in government, but after all these years, it seems that the re-prioritization of funds, is the only sensible way to improve the overall health of the people and keep the system affordable over time. At this moment, Izzy is best known because he is the spokesperson of the crisis team dealing with the Covid pandemic in Curaçao, which is managed well, although the department has remained understaffed until today. For the future, Izzy has a clear vision aimed at enabling and retainment of young bright medical students, to further work towards the improvement of the quality of the health care sector especially in Curaçao. Because of all this and his continued ambition to be of service in the health care sector, at times putting in extreme efforts, we dearly love and deeply respect Izzy and consider him part of the 250 Influencers of the island 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 2021.” 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.


Next MYM-platform session via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 15th of June (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present to you the book “Sapiens” and “ De meeste mensen deugen”.


“Sapiens” will be presented by Michiel van der Veur. 
“De meeste mensen deugen” will be presented by Ivan Kuster. 
Moderator Miguel Goede. 


One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?
In this first volume of the full-color illustrated adaptation of his groundbreaking book, renowned historian Yuval Harari tells the story of humankind’s creation and evolution, exploring the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.” From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens challenges us to reconsider accepted beliefs, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and view specific events within the context of larger ideas. Featuring 256 pages of full-color illustrations and easy-to-understand text covering the first part of the full-length original edition, this adaptation of the mind-expanding book furthers the ongoing conversation as it introduces Harari’s ideas to a wide new readership.



Instant New York Times Bestseller. "The Sapiens of 2020." —The Guardian

"Humankind made me see humanity from a fresh perspective." —Yuval Noah Harari, author of the #1 bestseller Sapiens


If there is one belief that has united the left and the right, psychologists and philosophers, ancient thinkers and modern ones, it is the tacit assumption that humans are bad.
It's a notion that drives newspaper headlines and guides the laws that shape our lives. From Machiavelli to Hobbes, Freud to Pinker, the roots of this belief have sunk deep into Western thought. Human beings, we're taught, are by nature selfish and governed primarily by self-interest.

 

But what if it isn't true? International bestseller Rutger Bregman provides new perspective on the past 200,000 years of human history, setting out to prove that we are hardwired for kindness, geared toward cooperation rather than competition, and more inclined to trust rather than distrust one another. In fact this instinct has a firm evolutionary basis going back to the beginning of Homo sapiens.

 

From the real-life Lord of the Flies to the solidarity in the aftermath of the Blitz, the hidden flaws in the Stanford prison experiment to the true story of twin brothers on opposite sides who helped Mandela end apartheid, Bregman shows us that believing in human generosity and collaboration isn't merely optimistic—it's realistic. Moreover, it has huge implications for how society functions. When we think the worst of people, it brings out the worst in our politics and economics. But if we believe in the reality of humanity's kindness and altruism, it will form the foundation for achieving true change in society, a case that Bregman makes convincingly with his signature wit, refreshing frankness, and memorable storytelling.


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

“Sapiens” will be presented by Michiel van der Veur.
“De meeste mensen deugen” will be presented by Ivan Kuster.
Moderator Miguel Goede.

Date: 15th of June
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free


New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions starting in July

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. 

Nos ta ofrese riba 7 di Yuli di 9 am – 11.45 session # 1 I un ripitishon 2 pm – 4.45 den e session # 2.

• 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 7 di Yuli.

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


Personal Coaching tips
This week we will share some short videos on share some short videos on social dialogue. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.


1. What Is Epidemiology, and Why Should You Study It? - YouTube
2. What is Public Health? - YouTube
3. What is Epidemiology? - YouTube
4. What is Public Health? - YouTube
5. MPH FAQ | What is Public Health & What General Jobs Are Available? Is Public Health a Good Career? - YouTube
6. A day in your life with public health (full length version) - YouTube

 

 

Influencer drs. Eugène Boeldak, MYM Book Sessio, New workshop on emotions and this week tips

Posted on June 6, 2021 at 3:55 AM

In this week’s blog (7th of June – 13th of June), we will interview drs. Eugène Boeldak MBA; we invite you to our next Master Your Mind joint book presentation on the 15th of June from 7.00 – 9.00 pm via Zoom, presenting “Sapiens” plus “De meeste mensen deugen”; we invite you to our next Personal Journey’s short Summer Courses of “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” starting on the 7th of July at 9 pm session # 1 and at 2 pm session # 2 (especially for those of you in Holland). We will also share some short videos on social dialogue. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Eugène Boeldak:
good listener, being his best possible, impacting other people

 


Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I was born in Curaçao and now live in Holland. My mother and my grandmother always stimulated me to do my best at school and study, and they were very important in developing my drive and passion to study and learn continuously until today. My father would have preferred that I would have started working as soon as possible, but ultimately he accepted my choices to continue to study. My present partner and I have been together since 2000. I have four children, one daughter and three sons, and they live in Curaçao. I have two brothers and I am the oldest of the three. My father had more children and I am in contact with two of them, both older than me. I grew up being poor and I have experienced going to bed on an empty stomach or not going to school until my mother had enough money after one week to buy me some sneakers to attend school. When I was 9 years old, I started playing soccer which was a family tradition and my uncle Johan “Janchi” Bodak, who lived close by where I lived, has been one of the best midfielders of the Netherlands Antilles. I am part of the Bodak-Bodok-Boeldak family of which I traced its roots back to 1778.




Could you share something about your educational background and your experiences?

I attended Martinus de Porres Sta Rosa at the primary school level, attended Junior High School (Mulo) at Zwijssen College and graduated as the best student of the then Netherlands Antilles and finished my senior High School (HAVO) in 1972 at Radulphus College, deliberately choosing to go to the HAVO (I was offered HBS) to combine my study with spending more time playing soccer. I played soccer until I was in my forties. When I was 17 years old, I was playing simultaneously in Scherpenheuvel (second keeper with the famous Jozef “Papito” Nivillac), Manchester United and Racing Club Montaña (RCM). After moving to Holland, Groningen in 1972, I graduated to become a teacher in History and English at the Lerarenopleiding Ubbo Emmius Groningen (1972-1977) and later went on to graduate in History at the masters level at the University of Groningen (1979 – 1984). Back in Curaçao I continued studying and got my Executive MBA degree from the Erasmus University, Rotterdam School of Management, with the highest grades with another co-student in 1991.


How long have you been a business owner and what services do you offer?
I had my first company “Probabilitas” from 2002 till 2006. I consulted on corporate risk management in projects with budgets higher than € 10 Mio and I offered interim-management services. Between 2006 and December 2009 I worked as a project and enterprise risk management consultant at Finext. From December 2009 till August 2018 I was employed as head of operations (bedrijfsvoering) and as a specialistic strategic advisor at the Inspectorate of Education (OCW).


In March 2008 I launched Dialogue Café Utrecht, a monthly gathering (nine sessions per year) in a café setting to discuss things that matter to everyone who felt attracted to open conversations in which they could share their experiences and reflections. This resulted in me being asked to train people in Amersfoort, Utrecht, IJsselstein, Nieuwegein, Den Haag, and Curaçao between 2008 and 2015. I have facilitated dialogue sessions in unpaid and paid assignments till before the corona pandemic in 2020.

In my city Utrecht, I had the honour to be the lead dialogue course developer and trainer between 2009 and 2017 for the annual training of citizens that later on went on to organize and facilitate dialogue sessions during the annual Dialogue Day in October. Dialogue topics I have developed in Utrecht between 2013 and 2018 were published in the USA, and are still accessible.


NinetyEight Consult (2016) designs, organizes, and facilitates workshops and also offers training regarding efficiency in meetings, conflict resolution, negotiation, collaboration, dialogue, and project management.

 

eChuchubi Self-publishing (2016) facilitates adults and parents from the ABC-islands living in Holland with books, games, and other products to relive and pass over their culture that has “Papiamentu” at its base to their children.


These children are growing and living in a family and public domain context where Dutch is the dominant language, and tend to miss out on Papiamento/u.

We try to accomplish this by writing, translating, and publishing books. Some examples are:

- Nanzi i Koma Corona (sept 2020) in Papiamentu and Dutch
- Doktor Da Costa Gomez (biography and bibliography), 22 November 2021
- Maria i Martins, a short novel, November 2021
- Studiante Eksitoso, March 2022



Could you also tell us something about your involvement in the NGO-field as a governor and what is your involvement in that in what areas are you exactly involved?
I am the second treasurer of the Stichting Gedeeld Verleden Gezamenlijke Toekomst Rotterdam. Our mission is to increase the knowledge and awareness of the joint history of the inhabitants of Rotterdam with the intention to increase mutual understanding and respect in a multi-ethnic society, today and in the future. Our focus is on our joint history of colonialism and racism, which still has an impact on the present.

We organize activities like:
● History courses on colonialism and racism (East and West in relationship with Rotterdam);
● Keti Koti Festival: commemoration at the slave monument on June 30, and a celebration on July 1, the date slavery was officially abolished in the Dutch Antilles and Surinam;
● Dia di Tula, August 17;
● History Matters 2021-2022.

Apart from being the second treasurer, I am tasked with improving the project management processes and skills in our foundation.


I am also actively involved as Secretary as of March 2021,in Vereniging Levende Talen Sectie Papiaments. Our mission is to promote and enhance the use of Papiamento and Papiamentu in the Netherlands at home, in school, on the streets and increase the relevancy of Papiamento and Papiamentu via:

● Pasa Palabra (Culture, twice a year),
● Buki ta konta (Educational, twice a year)
● Studiamigo|u (Educational, pilots in 2020 and 2021, while the full project will be launched in September 2021). Professional volunteers with a background in the Dutch Caribbean act as guide and mentor to students from Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao in different areas to increase their success rate in their studies. We assist the students in oral and written Dutch, academic skills for their assignments, and developing networking skills during their study.
● Publications in Levende Talen Magazine, and Onderzoeksrapport Studiesucces studenten ABC-eilanden.


You are also a writer and publisher eChuchubi.com of a book of Dr. Moises Da Costa Gomez, could you tell us more about this?
The book is part of my tradition to publish on Dr Moises Da Costa Gomez. He has inspired me since I was in primary school. As I have previously said, I have studied History and Government Institutions at the University of Groningen and ended up doing my thesis on Da Costa Gomez. In 1984, I participated in a seminar on Doktor Da Costa Gomez at the then UNA now UOC, organized by rector Reinders. As speakers we had Juancho Evertsz, Ronchi Isa, Papi Jesurun, Ciro Kroon, a professor of the University of Nijmegen, who had known DCG. I was only 31 years old then.

 

Why did you write this book and how well is its reception?
In 2014 I published Mr. Dr. Moises Da Costa Gomez, Voorvechter van de Politieke Emancipatie der Nederlandse Antillen. The book got a lot of readers, good reviews and attention until this moment.

I gave presentations at UOC, ICUC, MIL, RC, PSC, Kiwanis Curaçao to promote the sales of the book in the Netherlands and in the Caribbean from 2014 till 2016. In 2016 (2 April) I had a book presentation at the Dutch Caribbean Book Club, Den Haag. On the 110th day of birth of Doktor, 17 October 2017, Marion Keizer and I launched an e-book about DCG. We had a limited distribution and we donated 110 copies to school, political parties and researchers in Curaçao and the Netherlands. In 2020 I also wrote two articles in the Canon on the history of Curaçao, one on Da Costa Gomez, and the other on the constitutional structure of the Dutch Kingdom.

On the 22nd of November 2021, the 55th year anniversary of Doktor’s death, eChuchubi will launch another ebook with his biography and bibliography, that will be published on eChuchubi.com. Readers who subscribe to our monthly newsletter, published every 22nd of the month as of May 22, will receive a free copy of the ebook on 22 November 2021.

What does eChuchubi want to achieve?
eChuchubi’s mission is to help adults and parents from the ABC-islands that are living in the Netherlands to relive their culture, that has Papiamento or Papiamentu as its base, and pass it over to their children that grow up in a family and a public domain where Dutch dominates.


You are also very active writing articles that you post on your social media?
Well, I re-publish articles of others that I believe are of interest to the ABC-diaspora living in the Netherlands. eChuchubi’s goal here is to help the diaspora to stay informed so that they can be critical and can stand up for their interests in the Netherlands and in the Caribbean. The subject matters that I highlight are related to mutual aid in times of the corona pandemic, Dutch policies towards minorities, governance on the ABC-islands, relationships in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.


 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be who you are right now and doing what you are doing right now?
My BIG WHY is to contribute to the improvement of the world within my circle of influence. I try to achieve this by amplifying peoples’ access to work, housing, education, health care and good democratic governance in the Netherlands and Curaçao. (The BIG 5) I try to achieve this with my own initiatives, collaborations and sharing, through my social entrepreneurship. I also support other initiatives with proposals related to conflict resolution, negotiation, collaboration, dialogue method, project management and efficient meetings.

 

When do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
When my children are proud of what I have meant to them as a role model and as a contributor to the lives of others. I try to accomplish this by inspiring people, as a social entrepreneur and as a volunteer, to contribute to broader access to the 5 basic conditions for life.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
In 2020 my challenge was how to balance my creative work with my me-time to exercise (cycling, gym, kayaking, and travel) as we had to deal with the measures related to the Corona Pandemic. Furthermore, I had to deal with some health setbacks, like a groin rupture, a bladder infection and an eye operation. I am working on getting back to the week rhythm that I had till February 2020.

Furthermore, I want to increase the number of people in the eChuchubi team from 2 to 4 or 5 people dedicated to working on the realization of the goals of eChuchubi. We hope to achieve this by creating services and products that could attract contributors and attract people or groups to associate with us and that support our goals in the way they best are able to and can contribute.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I practice mindfulness in the morning and evening or whenever I feel like it. Apart from experiencing physically what my body is telling me, I pay attention to the things that look threatening in my own way of behaving or the way others behave. In my self-talk, I deliberately ask myself questions dealing with problems or dilemmas. Is there a problem according to myself or in another person’s perception? Can I and should I do something about that? Can I achieve a change on my own or do I need other people? What am I going to do or what am I not going to do? How can I reach peace of mind (absence of worries) again?


How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I read two books per month, not as a target but it so happens to be like that and I read about an average of 5 articles every week regarding a topic that interests me. Furthermore, I pay attention to how people I work with, make decisions and motivate their actions and choices to learn how to better get along with them.


What are your strengths?
Listening without expressing an opinion, asking questions that trigger people to think and tell their stories. In the video (attached) of my former colleagues at the Inspectorate of Education on the brink of their retirement, one can hear and see some strengths they attribute to me.

I love to analyse, structure, plan, explain, motivate others by my own work, improvise, present/public speaking, design and facilitate meetings and workshops, start and finish the job (perseverance), quality-oriented, review texts in Dutch and English, ambitious, strive to be the best or at least at the top in study and work.


 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I love to listen to Jazz, kayaking, cycling on my race bicycle, reading and travel.


If you as Eugène would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Mexico or Columbia) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer and how would you describe Eugène in one sentence?
I am Eugène and I am curious to know what your passion is or your biggest reason to live.


Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
Well, I have a bunch of them, if you don’t mind.

- Johanna Florencia (Ganchi, my grandmother from my mother’s side): her patience when as a child I didn’t want to eat keeps coming back to my mind when I deal with people who do not want to do something.

- Frank Davelaar: former teacher at Radulphus who walked a fine line between teaching and sharing jokes.

- Elis Juliana: for his research and collection of stories and artefacts.

- Martin Luther King: for his perseverance during dangerous times.

- Boy Ecury, George Maduro, Tirso Sprockel: for their role in the resistance during the Second World War.

- Doktor Da Costa Gomez; innovator of law during the colonial times, his rebellion against mighty powers between 1935-1966: CPIM, the Governor and the catholic service, a new model to organize political parties as a service centre for the people.

- Socrates, William Isaacs, Jos Kessels for their contribution to what we presently know as the dialogue method,

- Carol S. Dweck: author of the book Mindset.

- Jan Gunnarsson & Olle Blohm: Hostmanship.

- Robert B. Cialdini: research and book on Influence,

- Ken Schwaber, Jeff Sutherland: book on Scrum

- Jaap Peters: Rijnlands orghaniseren, publications on Chaostheory

- Adam Kahane: Collaborating with the Enemy

- Richard Axelrod & Emily Axelrod: You don’t have to do it alone

- Elise Keith, CEO of Lucid Meetings


What is a trait(s) that is still a work in progress?
Develop an understanding for people with low or almost no ambition. Work less and travel more.
I have an issue dealing with a lack of service, bad service, patience and debate passionately.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
In 1999 the Dutch company where I was working closed down their offices in the Antilles and I was out of work. Within 10 months all the money I had in my savings account was depleted and my marriage then ended up in a divorce. As I was unable to find a job in Curaçao, the company offered me a job in the Netherlands. To earn a living and pay the expenses for myself and my children I had to leave my children, my house and Curaçao behind. I lost the trust in many people I had considered friends and good acquaintances I knew during the good times. So I have learned the difference between friends and people who use you. I suffered a lot because of the distance between me and my children although we saw each other each year.

 


Where do you want to be 15 years from now with your career?
A career isn’t important to me anymore. I hope that in 15 years from now, I will have positively impacted more people's lives, compared to when I was a teacher at the High School level when I was a civil servant, advisor, entrepreneur, volunteer-based on a legacy on Papiamentu and collaboration(s).

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you, let's say 20 years from now?
Although Eugène had a most challenging youth, he has surpassed that and worked on himself and gave real love and compassion even when he didn’t agree with others.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, recession and in the middle of growing environmental challenges because of the global warming consequences?
I am optimistic because there will always be people either in Curaçao or living outside of Curaçao that will see opportunities in what Curaçao can offer creating jobs/income, housing, education, health care and good democratic governance (The BIG 5). Big transformational changes in a society or a country have never been brought about by a majority of people. It has always been a small visionary and dedicated minority that has brought about transformational change, be it good or bad in retrospect.

I believe that crises do create more opportunities for solution builders amongst entrepreneurs and NGO’s to play a role and create impactful changes and they will also soften the negative effects that ineffective governance might have. I believe that good democratic governance, which is free from corruption, will have to be imposed by these solution builders and NGO’s and as they are doing what they are doing, more opportunities for collaboration.
 

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Yes, I want to expand a little on collaboration as I am now looking at this subject matter since 2018.

First of all, collaboration becomes more necessary as problems become more complex, require sustainability and involve more people or countries. You have mentioned some in the question you asked me before. Like a worldwide pandemic, recession and growing environmental challenges because of global warming.;

Collaboration also becomes more difficult because every actor has to get along with other actors that they disagree with, don’t like and don’t trust.

 

So I see two challenges here for collaboration(s) that Share2Uplift tries to enable to create impactful changes in Curaçao. Consider and be aware of these, as you continue to roll out the movement Share2Uplift.

Recognize that collaboration is only one of four options that exist to deal with problematic situations.

Ask yourself the following questions:


Can we change the problematic situation?

A. If the answer is “yes”, then we ask ourselves: ”Can we affect this change unilaterally (alone)?”

Option # 1: When we can do this unilaterally, meaning we can do it on our own and need no one else, we Force the change unilaterally.

 

If the answer is “no”,

Option # 2: Then we have to Collaborate (multilaterally)

 

B. If the answer to “Can we change the problematic situation’ is “no”, we ask ourselves

“Can we bear the situation as it is and live with it?”

 

Option # 3: If the answer is “yes” we can live with it, we “Adapt” unilaterally.

 

Option # 4: If the answer is “no”, we (can) choose to Exit, Get out or Flee unilaterally.

 

Having said that, there are basically two types of collaborations.

If the problems are simple plus there is agreement on the problem, the solution, a (simple) plan, the actors and their contribution, and -last but not least- there is mutual trust, then we plan rationally and take the steps one by one. This is a planned and vertical collaboration.

 

When the problems are complex and ‘wicked’, and there is no agreement, no sympathy nor mutual trust, we enter into the two meanings of collaboration: working together as opposed to betraying your beliefs and interests.

So then, how do we solve this challenge when we don’t even have an agreement on how the problem should be defined?

There are three tools for this challenge:

1. Acceptance of the plurality of the situation. Acceptance that there are different actors, different realities, dreams, fears, plans, etc. Don’t try to reach an agreement regarding the definition of the problem and the solution upfront, to make progress. Different actors can support the same result for different reasons.

2. Experiment as you try to find a way out. Try to take different steps and be aware that you can’t control the future, but you can influence it. The success formula lies in working together towards a solution instead of figuring it out upfront. Success isn’t coming up with a solution - it’s working toward one.

3. See yourself as part of the problem and don’t see yourself as an outsider. You can’t make any progress as long as you don’t realize that you do have a role to play in the present situation. If you are not part of the problem, you can’t be part of the solution.

Connect with Eugène Boeldak
Linkedin.com/in/eugeneboeldak/


One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Eugène Boeldak is a driven, erudite, open minded, curious (loves to learn), optimistic visionary, highly skilled professional in among others dialogue and collaborative techniques. As a historian and author, his work on the biography of Dr. Da Costa Gomez over the years has been of great importance for Curçao. Because of Eugène’s excellent listening abilities and tendency to ask questions that trigger people to think, and his ability to analyse, structure, plan, explain, motivate he has the right profile as a very active and energetic retiree to be involved in multiple ventures. His drive and grit to always be at the top in his study and work, position him to positively impact the lives of more people, compared to when he was a teacher at the High S chool level or when he was a civil servant, advisor, entrepreneur, volunteer working on the legacy of Papiamentu and collaboration(s), to create even more impactful changes in Holland and in Curaçao, as he lives in two worlds. His vision on and practice of dialogue and 21st century skills is refreshing. Because of his continuous ambitions to be of service, and have a positive impact, we dearly love and deeply respect Eugène Boeldak and consider him part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the sector of History, Politics and Culture.

 

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 2021.” 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.


Next MYM-platform session via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 15th of June (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present to you the book “Sapiens” and “ De meeste mensen deugen”.


“Sapiens” will be presented by Michiel van der Veur. 
“De meeste mensen deugen” will be presented by Ivan Kuster. 
Moderator Miguel Goede. 


One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?
In this first volume of the full-color illustrated adaptation of his groundbreaking book, renowned historian Yuval Harari tells the story of humankind’s creation and evolution, exploring the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.” From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens challenges us to reconsider accepted beliefs, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and view specific events within the context of larger ideas. Featuring 256 pages of full-color illustrations and easy-to-understand text covering the first part of the full-length original edition, this adaptation of the mind-expanding book furthers the ongoing conversation as it introduces Harari’s ideas to a wide new readership.



Instant New York Times Bestseller. "The Sapiens of 2020." —The Guardian

"Humankind made me see humanity from a fresh perspective." —Yuval Noah Harari, author of the #1 bestseller Sapiens


If there is one belief that has united the left and the right, psychologists and philosophers, ancient thinkers and modern ones, it is the tacit assumption that humans are bad.
It's a notion that drives newspaper headlines and guides the laws that shape our lives. From Machiavelli to Hobbes, Freud to Pinker, the roots of this belief have sunk deep into Western thought. Human beings, we're taught, are by nature selfish and governed primarily by self-interest.

 

But what if it isn't true? International bestseller Rutger Bregman provides new perspective on the past 200,000 years of human history, setting out to prove that we are hardwired for kindness, geared toward cooperation rather than competition, and more inclined to trust rather than distrust one another. In fact this instinct has a firm evolutionary basis going back to the beginning of Homo sapiens.

 

From the real-life Lord of the Flies to the solidarity in the aftermath of the Blitz, the hidden flaws in the Stanford prison experiment to the true story of twin brothers on opposite sides who helped Mandela end apartheid, Bregman shows us that believing in human generosity and collaboration isn't merely optimistic—it's realistic. Moreover, it has huge implications for how society functions. When we think the worst of people, it brings out the worst in our politics and economics. But if we believe in the reality of humanity's kindness and altruism, it will form the foundation for achieving true change in society, a case that Bregman makes convincingly with his signature wit, refreshing frankness, and memorable storytelling.


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

“Sapiens” will be presented by Michiel van der Veur.
“De meeste mensen deugen” will be presented by Ivan Kuster.
Moderator Miguel Goede.

Date: 15th of June
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free


New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions starting in July

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. 

Nos ta ofrese riba 7 di Yuli di 9 am – 11.45 session # 1 I un ripitishon 2 pm – 4.45 den e session # 2.

• 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 7 di Yuli.

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


Personal Coaching tips
This week we will share some short videos on share some short videos on social dialogue. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

1. Social Dialogue - YouTube

2. Five things to know about the Committee on social dialogue and tripartism - YouTube

3. Rights at Work and Social Dialogue in Asia and the Pacific - YouTube

4. The value of social dialogue - with subtitles - YouTube

5. What Does Social Justice Mean to YOU? - YouTube

6. What is inequality and social justice? - BBC Bitesize Key Stage 3 Learning for Life and Work - YouTube


 

Influencer Ursula Marchena, Master Your Mind book session, July workshop on Emotions and this week tips

Posted on May 31, 2021 at 12:55 AM

In this week’s blog (31th of May – 6th of June), we will interview dr. Ursula Marchena; we invite you to our next Master Your Mind joint book presentation on the 15th of June from 7.00 – 9.00 pm via Zoom, presenting “Sapiens” plus “De meeste mensen deugen”; we invite you to our next Personal Journey’s short summer courses of “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” starting on the 7th of July at 9 pm session # 1 and at 2 pm session # 2. We will also share some short videos on Ayurveda and meditation techniques. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.


Influencer Ursula Marchena:
helping people become their best version

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I was born in Curaçao, I am married and I have a daugther of 23 years and I have one younger sister. I had a great time growing up. My parents were very supportive to whom I am right now. From the moment I can remember, I was playing around with my dolls and it was related to care, like hospital care with my Barbie dolls as patients and I also played a lot in the garden and in hindsight it explains my deep fascination and passion for herbs. I would make tea from leaves I would collect from the garden and I had no idea what herbs were. From my mother I learned the love for gardening and until this day I plant a lot of herbs.

From my father I learned yoga and that has also influenced me a lot. I also had two aunts that were yoga teachers back then and the rest of my family are into law or they are linguists. Only my grandfather use to work as an assistant-pharmacist in a pharmacist. Probably that is were I got this interest to study medicine. I went to Radulphus College and after finishing it, I went to Washington DC in the USA and did my pre-medicine studies there. After that I went to Costa Rica and studied alopathic medicine and became a family practioner.


How long have you been a general practioner?
I am 23 years now a family practioner, but I always collaborated closely with the alternative medicine sector. I have always been willing to refer patients to alternative therapies, like to Rudolf de Wit, Kenneth van Eer for their knowledge of acupuncture and homeopathy. Dinah Veeris for her knowledge of herbs. Furthermore my husband is from India and every two years we visit India and there is where I’ve learned Ayurveda. I have also followed some courses on Ayurveda given by Carlo Monsanto in the past. In India Ayurveda is very normal and mainstream. A patient would prefer an Ayurveda general practioner over one applying alopathic medicine. So that is how Ayurveda crossed my path. But as I was working in Curaçao in an environment where SVB dictates our work more or less, I was unable to apply preventive medicine. Only if the patient is open for an alternative approach and willing to pay for these services, be it consultations or supplements that are recommend to them by me, does it work. During the start of Covid Pandemic, I felt that the Universe send me a Cue that now was the time to implement my approach and I ended up at Golden Village. Because of the Covid Pandemic, I started to see the absurdity of the situation I was in, as the whole world came to a stand still as there was no real solution readily available.

You are a holisitic general practioner, could you tell us what this entails and what it is not?
I have my own approach towards patients, but I don’t reject the alopathic, main stream medicine. I firmly believe in a holistic collaboration with other practitioners applying the mainstream medicine approaches. Like if someone has some issue with his heart or a kidney problem, you can’t just decide to suggest him to stop using his medicines, because he might have a permanently damaged heart or kidney situation. That is why I always, through forms patients have to fill in, create a medical file with the medical history of the patient, as this will make the subscription of certain herbs prohibitive for example. That is why I ask the patient for their last blood sample. I am very interested in herbelism and Ayurveda. Based on the constitution I would then tell the patient what I see, I classify the patient and determine what would be the best course of action to be taken, to balance this patient.



What is Ayurveda? 
It is the science of longevity. It connects the external universe with the internal universe and we help patients to integrate those two. So if a person is more like “fire” we would suggest actions, like types of food to eat, yoga poses, lowering of noise in his work and home environment, all to dim his fire. All in the name of prevention and balance.

 

How is it to work and create awareness on the importance for patients the approach their health from a holistic point of view and that they have the responsibility of their health in their own hands?
I would tell it to them straigth in their faces with a diplomatic touch. Some people where born with certain issues and some have genetic tendencies. But in the end, we are responsible for where we are now in this moment regarding our health. I would tell them that it is your choice to be healthier, balanced and become more mindful of what you put in your mouth, of what you say and of what you think.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now and doing what you are doing right now?
Everytime I see a person, how this person behaves and think, I can predict how this person would end up. But also what this person could do, to reverse the trend. So easy to do and so easy not to do it. Nature gives us everything in live to be happy and have a healthy life internally and externally, so they can become the best version of themself. That is my motto.


You are also partially involved with Golden Village and what made you join this platform that also serves as a meeting hub for like minded people?
To connect, align and create impact.This is the reason I joined because it is a meeting hub for like minded people and an opportunity to work together. Isn’t it better for all of us that all of us are here in Golden Village? Especially these days where the Covid Pandemic has created an opportunity for some us to break the isolation and join together. It inspires us and gives us strength. We often feel alone and isolated and don’t feel supported by the mainstream alopathic medicine practioners. If I would recommend “magnesium” and a specialist would say, absurd, this will not be the best way to go for the patient, right? I have had a lot of support of Rudolf de Wit, Carlo Monsanto and Angelo Luidens. They have been helpfull in these hard times where I had to, at times, overcome the sarcastic remarks of some colleagues. I am now where I just don’t care so much anymore of what they say. I have made my decision as I have seen it enough in my life as I have accompanied people on their deathbed before they passed away. This feeling that you have experience it, have felt it, felt loved. If you haven’t, you would feel disappointed. You have to be open for that and take actions and it is worth the disappointment. Our youth are not having fun these times. Because of Covid you are not even allowed to hug your teacher. I had such an easy childhood when I grew up compared to what they are going through right now.


When do you consider that you have been successfull in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?

I am already successful and I am already feeling it.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
How to navigate between the regular, mainstream and holistic health sector. Unfortunately the main stream health sector is very quick to attack and it requires a lot of energy to go through this navigation in a safe manner.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up?
I do it from my feeling part.


How does that work for you?
Under a tree in meditation.


How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I read a lot and participate in courses, that is how I keep it up.

What are your strengths?
I love to smile a lot, I am a very positive person and I like to learn.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Apart for the passion for herbs I am a bad cook. I love knitting, embroidery and I write a lot for myself and for the broader public.

I would like to interview people some where 1,5 to 2 years from now, to share with me the herbs they are cultivating. I would like to go around and find people In Curaçao involved in their own plantations. Since we had wide spread chigunguya, more and more people went back to nature. I do collaborate with Dinah Veeris and she is looking so young and energetic. Btw, she told me that is because of her herbal garden. But I want to do this and maybe Share2Uplift can give a helping hand in this.

 

How would you describe Ursula in one word or one sentence?
In love with this world.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
Dinah Veeris because of her vast knowledge of local herbs and Vasant Lad my Professor in Ayurveda. On a personal level, my father.


What is a trait that is still work in progress?
Be bolder.

What was a defining moment in your life?
You know I have never gone through major crises in my life. I already knew intuitively that our body has a tremendous healing capacity. But to mention one defining moment that moment would be some years ago I had chikungunya and with this virus the mainstream medicine didn’t know what to do exactly. A lot of people started visiting Dinah Veeris to get papaya leaves and from that day on I could notice more interest in preventive health care. I then also got dengue. This kept me one month long in bed. I am not a vegetarian but I am pescatarian. Through the healing capacity of my body and the use of natural remedies, I cured completely. And some colleagues of me, saw my blood samples and they were surprisded how well I healed. And I can see what these two virusses can do with some patients and then we also got zika and this became my defining moment as I saw how patients with a healthy lifestyle and that took good care of themselves using supplements and herbs, could heal slowly but surely completely. That was my defining moment. While other patients and the costs for their care in our health insurance system are sky high, they are still not completely cured. And last year we experienced the Covid Pandemic and this was my defining moment to change what I was doing as I personally had experienced total healing.

Where do you want to be 15 years from now with your career?
Be a 100 % holistic general medical practioner.
 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
Ursula brought a smile to their faces and helped me a little bit to become my best version of myself.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, recession and in the middle of growing environmental challenges because of the global warming consquences?
The people.


Is there anything else that you would like to add?
There is always hope.


One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Dr. Ursula Marchena is a dedicated, open minded, curious (loves to learn), optimistic, holistic general medical practitioner, that loves life and loves to laugh. As a medical practitioner, she has always been open towards collaboration with alternative medicine and seeing it as complementary to the allopathic medicine. Her curiosity and openness made her study the benefits of medicinal herbs, she collaborates with Dinah Veeris and Ayurveda has led her to understand how important preventive medicine would be for her patients for who she cares for a lot. Over the years, she learned how powerful the healing capacity of the human body can be if this is based on a healthy life style added with supplements. Navigating between the regular and holistic health sector has been a continuous challenge, but after some hard lessons and experiences with chigunguya, dengue, zika and now Covid 19, made her all the more convinced that she should increase her efforts to stay this path. Because of her continuous efforts to complement the regular mainstream medicine with alternative medicine which includes medicinal herbs, we dearly love and respect Ursula Marchena and consider her part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the sector 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 2021.” 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.


Next MYM-platform session via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 15th of June (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present to you the book “Sapiens” and “ De meeste mensen deugen”.


“Sapiens” will be presented by Michiel van der Veur. 
“De meeste mensen deugen” will be presented by Ivan Kuster. 
Moderator Miguel Goede. 


One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?
In this first volume of the full-color illustrated adaptation of his groundbreaking book, renowned historian Yuval Harari tells the story of humankind’s creation and evolution, exploring the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.” From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens challenges us to reconsider accepted beliefs, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and view specific events within the context of larger ideas. Featuring 256 pages of full-color illustrations and easy-to-understand text covering the first part of the full-length original edition, this adaptation of the mind-expanding book furthers the ongoing conversation as it introduces Harari’s ideas to a wide new readership.



Instant New York Times Bestseller. "The Sapiens of 2020." —The Guardian

"Humankind made me see humanity from a fresh perspective." —Yuval Noah Harari, author of the #1 bestseller Sapiens


If there is one belief that has united the left and the right, psychologists and philosophers, ancient thinkers and modern ones, it is the tacit assumption that humans are bad.
It's a notion that drives newspaper headlines and guides the laws that shape our lives. From Machiavelli to Hobbes, Freud to Pinker, the roots of this belief have sunk deep into Western thought. Human beings, we're taught, are by nature selfish and governed primarily by self-interest.

 

But what if it isn't true? International bestseller Rutger Bregman provides new perspective on the past 200,000 years of human history, setting out to prove that we are hardwired for kindness, geared toward cooperation rather than competition, and more inclined to trust rather than distrust one another. In fact this instinct has a firm evolutionary basis going back to the beginning of Homo sapiens.

 

From the real-life Lord of the Flies to the solidarity in the aftermath of the Blitz, the hidden flaws in the Stanford prison experiment to the true story of twin brothers on opposite sides who helped Mandela end apartheid, Bregman shows us that believing in human generosity and collaboration isn't merely optimistic—it's realistic. Moreover, it has huge implications for how society functions. When we think the worst of people, it brings out the worst in our politics and economics. But if we believe in the reality of humanity's kindness and altruism, it will form the foundation for achieving true change in society, a case that Bregman makes convincingly with his signature wit, refreshing frankness, and memorable storytelling.


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

“Sapiens” will be presented by Michiel van der Veur.
“De meeste mensen deugen” will be presented by Ivan Kuster.
Moderator Miguel Goede.

Date: 15th of June
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free


New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions starting in July

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. 

Nos ta ofrese riba 7 di Yuli di 9 am – 11.45 session # 1 I un ripitishon 2 pm – 4.45 den e session # 2.

• 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 7 di Yuli.

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


Personal Coaching tips
This week we we will share some short videos of Rutger Bregman on different subject matters like taxes, basic income and “previews of de meeste mensen deugen”. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.
 

1. AYURVEDA - from A Natural Way, a movie by Empty MInd Films - YouTube

2. Short film - Nature Calm | Healing with Nature | English (HD) - YouTube

3. Grow Your Own Pharmacy - An Introduction To Medicinal Plants | Auroras Eye Films - YouTube

4. How to Clear Your Mind - YouTube

5. Meditation Is Easier Than You Think - YouTube

6. Understanding the Monkey Mind with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche - YouTube

Influencer Sinuhe Oomen, Book Session, New workshop on emotion and this week tips

Posted on May 24, 2021 at 2:20 AM

In this week’s blog (24th – 30th of May), we will interview Sinuhe Oomen; we invite you to our next Master Your Mind joint book presentation on the 15th of June from 7.00 – 9.00 pm via Zoom, presenting “ Sapiens” plus “De meeste mensen deugen”; we invite you to our next Personal Journey’s “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” and we will share some short videos of Rutger Bregman on different subject matters like taxes, basic income and “previews of de meeste mensen deugen”. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook page.



Influencer Sinuhe Oomen: passionate, curious and multifaceted 



Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I was born and raised in Curaçao and partially in Bonaire and for just a small part also in Amsterdam. My father was from Holland and he was a war survivor, that had experienced a turbulent youth. He experienced how a lot of Jewish friends in the neighbourhood where he grew up, were deported and killed during those years. He survived that period and the hunger winter of 1944, but his PTSD unfortunately he never overcame. He started his career in the marines, worked as an electrical engineer at the Hato airport. After a civil servant period, he became a lawyer in Bonaire and ended his career as a clinical surgeon. My mother was her whole life a teacher in primary and secondary school. Later she also taught at the then GOG (children under judicial supervision). Their life and careers had a tremendous impact on how we (our brothers and sisters) became adults, pursued our education and became much more committed to each other's life.

Together we are 7 brothers and sisters, 3 of my fathers' previous marriage and 1 sister of my mothers' second marriage. Our youth was turbulent to say at least, but never the less adventurous. Mainly because of the spartan upbringing of our father in which his traumatic war experience had much to do with it. Overcoming fear, not quitting, physical endurance, withstanding mental pressure, discipline in everything we do, sticking to the moral principles like integrity, loyalty but also accepting hurtful consequences for the choices you have made, were virtues he vigorously made our daily routine. His past war experience dictated that mankind has a thin layer of civility and sadly, looking back, he was right.

 



 

During my high school period, I have had two very important school teachers, who were also my life mentor. Roel Bruinsma encouraged me to pursue a study and career that should involve fine Arts and coached me all the way to the end of my school years. Besides his role in my study to get my ‘Onderwijs akte’, he particularly opened my eyes to the gem of our Arts & Culture of Curaçao. The other mentor was Michael Euphrosina, who was pivotal in the stability in my youth, dealing with my fears, pursuing my goals and lessons of life that is until today fundamental in my career. He later became a Cultural Diversity expert and his insights were the redline during my university years. So after obtaining my master's degree in England, cum laude, in my speech I have dedicated this masters bull to those two gentlemen.

In short, after the MIL in Curaçao, and after getting a teachers diploma while I did my HAVO, my educational quest brought me to Holland: Industrial Design at the Akademie voor Industriele Vormgeving Eindhoven (today the Design Academy Eindhoven) followed by Interaction Design at the faculteit Kunst Media Technologie and later the Masters Interactive Multi-Media at the Portsmouth University in Great Brittan.

During my study, I have always worked. It was difficult and sometimes painful, the culture shock was severe and in many cases, I had to deal with discrimination. It made me resilient and made me understand, how to deal with it. It’s a reality of life. Be skillful in dealing with it, I would say.

A particular experience has widened my ambition and perspective on life & career. At the Design Academy Eindhoven, I noticed slick people frequenting a door somewhere in the hallway where I did my computer classes. It seemed that the “unused area” was an office for people not related to the academy. One day I just went over and entered the office, finding people staring at me and me staring at them. It happened to be the European Design Center working on programs envoyed by the European Union. They were very surprised by my curiosity and I came to know that they are a spin-off of the Academy. Since nobody said anything, I introduced myself to a man in a three-piece suit and asked him what he was doing here. Joao Menos de Matos was the director of that office and a great guy that could speak Italian, German, French, Portuguese, Spanish and an expert in developing innovative businesses. He was a go-getter. The EDC was studying new industrial techniques based on the intention to have all the European countries collaborate on an industrial level in order to compete with Japan, the USA, Taiwan and the Sowjet Union especially in the areas of the car industries, aeroplanes, telematics, architecture and computer software. The most intelligent of the European countries needed to collaborate to create synergies and this collaboration needed to be unique, effective. A small part of this program was the design department.

It was with the same Mena de Matos that I stroke a deal, to work for his organization as a full-time researcher and I asked only an internship compensation of NGL 550,-, in exchange for allowing me to finish my education. I knew it was something important and significant for Europe, but also for my island. I worked for 3 years for them. I collaborated in many research areas during these years including 3D modelling, distant collaboration, distant education and knowledge sharing and digitization of the design process. Those were also the subjects I did specialize in during my masters.

In 1995 I attended the Telecom 95 in Geneva with the European Design Center and this was a gigantic eye-opener. All new innovation on the Telecom was being presented as they would be presented on the market soon. The EDC was stationed in the European Union boot, presenting our research and prototyping results and showcased by Jacques Santer, the chair of the European Union. It was the “creme de la creme” on technology in Europe. To meet Nelson Mandela himself who was invited to the boot was a very special and privileged moment. I was allowed to introduce an overview of our innovations, but also made sure that he knew that I came from the tiny island of Curacao. A year later (1996) I was honoured with my first Art exhibition in Geneva titled "Les Femmes des Vi Coco" (The women of Vi Coco) at Gallery 2o curated by Mrs Ivana Vrbica. Those were the times I studied and worked at the same time and once a week studied 24 hours straight. It took me years to unlearn this bad habit because at one point it will wreck you.

My career in short: I have worked for the European Design Centre (digital research lab), Audax Tros Multimedia that later split into Antraciet and the infamous World Online (Online technology & arts). Followed by the consultancy companies Arthur Anderson and Escador in digital technology. The tech bubble brought me to the coffee commerce, from tasting and product development to sales, but also the machinery involved in espresso-making in wholesale and retail. The last few years in Holland was dedicated to hardcore ICT for the electronic medical dossier for very large clients with more the 10.000 employees.

I have experienced the heights and lows in Holland as I started working first with Bob Smit (Antraciet) who was a great mentor for me. He used to be the director of NOB-omroep, once a director of KPMG NL. He taught me to be “soft on the people and hard on the facts”.

We have known you to be interested in arts and an organizer of TEDxCuraçao, you used to be a board member of Ocan, you are the secretary of Greentown, you have the director of Bloemhof...am I forgetting something?
In 2011 I returned back to Curaçao and joined Greentown Curaçao Foundation as vice president and later secretary. We were aiming to promote the sustainable industry in the Schottegat area as part of the GreenTown movement.

By working on different plans, we might have helped to at least for the moment allow other initiatives like TNO’s living lab and others to use the redundant area of the refinery terrain for alternative use.

In 2011 we founded the TEDxCuraçao Foundation with Jacob Geltdekker and he wanted to create a framework for local young professionals by presenting them inspiring people from our own region and elsewhere in the world. TEDxCuraçao has organized several successful events. We expect to start soon again in 2022.

For 5,5 years I had the honour to serve as a General Manager at Landhuis Bloemhof, an Art & Culture institute where I had to level up the existing program, but also create more value and revenue income with the exploitation of the estate assets. My expertise in Fine Art has deepened so did the passion. It is thrilling to be involved in projects for Arts valuation and advisory. I do believe we, Curaçao, have an international value to propose, not only in the creation of art but also in the trade and value creation of creative products. Currently, I am involved as interim director for ailing companies, helping them out dealing with the crisis, whether to save them as a whole, split or reduce them into smaller core activities or re-design their business activities.

How did you end working in OCAN (Overleg Orgaan Caribische Nederlanders)?
I have always been involved in organizations that supported the Antillieans students in Eindhoven among them the Antillian Student Committee. I did this for three years, helping new students to find their way when they arrive in Holland. That was where I afterwards got involved in OCaN as a board member. OCaN’s role is an advocate for the Antillian minorities in Holland as their interests are not always represented in the Dutch parliament. There is where I learned a lot about politics on the front stage and definitely on that backstage...the paperwork. I learned how to deal with the Dutch civil servants and their ways and means. Yes, I welcomed Glenn Helberg to become the chairperson of OCaN as he was articulate, diplomatic and a terrific negotiator. He had a tremendous influence on me and was in a way also a mentor for me just like Bob Smits was, who was once my boss in my early career and an experienced peoples manager. He was a former director of among other N.O.B. (Nederlandse Omroep Bedrijf).

Another role model for me was the late Brigitha Meyer Cratsz who has taught me the basic principles of diplomacy, negotiating conventions in conflicting issues and basic human respect. Brigitha Meyer Cratsz had an extensive career in social wellbeing in organisations as Oxfam Novib.

She once told her story of how she was dealing with political refugees that had to flee from Chili after the coup by Pinochet. I had ties with Chili through my grandmother that had investments in Chile and they lost everything in the post-Allende era.

Btw when we had meeting on Vision Curaçao 2030 a month ago you were very knowledgeable on the infrastructure of the agricultural sector that was build by the former minister of GMN Suzy Romer, can you expand on that a little?
The philosophy of former Minister Suzy Camelia Romer was that you can lower the deficit on the balance of payment by producing local produce to replace the import of products. The sector where this can be done rather easy is the agricultural sector where the skills and knowledge levels needed is rather low and plenty available in Curaçao. Traditional agriculture has low productivity and there are not many people willing to work in that sector. But if you talk biotech, that is a different story. Via IPE there are courses being offered in hydroponics, aquaponics to create a skilled labour force and entrepreneurs. The projected success of her philosophy is not far fetched, because Holland is the biggest producer and market leader in the world based on these farming technologies. The idea is to first produce local fresh greens, lower the import of agricultural products and then grow to even export those products. As I was doing this study I gained a lot of insights and information regarding the policy needed for the whole production processes, market development and marketing of the green products. I am not unfamiliar with those processes, as we used to grow up practically at Plantage Hato.


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
Being a sensitive and empathic person is something you start to understand later in life. This understanding comes with pain but also with a new perception of yourself towards the environment you’ve created and of course, will reshape.

I want to help to change this world, especially by focussing on those that are in socially and environmentally disadvantaged situations. It reflexes the flaws we as humans have created.

 


What is a next project that you are working on now and when do you consider that you have been successfull in your personal and business/professional life?
My next projects are Arts, where I am involved in, Industrial Design; BlockChain & Crypto; the IT part of the Media; modern agriculture.


Where do you want to be let us say 5 years from now?
A situation where I have a stable income for my family’s sake, a place with very good friends, a period of inspirational vibes and hope. I don’t want my children to go through what we’ve gone through.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
MMy personal challenge is my mental development that wants to keep growing, my spiritual development that is so hungry. I have a hunger for knowledge not only knowledge about my areas of expertise but also the knowledge that makes the “Homo Universalis”. I deeply respect Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo as they were so multi-dimensional in their way to gain knowledge.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I use my intuition and gut feeling a lot. We as human beings have such a great ability within us that we are not sufficiently aware of and using enough. Everything that I can’t grasp with ratio, I need to complement that with my intuition and gut feeling.

Everything that I can’t feel emotionally, I need my ratio to understand this for me.


How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I read everything that comes into my hands and whenever I have a moment or two to read. My telephone is a great source of information. I exchange a lot of excerpts and titles of books with my brothers, where we tell each other the quintessence or previews of what we have read. I meet and engage with people that can teach me something better or new. And I particularly despise those who show disdain towards others..even if they are an expert. Because knowledge is not an only ratio, but also spiritual, the thing that makes you ‘mensch’.

 


What are your strengths?
Empathy, creative, holistic, pragmatic and unconventional in solutions. Big dreamer.


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Well, my hobbies are a moving target, but mainly it concentrates on practice Fine Arts, practice and teaching the Tango dance, but also study art history, political and social history in Europe, Middle East and of course of Latin America especially the pre-historic times and the decolonization period.

If you as Sinuhe would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Italy) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I would tell them my name, where I come from, what I do and tell them something about my passion...with a smile and an espresso!


How would you describe Sinuhe in one word or one sentence?
Multi facetted! I can work in so many areas separate or combined like in arts & culture, digital technology, business development. Having done 4 separate studies on the bachelor and masters level has lead to this. But actually, it is my hunger for figuring things out, trying to understand the problem and mitigate it with an (unusual) solution that has always been the founding layer to this definition.



More info or connect
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One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Sinuhe Oomen is a passionate, curious (always been an avid reader), multifaceted, highly energetic, empathic, creative, holistic, pragmatic business owner and arts consultant, that is unconventional in his solutions. During his infant year’s his father wanted him to develop grit and that is exactly what he developed during his primary school and high school years. This has given him a big head start, once he got in Holland to study and later on during the different phases of his life where he continued to experience some challenging high and lows of what life can throw at a person. But this has never let him “give in”, making him all the more a defiant person that is by nature an optimist. As a very sensitive person Sinuhe is very empathic especially for those that are socially disadvantaged. Improving their situations is his biggest driver, be it directly or through policy making, wherever usefullness his mutliple abilities can offer.

 

Because of his continuous involvement in multiple ventures, his relentless effort to learn and gain more insight in people that can teach him new things, his deep respect of human beings in general, Sinuhe is creating and will continue to create big waves in Curacao and that is why we dearly love and deeply respect Sinuhe Oomen. We consider him part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the sector Arts and Culture.

 

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 2021.” 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.


Next MYM-platform session via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 15th of June (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present to you the book “Sapiens” and “ De meeste mensen deugen”.


“Sapiens” will be presented by Michiel van der Veur. 
“De meeste mensen deugen” will be presented by Ivan Kuster. 
Moderator Miguel Goede. 


One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?
In this first volume of the full-color illustrated adaptation of his groundbreaking book, renowned historian Yuval Harari tells the story of humankind’s creation and evolution, exploring the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.” From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens challenges us to reconsider accepted beliefs, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and view specific events within the context of larger ideas. Featuring 256 pages of full-color illustrations and easy-to-understand text covering the first part of the full-length original edition, this adaptation of the mind-expanding book furthers the ongoing conversation as it introduces Harari’s ideas to a wide new readership.



Instant New York Times Bestseller. "The Sapiens of 2020." —The Guardian

"Humankind made me see humanity from a fresh perspective." —Yuval Noah Harari, author of the #1 bestseller Sapiens


If there is one belief that has united the left and the right, psychologists and philosophers, ancient thinkers and modern ones, it is the tacit assumption that humans are bad.
It's a notion that drives newspaper headlines and guides the laws that shape our lives. From Machiavelli to Hobbes, Freud to Pinker, the roots of this belief have sunk deep into Western thought. Human beings, we're taught, are by nature selfish and governed primarily by self-interest.

 

But what if it isn't true? International bestseller Rutger Bregman provides new perspective on the past 200,000 years of human history, setting out to prove that we are hardwired for kindness, geared toward cooperation rather than competition, and more inclined to trust rather than distrust one another. In fact this instinct has a firm evolutionary basis going back to the beginning of Homo sapiens.

 

From the real-life Lord of the Flies to the solidarity in the aftermath of the Blitz, the hidden flaws in the Stanford prison experiment to the true story of twin brothers on opposite sides who helped Mandela end apartheid, Bregman shows us that believing in human generosity and collaboration isn't merely optimistic—it's realistic. Moreover, it has huge implications for how society functions. When we think the worst of people, it brings out the worst in our politics and economics. But if we believe in the reality of humanity's kindness and altruism, it will form the foundation for achieving true change in society, a case that Bregman makes convincingly with his signature wit, refreshing frankness, and memorable storytelling.


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

“Sapiens” will be presented by Michiel van der Veur.
“De meeste mensen deugen” will be presented by Ivan Kuster.
Moderator Miguel Goede.

Date: 15th of June
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free


New workshops 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. Nos lo kuminsá 29 di Mei. Den e 15 simananan aki nos lo siñabo:

• 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 29 di Mei.

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


Personal Coaching tips
This week we we will share some short videos of Rutger Bregman on different subject matters like taxes, basic income and “previews of de meeste mensen deugen”. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.
 

1. Rutger Bregman tells Davos to talk about tax: 'This is not rocket science' - YouTube

2. Rutger Bregman's viral tax speech did not go down well in Davos | 7.30 - YouTube

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Influencer Charles do Rego, MYM Book Session, Workshop on Emotions and this week tips

Posted on May 15, 2021 at 2:15 PM

In this week’s blog (17th – 23rd of May), we will interview Charles do Rego, we invite you to our next Master Your Mind joint book presentation on the 18th of May from 7.00 – 9.00 pm via Zoom, presenting chapters 3 & 4 of “Think and Grow Rich” plus the book “12 rules of life”; we invite you to one of our next Personal Journey’s “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” and we will share some short videos on ”Tula Curaçao’s national hero, Human Rights and Roman Catholic social teachings”. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook page.

 

Influencer Charles do Rego: multifaceted, driven and committed



Could you tell us something about your upbringing?
I was born in January 1946, in the country side of Curaçao, and the second son of a contracted Portuguese oil worker who came to the island as an immigrant from the Azores and a native mother from a rural family. Due to the outbreak of the Second World War, my father who migrated in 1938 could not return to visit his family until March, 1946. He took his young family consisting of my mother and two kids with him and I spend most of my first year of life in Sȃo Miguel and afterwards in Madeira waiting for a ship to bring us back home. The family bond became very close on both sides as my father integrated well within the local and colored family of my mother. On the other hand, the Portuguese family fully accepted my mother of mixed ethnicity and held her in high esteem on our visit to the family in Ribeira Seca. When my father could afford it, he helped his whole family who were in dire circumstances in the economically backward Portuguese territories living under the dictatorship of Salazar. He took three brothers, a sister and his mother to Curaçao who lived as our extended family. They all integrated quickly and my upbringing was fundamentally as a “Yu di Kòrsou” (Curaçaoan) with a flavor of Portuguese culture, a peculiar situation at that time. The family was very religious and churchgoing and as good Catholics with Portuguese roots the Lady of Fatima was much venerated.


How did you experienced growing up in Curaçao as a son of a Portuguese migrant, as you have written a book on Portuguese immigrants, right?
At the individual level however, it was not quite an accomplishment to belong (partially) to an immigrant group and surely not to the Portuguese who were considered belonging to the lower strata, although white. Almost all immigrant children were bullied in those days of heightened nationalist fervors especially when outside their protective communities as were the compounds of the refinery. That was in particular the case of those of mixed origins. We had to struggle with the question of belonging, we were those “in between”.

This was reflected among other in a rebellious attitude but also with the advantages of both sides such as love for the local culture and folklore and discipline, hard work and some ambitions to succeed. It also resulted in a broad mindedness and multiculturality at a relatively young age. See also my book on the Portuguese immigrants. I had to learn how to survive in these not always peaceful environments at school and on the street.

How supportive were your parents and helping you become who you are at this moment?
My parents were very supportive regarding our education, my father brought us daily to school and nothing was too much as long as we did our best and gave him a helping hand when asked for. He was quite unaware of the local schooling system and we were sent to the neighborhood school which provided only low-quality education; a fact that resulted in some hardships at the secondary level. But he was also very proud that his son reached the prestigious high school, Radulphus College. He died at the early age of 51 when I was 17, and on his bed commanded my mother to provide for my studies abroad. My mother, who became an orphan at the age of three, was very dedicated to her five kids but also very loyal to both sides of the family. She was referred to as Mai or mother for all friends and neighbors.

My parents received a few years of formal schooling but my father resulted a very skilled welder and metal worker at the refinery and soon started on his own with a specialized automobile service center. My mother was a trained seamstress and took jobs at home but quit work to raise her family. She was raised by her grandmother and afterward at her uncle’s home until she married my father. Her uncle and aunt were considered our grandparents and taught me the local ways and the love for nature as did another uncle who would regularly take me to the western district of the island as a teenager. At the age of four we moved into our own house. From a poor worker’s environment in the 1940s, soon we became a well-to-do upper middle-class family in the 1950s. It was also a multicultural environment with neighbors from Surinamese and Dutch roots, were often Dutch was spoken.


You went to Holland to study after you finished your High School in 1965, how much were you affected by all the changes in the world at that time?
In 1965, I went to study geography at the Catholic University in Nijmegen (The Netherlands).

The choice of geography was partially because of its conceived adventurous image. The faculty itself was quite conformist with strict rules and old-fashioned behavior. It however presented the opportunity to explore Third World matters as seen by some progressive scholars. Soon thereafter the student’s movement became more militant demanding attention for the underdeveloped world, the peace movement and democratic changes at the universities. Typically, the conservative and provincial Nijmegen became the avant-garde of the democratic student’s movement in which I took an active part.

Holland in itself was a completely different experience from Curaçao, not only regarding its climate and way of life. From a comfortable family setting I had to endure the hardships of student’s life without sufficient financial means (our family business could not continue after the loss of my father). But all that was not important, it was as it was and above all I was on my own to wander around and ready to adapt to the student’s world of Nijmegen. As a young fellow I liked the university setting and experienced the old-fashioned fraternities and conservative corpora of the elitist Catholic groups. But also, the takeover of the university’s aula in 1968 by the students demanding democratic rights starting a new movement. In that small academic environment new bonds of lasting friendship developed, with both Antilleans and also with Dutch nationals.

The events which made a long-lasting impact on me at that time (1967 and later) were the seminars on Latin America exposing the revolutionary struggle for social liberation (John Gerassi) the developments in China with its new-build socialism (Mao), the Cuban experiment (Che Guevara), the African movements for national liberation and of course the anti-Vietnam War actions. But also, the progressive Catholic movement of the sixties (Camilo Torres) for which I was representing the Latin American continent at a big meeting of the Dutch Peace Movement in 1967. In spring 1968, I attended, together with my girlfriend who later became my wife and partner for life, a meeting of Pax Christie with representatives of Latin American progressive organizations near Bonn (Germany).

This motivated me to be more involved in the class struggle of the Latin-American people and its movements against the military dictatorships. It conducted also to a more in-depth analysis of the Antillean society and its social and political system. From an activist for more participation at the university level, I became a student’s leader with a focus on the national question in the Dutch Antilles, i.e., the struggle for self-determination. This was more and more combined with the study of poverty and unequal opportunities as also a critical stand against the conservative political elite with a history of corruption and anti-democratic behavior. The Black movement ultimately, in the last years at the university, came under our attention.

Then came the Rebellion of May 30th, 1969 when a prolonged labor strike exploded in a devastating riot burning a big part of the commercial districts of Willemstad, which resulted in Holland sending marines to reestablish order. That was a turning point in our political consciousness as Antillean students and we were convinced that Curaçao needed a fundamental change.

In 1970 you returned to Curaçao with this new mindset and how did this influence your views and participation in the Curaçao society
Curaçao in 1970 was just climbing out of the rubbish of the revolt and progressive forces were looking for alternative solutions to social problems. We, my wife and I, were almost from the beginning (1972) involved in political discussions, social activism with labor unions, leftist intellectuals and neighborhood groups involved in community development projects. Those involvements were part of broader movements and theories and our activism was challenged by many from the established political, commercial and more conservative intellectual groups. We were seen as the new radicals also due to the fact that our first publications (Tribunal, 1973) were in the same format as the militant Vito before the revolt as a result of our cooperation with some radical individuals. That activity was however short lived and after long and sometimes bitter discussions we continued working on women rights, youth development, environmental protection and human rights soon to be followed by the movement for women rights of which my wife was a leading figure. Thus, from building a political pressure group we became protagonists for social change.

 

My involvement can be characterized as a writer (see publications in the “Aporte” magazine in the 80’s) and as chairperson of the Human Rights Committee beside the study of the history of the enslaved. This “Komité” pa Derecho Humano (1981-1990) was initiated as a result of the political problems in Surinam with the dictatorial rule of the military leader Bouterse that soon resulted in the execution of adversaries and a civil war. Surinam was close to us regarding family ties and friendships due to a common long-lasting colonial history. One of the highlights were the actions carried out for the release of a local pilot who was waiting for trial without a clear case and perspective in a Venezuelan jail. The actions carried out in particular by me involved the Antillean government, the Minister of Justice and brought me several times to Coro (including visits to the carcel) and finally to the Attorney General in Caracas. All supported by a high-ranking member of the Dutch Embassy staff who gave the necessary protection for this operation that was not without some risks. At the funeral of Hirohito in Japan (1989) the Dutch and Venezuelan ministers of external relations agreed upon the release of the pilot. The “Komité” was organized in the same way as other groups for human rights in the region and focused on anti-dictatorial regimes and exposing oppression and denial of rights. We had our own paper, organized a cultural manifestation and held meetings to inform and to motivate people on human rights issues. We also helped some refugees and set up solidarity actions. The “Komité” was active until 1990.

What was a defining moment in your life?
A turning point in life and career was a serious traffic accident (April, 1984) involving my wife and me. It took us from an active life to a life of recovery for almost two years. From activism I became more interested in community work and the study of social history. Out of these came the publication on the slave resistance in the Rebellion of 1795, first in a booklet in 1982, and a more elaborate edition in 1995 next to a yearly remembrance of the slave route to freedom.

In the meantime, my occupation as a teacher at the Teacher’s Training Institute evolved in the fields of geography and social studies and in 1981, I was appointed deputy director of the institute. Much of my focus was the formation of critical thinking and to develop social responsibilities. Geography lessons were particularly focused on the natural environment and its conservation. Cultural expression and history also were instrumental in the creation of more consciousness.


We had debating groups and a student’s choir with songs about social problems; the so called cancion social, well known in Latin America by Ali Primera, Quilapayún and Mercedes Sosa. However, my progressive stand and my participation in union actions and in the “Komité” were not considered appropriate and the board rejected me as candidate for the position of general director and I decided that it was time to quit. By that time (1992),

I had just received my MBA degree from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam and new opportunities presented. These were a post as Advisor and Secretary for the official Committee on Constitutional Affairs (1992-1994) at the time of deliberations between Curaçao and The Netherlands, which took me to encounters with the Dutch Cabinet and efforts to form a common front against Dutch policy makers.

 Next, I took an assignment as Coordinator for Environmental Management (1994-1996) resulting in the passing of the Environmental Law and attending the SIDS-Conference in Barbados. In 1997 I accepted to be a change manager at the Civil Registry & Elections Office as a public servant. The realized change was profound and well accepted and I was no longer considered a teacher or an activist but a professional manager; particularly in the fields of registry of personal data, client-oriented service, new facilities and automation. Fundamental changes were introduced in the electoral process such as the use of voting machines, streamlining of procedures, international cooperation and by inviting international observers for the first time.

But I also wanted to fulfill an academic dream as a researcher although it was difficult to reject some offers to work on certain important projects in a developing country in much need.

 

Could you elaborate somewhat more on your active life of social engagement and tell us something of your publications on different subject matters you were involved in?
My life can be characterized as very active and constantly engaged in one or other assignment or self-chosen project or busy with helping someone or an organization out of their troubles. I have been driven by the principles of social justice and equal treatment of people. That’s why I choose to be a teacher, and in particular at the teachers’ training institute, and later to become a public servant. The choice for constitutional affairs was motivated partially by my activist years and that of the environment by my study of geography and my love for nature.

My inclination to study slavery, colonial relations and plantation life stemmed from my interests in social history, to know my country better and to provide our people with relevant and historically correct information. Much more should be done to present correct, i.e. facts based, information about our social history. Much of my research can be found in (among other): “Slavery and Resistance. The Rebellion of 1795” with an introduction of Lio Janga (2009);

De vlam van de opstand, ontstoken door externe krachten? Kristof (2013);

Tula Inspiradó. Ninsee (2009) and the most recent: Niets anders dan onze vrijheid. Archiefvriend (2020).

Another related and impacting production was: Santa Martha Grandi. Het verhaal van een plantage, together with Eddy Baetens (2009).


 

Having done in-depth research of the former enslaved people for many years I thought it would give a broader view and more insight in our society when some analysis is done on the immigrant groups and their eventual inclusion in Curaçao society. This resulted in the next publications (selected):

The Portuguese Immigrant in Curaçao. Immigration, Adaptation and Integration in the 20th Century. LACS. (2009); The Portuguese Labor Migration to Curaçao. In Caribbean Studies. (2014);

Social Inclusion and Sustainable Livelihood Trajectories of Portuguese Immigrants in Curaçao (co-author J. de Bruijn), Kon. Brill. (2016); Van Immigranten naar volwaardige staatsburgers. Het proces van adaptatie en integratie. In Archiefvriend -2018.

Another topic was the uprising of the 30th of May, 1969. Some publications are:
Social Mobility and Political Trends in Curaçao since the uprising of the 30th of May 1969. In Iguana Newfound Voices. (2011) and Partisipando leu for di kas; testimonio di 30 di mei na Hulanda. In Creative Contradictions. (2019). 

Almost all my research was done after retirement in 2006. On the managerial side, I took several executive positions, always by invitation and always looking for the effect on our development such as the Scholarship foundation (SSC), the Funds Distribution AMFO and in the field of education.

From 2011 – 2016, I was member of the high and prestigious Council for Advice (Raad van Advies) and from 2013-2020 part of the board of the Public Bureau of Accountants (SOAB). All of them time consuming and highly professional positions. And in the meantime, I acted as chairperson of the Council for Monuments for 8 years.

In 2012 I got a call to become involved again in the electoral process due to problems regarding the political institutions since our country became an autonomous part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 2010. Political tensions were high at election time and Curaçao needed a professional and independent body to do the job.

The executive function as vice chair on the board of the Electoral Council was a very responsible one and the elections had much impact on the community. Especially when an election had to be organized in a highly polarized political setting as was in 2012, 2017 and again in 2021.



My professional occupations were varied and those with the most personal impact were:
- Being a teacher receiving the warmth and dedication of my students
- Transforming the Civil Registry as a magna project in the late 90’s
- Executing the most difficult and stressful elections in 2017 as chairperson, followed by the most complicated one (under Covid-19) in 2021.


Has there been a time in your life when you were not active and having extra responsibilities as a member of our society?
Only when we got a serious traffic accident in April 1984 and my wife was severely injured and spent more than a year and a half in different hospitals of which 3 months in Holland that I had to take time off. Later when I was studying for my MBA degree, in 1990-91, the only activity next was to keep up my duties at the office and not to take any other endeavor.

 

What is your BIG WHY and driving force?
My driving force to go along is the urge to make a difference in the struggle for more social justice and equity. During the last years of my study, I became aware of the inequality in society and lack of value for life and nature in the world. The more involved I became later, the more stringent these universal problems popped up. Discipline, focus, commitment and hard work were basic elements for progressing in life. More recently my vision has adapted to the oriental wisdom of seeking harmony in all we do and are part of. To concentrate more upon what you can change without neglecting the whole spectrum.

 

What are your passions and hobbies?
Of course, there were times with less activity and action but almost never without extra responsibilities. In those periods I used to spend more time with cultural activities as traditional dances, yoga classes, hiking, classes of music history and so on. I loved to be active in sports and swimming was always a good choice and I have a certificate of open water scuba diving (1981).

But most of the time I spent it practicing Aikido as a martial art. I became a San Dan (third blackbelt) given by Sensei Yamada of the US Aikido and Sempai or assistant teacher for many years in the Aikikai of Curaçao with Sensei Wong. I have done this art for almost 22 years and try to keep me in shape thereafter. Aikido has more to offer than self-defense, it is an art of power and movement and is based on oriental wisdom of how to deal with life and its challenges.

But in order to keep up, I have taking opportunities to study and doing research in social history with visits to the National Archives, searching relevant websites, reading articles and books and receiving links and articles on my subjects. When possible, I would attend seminars, conferences and nowadays webinars.

Whom are your role models?
There are too many excellent persons in my life which served as role models that makes it difficult to select a few. I will limit myself to mention those teachers of history, the lecturers at the university, the authors of books on new insights in the struggle of mankind to overcome problems, those who took a stand against injustice and gave us a new vision. I admire those who in difficult moments kept on going for their ideals discarding problems to continue their struggle for a better world. I admire those who did not put material gains and political status or personal glory first.


What do you want your loved ones, family and close friends to say about you let’s say 10 years from now?
Over about 10 years I hope to be 85 and have no intention to live a highly stressful life by that time. I will in the first place go for a healthy lifestyle, to have family and friends around and to seek harmony. I will never forget the lessons from the past, and I shall keep on studying to acquire more knowledge. To study is to think, and be always a teacher to pass lessons of life over to the next generation. And let’s not forget that the world is constantly on the move.

 

For more information contact:
Charles do Rego
chalsdorego@yahoo.com

 

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Charles do Rego is a driven, committed, researcher, author, change manager, basically a multi-faceted person with an urge to make a difference in the struggle for more social justice and equity. Becoming aware of the inequality in society and lack of value for life and nature in the world, triggered him at a young age and he later adapted his vision to the oriental wisdom of seeking harmony in all we do and are part of. Concentrating more upon what you can change without neglecting the whole spectrum. During his whole life, he has been involved in numerous activities as a protagonist for social change which involved labor unions, leftist intellectuals and neighborhood groups, women rights, youth development, environmental protection and human rights (Komité pa Derecho Humano), which illustrates his perseverance and courage over all these years. His professional occupations were varied and those which he considered to have the most personal impact were: Being a teacher and receiving the warmth and dedication of his students; transforming the Civil Registry as a magna project in the late 90’s. And executing the most difficult and stressful elections in 2017 as chairperson, followed by the most complicated one (under Covid-19) in 2021. His multiple interests are also illustrated in his hobbies, like culture, sports and research in the history of the island. His humanity is illustrated in his willingness to help individuals, organizations and the society at large whenever there was a need for that. Because of this and his continuous drive to acquire more knowledge and sharing his wisdom as a teacher to the next generation, we dearly love and deeply respect Charles do Rego. We consider him part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the sector Culture and history.

 

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 2021.” 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.


Next MYM-platform session via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 18th of May (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present two chapters of the book “Think and Grow Rich” and the book “12 Rules for Life.”

 

Chapters three and four of 'Think and Grow Rich'will be presented Jeanine Constansia-Kook.

This book has been called the "Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature." It was the first book to boldly ask, "What makes a winner?" The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world's winners himself.

The most famous of all teachers of success spent "a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort" to produce the "Law of Success" philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one. In the original Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles. In the updated version, Arthur R. Pell, Ph.D., a nationally known author, lecturer, and consultant in human resources management and an expert in applying Hill's thought, deftly interweaves anecdotes of how contemporary millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, achieved their wealth. Outmoded or arcane terminology and examples are faithfully refreshed to preclude any stumbling blocks to a new generation of readers.

'12 Rules for Life', an antidote to chaos,” will be presented by Karin Hermans and Ivan Kuster.

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.

 

Humorous, surprising and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight (with our shoulders back) and about success in life? Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods? What dreadful paths do people tread when they become resentful, arrogant and vengeful? Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world's wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. 12 Rules for Life shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature, while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its readers.

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

Date: 18th of May
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free
 



New workshops 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 Yanuari bèk.

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


Personal Coaching tips
This week we we will share some short videos on ”Tula Curaçao’s national hero, Human Rights and Roman Catholic social teachings”. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.
 

1. Tula the Revolt - Officiële trailer - YouTube

2. Human Rights Explained In a Beautiful Two Minute Animation - YouTube 

3. History of Curaçao - YouTube

4. Aikido Performance Clip Sandan Test, June 2006 - YouTube

5. Democracy | Educational Videos for Kids - YouTube

6. The Seven Principles of Catholic Social Teaching - YouTube


Influencer Ieteke Witteveen, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on May 9, 2021 at 2:25 PM

In this week’s blog (10th – 16th of May), we will interview Ieteke Witteveen, we invite you to our next Master Your Mind joint book presentation on the 18th of May from 7.00 – 9.00 pm via Zoom, presenting chapters 3 & 4 of “Think and Grow Rich” plus the book “12 rules of life”; we invite you to one of our next Personal Journey’s “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” and we share some short videos on ”Humanity and Inclusion Emotions”. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook page.


Influencer Ieteke Witteveen: independent, committed, inclusive, fearless


 

Could you share something about yourself in general? Where did your independent life started?
My independent life started when I was 22 years old and I bought a one trip ticket to Colombia in 1968. Why did I choose Colombia? I was raised a Roman Catholic and in those years there was a lot of social upheaval and there were a lot of movements that wanted to end the difference between rich and poor and you had some “red” priests that were preaching a new interpretation of the theology of the liberation like Camilo Torres and Don Helder Camera. As young professional that inspired me a lot. Within the context of that time, the sixties with all these movements going on in especially Latin America, I left The Netherlands on my own and went to Colombia. Solidarity, inclusivity and equality had always inspired me. I did go on my own because I have always had and still have this urge to be free and independent. . That is why I never worked for the government, because I feared that if I did that, it might compromise my integrity and ethics. I also didn’t want to work with the Dutch Vrijwilligers Werk that started in the sixties to work in the so called Third World similar the Peace Corps because this could also be compromising. I also didn’t want to be dependent on a man In that time woman rights were ignored and violated and I myself had a hard time accepting that men had more rights than women. I would not live in submission.. You even did loss your own last name if I would marry and also provisions in the law based on the old paradigm that woman had to serve man and ignore themselves, this sticks in your hardware and freeing myself of this conditioning the being a female has been a painful process of self-liberation. Especially in an environment where I was in charge to empower displaced people and victims of violence in Colombia. So 10 years later after arriving in Colombia I ended up in a crises, which I ultimately overcame. So, if you look at the red line in the course of my life I manage to be independent in my thinking and to create my own life, even I did have to pass it in poor conditions. I always stayed in a dialogue with others, but I didn’t and still don’t want to be restricted by the government or any group of people to be able to express my thoughts.

 

Could you share something of you eductional background and your experiences? How long have you been involved in this work?
I first studied social work at the social academy in Amsterdam with a specialization in probation and community work. In those days I did my internship with Major Bosschardt from the Salvation Army in the Red Light district of Amsterdam. I experienced that the institutional framework for social work did have a too narrow approach. Homo sexuality was a taboo and I was dealing with cases where men were convicted because they were found with other men in urinals. The Netherlands, I found, was too institutionalized. So I left to Colombia and became the head of social work in a newly created and so called invasion “barrio” where there the majority were of afro-Colombians. It is the neighborhoods, Puerto Resistencia, where actually in May 2021, the popular uprisings in Cali are taking place.

After three years I got a scholarship in the USA where I was giving some lectures in Ann Arbor, Michigan and I was invited by a team of scholars from Harvard and MIT to write a PHD thesis with another scholar, especially because of my empirical experiences. This never happened, but I did went on to study anthropology in the Netherlands and after my bachelors in 1972/73 I went to Colombia again and went to Boyacá in the Andes, in the highland where the Chibcha Indigenous people come from and I worked and did some research over there. After graduating in Anthropology and working with different NGO’s and a political party, I came in 1989 to Curaçao with my husband Leon Weeber, back then. I have been in Curaçao before in the 1968/69 and stayed a month with my dear friend Emily Henriquez and I was actively involved in spreading Vito (Stanly Brown was the main editor) on the Gomezplein in those days. So in 1989 I arrived at Curaçao for the second time. I came here as a cultural researcher with IPK. (Initiativa Partikular Kòrsou). We were involved in projects to get a better understanding of the history and culture in Curaçao from below, the barrio, and we aimed to promote empowerment, a greater appreciation of the local culture, history. So we started to organize the first Dia di Bario aimed to create more cohesion and a higher trust levels among people in the “barrios” in Banda Abou, Brievengat, Souax and Otrobanda. From this Plataforma Banda Abou resulted, other neighborhoods organizations and resulted in an Integral Bario Policy.

 

 

Could you tell us something about the work you are doing now as a Director of a human right foundation?
After I stopped a director and anthropologist at NAAM, I worked on documentaries on the shared history with the Caribbean Coast of Venezuela and Colombia like about the Jewish diaspora and the movement of emancipation and independence with an important contribution of Curaçao young independstas as Luis Brion, Manuel Piar and others. So I was visiting Venezuela quite often, like Falcon but also elsewhere in Venezuela. Together with some colleagues from Coro, Falcon we started in July 2017 asking attention for the refugees flying from Venezuela. We here in Curaçao and Venezuela have from the early indigenous history have had a shared history of inter personal relations. You will find the same last names here as you would find in Venezuela, mostly of descendants of Sephardic Jews. They have last names like Casseres, Curiel, Penso, Romero.

In the same month, July 2017, the local government did end the relation with UNHCR. In few week later someone from Amnesty International visited me. In January 2018, 11 refugees drowned when they tried to cross the ocean to reach Curaçao from Venezuela. One of them survived and someway somehow found the way to my house. I was surprised, but offered him shelter at that moment. He was dehydrated and just lost some of his family members who were also on that boat, but didn’t make it. With other worried citizens we decided to start a petition asking the government to give attention to the growing crisis in the country of our neighbor’s.

I was interviewed in those days by all kinds of Dutch and international TV and newspapers and I expressed my concern about the lack of a migration policy and a procedure to ask international protection/asylum.

 I did have some experience of working with victims of violence working as consultant with the Consulate of Colombia. In that time UNHCR was still present in Curaçao, through the Red Cross. As this refugee was in my house, I couldn’t just walk away and maintain silence. If I had done that, I would have become a complice in something that was not right. . So I decided to use my knowledge to deal with the crises at hand. Given the situation where people lost their lives, I expressed my opinion. Be aware of the fact we have so many family ties with Venezuela that go back for centuries. Names related to the third stream of diaspora. Apart from the Jewish diaspora, we have also known in our history hundreds of Africans diaspora, the maroons from Curaçao, that fled to Venezuela from slavery in Curaçao in the 18th and 19th century and in the Spanish era Indians that fled from Venezuela to Curaçao . So I believe that from a historical perspective the southern part of the Caribbean deserve more attention.

 

How is it to work and create awareness on human rights for refugees in a time where we are in the middle of a pandemic?
Difficult. Even before the pandemic it was difficult. Curaçao was, of course, not did Aruba or Bonaire, be prepared for such a huge humanitarian crisis. Curaçao, in contrast to Aruba did not validate the International Convention of Refugees yet. In the area of refugee rights there is still a lot of work to be done in Curaçao. Undocumented migrants in Curaçao are still being detained and detained in crowded "alien barracks" behind barbed wire and in prison grounds under degrading conditions.

 

It is still almost impossible for persons who are victim of extreme poverty and violence in their country to apply for protection and to undergo the careful review to be able to determine whether return is not a danger to the refugee. There are actually still distressing cases of refugees in SDKK in which legal terms of detention are exceeded, with no prospect of release.



Our organization Human Rights Defense Curaçao is aware of the economic crisis and high unemployment that has been going on for years in Curaçao. Against that background, the Venezuelan refugees are seen as jobs and picks up criminals in chats. HRDC aimed at all human rights on the island, will explicitly take into account these environmental factors that make it difficult to integrate refugees on the island. For example, HRDC will explicitly also keep an eye on the unemployment issues and poverty issues in Curaçao and is worried about the growing informal economy.

 

The government policy has been solely based on persecution, detention and deportation. When you are a person without a “sedula” you have to hide yourself. So thousands of families are living were living in fear and this was during the time the borders were open. Thanks to efforts of concerned persons, and especially a young female Dutch doctor who was doing her medical residency, Curaçao has now a clinic for medical care Curaçao to start with the registration of the crisis migrants and allowed us, together with other NGO’s to guarantee the food security during 2020. In October we did ask the humanitarian organization ADRA to continue with this task together with other NGO’s and the Red Cross. In that way we can deal more with legal issues as preventing deportation and advocacy for children rights and with capacitation of volunteers.

So we can assist with a lawyer in cases of violation of their human rights like being mistreated without juridical assistance.

One of the good things that are happening is that the food aid and vaccination of the refugees in this Covid-19 pandemic includes all persons living in Curaçao. Yes, the inclusion of the people of without a legal status was on the request on the government of Holland.

Imagine the humanitarian disaster that would have taken place if this wasn’t happening.

Because of their legal status and the fact that there is no policy from the government the status of the refugees and crisis migrants are much more vulnerable as the Yu di Kòrsou.

It would be wiser for the government to be inclusive and allow them a temporary stay here, of course after a good registration and screening. Colombia has taking a clear stand in this matter and has decreed that all Venezuelan refugees till 1-1-2021 will receive a temporarily permit to stay in Colombia. It would be wiser to have a closer like to the skill of these refugees who are already in our country, and making a live. They are of no burden for the government. Without a clear policy they are only increase the informal sector of our economy instead of contributing to it in the form of taxes. The word refugees in itself is still a taboo in Fort Amsterdam. Curaçao lacks the “know how” on this subject matter. That in itself is not surprising, because the Venezuelan refugee crisis developed quickly and nobody was prepared for this.


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I live here for 32 years now and hope to stay here till my end. I came here with the intention to contribute to creating more knowledge and conscience about Curaçaos history and culture and to overcome a history of enslavement and pain. My driving motivation and dream is still being part of a beautiful, inclusive society for all its citizens where every person would get a chance to flourish. As a Curaçao as an integral part of the Caribbean. It was sad to see that so many young people were migrating to the Netherlands. It was not foreseen that so many people came here the last five years from the neighboring countries as refugees. They are constantly living in fear of being caught by the police, their children literally poop in their trousers when they see police. They are being marginalized and apparently they are not allowed to integrate in our society looking at the actual Moratorium about Work permissions for not locals.

 

The European refugee policy is not very helpful to deal with the actual refugee crisis of Venezuelans. Pardon me to tell this, but we have to remember that during the Second World War, the German Jews when they wanted to flee out of Germany to Holland in 1936, they found that the borders of Holland were closed. The same goes for borders for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean Sea at this moment. It is the European policy right here. Person without a legal status are not seen as humans. I know of stories of torture, of shooting, of women that were put standing in the rain at nights, stories of sexual abuse, and they are locked up in cells between women that are sitting out their sentences. They are being treated as if they are delinquents. Tans risk of losing their lives if they are expelled out of the country. We don’t publish all the violation to the press, but what is happening, is really very very serious.

The upside of our work is that in our Human Rights NGO does exist, with great board members and we are fortunate to have recognition internationally.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
We have made some strides since the first refugee appeared at my house dehydrated and he had just lost family members. Curaçao has a foundation now, a Non-Governmental organization to defend the human rights of all the people in Curaçao. and we have funds and with these funds we can hire lawyers, they help us think on what policies are needed and they help us write letters based on article 3 of the European Treaty on Human Rights. We can then say to the authorities that this and that person was mistreated and cannot possibly be expelled. We now fortunately have sufficient money to handle with these type of challenges.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Experience and intuition. After the first refugee arrived at my house without prior notice, there were some more cases and after consultation with my significant other, we would give shelter for a few days. There is still no shelter not even at the Red Cross. And what do you do at night time if a pastor approaches you that a refugee woman contacted him and he could not offer shelter himself...Our my work is not completely free from danger btw. But I can sense the difference between someone that is vulnerable and needy and someone that triggers my internal alarm bells. That’s how it works for me. We have to deal with those dilemma’s.

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
With the help of UNHR and the Dutch Refugee Council we organize courses. I read a lot, And I listen to experts and critical persons around me. I cannot stay disconnected whilst I know of so many people in our society are not treated right. I am not that kind of person.


What are your strengths?
Persistence.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I love writing and I am still hoping to contribute to a more Caribbean, intercultural approach to deal our development as I did when we started in 1995 with the Foundation Kultura I Desaroyo.


If you as Ieteke would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Colombia) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I would tell them that I am Ieteke or with one of my other nick names like Irene or Inchi and that I am from Curaçao and that I lived in Colombia before with lots of affinity to the Caribbean region.


How would you describe Ieteke in one word or one sentence?
Very committed, I can’t stand injustice and I am not afraid.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your actual career?
Lucita Moenir-Alam. She inspired me to institutionalize my human rights efforts in Curaçao and create a foundation. She is very clear in her thinking, has a lot of international diplomatic experience, she has studied International law. She inspires me and keeps a critical eye on my actions as director of the Human Rights Defense Curaçao.


What is a trait that is still work in progress?
I like to take more care of my personal life self, instead of only taking care of others. Maybe that is a trait of more a woman of my time.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
Leaving the Netherlands with a one way flight when I was 22 years old. I did have and still have the impression that this European country is too institutionalized, too fragmented and too much individualized in my way of seeing humanity and being myself.


Where do you want to be 10 years from now with your career?
I would still be involved in mentoring and coaching our next generations.

Like when I arrived here on the island we started a movement of “kunukero’s” cultivating their own food and it inspires me and it gives me a lot of joy to see that more and more people are doing this nowadays.

 


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
That they love me with all my whims. During my studies at the Social Academy, I became inspired by a Jewish philosopher, Martin Buber, he taught me about inclusiveness. I learnt more of this inclusiveness from the descendants of African cultures in Colombia. It is based on mutual respect, muntu, where the human relations are not only based on values like production or progress, but based on humanity. My years with my Cuban husband learned me that this is the philosophy Òrúnmilà. (see also: Socrates and Orunmila, 2017 Sophie Bosede Oluwole) Furthermore that I have come to live to see another dream come through. I live at a house with a view on the sea and my dream would be, that we be again a seafaring nation

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What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, recession and in the middle of growing environmental challenges because of the global warming consequences?
Because Curaçao has a lot of potential. We have the people, the geographical position, the languages and the cultures. If only we could live without frustration about the past trauma’s and celebrate life, if we would dare to celebrate what we have. But is seems to be difficult because of old colonial laws are still suppressing more joy in our life.

More info:
Website:
humanrightsdefense.org

Connect: linkedin.com/in/ieteke-inchi-witteveen-

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Ieteke Witteveen is independent, committed, inclusive, fearless fighter for justice, equality and humanity for all. Of late she has become better known for her work as the director of a foundation dealing with refugee matters. As an anthropologist and independent researcher, she has gained lots of experiences and knowledge of the Curaçao society but also of societies in the Caribbean region which includes Colombia, Venezuela and Cuba. Her drive to stay an independent thinker and in-acceptance of injustice has meant not choosing for the easy way out but for the road less travelled. This has been the red line during her life, which made her choose not to work for the government, but at the same time becoming an advocate of inclusiveness and equality throughout her career. What typifies Ieteke is when she was challenged by a refugee in January 2018 that someway somehow came to her at her house and asked for help. She after ample consideration, didn’t hesitate to give a helping hand, as she is unable to walk away from injustice. She became a fearless advocate of refugee’s rights and all human rights in Curaçao. And although the situation of the refugees and crisis migrants on the island is still in dire state and because government lacks a clear policy other than a repressive approach, her work with the help of others has resulted in some small improvements in the situation of refugees on the island over the last couple of years. Refugees are eligible to get food aid during the Covid pandemic, vaccination and legal assistance when needed in cases of misuse of refugees or the danger to be expelled. The actual focus is seeking for a balance between the Yu di Korsòu in need and these newly arrived crisis migrants.

The foundation also has a good supporting board and it is recognized internationally. Because of this, we dearly love and deeply respect Ieteke Witteveen and consider her part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the Human Rights 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 2021.” 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.


Next MYM-platform session via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 18th of May (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present two chapters of the book “Think and Grow Rich” and the book “12 Rules for Life.”

 

Chapters three and four of 'Think and Grow Rich'will be presented Jeanine Constansia-Kook.

This book has been called the "Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature." It was the first book to boldly ask, "What makes a winner?" The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world's winners himself.

The most famous of all teachers of success spent "a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort" to produce the "Law of Success" philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one. In the original Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles. In the updated version, Arthur R. Pell, Ph.D., a nationally known author, lecturer, and consultant in human resources management and an expert in applying Hill's thought, deftly interweaves anecdotes of how contemporary millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, achieved their wealth. Outmoded or arcane terminology and examples are faithfully refreshed to preclude any stumbling blocks to a new generation of readers.

'12 Rules for Life', an antidote to chaos,” will be presented by Karin Hermans and Ivan Kuster.

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.

 

Humorous, surprising and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight (with our shoulders back) and about success in life? Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods? What dreadful paths do people tread when they become resentful, arrogant and vengeful? Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world's wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. 12 Rules for Life shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature, while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its readers.

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

Date: 18th of May
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free
 



New workshops 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 Yanuari bèk.

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


Personal Coaching tips
This week we will share some videos on “Humanity and Inclusion”. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.
 

1. Be a lifeline to the most vulnerable - Humanity and Inclusion - YouTube 

2. Why Integration of Refugees Through Sport is important for inclusive societies - YouTube

3. Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees Partnership Conference December 2018 - YouTube

4. Apple — Inclusion & Diversity — Open - YouTube

5. Inclusion applies to refugees as well - YouTube

6. Inclusion Makes the World More Vibrant - YouTube