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Influencer Gilberto Morishaw, New workshop on emotions, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on October 25, 2020 at 1:35 PM

In this week’s blog (26th of october – 1st of november) we will interview Gilberto Morishaw; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind book presentation via skype “Inner bonding, becoming a loving adult to your inner child” t.b.a., by Margaret Paul Ph.D.; we will invite you to our next (our 8th) Personal Journey “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” on the 4th of November (7 – 9.30 PM) and we will share some motivational videos on ”Social Justice, One Young World and Civil rights”. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Fabebook page.


Influencer Gilberto Morishaw: Radically Loving



Could you share with us some information of your family life? And what role did you parents played as we researched you and you are very exceptional in your efforts regarding community work?
I am 25 years old, born in Curaçao, single and ready to mingle. I have one little brother. My parents are still alive and were they very supportive in whom I have become as they taught me to be connected to people and care about the community. Both are teachers, my father was involved in the union and my mom in the community via the church, so I grew up in a family that valued community work.

As a student in Public Administration and as you are still a student, you have the ambition to help shape the world and it that sense you are a stand out, where does this drive of you come from?
I think it is so important, that we create the conditions to allow others to become better. As a young person living in the Netherlands definitely being connected in different networks, aiming to have impactfull changes around the world is important to me, because injustice anywhere is still injustice and Covid-19 has definitely made it very clear to us, that structural injustices within the global system impacts everybody. Something that is happening in Curaçao isn’t just happening in Curaçao, it is also happening in small communities across the world and understanding that, is key to understanding ourselves. We are connected to others and yeaah living in Holland and getting involved in these things has definitely giving me multiple perspectives and being a student is a life long journey. I am a student now and I will graduate in the upcoming months, but I will still be a student. I chose Public Administration because the University of Leiden is in the Hague and the Hague is the center of International Peace and Justice. I chose to study here because of the access I would have to different networks and the impactfull opportunities it offers. I have always studied in The Hague. I came to the Netherlands in 2014 and got my Bachelor degree within 3 year and then I did a gap year and then I did another gap year/started with my Masters and working on some projects and now I am finishing my masters.

 

You were very deliberate at the age of 18 years old, in that sense you are also a stand out, a lot of people at that age don’t know what they want to study?
I was very deliberate and intentional in my choice at the age of 18 old. After High School in Curaçao I stayed an extra year in Curaçao as I didn’t know what I wanted to do. So in that year I read 100 books on so many different topics like Philosophy, Economics, Science, Human Rights, Social Justice, selfhelp. I did some soulsearching. I was intentional in my choice as it was important to me to choose to do the things that I cared about, to know why I wanted to do things and how I wanted to impact the world and know what was my role in it. I was also doing the work, debating, doing the arts, connecting with my past and really finding out whom I wanted to become and connecting with the things I always enjoyed doing. It was funny as most of the time when you look back, it is very clear what you’re supposed to be doing, based on what you were doing as you are looking back. Giving myself the chance to look back to see what I cared about, I clearly saw that I cared about community organization, community service and public service throughout my whole life. Policy making is very important especially within our local context in Curaçao. There is a lot of gains to be won in policy, not just about policy, but how can policy become the catalyst so that people can become better as it always about people and their human experiences and to see whom they can be and see the invisible in someone else and so enable them, so it is possible for them to use the power they have within, to make big changes and to make wonderful and beautiful things. But you have to be able to see with your eyes even when you can’t see it yet.

 

Mental slavery do you know what it is?
Of course I do, it is internalized racism combined with lack of love for yourself, your culture and your history understanding the limits that are imposed on you. But at the same time understanding that there is so much untapped strength and potential within yourself. It is always the co-existence of contradiction which exists in each and every one of us, as individuals. There are many contra-dictions and the legacy of slavery and the legacy of racial injustice has created such a gigantic heavy load of work and bondage, that especially black and afro-american people of the Caribbean, carry this with them and this needs to be unlearned, needs to be re-conditioned. It is not easy as “Black Lives Matter” and other movements that call for social justice and those who call for re-imagining of the role of black people have shown. They are necessary and they are a must and it is long overdue and the timing right now is very key, to why the world is like it is right now.

 


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I think it is to love others and to love yourself and that justice is love as an act in the public sphere. If I love you, I want what is good for you. If I love you, I want what is best for you and I will fight for you when there is injustice being done towards you. And to have a just society, that is a society that allows people to fulfill their full potential, to be creative, to be innovative, to be impactful. To be able to continue to grow our society, we need to have a society where we always need to be aware that we need to look to create a more just society.

 

On LinkedIn you also present yourself as a speaker and leader? Have you always aspired to lead and have you always wanted to have a big impact in the world as part of let us call it "your legacy"? You are like a tarantula you are involved in so many things, I am so impressed by that?
I am humbled by these comments. I am involved in a lot things yes, advising, coaching, speaking, lectures.

Basically, we are all leaders and I have always been involved, like since I was at the elementary school 8 or 9 years old, I was discussing with teachers on politics and on corruption on the island and why the name of our school was changing (I attended Peter Stuyvesant College) at the high school, I organized signatures actions advocating airconditiong in the barracks of our school, I was in the student council and I have always been involved. It is all about people and leadership is to be able to see that gold in someone else, to encourage them to be able to bring it out and “leadership begets more leaders”.

That I can unleash the leadership skills in other people. And it is not about me. I love what I do, I work hard, but I also know that there are so many people that have so many different skills and so many great things that needs to be released and when they get that platform where they can shine, they will totally make it, so yes leadership and the legacy that I want to create, is very much connected to each other.


Could you share something of your educational background and your experiences?
I have a Bachelor in Public Administration and I am finishing my Master’s in Public Administration with a focus on International and European Governance.

What about your experiences?
Soon after arriving in the Netherlands in 2014, one of my first voluntary gigs was in the Hague World House that helps undocumented immigrants to find their way in the Netherlands. It is very hard for these undocumented people to “not be able to work” and I learned that especially the most vulnerable ones, have something very powerful within themselves, they have stories to tell. I thought that if we in the Netherlands have more than enough we can also give.

 

 


What was your journey till now?
In my 3rd year as part of a Minor in Global Innovation and Co-Creating, I launched a Start Up and organized a project for refugees and Dutch people joining together for making some “pop up” kitchens, we did a lot of work and even won an award authorized by the City Council of The Hague, so that was very cool and it even launched me to have even more social impact.

I became a student fellow for the Center of Innovation at the University where I did some projects and did a lot in the field of human rights, but also social innovation and got more politically. I ran to become a University Council member of my faculty for one year, that was amazing because I got most of the votes.

In September 2017 after finished my Bachelor’s degree, I took the first gap year and became an advisor of the Ministry of Education for the equal opportunity alliance. In January 2018 I became the political leader of the Student Party and we went through a crazy ride with the core consisting of 4 people did all of the work, writing policy documents, debating, organizing events and giving speeches, doing our own design. We didn’t get a seat, we did have an impact though, especially among the youth and foreign students as they could vote and many didn’t know that. We also had a documented impact on the discourse regarding the youth and I was reminded again of my role I had in creating change “being a catalyst” in political movements.

After that within 2 weeks, I did an internship at an NGO Humanity in Action in Amsterdam and we went to a very intense program with many people from the USA, Poland, France and many people from European countries and we visited Strasbourg and as we were a small NGO we were only 4 people organizing the logistical details for about 50 people. In July of that year I went to Portugal attending an Atlantic Youth Conference a program from NATO about the Transantlantic relationships and the impact of NATO on young people, but also on the future of Europe.

After that I went to work for the Ministry of Agriculture as an advisor and I started my Masters in September 2018 in that same year. I needed to launch a Think Tank for food security in the Dutch Caribbean. So I connected with many students from the Dutch Caribbean Islands and I asked them to be member of this and we were focused on all of the islands, from Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Martin. We had contacts with the ministry of Agriculture and the ministries on the respective islands and that was another great impactful experience. But then came the “Stifstof” crisis in the Netherlands which frustrated everything as all of the priorities of the Ministry of Agriculture were shifted.


I finished off my presidency of the Student Party and ended up being selected to do a fellow ship in Humanity in Action in 2019. I was selected to do that fellowship as I applied and I went to Atlanta one full month, finishing my work as an intern at the Ministry of Agriculture . Atlanta was great as I met the sister of Dr. Martin Luther King and met so many other Civil Rights leaders and it really had a big impact on the way I saw human rights and social justice, because I realized that injustice is everywhere and that there is so much work to be done on a global and local level. Like what are the national myths that we believe and what do we tell ourselves and tell others in order to stop ourselves from facing our truth and truths that are difficult. It taught me many skills on organizing.

I have forgot to say that in 2018 I also became a member of global shapers. This is an initiative of the World Economic Forum. I got selected after applying and I became a member hosting projects on inclusion and equity, on climate and the future of work. When I was in Atlanta there was a conference of global shapers in that city when I was there in Atlanta. So I ended up going and met so many people from the US, Canada, Mexico and great connections and great friends and when the program was done, it was by the end of July I ended up flying to Minneapolis where I did another program called the Climate Reality training and it was given by Al Gore, I even met him. It was great because it connected very well with other programs that I went to from Humanity in Action. It was about Social Justice and connecting Social Justice with the Climate priorities and talk about Climate Justice that is the interconnection of all these things together and how it impacts the world we live in right now.


After that I went to New York and DC and I went to Curaçao for a month and did some projects over here. And in September 2019 I ended up going back to the Netherlands doing my courses and then I was in the London-UK for One Young World Conference. It is a global youth talk from all across the world that are involved and connected. I was an invited guest so I didn’t have to pay because I am also part of an organization in Brussel and it is called APCYPN it stands for African Caribbean Pacific Young Professional Network. I was working for them for almost one and a half year actually and we got through European Development Days, hosted panels, talked with European policy makers and met many interesting people. Like the King of Belgium and the Nobel prize winner Denis Mukwege just before he got the Nobel prize and we actually had a super long conversation and that was super cool. But the most important thing that I learned was that the institutions seem very far away, but actually they are not as far as we think and we can have impact there too.


In mid of January 2020 I started working and I had to do a lot of courses because I needed to catch up and ended up passing most of the courses, there one more course that I have to do then I am done and then the corona crisis came and it was like a bomb. I also started doing more facilitation work and conference hosting work for the University for other NGO’s and for different Ministries so it was very cool, but the corona crisis was like a slap in the face. I needed to re-invent what was urgent and I realized that the crisis really was urgent especially for the islands. So we connected with some people, one of them is on your list of Influencers, Luuk Weber, ended up launching an initiative called “Keda kas” a social media platform which tries to inform people of the island on corona and about the crisis that is going on. In fact it was pretty successful, we connected with different organizations like AMAC (Medical Students from the Antilles) and we connected with ABC Compass (association for technical students from the Antilles) we went to the media and spoke with politicians and we got some articles written about us on line. We hosted some sessions on mental health for example and that was definitely impactful. I also became for secretary for the supervisory board of Stichting OCAN that is “Het overleg orgaan Caraibisch Nederland” a platform basically where Antillean people find representation especially connected to the Dutch government.

 

We got inspired to interview you after Robert Rosa also a global shaper from Curaçao referred us to you. Is this ambition to influence and shape the world something that is related to your generation? As when I was studying in Holland in the 70-ties our generation didn’t have a global ambition. Can you explain this, as I believe that it is awesome to have a global perspective in an increasingly interrelated world. What kind of activities are you involved in?
Think global and the future is “glocal”. We need to understand that globalization has not always been beneficial in the world, there are lots of communities that have lost a lot because of the globalization. Interconnectedness is a good thing, but it should be based on the strength in the community, through strong communities we can have strong bonds and that is a good thing. Curaçao has so much to give to others and even if we don’t live in Curaçao, it means that we haven’t forgot it. We can still contribute, while at the same time be deeper involved in the community right where we live in and that is what I mean with the “glocal’ connection


When do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
Success is much more about the energy and intention you show up with. If I can connect with people and be the catalyst for somebody else, then I have been successful. I am not there yet, although I have had some successes, but there is so much more to do. Another way of looking at success is about finding balance and of course things are never completely in balance, but when you aware that you need to re-balance and you do it that is what I would call “success”.


What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
This Corona virus period has been difficult. I live alone and at first almost everything was closed. I am a very social person and I connect with others through my work. Especially as part of my thesis, I needed to contact people and after all these months of adapting, I am understanding that social distancing does’t mean social disconnection. But it is also easy to be swallowed by the breath of everyday-ness. In fact what happened was, that my life has become more intense and finding that peace has been important to me.


Do you meditate and pray?
Yes, I do meditate and I do pray.

 

How important is spirituality for you?
It is the BIG WHY for everything and it deals with questions like: “Why I am here? What is my purpose?” But via my spirituality, the reality I see with my faith has become so clearly, that is why I work so hard, because it is my purpose. I like the word “Namaste” which means: “See the God in others as everybody is connected to God”.


Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I try to ask myself, what is the kind of impact I want to create? I ask myself where does this come from inside myself, sometimes it is hard, not always in harmony with myself and I still do it. To be selfaware is important, to be conscious of the choices, like does it serve or doesn’t serve me, is it healing or creating pain? If pain is necessary, I will do it. Asking myself a lot of questions, that is how I deal with it.s it healing or creating pain? If pain is necessary, I will do it. Thus asking myself a lot of questions, that is how I deal with it.


But how do you ultimately choose?
There are no perfect answers, that is why it is called a dilemma, it is a wicked problem. I would ask myself, what do I value the most using my moral compass, to know how to deal with it. I want what is good that is the final criteria, and as I am human, sometimes we do things that are not great. Basically I act out of love, it is important to be loving. I believe in forgiveness and at times your body doesn’t want to forgive, but your values want to forgive deep down and forgiveness is good. I strive to let the consciousness mind be in harmony with the moral values I cherish.


How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I read a lot, I follow webinars, these days are the webinar season. I speak with different people, I think a lot, I connect with others and implement and try to do things and learn.


What are your strengths?
I am a very social person. I have a high emotional intelligence. I do a lot of networking. I have this thing about new ideas, I love it. I am critical thinker. I am good at dealing with crises and I tend to be very joyful. I love to sing out loud.


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?

I sing and play the piano. I am a poet. I love the performing arts in general.


If you as Gilberto would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Stockholm or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
My name is Gilberto and I love people. I create conditions to allow people to become better. I wouldn’t mention my positions, as “how you are” is much deeper than the positions I hold.

 

How would you describe Gilberto in one word or one sentence?
Radically loving.


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

Dr. Martin Luther King and so many people that are great teachers, like Aminata Cairo. A lot of friends that inspire me every day, because of the love and justice we share. My family, all of this is inspiration. I love to have a conversation with authenticity and vulnerability.


What is a trait that is still work in progress?

This period and how to deal with it, because this period brought along with it the challenge with structure, it is difficult to stay “on structure” with 50.000 things to do.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
Going to Atlanta and the moment I started my studies in the Netherlands when I left Curaçao in 2014 and it might also be this year’s Covid pandemic, but at this moment it is still a hunge for me, that it would also be a defining moment.

 

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
More involved in politics in Curaçao or internationally. It is about creating better communities and stronger civil societies. There is where I want to be involved in.


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

He is a loving person that did the work and stayed true to what he believed in, unequivocally he we was completely himself.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of the islands, Aruba, Bonaire and 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?
It is simple, we have no alternative, we have to. I am not of the opinion that we should paralyze and become inactive because of the challenges we confront this day and age. What I see is, that young people are standing up for a better society, putting the effort in this, while at the same time staying humble. That is so important, I myself, I am trying to be a little bit more humble.e effort in this, while at the same time staying humble. That is so important, I myself, I am trying to be a bit more humble.

 


Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Yes, I want to specifically mention the “humility” part. Right now, we are suffering a leadership crisis in the world. Many whom shouldn’t be in a leadership position, are in a leadership position and they lack the willingness to learn and lack efforts to getting the best out of other people. They think that strength means beating, bashing, speaking ugly about others and I am not a purest, but being nice is not the same as kindness. What I want is to bring everybody into civility, so that they can radically be themselves. This doesn’t mean nothing extra nor loud, not being outside of yourself, but being inside yourself.



One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Gilberto Morishaw is a young dynamic, multi-facetted inspirational leader, speaker, coach, catalyst of change who loves the performing arts. His CV up to now at his young age make him stand out. Being deliberate in what he wanted, he chose to study Public Administration after he took a “one year sabbatical” and read over 100 books on different subject matters, did a lot of self-reflection and work. His conclusion was, that community organization, community service and public service is really what he cared about. He was deliberate in choosing to study at the University of Leiden in The Hague, as it’s the Center of International Peace and Justice which would enable him to have access to different networks and impactful opportunities. Living an intense live aimed at acquiring as much experience and knowledge as possible, he is focused on helping to create a society that allows people to fulfill their full potential, to be creative, to be innovative, to be impactful. Describing himself as radically loving, as he wants to love others and love himself and believes that “Justice” is love as an act in the public sphere that has an obligation to offer it to its citizens.

He had been elected and participated one year in his faculty council, party leader of a political Student Party vying to win a seat in the municipality of The Hague, has done different interns in NGO’s, he has been advisor of Ministries in Holland and the Dutch Antilles, representing Youth in different International fora, is making him a standout as he wants and believes that he can be a catalyst influencing themes that are on the world agenda like climate and social justice to mention a few. He is really living according to the adage: “Leadership begets more Leaders”. For all these reasons we deeply love and respect Gilberto and consider him one of the 250 Influencers in our society, proudly representing the Public Sector.

 

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

 

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.

Visit the website for more information.




Our next MYM-platform session in October via Skype
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 20th of October (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype, where we will present “Inner bonding, becoming a loving adult to your inner child”, by Margaret Paul Ph.D.

 

Inner bonding is the process of connecting our adult thoughts with our instinctual, gut feelings- the feelings of the "inner child"- so that we can minimize painful conflict within ourselves. Free of inner conflict, we feel peaceful, open to joy, and open to giving and receiving love.


Margaret Paul, coauthor of Healing Your Aloneness, explores how abandonment of the inner child leads to increasingly negative and destructive feelings of low self-worth, codepenclence, addiction, shame, powerlessness, and withdrawal from relationships. Her breakthrough inner bonding process teaches us to heal past wounds through reparenting and clearly demonstrates how we can learn to parent in the present. Real-life examples illustrate the dynamics of the healing process and show the benefits we can expect in every facet of our lives and in all our relationships.Inner Bonding provides the tools we need to forge and maintain the inner unity that makes our family, sexual, work, and social relationships productive, honest, and joyful.

Subscribe by emailing us: sixtaivan@gmail.com or ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com and we will send you the Skype link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book.Date: 20th of October
Time: 7.30 – 8.45 pm.

Entrance fee: Free.
Presenter: Ivan Kuster


Starting 4h of November: New workshop in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 4 di novèmber di 7 – 9.30 PM.


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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some motivational videos. This week we will share some on 'Social Justice, One Young World and Civil rights’. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Social Justice For All: A Lasting Legacy | MLK | TIME - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZS0A0OBFeE

 


What Does Social Justice Mean to YOU? - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z754lhcX6qw

 


Principles of Social Justice - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoMTw_goEcM

 

#OYW2019 Highlights Film - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymIinsMc664

 


The Hague – International City of Peace and Justice - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IohcUHSZypw

 


Why is Atlanta the mecca of the civil rights movement? - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMNY5-ggAlM

 

 

 

Influencer Lysandro Inacio, Workshop on emotions, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on October 18, 2020 at 10:15 AM

In this week’s blog (19th of October – 25th of October) we will interview Lysandro Inacio; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind book presentation via skype “Inner bonding, becoming a loving adult to your inner child” t.b.a., by Margaret Paul Ph.D.; we will invite you to our next (our 8th) Personal Journey “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” on the 4th of November (7 – 9.30 PM) and we will share some motivational videos on ”Entrepreneurship, perseverance and determination”. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Fabebook page.

 

Influencer Lysandro Inacio: determination, perseverance combined with courage and faith

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I was born in Curaçao, I am 40 years old and I am happily married for 12 years now and we have 3 children. I have 2 sisters and my parents are still alive and I have learned from them for sure, like things that I wouldn’t repeat.


Could you share something of you eductional backbrough?
I always tell people that I have a Bachelor in Perseverance and a Master’s in Determination and I know a little about engineering and a little bit about business. The reason why I use my character traits as my titles is because it is not what you become but rather who you become through the process.

 

 


Okay, telling us this like that makes me curious, tell us more about that?
Well, it is not what but who we become. I went to Holland to study engineering, in a context where I was considered an immigrant and I felt the lack of acceptance and lack of understanding of where I came from. But through sheer perseverance, I got my degree and right after returned to Curacao. I was a loyal employee for some years, but then I became an entrepreneur by Faith.


Why do you explain your becoming of an entrepreneur like that?
I became an entrepreneur not because of a desire, but because it was the only option left on the table. It was still a big step into the unknown with courage and Faith. Since it was the only option, this triggered in me an interest to know more about business. I fell in love with the concept of “Entrepreneurship” and I started digging deeper in this subject and I decided to do a Masters in Business at the UoC, which was rather expensive. But I didn’t find what I was looking for and again through sheer determination, I finished the courses and earned my degree. At UoC they had a scientific approach towards Business, while I was looking to get to know more and I wanted to acquire wisdom. The professor they flew in from Holland to give this course, wasn’t an entrepreneur himself, he was offering theoretical concepts. As I said, I did earn my degree although it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for.


So this is one of your strengths?
Yes, determination and perseverance, you will NEVER beat me in these traits.

 

What happened next?

What I was being taught was going against my own personal experiences. So I started asking myself some questions. Bare in mind that I studied in a context where there were some fellow students working in different sectors in our economy as employees and they were doing the same study at UoC. After some years, we are now in 2020, they are still working at the same employers. My conclusion was that “Entrepreneurship” isn’t something you teach, but it is something more than that. I became very curious to answer the question: “What is entrepreneurship?”

 

In 2015 after graduating from UoC, I started researching what makes people entrepreneurs as the traditional educational system isn't able to offer the answer to this question? I started re-reading the Holy Bible. Suddenly it hit me that: Everything I read in the Holy Bible was related to “Business”. I’ve read Genesis many times, but now I was getting a different understanding of it. I began seeing evidence that entrepreneurship was intrinsically linked to the existence of mankind. So to make a long story short, it is not a lack of knowledge or ideas, creativity nor inspiration, but lack of Faith and Courage that prevents people from becoming entrepreneurs. These are very intangible aspects, but basically entrepreneurship is very “spiritual” and that is why I started the PlatformSpiritual Entrepreneurship. What I teach, I do from an entrepreneurial perspective. At the end of the day, having a great business concept is not enough, you still need to have the Courage and Faith to make things happen.

 

 


What was exactly the difference between what you were teaching and what you are teaching now?
I focus on the spiritual state as the foundation of a business. Using that as a starting point, I focus on purpose driven entrepreneurship. It is about connecting to whom you are and not what you are. If you can’t grasp this, it will be very difficult to progress as an entrepreneur.

 


We are living in an 21st century era where it is not what you know, but how you think that matters? What is your opinion on this?
Well, what I see is that we are becoming very knowledgeable and at a younger age, we have a lot of knowledge and information that is available at our finger tips. But although you may know a lot and will all due respect, if you have studied 6 years or more to become a physician, if I go to a doctor, I can google my question and get an answer and I will visit the doctor to validate what I have googled.

Having knowledge is no longer the competitive edge, it is about the application of knowledge, that is why I have used in one of my books the following sub-title: “Success is not a result of what you know but rather how you think” in my book '50 Fundamental Principles for Entreprenerds'. If you want to change the future, you have to change how the future generations think. If you want to change the future, you have to change how the future generations think. Yes, indeed there will be lots of disruptive innovations underway in the 21st century, but principles don't change and they always guarantee a specific outcome.

 

What is this principle that you teach?
If you change the way you think, the things you think of will change and so will your future. In my book 50 fundamental principles for entreprenerds, I have clearly explained the most important principles to my knowledge about entrepreneurship. With this book I want to influence the younger generations and hopefully change the way they think. As you know, principles will outlast time. If you understand the principles and embrace them, this will lead to predictable outcomes. But if you don’t understand them, strategies can lead you towards failure.

 


Why the focus on the younger generations?
Because they may be knowledgeable, but they often lack the right perspective on matters. After my degree in Business, I started the platform as this path is a “calling” for me. And as I started it I still need perseverance and determination, as it will sustain your growth and the achievement of your purpose in life.

 


We were referred to you by O’dennis Daal as you are into coaching, business advisor, an inspirational speaker and author. Where does this interest come from for you to become an entrepreneur, where does your interest come from to be involved in inspiring people as you have made a career shift? Can you tell us more about this?
Well I started my career in IT when I was in Holland and when I left to come back to Curacao, I worked as an employee in the IT- sector on different levels. After 2,5 years back in Curacao, my own disruption came and I became an entrepreneur. After my graduation at the UoC in 2015, I would say in 2016, I really started my research on “Entrepreneurship”. My first book was titled: “Spiritual Entrepreneurship”, Cast the net on the right side”. The research and this book were the foundation of my understanding, my transformation and also my deeper understanding of the principles. Basically all of us are entitled to attract more than just one transaction into our lives.


Where does your inspiration come from to write 4 books already? What are their titles?
I ask question, I always ask questions and then I start doing my research form that perspective and as I get the answers the book is written.

I have written 4 books:


1. Spiritual entrepreneurship, sub-tiltle “Cast the net at the right side”;
2. Antrepreneurship, the research ultimately leading to this book came form researching the question why the wisest man that ever lived King Solomon referred to “Ants” as a bench-mark for wisdom. King Salomon was able to build an unprecedented wealth in his Kingdom in the middle of the arren desert. Anyway in a location where it wasn’t suppose to be prosperous. Check proverb 6.6 “...Go to the ant ..”. This reference to an Ant is by far my favorite, because this was the way he influenced and created his Kingdom.
3. 21 reasons why God wants you to be in business.
4. 50 fundamental principles for entreprenerds.


Next year I will publish a revised edition of “21 reasons God wants you to be in business”. I will go deeper into these reasons. The sub tilte will be “The cost of Fruitfulness”.

 


Is this writing a calling?
I had no idea up until 2015, that my calling was to become an author, as I have dyslexia and one of my professors as I was finalizing my thesis, recommended me not to choose for a writing career.

So, I never considered writing being an option, until I got the sign from God that I have to write a book.

I was attending a John Maxwell conference in November 2015 at the Santa Barbara Beach Resort, when I clearly heard that “alien” voice telling me that I needed to write a book on “Entrepreneurship”. It was the same “alien” voice that 7 years prior to that moment, told me that I needed to become an entrepreneur. So I told this to my wife who was sitting next to me immediately, that I believe God just told me to write a book. She said that she knew this already, because days before that moment, God has told her the same. So now I had no choice, right? So I started writing books.

 


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I am a teacher, who loves to teach and preach. I am fascinated by the words of GOD. In my own personal and my professional growth, God plays a crucial and central role. I love to translate the word of God into practical wisdom, as I have often experienced that too much of the spiritual teachings are too abstract.

 

When do you consider that you have been successfull in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
On the first place, what I would like to say is that success is a short lived emotion. I would like to measure my success by my fruits and that is my family. I don’t have anything to prove to no one, the only thing I have to prove is that I practice what I preach & teach. If I do this at my home and family, it will stand out. My wife and my children are doing good and they lack nothing, as they are growing into who they are. As I grow, I will stand out more and my message will be more valuable and this will result in more transactions. Inevitably when you grow, you will become who you suppose to be. I am working on that kind of legacy. I am confident that whatever I set my mind on, I will achieve and this is not arrogance and it is not triggered by competition. I don’t have the need to impress others with material things or those kinds of things. I only have myself to prove.


What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
This is an Interesting question. One of my biggest challenges I have is to attract the masculine audiences. Now up to 85 % of those who follow me as an author, teacher and speaker, are women. Now I’m working on some ideas on how to attract and impact the male audiences.


Why I think it is important?
There is a gap in personal and professional development between men and women and the pressure on their potential, that is often misinterpreted which leads to them being stressed. Lots of men are not being focused and this leads to divorce, domestic violence and what have you more. I want to address this issue and within 2 to 3 years we will have some materials aimed at the male audiences. I am doing a lot of research on this subject matter and I will write a book on this theme.

How do you deal with it?
My determination and perseverance, that is how I deal with the challenges, tribulations and injustices.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Via the “alien voice”. God doesn’t communicate with me just like in the movies or so. No Thunder and Lightning. But if you study the word of God, anytime God communicates with people and thus with me, it didn’t make sense. Like when God talked to Gideon the Warrior, he was a coward. Mozes was told to negotiate with Pharaoh but he stuttered. The “alien voice” doesn’t match your own way of thinking, that is why we quickly disregard or ignore it. I listened to the “alien voice” just like when it told me to become an entrepreneur 12 years ago and when it told me to become an author against all odds 5 years ago.

When God instructed me to write, I cancelled some of my clients assignments and continued with 70 % less income, freeing up time and became an entrepreneur. We are so accustomed to staying “known”, but it requires to have Faith and Courage. When I started I had no clue what to write and directed towards what kind of audiences. It basically takes Courage and Faith to believe in something that scares the hell out of you.

 



So you are being guided?

Yes, but everything is guided. Like the book “21 reasons to be in business”, when we had the lock down because of COVID, at first I was like “What is this?”. Then came this insight that it might be a very interesting time, so I wrote the sub title “Even in a crisis”. The most successful business man in the bible, achieved this in his biggest crisis. I love to do what I do, there is nothing I would rather do more. When I get a download from Heaven and I get a whole new perspective, when I meet you, you have to tolerate me, as I will share this download with you with a lot of enthusiasm.

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I am pushing my limits constantly. I was so committed to do something I had never done before and just be doing this, I stay in a constant loop of ever growing upwards moving self discovery. Of late I participated in a Master Class for young professionals and the speakers were the best of the best in their respective authority like Sidney Genovea, Pastor Raimy Juliet, Caryl Monte, Yitza Davelaar, Naomi Cyntje, Clyrette Bonifasio and Sydelle Ricardo. She is by far the best in communication. By being part of these kinds of settings I learn a lot and that is one of the ways I always keep stretching my limits. But what keeps me really growing is asking uncommon questions to myself.


What are your strengths?
Determintation and perseverance these are my titles combined with courage and faith.


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I love to work out, almost every day. I like reading, I like asking uncommon questions.

 

If you as Lysandro would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Mexico or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
My name Lysandro, I will give you the right perspective on entrepreneurship so that you too, can advance purposefully in business.


How would you describe Lysandro Inacio in one word or one sentence?

Determination and perseverance are my titles combined with courage and faith.


Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
My pastor Raimy Juliet, he made me very curious to understand his Faith.

Sidney Genoveva (We call him Tio Sidney) because of his acquired wisdom, his eloquence, perspectives and comprohensiveness, he is slow to speak and quick to understand and he is wise with words.


What is a trait that is still work in progress?

Communication, that is something that is still work on.


What was a defining moment in your life?
My encounter with Christ back when I was in Holland before I came back to Curacao. It is a long story, but the short version is, I met Christ in a place where one would least expect. It was in a disco called “Sinners” in Amsterdam. A girl approached me and asked me if I knew Jezus. From there on, the seed was planted.

 


Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
I don’t consider what I am doing as a career because purpose doesn’t have an expiration date. I want to be happily married and be able to look back on a meaningful and influential journey with millions of people appreciating me. That would be great.

 


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
Look at the manifestation of James 1:5: “ If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”  Furthermore I want my Faith and Courage to inspire them in their own personal processes.

 

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?
If King Sololom could have prospered in the desert, then we are in a “strategically” better starting position to prosper as a nation.
And in one of the session of Forti Habri, a forum where they invite representatives of the society to meet with Ministers, I asked the Minister of Economic Affairs what does he thinks of the statement that: “...The poorest condition known to mankind is, failing to understand the importance of honesty, integrity and hard work...”.
I didn’t get a clear answer, they tried to answer it, but it wasn’t convincing and then they cut me off this topic. I believe that these three elements are the cornerstone for economic growth, so if we embrace them as a nation, the best is yet to come! If we don’t…...Well, you get the point!

 

More info:
https://www.linkedin.com/company/spiritualentr/



One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao 

Lysandro Inacio is a driven speaker, teacher, author, researcher and founder of the Spiritual Leadership Platform. He is passionate about “Entrepreneurship” and he is now living his purpose to enable the next generations to be entrepreneurial as: “Everyone of us is entitled to attract multiple transactions in our lives”. His aspiration to influence millions with his books, is well thought off as, although a native from Curacao, his books are published in English. Combined with his speaking assignments, his teachings, his determination and perseverance he is confident that sooner or later he will achieve this goal. He got his calling to become an entrepreneur 12 years ago and his calling to become an author 5 years ago, but according to him: “Everything is being guided, but we neglect the signs as we are challenged to do the unusual”. His curiosity has led him to continuously ask the un-common questions, research them and write about them and by doing this he is constantly improving his knowledge and inspiring those who follow him. He firmly believes that knowledge is not relevant to be entrepreneurial or the creation of wealth he believes it is all about having the right perspective. As a father and a husband, Lysandro says that his actions talk more than words. He is now focusing on addressing the personal development gap between men and women. With his upcoming program ELEVATE he wants to address the biggest obstacle that keeps men from becoming who they really are! For all these reasons we love and deeply respect Lysandro and consider him one of the 250 Influencers in our society, representing the business sector (entrepreneurship).

 

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

 

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.

Visit the website for more information.



Our next MYM-platform session in October via Skype
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 20th of October (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype, where we will present “Inner bonding, becoming a loving adult to your inner child”, by Margaret Paul Ph.D.

Inner bonding is the process of connecting our adult thoughts with our instinctual, gut feelings- the feelings of the "inner child"- so that we can minimize painful conflict within ourselves. Free of inner conflict, we feel peaceful, open to joy, and open to giving and receiving love.


Margaret Paul, coauthor of Healing Your Aloneness, explores how abandonment of the inner child leads to increasingly negative and destructive feelings of low self-worth, codepenclence, addiction, shame, powerlessness, and withdrawal from relationships. Her breakthrough inner bonding process teaches us to heal past wounds through reparenting and clearly demonstrates how we can learn to parent in the present. Real-life examples illustrate the dynamics of the healing process and show the benefits we can expect in every facet of our lives and in all our relationships.Inner Bonding provides the tools we need to forge and maintain the inner unity that makes our family, sexual, work, and social relationships productive, honest, and joyful.

Subscribe by emailing us: sixtaivan@gmail.com or ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com and we will send you the Skype link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book.Date: 20th of October.
Time: 7.30 – 8.45 pm.

Entrance fee: Free
Presenter: Ivan Kuster


Starting 4h of November: New workshop in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 4di novèmber di 7 – 9.30 PM.


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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some motivational videos. This week we will share some on 'Entrepreneurship, perseverance and determination’. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

Spiritual Entrepreneurship - Having the right perspective is key! - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42Qv_5qXR-0

 


S24 LYSANDRO INACIO - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFIIWHLbfds

 


9 Steps to Reach Your Full Potential - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoVc0pT3TXU

 


"The Only Disability in Life is a Bad Attitude," Matthew Jeffers, Letter to Baltimore Ravens (2013) - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wd89IydtXyk

 


Perseverance. The story of Nick Vujicic. - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNnVdlvodTQ

 


Kids who give the BEST motivational speeches! Motivational Video 2016 - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGusd0HKvtY

 



 

 


 

 


 

Influencer Robert Rosa, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on October 12, 2020 at 1:00 AM

In this week’s blog (12th of October – 18th of October) we will interview Robert Rosa; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind book presentation via skype on the 20th of October “Inner bonding, becoming a loving adult to your inner child”, by Margaret Paul Ph.D.; we will invite you to our next (the 6th) Personal Journey “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” on the 17th of October and we will share some motivational videos on ”Climeworks”. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Fabebook page.


Influencer Robert Rosa: solution oriented, patient and driven to improve our climate against one of humanity’s biggest threats!


 

Could you share with us some information of your family life? And can you share something on your educational background?
I was born in Curaçao and also lived 3 years in Aruba before I left to Holland as an adolescent and studied Engineering at the TU Delft. I have earned a Masters Degree in Commercial Real Estate. I have one sister, she is a pilot working at the Emirates Airlines and she lives in Dubai. I am 35 years old and my significant other is also an entrepreneur. Both my parents are still alive and they have played a very important role in my life. They have helped me become whom I am right now. I now live for 6 months in Curaçao and the other 6 months in Holland, but also partially in Dubai. My parents were very enabling and giving both of us, the freedom to choose our own course in my life. Since I was young, as I am a very curious person, they allowed and enabled me to discover and experience things that I would consider interesting. Depending on my interests I experimented a lot for constructive reasons and I have learned so many things doing this. I have developed a very open mindset.
I was one of the founding members of ABC Compas and this organization with now over 200 members, aims to offer students for the Antilles a place to meet each other and also stimulates students to develop competencies so that they can work on problems our islands might have and work on implementing these problems with proven solutions.

After my studies, I started my own business in Real Estate, but after some 3 to 4 years I changed my course as I came across something else on my journey and that was the technology for the direct capture of CO2 from the air (Direct Air Capture) aimed at positively influencing climate change in the world and this is now my passion and what I am doing right now.


Could you share something of your experiences?
During my studies I was very active in different student committees and I was a co-founfer of ABC Compas as I mentioned before. Especially during my ABC Compas time, I learned so many new things, like being pro-active, starting whatever initiative at first as a vision and then planning and implementing it until it was done and even after care. As I didn’t have any experience before in this kind of work, I learned by “failing forward” as I was unsure if the initiative would be successful in the end. We were like “..do it first and then (re)think.. “ and we were a small group of 4 to 5 persons and nowadays ABC Compas still fulfills an important role accompanying students as they arrive in Holland in their first year in a totally foreign country. These first months of the new students are so important, as there are so many things that can go wrong, so it helps them in their succesful adjustment to their new normal in Delft-Holland. Furthermore we try to nurture them to, as they focus on their studies, to also think on how they can be helpfull in the solution of the challenges all these islands in the Caribbean have. We focus on mostly the ABC-islands, but also on all students from the Caribbean region. If we try something out in Curaçao or Aruba or Bonaire, if it works, this blue print can be scaled-up and be used on the other islands.

 

We were referred to you by Lizanne Espinal  who's studying in Delft. We were aware of solar and wind energy but not aware of capturing CO2 to reverse climate change. 
Well, after starting my real estate company, at a certain moment this Direct Air Capture (DAC) crossed my path and I was like WOW, this is very important and it would be a great thing to be involved in. Most people haven’t heard of this technique, so we are now actively spreading the word, talking to different Ministeries, Companies and Communities explaining its potential. The international negotiations on Climate Change don’t solve the problem at its core, they either delay the negative effects of CO2 emissions or soften it, but they don’t deal with the problem at its core, namely getting CO2 out of our atmosphere, and this is what we are doing.

 

There is this narrative in the climate change disccussions that goes like this: “..Most of the climate change issues in the world are due to the fact that through the use of fossil fuels we are pumping too much CO2 in the atmosphere. If we lower the amount of CO2 we emit, we will stop climate change...”. And this is not the case. Since the Industrial Revolution, we started emitting large amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere due to the use of coal, oil and gas which is causing global warming and climate change. So in the atmosphere, we already have too much CO2. If we would stop emitting new CO2, the excess of CO2 in the atmosphere will remain in place causing climate change to continue on. So, it is of utmost importance that we urgently lower atmospheric CO2 concentration from today’s +/- 415 ppm (parts per million) towards 380 – 350ppm. We cannot achieve this by emitting less CO2. The excess CO2 is like a thick blanket covering our planet and we need to lower and rid ourselves of this CO2 blanket that is too thick.


Mainstream discussions on Climate Change don’t address this in this way, right?
Exactly as Climate Change is a very complicated subject matter, this requires deeply studying the issues. But we believe that by simply improving energy efficiency, transitioning towards renewable energy and lowering the emission of CO2, we are not doing enough. We need to relieve Mother Earth from excess CO2 in the atmosphere on top of the natural way Nature rid itself from this excess CO2 through plants, trees, oceans etc. As we humans are emitting CO2 in an industrial way, we need to remove it in an industrial way. Like garbage disposal, it just does not clean up after itself.

What we are doing is extracting CO2 directly out of the air in an industrial way. That is what we do. Look at the images how are industrial plants look like now. So we present the problem and the solution.

And we use two road maps to roll out our plans. The first roadmap is called ‘Carbon Dioxide Removal’ (CDR) where we inject extracted CO2 from air deep underground where natural mineralization locks the captured CO2 away from the atmosphere for good. We are currently scaling up our plant in Iceland where we remove CO¬2 on behalf of individuals and companies like Audi, Stribe etc. who want to reduce their (past) carbon-footprint and support us in accelerating our developments.



The other roadmap called ‘Power-To-X’ (PTX) where we use renewable energy to convert the CO2 into renewable synthetic hydrocarbons or synthetic fuels. There is an increasing transition going on to the use of renewable energy to offer electricity and lots of sectors are migrating towards the use of electricity. But the downside of this trend is, that there are certain sectors where this is not possible or rather difficult to electrify directly, for example for airplanes, ships etc. Although there are some smaller airplanes that use batteries for example to fly, but they can only fly short distances and/or carry limited payload. As climate change is urgent, it would take massive amounts of time, money, innovation, workforce, legislation etc. to change to new innovative infrastructures and energy platforms (cars, planes, ships, electricity, factories, homes etc.). As most of the existing infrastructures and energy platforms are based on hydrocarbons (gasoline, diesel, gas, aviation and marine fuels etc.) the energy transition would be less disruptive by changing the fuel production to a sustanable way. With Direct Air Capture, we can reproduce fuels and chemicals from emissions (Emissions<->Fuel).

Basically, via PTX we can make any type of hydrocarbon, that is made from crude oil or gas, but instead of a process of over millions and millions of years, we can synthesize fuel within hours.


Is this development a threat for the oil and gas industry?
Well eventually yes, but however, these same companies are also figuring out that the World has already passed ‘peak oil’ and are heavily divesting more and more from fossil into renewable energy and conversion, but as I already explained by becoming more efficient in CO2 emissions or by not emitting CO2 at all, we don’t deal with the CO2 issue at its heart, being a balance between emitting and removing. The transition phase to letting nature rid CO2 out of the atmoshpere in that scenario, would take too long with all the negative effects it will have on the climate of the earth.

 

What is your role exactly in the capturing of CO2 out of the air?
First of all I am a partner at ANTECY-Climeworks (recently fused), the company that is involved in this work. I am mainly in charge of business development in Holland, Europe, Curaçao and in Dubai. Because of Covid, I got stuck in Curaçao and I am here right now. I have been developing a project in Curaçao also. I was born here and my ambition is to make the island more independent from the import of fuel and to promote food security. With the technology that Climeworks offers, we can make Curaçao fossil/import fuel independent and even export fuel to generate foreign exhange that we are so in dire need of. We still have a long way to go, but we are trying to accelerate this as it could generate and safe between USD 280 to USD 300 million dollar that can well be used to grow the economy, as we can sell our solar energy, wind and ocean energy (either ocean thermal energy conversion or coversion of (tidal)waves and streams in energy) that we have an abundance of, in an intelligent way.

We have several plants in Europe and by 2025 to 2030 we will have different large scale plants in any place in the world. The coversion of CO2 means that we can lead by example of a circular economy. It is proven technology but to scale it up, the conversion process needs to be more efficient and streamlined from its teething problems. As we do this, it is expected that by 2025 we will have the first commercially runned plant.


As for Curaçao, Curaçao has an ideal location to build a PTX plant as it has an abundance in renewables energy sources (sun, sea and wind) and its location is excellent so that we can easily export our natural resources to the whole of the rest of the world, we have access to the EU market and as I am from the island. I really want my island to progress by implementing such innovation.


How did COVID-19 affect your timelines?
We were constructing a semi-commercial plant in Rotterdam The Hague Airport, but due to COVID-19 we had some delays. However, COVID-19 has brought world-wide consumption to unprecedented levels wich enlightened many to change their climate damaging behaviour.

 

Where does this interest come from for you to become an entrepreneur?
I have always been very curious. I would look at a situation and explore how to improve it. I would always assume responsibility to change a situation for the better.


Where does your interest come from to be involved in innovation?

I started in the real estate business, but in that branche “innovation” was minimal. And as I was looking for ways to impact the world, I bumped into the “Direct Air Capture”- technique. It was still in its earliest development phase, but I recognized immediately its potential to have a big impact for humanity and the future generations.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I am very capable to place myself in other people their thoughts and feelings. And since I was very young I use to wonder about the house were we lived, the roads, the water we drank, they were all invented by other human beings luckily in an era before my existence. And at a very young age I was wondering how could I make an impact that is beneficial for the coming future generations and that they would be thankful and appreciative for what an individual as myself could have done for them. And climate change became my BIG WHY, because I would be unable to confront the future generations if they would ask me why I didn’t do anything about it, whilst I knew what was goning on. So in other words my BIG WHY is twofold, I am curious in making the world a better place to live in and how to solve one of the biggest existential challenges humanity has had to deal with until now. And I just felt and still feels like I have to do this, but more importantly, via the butterfly effect, persuade others to join the battle.

 

How does your “Inner Voice” works?
I have a tendency to think in solutions. I explore different scenarios and when one scenario appears sufficiently important, I would continue to look for solutions. I would ask questions to myself and explore different possible solutions until I feel that this one option seems viable or impactful and then I would go for this option.

What do you feel? How does it work for you?
At times some options wouldn’t feel like viable but as it could be of such a great importance, I would keep on experimenting with this option to check how close to the solution I might end up with. During this process I would solve different other smaller problems and this is the source of my energy and my inspiration to progress.


When do you consider that you have been successfull in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
I once started a Facebook page on “Success”. I believe that it is something very personal and how you measure it, is something that needs further attention. But you have a lot of people that don’t know what they want, so the question “what is success”, remains.

I would say if in business I would be working on a hypothesis and I would get the answer after 5 years of trying and validating the hypothesis and I would end up in a dead end, that answer is what I would consider a success.

On a personal level I would say feeling grateful for the small things in life. I am already feeling that I am successful in life as I have a good and comfortable life, I help others where I can and I have done lots of things already in my life as I have experimented a lot with different things due to my curiosity.

Happiness = Reality minus ExpectationAnother way of looking at it is this happiness formula that Mo Gawdat developed:

When there is a balance between these three factors then I am succesful.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
One of my biggest challenges is: “How to accelerate the solution we present for Curaçao and the whole world”. I am constantly thinking and doing “outside of the box”, as it is important to take more actions and if at times the results might seem unlikely, the possibility that it might ultimately work, the impact would be great and worth the risks.

To be in innovation, do you need to have certain charater traits according to you? And what are these traits?
It would help to be driven to find the solution, discipline, and also very important “don’t give up”, keep on going till you reach success and fail forward.


How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
Through self education, this is now so important and we need to exploit this in our weakest/challenging communities.

Exchange of ideas with people that are more knowledgeable than you are and make use of mentors but most of all self education and implementation, just doing things to then do it even better.

What are your strengths?
I think in solutions and I am very patient....Equanimity would be best to discribe my strength.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I love the sea, boating those kind of things. But most of all, I love to work on projects, my work is my hobby.

If you as Robert would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Germany or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
In order for you to enlighten me about your view on the world, I would like to open my introduction with the following: “I am Robert Rosa, as an entrepreneur I am seeking to solve important problems that will have a big impact on the world and on the coming future generations. Currently, I am working on technologies to Capture CO2 from air against climate change. However, I am always open and willing to learn from other people to increase my knowlegde to accelerate my purpose to make the world a better place and enjoy it while doing it.

 

How would you describe Robert Rosa in one word or one sentence?
A green entrepreneur.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
My parents, some friends of my and some business partners that inspire me.

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
How to accelerate the solutions to the challenges we are dealing with, as now speed is of vital importance. The need to change my way of thinking especially the “how to accelerate the speed to solve issues”and “what short cuts can we think of”? Mainly, how to bring the bright future towards the present.

What was a defining moment in your life?
When we started ABC Compas. That was were everything came together for me, my curiosity, working together with a lot of different people (social skills), problem solving abilities, networking, all this was inspiring. It all came together during those years. I reconnected the known (my roots, culture, challenges and opportunities) with the unknown (foreign students, projects, network, competencies, growth-mindset etc.).


Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
I think it would be fun to be a Philatropist and an Inspirational Entrepreneur with a track-record of positive impact on the world to look back on and look forward to. I envision a synergy between inspiring people at various inspiring places throughout the world collaborating on working on an inspiring future.


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
That I have done my part in the realization of my vison and my goals to make the world a better place for all of us. Unrelated to its success, I enjoy the ride.


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?
If you have a vision of the future that is bright, you can make an impact by working to implement and achieve this vision. I have a vision.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I hope to inspire others to look for their purpose and their passion in life, aimed at making the world a better place for other people and the coming generations and that will make you feel more fulfilled and happy.


Contact information
www.antecy.com
www.climeworks.com


 

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Robert Rosa is a curious, solution oriented, patient, but also driven entrepreneur, that is passionate about innovation. Through innovation he wants to create a lasting positive impact in the Climate Change of the world that will beneficial for future generations. This ambition level on itself makes him stand out. His drive to create an impact that is beneficial for the world, his curiosity for innovation, has lead him to drastically change the course of his life. After starting his own Real Estate Company, Robert made a dive into the unknown world of capturing CO2 out of the air and is still involved in this area. “By 2025 – 2030 this technique will be commercially operated, but the technique is already proven”, according to Robert. Challenging his way at looking at things, “thinking and working totally out of the box”, he hopes to shorten this time-line considerably. At a very young age he wanted to have an impact on the world. While studying in Delft, he was one of the founders of ABC Compas, which was a defining moment in his life because it is where everything came together and by doing this he learned a lot of his excellent social skills. ABC Compas still helps students to adapt to their life as a student in Delft-Holland as they arrive as “newbees”, but ABC Compas also stands for inspiring students to think of solutions and implement solutions to solve challenges that all Caribbean islands confront. Robert is actively involved in finding solutions for the fuel dependency of Curaçao and is exploring ways to in an intelligent way, use the excess of renewable energy we have in Curaçao: the sun, wind, the sea and capitalize also the geographic position of Curaçao, to start a project that uses the Capturing of CO2 out of the air. If this works out, this blue print can be exported to other islands in the Caribbean basin, according to Robert. Robert literally lives in two worlds, he lives 6 month in Curaçao and 6 months in Holland and Dubai. For all these reasons, we deeply love and respect Robert and consider him one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao representing the Energy and Circular Economy sector.

 

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

 

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.

Visit the website for more information.

 

 

Visit the website for more information.


Our next MYM-platform session in October via Skype
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 20th of October (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype, where we will present “Inner bonding, becoming a loving adult to your inner child”, by Margaret Paul Ph.D.

Inner bonding is the process of connecting our adult thoughts with our instinctual, gut feelings- the feelings of the "inner child"- so that we can minimize painful conflict within ourselves. Free of inner conflict, we feel peaceful, open to joy, and open to giving and receiving love.


Margaret Paul, coauthor of Healing Your Aloneness, explores how abandonment of the inner child leads to increasingly negative and destructive feelings of low self-worth, codepenclence, addiction, shame, powerlessness, and withdrawal from relationships. Her breakthrough inner bonding process teaches us to heal past wounds through reparenting and clearly demonstrates how we can learn to parent in the present. Real-life examples illustrate the dynamics of the healing process and show the benefits we can expect in every facet of our lives and in all our relationships.Inner Bonding provides the tools we need to forge and maintain the inner unity that makes our family, sexual, work, and social relationships productive, honest, and joyful.

Subscribe by emailing us: sixtaivan@gmail.com or ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com and we will send you the Skype link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book.Date: 20th of October.
Time: 7.30 – 8.45 pm.

Entrance fee: Free
Presenter: Ivan Kuster


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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 17 di òktober di 2.00 – 4.30 pm


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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


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

 

Climeworks - A Technology to Reverse Climate Change – YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoMdb9JYMRQ

 


Climeworks - Capturing CO2 from air - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63S0t4k_Glw

 


Climeworks plant removes carbon dioxide directly from air - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAi499FzcbA 

Turning CO2 into stone in Iceland - earthrise - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZr656rA5ik

 


How Climeworks is Creating Negative Emission Power Plants - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wERlKqQhpxo

 

Climeworks launches another Direct Air Capture plant in Italy - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMMj72fgz9E

 

 


Influencer Sabine Berendse, Workshop on Emotion, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on October 2, 2020 at 11:50 AM

In this week’s blog (5th of September – 11th of October) we will interview Sabine Berendse; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind book presentation via skype on the 20th of October “Inner bonding, becoming a loving adult to your inner child”, by Margaret Paul Ph.D.; we will invite you to our next (the 6th) Personal Journey “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” on the 17th of October and we will share some motivational videos on ”Phenix and Sea Turtle Conservation Curaçao”. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.


Influencer Sabine Berendse: changemaker, having an impact

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life? 
I was born in Delft, raised in Kwintsheul, a small village in het Westland. The Netherlands. I have one younger sister and I just became an aunt of a beautiful baby boy called Jack. My whole family lives in the Netherlands and since 2006 I have been living on Curaçao. My parents have played an important role in whom I have become, because they always let me free in deciding what I wanted to do with my life. Whenever I would ask my mothers advice, she would say, just do what you think is best. When I was younger there were moments that I wished she would just tell me what to do, but in hindsight I’m very grateful she did not.

 

Could you share something of you eductional background and your experiences?
I studied psychology at the University of Utrecht, did a minor for Environmental Sciences and for Criminology and I also did a HBO study Leisure science. I founded the NGO Sea Turtle Conservation Curaçao (STCC) in 2017 and I learned a lot from that. I participated in 'Present Your Startup' and in a pitch competition in New York called 'Haarlem To Harlem'. That was very much out of my comfort zone and a super educational experience that helped me to grow a lot. Together with Giacomo Booi I founded Green Phenix in 2019. That has also been one big growing experience. I have shared this story often, but the moment I stepped into the airplane on my way to Curaçao back in 2006 for my first visit to Curaçao, I had this gut feeling that I was going to stay in Curaçao longer than the 10 weeks that I had planned to go. In hindsight I can only acknowledge that I need to be here. I meditate and I am a sensitive person and at times I feel guided.

 

We were referred to you by Heinrich Angela whom have collaborated with you on 3D printing of Faceshields and Luuk Weber. What is the difference between Green Phenix and Sea Turtle Conservation?
Well, Sea Turtle Conservation Curaçao is an NGO that protects sea turtles and their habitat through research, conservation and education. Green Phenix is a social enterprise that is creating a circular inclusive economy in the Caribbean.


If you look at the whole Caribbean, all of us in the Caribbean are dealing with the same kind of challenges, that is the enormous amount of layers after layers of plastic washing on our shores. There was this defining moment back then when I was involved as a representative of Uniek Curaçao with some volunteers of Sentro Speranza at Asencion, cleaning what was and still is called the “Plastic Bay”. We had filled a quarter of the container where we dumped the plastic we collected for the beach and after a while the volunteers wanted to leave as they thought that there work was done. I was flabergasted. I was like “..we are not done yet, you can’t leave now, we are not done yet..” The plastic annoyed me and I then realized, that I was just this one person and the amount of plastic is so overwhelming... I first asked why is nobody doing something about this. Then I realized I am also somebody and if I feel this should be different I should do something about it. For me that was an important realization.

Green Phenix is a social enterprise that is creating a circular inclusive economy in the Caribbean.

 

Where does this interest come from for the circular waste management initiatives? Can you tell us more about these initiatives?
Well, having been on the beaches on the windward side of Caribbean islands a lot, I can honestly say that the amount of plastic that washes ashore is horrifying. It really needs to stop and I simply want to do my part in that.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I just want to do my best to live a meaningful life and to make an impact just by trying to do the right thing.

By doing this I want to have an ever growing impact by helping others also to do their thing and also become very happy doing the things that they love to do..

 

When do you consider that you have been successfull in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
We aim to create a circular revolution in the Caribbean. If we have operations in 5 Caribbean islands in 5 years and it can operate without me being directly involved I would consider that to be succesful in my business life. Regarding my personal life, when the people in my inner circle are happy and healthy and there is a good balance, I think I would consider myself very lucky.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Well, I’d say the limiting factor in our operation is the finances. We have the people, we have the drive and we know how to get the required knowledge… But the lack of liquid assets makes that it takes a bit longer that we would like to. And this requires patience and preserverence. With all the attention and focus we put into our operation, this is happening while we have the usual ups and downs but our projects are growing. So have more people to work with from a certain social targetgroup, meaning also that we have to trust these persons to do their job right and get more acquainted with not being directly hands on involved with the day-to-day operations. The upside is that we are not so overwhelmed by all the work that has to be done.

 

Do you get international support? There are lots of people that were born here or lived her, diaspora, that might be helpful for your causes.
We are aware of these opportunities, that is why we are planning to start a foundation in Holland soon, trying to capitalize on these opportunities.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I use affirmations on a regular basis and I also take a time out at times to think things over a little bit, so that you don’t let your eomotions dominate my reasoning too much. I also try to look at the dilemma from the other persons perspective and I also try to feel what is right. My inner compas, just like the day I stepped in the airplane to come to Curaçao, it just felt good.

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
Well when opportunities to follow training sessions occur, I try to attend as much as I can. I read a lot. I actively look for information regarding topics that interest me and that are important for what we’re doing. And I also have a lot of very knowledgable people around me who I often ask for advice.

 

What are your strengths?
I never give up, have a growth mindset and love the journey

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Well, I’d say I’m quite passionate about art.

 

If you as Sabine would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
Hi, my name is Sabine. I’m a social entrepreneur from Curaçao.

 

How would you describe Sabine in one word or one sentence?
Changemaker


Do you have more words describing whom you are?
I am rather headstrong, I have a lot of perseverance and I always find a way to move things forward. I am passionate in the things I do, that I do with love. I am highly empathic. I sometimes struggle with my personal boundries, but I’m continuesly improving on that.

 


Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
here are a few. Carla Daniel is the first. She is a conservationist from Barbados that introduced me to sea turtle conservation. I have never ever before or after met such a hard working, dedicated & inspiring person. She has in incredible amount of energy and she really is somebody that makes a positive difference in the world.


Then Nana Bouwens is a person that inspired me in a creative way. She is a person that never thinks in a box. Her creativity is unique and inspiring and she helped me to embrace my uniqueness and with that accept myself better.

 

And then Giacomo Booi, the person I founded Green Phenix with also has been a great inspiration in the last 2 years. He left his comfortable European life to come to Curaçao to tackle the problem of plastic pollution. He is one of the bravest, happiest and passionate persons I’ve ever met and for me he symbolizes hope.

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
I’m continually struggling to keep a good balance with my private life. I have the strong desire to make an impact, but I sometimes take on to much. But I’m getting better and better to balance everything.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
When STCC was founded I was going through a very difficult time. Both personally and professionally. I had decided to quit a job that offered me security, but made me very unhappy. The moment I was able to make that decision, although almost everybody advised against it, was probably the most defining moment in my life. I realized that for me it is much more important to do my best to live a profound life that to have security.

 

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
Honestly my plan doesn’t go that far. I want to build Green Phenix and STCC in such a way that both can function without my presence. I would think that in 15-20 years, I might coach some young social entrepreneurs or artists….

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
That I did everything in my power to make a positive impact

 

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 challenge because of the global warming consquences?
The people that are coming together to do good, like the members of the COVID-19 3D printing taskforce. And also the fact that Green Phenix is still growing, despite all the challenges and dissapointments.

 

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Well if people would like to help out with STCC of Green Phenix they are very welcome. Both entities are community projects that can always use fresh energy.

 

Contact information:
www.linkedin.com/in/sabine-berendse-235a1214b/

www.seaturtleconservationCuraçao.org

www.facebook.com/SeaTurtleConservationCuraçao/

www.greenphenix.com

www.facebook.com/greenphenixcuracao

Cell: +5999 5652271

 

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Sabine Berendse is a passionate, dedicated and courageous social entrepreneur. Her dedication to dealing with plastic makes her stand out, as she has experienced first hand the horrifying amounts of plastic that washes ashore in the whole windward side of the Caribbean. Aiming to create a circular revolution in the Caribbean, she is actively promoting a circular inclusive economy via Green Phenix and also promoting Sea Turtle Conservation via Sea Turtle Conservation Curaçao. While she is now living her purpose, this has not always been the case, as she listened to her inner voice and radically changed the course in her life. Even if this meant, jumping into an uncertain future away from a secure job, to now ultimately be able to live a more profound, meaningful life that is having a positive impact in the world. Accepting the ups and downs that her path brings with her, her perseverance has resulted in a growing movement forcing her to continuously adapt, looking for support from elsewhere in the world and using her social skills to scale up the organizations where she is involved in. At the other hand Sabine is deliberately maintaining her work-personal life balance, dedicating also time to her other “the Arts” passion and inspiring the next generation of social entrepreneurs and artists. For all these reasons, we deeply love and respect Sabine and consider her one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao representing the Circular Economy sector,


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

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.

Visit the website for more information.


Our next MYM-platform session in October via Skype
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 20th of October (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype, where we will present “Inner bonding, becoming a loving adult to your inner child”, by Margaret Paul Ph.D.

Inner bonding is the process of connecting our adult thoughts with our instinctual, gut feelings- the feelings of the "inner child"- so that we can minimize painful conflict within ourselves. Free of inner conflict, we feel peaceful, open to joy, and open to giving and receiving love.


Margaret Paul, coauthor of Healing Your Aloneness, explores how abandonment of the inner child leads to increasingly negative and destructive feelings of low self-worth, codepenclence, addiction, shame, powerlessness, and withdrawal from relationships. Her breakthrough inner bonding process teaches us to heal past wounds through reparenting and clearly demonstrates how we can learn to parent in the present. Real-life examples illustrate the dynamics of the healing process and show the benefits we can expect in every facet of our lives and in all our relationships.Inner Bonding provides the tools we need to forge and maintain the inner unity that makes our family, sexual, work, and social relationships productive, honest, and joyful.

Subscribe by emailing us: sixtaivan@gmail.com or ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com and we will send you the Skype link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book.Date: 20th of October
Time: 7.30 – 8.45 pm.

Entrance fee: Free.
Presenter: Ivan Kuster


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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 17 di òktober di 2.00 – 4.30 pm


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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some motivational videos. This week we will share some on 'Phenix and Sea Turtle Conservation Curaçao'. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

Wacawa January 5th, 2019 - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wosHuUbqBpM

 


3d printing on the beach with Green Phenix - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO-_krp6isY

 


What does it mean to follow your gut feeling? - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9CBIc-QHOE

 


Should You Trust Your Gut Instinct? - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGx8rjgdIXk

 

The Circular Economy - Short Film - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyNzYV4Q2HE

 

IN HER WORDS: Carla Daniel - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-uMhLSLbeE

 

 

 


Influencer Ruthsel Martina, Workshop on Emotions, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on September 27, 2020 at 4:25 AM

In this week’s blog (28th of September – 4th of October) we will interview Ruthsel Martina; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind book presentation via skype on the 20th of October “Inner bonding, becoming a loving adult to your inner child”, by Margaret Paul Ph.D.; we will invite you to our next (the 6th) Personal Journey “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” on the 17th of October and we will share some motivational videos on ”Resilience”. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Ruthsel Martina: perseverance with a desire to succeed

 


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

I was born and raised in Curaçao, in the Santa Rosa area. I am married and I have 2 children, one son whom lives and studied in Holland and a daugther that has studied in Puerto Rico. I come from a family of 10 of which 5 brothers and 5 sisters. One of my brothers and one of my sisters passed away. Both my mother and father have passed away. Bot were very helpful in the person I have become right now. My father was a carpenter and I used to go along with my father and by helping him I learned his profession. My mother was a house mother that raised the children, the old way, she would discipline us the hard way, which I have in hind sight no problem with. I grew up to be a valuable member of this community.


Whom had inspired you to get in the track and field,as you yourself were an athlete?

One of my brothers, the second oldest brother, Joseph Martina has inspired me at lot. He was a big local very reknowned baseball and software player. He stimulated me to get involved into sports. I used to go and practice baseball and then ran back home and came home totally exhausted and my mother used to advised me to stop doing that. Until I started practicing Track and Filed at the age of 16 years and started winning competitions and bringing home all my trophees. She stopped doing that and became very proud of me I have to say, because when I wanted to get my trophees back as I was leaving my elderly home, she wanted to keep them for me.

I used to be a middle distance expert. I competed in the 400 meters, 800 meters, 1500 meters, 5 km and 10 km distances. I have participated in half Marathon and full Marathon, like this time I ran one half marathon in San Blas Puerto Rico, but I was a painful and exhausting experience. I decided after that race, to not compete in these long distances anymore.

 


When did you start with track and field?
I started my track and field career in my “bario” team Trupial when I was 16 years old as this was close to home. This is important because lot of potential youngsters interested in track and field have to overcome a big challenge and that is the necessary transportation to the training facilities if it isn’t close to home. We had and still have this issue, as youngsters loose their interest in Track and Field if the transport to reach the training facilities is too much of a hazzle. But forunately nowadays, this issue has been more or less resolved as some parents bring their children to the training themselves.


You are now a Track and field trainer in all disciplines or do you have a discipline that you focus on?
Yes, I am now a general Track and Field trainer, but my specialization is in on the middle and long distances.

 


Now you are also an executive in sports and you have been the chef de mission of the first delegation that competed under the Curaçao flag, how important is this for you?
Yes, I am now a member of the Curaçao Olympic Committee. I have presided over the Olympic team and in 2018, I was the chef de Mission as we attended as Curaçao the Central American and Caribbean games at Baranquilla Columbia. In itself the participation in these games under the Curaçao flag was a very satisfying experience. This because since 2010 when we became an autonomous country within the Dutch Kingdom, we lost our membership to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as Track and Field organization, as the Netherlands Antilles was dissolved. During 8 years we had to fight to become a member, as we were only an associate member. This while Aruba is a member of the IOC. So we won the first battle and opened the door so that in the future we can participate every 4 years in these Games.

In terms of our sports achievements in Baranquilla, well we didn’t win any medals, but we considered to be a base-line and as of that moment we will try to start winning medals. Don’t forget that our best athletes compete under the Dutch flag. This is also what you can notice for those talents in Baseball and Soccer btw. I think there is also a tendency for some athletes to go and compete under the Aruba flag, as they are a member of IOC.

Why do you think that our best athletes choose to compete under the dutch flag?
There are two trends we can discern. The athletes themselves want it, because it gives them an opportunity to compete at the highest levels internationally. At the other hand locally we don’t support these athletes with experienced professional trainers, as the local trainers that are doing this work, do this as volunteers. Furhtermore if there aren’t enough opportunties to compete, let’s say in the short track and field distances, most of them then choose to go to Holland where there are more possibilities to brain guided, to compete and to grow.


At what age did you start to do Track and Field?
Before getting involved into Track and Field I was was into weigh lifting. I am now 46 years involved in Track and Field in the meantime and I started when I was 17 years old. I got involved into weight lifting as I was in Scouting and there they offered weight training and one member in Scouting whom was already involved in Track and Field suggested to me to try Track and Field. Why? This guy would ran a certain distance regularly and I noticed that I when I also started running this same distance with him, I was getting closer and closer to him everytime we ran this distance. In school, I attended Sint Paulus, when they had competions where we would ran around the school and I would win these. While I was doing this, I was invited by another guy to join the Track and Field team Olympic, but I had to go the Rifstadium to train, which I did and also would win. One year after I started practicing Track and Field, when I was 17 years old, there were these Kingdom games that. I participated in during 3 editions and furthermore I was trained by Wendell Prins by that time and I would compete in the Caribbean area, representing Curaçao. I have competed in different countries over the years like, I participated in the World Championship of Track and Field in Helsinki , I ran in the New Years San Silvestre in Sao Paulo, I participated in the Boulevard race in Aruba. One athlete that I competed against in thos days was Ronald Mercelina. He later left ot the Netherlands and continued his career in Track and Field and was very successful btw.

I am grateful for what this sport have offered me, because of the places in the world that it gave me the opportunity to visit and compete, I have followed trainers courses from level 1 till level 4 (level 5 is the highets possible level) with a specialization in the long distances and because of all this I am giving back to the sports nowadays. I am the president of Olympic, this is a team from the “bario” and I am a member of the Olympic Committee in Curaçao.

 

What is your opinion with regards to school and getting degrees and practicing Track and Field?
I firmly believe that you have to advocate a right balnce between both. Live is a marathon and not 100 meter dash. It is all about planning your time. I was always able to combine my schoolwork with my Track and Field efforts. I have a degree in LTS, MTS and HTS (Bachelor in Engineering) at the UNA. I see that in sports like Baseball there is a trend that talents are scouted and recruited to go to the States while they haven’t finalized their school. We do it differently. We now have in our group a young talented female athlete, that became secoond of the Caribbean last year. We have strongly adviced her and her parents to let her finalize her High School and then continue with her Track and Field career.

 

Do athletes in the Caribbean have an edge because of their muscle build up?
Yes, atletes in Caribbean have what you call fast switch muscles and this gives them explosive stength that fits well in the shorter distances and high jump of the Track and Field disciplines.

 

We were referred to you by Desiree Hooi but what is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
My BIG WHY is I believe that we have some basic talents on the island just like every country. I believe that they need to be developed locally. That is my BIG WHY. To develop local talents in Track and Field to become athletes that can compete internationally. As they reach a certain base level, they hit a ceiling because of lack of more experienced professional trainers and funds. Our facilities are OK, I have seen countries with worst facilities that excell in the sports. We have seen athletes from the Caribbean achieve great results in international competitions.

I have understood from Erwin Martis whom was a co-board member of the Olympic Committee, that Jamaica has chosen Track and Field as their priority sports to allocate their resources and it is paying off obviously. What is your opinion on this?
Yes, because they combine their own efforts in collaboration with Colleges in the USA, where athletes are recruited to compete for their respective school. This improves substantially the level of competition that they can reach for their own country. The athletes can also opt to become an American. In our case when our athletes choose to compete under the Dutch flag, these athletes can’t represent Curaçao. These College competitions are highly competitive and there is a lot of pride involved for these Colleges.

Of late some countries stopped some of their athletes to go to these competitions during the months of june and july, as when they had to compete for their own country in august september, they were too tired.

I believe that the solution to be able to compete internationally should be that, although I know there isn’t a lot of money available, the money that the government is willing to invest in sports through the Olympic Committee, should be allocated to 5 of the sports federations where we have the talents and where we are very good in. The rest of the sport federations, should get some basic sum, but we need to focus and prioritize.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
The biggest challenge is how to develop on the club level some athletes so that we can compete with more success in the CARIFTA games. We once won 7 medals, so it is possible.

Our aim is to select those areas where we have the most chances to win a medal in the 2022 CARIFTA games. This is an achievable goal.


Which are the sports that we can succeed?
We have to choose in Track and Field like the high jump, discuss but also softbal, sailing, cross biking. Like the last time in 2018 two cyclist from Curaçao hit each other hampering their chances to win a medal. As I said, the government needs to distribute the available funds, and give all federations some basic funds but they need to give some extra funds that need some extra money so that we can attract some professional international trainers and some international sport doctors that can help optimize athletes on their way to reach their physical peeks. They need to be here to see how the athletes are preparing themselves so that they can give feedback to improve.

 

How are you dealing with these challenges?
Well, I am a very resilient person and I never give up, so mentally and up to these challenges to make it work.


How important is the mental part in sports and how do you evaluate the progress of athletes mentally?

I would study the international athletes and see how they would fight their way up especially after a loss as they are aware that their next opportunity might be 4 years later. I study them not only when they are successful. Learning that success is not an overnight thing, as most of us want results tomorrow. Studying these videos inspires me a lot and gives me the energy to keep doing what I do, even though there are days that I want to give up. For the work I am doing as a volunteer trainer the same goes. It is at time mentally a strain, but I have come to learn to not give up easily.

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I follow courses onTrack and Fiels on a very regular basis. Because of COVID-19 these possibilities have increased substantially offered by the North and Central America and the Caribbean Track and Field Federation. This you have to keep track of, because forget what you have learned in the past.

What are your strengths?
For me my desire to succeed is more important than the talent, perseverance, overcoming deceptions and falling and standing up again.

 


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?

I used to love tabel tennis, but nowadays I love to dance.


If you as Ruthsel would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?

My name Ruthsel Martina I am for Curaçao, I love sports and I am a trainer and sportsleader from Curaçao.


How would you describe Ruthsel in one word or one sentence?
Athlete, sportsleader Ruthsel Martina, reknowned for his perservance.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
I would say different people like Norwin Martina, Melwin Vorm, Wendell Prince, Anthony Miguel and Erwin Martis.


What is a trait that is still work in progress?
Writing english. I can read and speak english, but my writing has to be double checked by a translater.


What was a defining moment in your life?
Well that would be the Boulevard Race in Aruba. Somebody that needed to pick me up in the early morning overslept himself. And I was waiting for him and warming up at 7 am in the morning a police car came by and saw me. By pure coincidence I knew that police officer. His name was Miltion Martina and I knew him from Curaçao and those days he was working in Aruba. He stopped and as I explained what was happening, he offered to bring me to the hotle where the race would start and he brough me there with loud siren. As we arrived the athletes started, I punched in and in the end won the race based on the best time. This was the 3rd year that I won the race, so I won the trophee because it was the 3rd time I won. I got a trophee yes, but because I didn’t start with group it wasn’t as big as the one they had planned before. That was a defining moment.

 

Where do you want to be 10 years from now with your career? Or what is the legacy that you want to leave behind when you stop doing what you are doing now?
Personally I will still be involved in Track and Field as a trainer or a board member. My legacy would be a competitve structure, a platform where we prepare our athletes to become their best versions in their area of specialization.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
Ruthsel has contributed greatly to the local Track and Field sports in Curaçao. A lot of athletes started their sports career with him and they have been very succesful on an international level.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao in the Track and Field area?
We have demonstrated with different athletes that we can compete and be succesful on an international level. I believe that we only need sufficient resources to develop locally our talents. It is just matter of priorities to do this.

More info:
Facebook: Curacao Trupial Athletics Club 
Facebook: Federashon Deporte i Olímpiko Kòrsou 



One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Ruthsel Martina is a dedicated, ambitious, athlete, trainer, sports leader in Track and Field who has competed internationally and has headed sport delegations of Curaçao Internationally. Being 46 years involved in track and Field, having travelled a lot as an athlete and sport leader, Ruthsel believes that even though we are a small Island, we can develop athletes locally and make them compete at an international level. That athletes from the island can compete internationally has already been proven by different athletes that have competed succesfully internationally. According to Ruthsel it is just a matter of priorities, allocating sufficient resources to create a competitve structure, where we athletes can locally be developed guided by experienced professional trainers and a medical staff to become their best versions in their area of specialization. According to Ruthsel our facilities are OK, he has seen countries with worst facilities that excell in the sports. Ruthsel: “We have seen athletes from the Caribbean achieve great results in international competitions. We can do the same.” With his perseverance, his stamina and ability to fall and stand up throughout his long career, makes him a stand out and makes this goal quite achievable. For all these reasons, we deeply love and respect Ruthsel and consider him one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao representing the Sports sector.

 

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

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.

Visit the website for more information.


Our next MYM-platform session in October via Skype
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 20th of October (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype, where we will present “Inner bonding, becoming a loving adult to your inner child”, by Margaret Paul Ph.D.

Inner bonding is the process of connecting our adult thoughts with our instinctual, gut feelings- the feelings of the "inner child"- so that we can minimize painful conflict within ourselves. Free of inner conflict, we feel peaceful, open to joy, and open to giving and receiving love.


Margaret Paul, coauthor of Healing Your Aloneness, explores how abandonment of the inner child leads to increasingly negative and destructive feelings of low self-worth, codepenclence, addiction, shame, powerlessness, and withdrawal from relationships. Her breakthrough inner bonding process teaches us to heal past wounds through reparenting and clearly demonstrates how we can learn to parent in the present. Real-life examples illustrate the dynamics of the healing process and show the benefits we can expect in every facet of our lives and in all our relationships.Inner Bonding provides the tools we need to forge and maintain the inner unity that makes our family, sexual, work, and social relationships productive, honest, and joyful.

Subscribe by emailing us: sixtaivan@gmail.com or ivan@upliftingCuraçao.com and we will send you the Skype link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book.Date: 20th of October.
Time: 7.30 – 8.45 pm.

Entrance fee: Free
Presenter: Ivan Kuster


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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 17 di òktober di 2.00 – 4.30 pm


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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


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

 


Perseverance - Derek Redmond - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nifq3Ke2Q30

 


Make It Count! - The Most Powerful Sports Motivational Speech Ever! - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3B3sKs8dvM

 


Perseverance - Motivational Video 2016 - Eric Thomas - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBDKgQOCo4c

 


NO EXCUSES - Best Motivational Video - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnHW6o8WMas

 


WHEN THINGS GET HARD - Powerful Motivational Video - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8S8OvPhMDg

 


Perseverance - How Sports Teach Us To Never Give Up - video dailymotion
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3pw178

 

Influencer Lizanne Espinal, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on September 20, 2020 at 1:55 AM

 In this week’s blog (21th - 27th of September) we will interview Lizanne Espinal; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind book presentation via skype on the 22nd of September “Setting boundaries”, by Nancy Levin; we will invite you to our next (the 6th) Personal Journey “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” on the 17th of October and we will share some motivational videos on ”Kinetic Sculptures and Jordan Peterson”. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Lizanne Espinal: growing and contributing as a “node” in a network

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am 23 years old, I was born and raised on Curaçao and I have been living in Holland for my studies at the TU Delft since 2015. I have a Bachelors degree in architecture and I am now studying Management in the Built Environment also at the TU Delft. My brother, Christofer is also an engineer and studied Chemical engineering in Delft. He lives now on Curaçao along with my parents Jamila and Jorge. My parents were very important for in my upbringing. They both influenced my brother and I differently and positively. My mother is a hard working Law graduate and is supporting mother and my father is someone who always loved nature and the beach and he always took us on hykes in the “mondi” in the week-ends or snorkeling. Because he also worked in toerism and loved nature he always educated us on the environmental issues of Curaçao. Both were important for balancing our development in our childhood years. 

You are a student and you are doing a Masters. In Masters in what kind of specialization?
For my Bachelors I studied Architecture in the Built Environment. This Bachelor was very broad and entails architecture, urbanism and management. After I finished the Bachelor I was quite sure that i didn’t want to continue with architecture but i couldn’t chose between Urbanism and Management since I love both. After long debates i ended up choosing Management in the Built Environment. The focus in this masters lies on management of the whole life cycle of the building. I am happy to report that so far the classes are extremely interesting so I think I made the right choice!

You are or were very active with ABC Compas. What is your involvement exactly with ABC Compas? Can you tell us more about “ABC Compas”?
Well, Delft is know as a student-rich city because of the university. Because of this there are numerous student and study associations for different students. In 2011 the “founding fathers”of ABC Compas paved the way for and started ABC Compas because they felt as though there wasn’t a place for students of the ABC islands to come together and socialize. Eventually the association grew and grew and different types of events are now organized such as ABC goes to Berlin or ABC goes to London, debates, game nights etc.



 

ABC Compas grew through out the years and offered new students a network in which they could ask questions to older students and contact each other when needed for help or just for fun. The association also provided us from the islands with the oppurtunity to mingle with our brothers and sisters from aruba and bonaire. Basically as Delft is not such a big city, ABC Compas offered the possibilities for networking for students with Antillian descent. I first joined as a member, after that I started joined the Social activities committee, afterwards I became a board member (secretary of the board) and then I was in charge of the Social activity committee. At ABC Compas we find it important to give new students the oppurtunity to develop themselves and gain managerial experience further by joing commitees and boards and therefore each person can only stay in the board for two years. So after doing my second year of board I joined the Media committee in 2019. This year I will be involved in a project that is still in the works in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of ABC Compas.


We were referred to you by Heliante Kuster. a mentor in Delft, as she considers you to be very pro-active. As you are doing your Masters how do you manage your time to still be involved in ABC Compass as a voluntary?
At this moment I am not a member of the board and therefore I don’t foresee any problems in managing my time whilst being involved in the upcoming 10th year commemoration of ABC Compas. However, when I was a board member at times, it was quite hectic. There was one year specifically when I was in charge of the social activities, Next to that I also was helping with the organization of the reception of the students who come with SSC and obviously I had my classes next to that.

But I do a lot of planning. I would plan a Monday time sloth for example to work on my ABC Compas to do’s and on Tuesday a time sloth for the SSC’s to do’s and consistent planning makes it all manageable. The moment a board was formed, we would plan the days for our activities and this was very helpful. Next to this the members of the board and committees became some of my best friends and are like family. Because of this I looked forward to going to the meeting and events and I always had fun. This made all of the work easy!


This planning habit where did this come from?
Good question! I remeber getting lectures about planning and the importance of planning back in High School but it never made sense to me. I think this is because high school was relatively easy. It wasn’t until I started my studies at the TU Delft, that I started to do some serious planning. Mainly because the concept of self studying was introduced. I would perhaps have classes on Monday and Thursday and the rest of the time I had to read, design or do other tasks on my own. It is very tempting to fall into a lazy mode, but I soon realized that if I wanted to be serious with my studies, I needed to structure my life by planning my days. So I started structuring my days and started making sure that I was at school at 8.45 am and I aimed to have finished my school work at 7 pm. I would always anticipate what I needed to do the next day(s) and basically “plan”, as I was taught in High School.


Where does this interest come from ABC compas SSC?
Well, since I was in High school in Curaçao, I felt the need to be of service to the community apart from going to school and doing my homework. So I was volunteer and I was a member of “Brigada di Formashon/ Bos di Hubentut”. Brigada is very much involved in the extra-curriculum education of youth and I loved it. I noticed from those days already, that I love doing work as a volunteer. So when I arrived in Delft and I knew that ABC Compas organized events for us, I got involved in it. SSC’s introduction week and ABC Compas were the ones that picked me up and showed me the ropes when I was a newbee in Delft. They paved the way to make the transition from Curaçao to Delft smoother. So I considerd it to be my duty to serve future students like-wise when they arrive in Delft for the first time.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
My BIG WHY is: I see myself as a “node” in a network of people. I believe that everything that I do should move myself and also the people around me in the right direction. I believe that contributing in this manner adds value to that network in the long term. Therefore I try to do things that are not only good for me and my development as a student but also good for my other students, friends and family. In the future I hope to see myself still participating in these types of organizations. If ABC Compas or SSC’s opvangweek did not exist, my transition when I first moved to Holland would have been more challenging, my quality of life would have been different. As I have experienced these benefits, I would love to “pay it forward” to the next generations. This is my big why!

 

So basically you want to grow and serve?
Exactly.

 

When do you consider that you have been successfull in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
My short term goal is to graduate and get a job in the coming 2 to 3 years. This would be a transition phase for me. Once that is done I will figure the rest of my career out. Next to this there are 5 domains that I consider to be very important. These personal life domains are:

1. Family

2. my education/ work

3. Friends

4. Hobbies

5. Personal relationships.


And as long as I can keep each domain at an 80 %, this means my life is in balance and that is what I am aiming at. Reaching that would mean being successfull for me.


What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
At the moment as a student, because of the COVID-19 my home has become my work environment. I finished my Bachelors in February and I have only started with my masters now in Septmber. I was not at all accustomed to follow my courses online. Next to this, I find it important to keep a good balans between school and my home life and therefore I would always study from 8.45 till 19.00 at school and then come home and relax. The idea of sitting at home behind a computer all day long with little to no interaction with my peers has been a challenge for me to tell you the truth.


How are you dealing with it?
Well I am brainstorming about this at the moment and I am comtemplating different solutions with my closest friends. I am contemplating using my TV more instead of only the computer to watch my lectures in order to combat eye fatigue. I am also considering getting brighter lights and a proper working desk. Going on daily walks or bike rides after the classes to get fresh air has also been working very well. Next to this I also ask myself everyday what went right, what didn’t go so well in order figure out what I must change in my studio to make “working from home” function better. It is all still “work in progress”.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
For sure! These past two years I have started to look at myself more from the “outside – in’. Whenever I have a problem or dilemma I would seperate the thoughts on this issue in terms of good or bad and I would try to see these thoughts as different personalities. After this I would allow these thoughts to disucss with one another untill it becomes obvious which thought is the prevailing one. That is what I do to develop my inner voice.

Over the years I have developped my inner voice significantly. However, when I can’t figure out my own problems, I often go to my mother as she is the wisest person that I know. I ask her advice on subject matters that I have little knowledge of such as finances. Challenges on a personal level I usually solve by myself and at times with the help of my close friends.

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?Of course, I don’t like sitting still and I love being busy doing different things. I am obsessed with “psychology”. My interest in psychology stems from the fact that everyone including me gets stuck in some way and I believe that I need different sources of knowledge to help myself overcome my obstacles when I get stuck. 

Psychology

Somewhere a long the line, I came across Jordan Peterson, a behavioral psychologist that has his lectures online on YouTube. He became very famous because of his clear explanations and his eloquent speech.I absolutely love his lectures and I have watched many of them multiple times. He makes psychology so accessible for those whom are actually studying phychology.


How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
Well since I like psychology I am following a books list Jordan Petersons recommends. On his website he has a list of books of almost all the best philosphers and psychologists of the past that he recommends for further reading. So I have started to read some of these books to increase my knowledge. The most interesting book so far has been The Gulag Archipelago which is the book that helped bring down the russian empire. Next to this I also enjoy listening to Podcasts. I often find myself listening to 2 hour conversations about evolutionary biology, science, politics or phychology when I am doing things like cleaning, the dishes, biking or in transit.

What are your strengths?
I believe that i am quite friendly, humble, and supportive. Next to this I also believe that I am a reliable person given that I have worked for 1,5 years as a waiter and I have never missed a day or arrived late, which on itself is impressive. I am a good planner. I am logistically and administratively very strong. Lastly I believe that I am a teamplayer because I love volunteering for example in organisations such as ABC Compas.


The reason why i consider these my strengths is because it requires effort from my part to be like this, which makes it extra meaningful.

 


Do you have more hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I have two other hobbies that I am passionate about, apart from of course psychology that I have mentioned before.

Firstly I love making illustrations. In the Bachelor of architecture you have to be good at producing beautiful graphics. Naturally, if you are designing a building for a client, you have to make an render in order to communicate with the client and for presentations you have to present those renders in a beautiful way.

I wasn’t particularly good at this, so I decided to put in some extra effort because as the saying goes:”A picture says more than a 1000 words“. So I developed my digital skills and started making lots of illustrations and I played around with the different programs during the holidays. After about 3 years of experimenting I got pretty good at graphic design and especially making illustrations. So to conclude a frustration turned into into a lifelong hobby. Another part of architecture that is extremely important is your observation and documentation skills. Whenever we travel we look at building, touch materials to feel different textures and analyse what we see. I decided that I wanted a camera and so I saved up money and with a little help of my parents, I bought my first DSLR camera. Ever since I have been taking pictures and learning about photography. I started taking pictures of events of ABC Compas and I have also done projects with a make-up artist who was looking into building up her portofolio. Next to this I also go on walks in the parks and forests near my house to take nature and animal shots. Photography is a very rewarding hobby.

I am also obessed with kinetic sculptures. Though I do not consider this a hobby yet because I am still learning about it. I have always been in love with crafting and craftsmanship. In my teenage years i loved origami and papercraft and recently I have made different automata to explore movement. kinetic sculptures however are often times bigger and more technical. The main point is to combine sculpture with movement in an artistic way and I find this amazing. I hope that 5 years from now I will have mastered the kinetic sculpture enough to be able to build one myself.

 

If you as Lizanne would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
My name is Lizanne but my friends call me Liz, I am a student at the amazing university of Delft. I am always up for a party with my friends. I will tell them about my plants, that is a hobby I developed because of the Covid lock down and I am very proud of my crops, mainly because I was always know as the person who could not keep plants alive! I don’t like sitting still so I am always busy with some kind of project.

 

How would you describe Lizanne in one word or one sentence?
For this year “Growing”.

2020 has been a strange year and I had to adapt and develop myself a lot. After being stuck at home the whole time I had to figure out what to do with my free time and so i set new goals for myself. For example, I made a list of books that I would like to read and started going down that list. Next to that I also started planting in my small studio to learn more about different plants. And I started with my masters in September which was also a new endeauver for me. That why I would describe myself as “Growing”.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
Firstly, my parents. I have very good parents, althought both their influences had been totally different. My mother is a hardworking person that works a 9 to 5 job, she is disciplined and she has always focused on her personal growth and I admire her for that. My dad at the other hand has taught me to be myself and explore things. If I would start playing the piano he would join the lessons. If my brother would start playing baseball he would buy two bats and attend the training sessions.

Furthermore “Brigada di Formashon”, they taught me discipline, to take care of my myself and be neat. They taught me to be helpfull.

Finally, I would like to mention a teacher in High School that gave us the assignment to write about our lives. We basically wrote our history from the point that we could remember untill our teenage years.

And of course I can’t leave the psychologist Jordan Peterson out.


What is a trait that is still work in progress?
Making the right sacrifices to reach my goals in the 5 domains that I have mentioned before. I know that when I set goals, I will be challenged to achieve these goals at times. It is a trade off between what you need to change and how you need to change.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
In my first year I failed one subject matter. This was the first time in my life I failed a subject matter, that entailed big consequences, as I had to wait another full year to re-do the subject. High school wasn’t difficult for me and because of that I never had a filosophy nor theory on how to deal with “failure”. It took me over a year to figure out what went wrong and it was a hard lesson that I finally grasped. I mastered this new way to work on assignments at the university level. During that period at times I taught myself to “take it day by day”, until I overcame that setback. I needed to learn how to apply knowledge and techniques instead of reproducing what I have learned by heart as is required in High School. I needed to be serious and focused in my efforts. I needed to change my working attitude. I needed to plan my work and work my plan, that is when my planning took off to new heights and there is where my grades started to go up. I have now completely redeemed that feeling of failure. It has made me a stronger person.

 

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
This is a difficult question since I am still a student. As management is so broad, there are many options available after I am done with my masters. Once I start working somewhere I will figure out what I want and what direction I will go.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
Loyal, dependable, trustworthy and a good mother.


What are your links with Curaçao although you now study and live in Holland? And what makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic?
Firstly, I am a bit of an optimist, so I believe that in the end everthing will always be fine, we will get through this crisis. I think that Covid has pulled the rug from underneath our feet and has pointed out all of our insufficiencies. However, I believe that Curaçao has a lot of potential and as long as we have potential half of the work is done.


Next to this I believe that we all have a role to play and as long as everyone assumes their own responsibilty and work together for their own betterment and that of the group we will be fine. As a part of our Masters Degree for example we need to read lots of articles and this is too much for one person to do. So they force us to team up with fellow students and share the reading-load. By sharing the load and exchanging the knowledge of the “quitessence of the article”, the knowledge of every person in the group grows exponentially. This only happens however as long as everybody does there part and everyone the rest is doing their part. By doing just that we can achieve amazing results as a group. I believe that as long as there are enough people as “nodes” in the network aiming upwards, their combined positive mindset and willingness to work together, trust one another, will make it that in the end everything will be fine.


Is there anything else that you would like to add?
These questions have forced me to reflect a lot. They made me stretch my thinking about myself. I enjoyed it. 


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One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Lizanne Espinal is a passionate, disciplined and focused Engineering student, that is socially highly skilled that is living a balanced life. Because of her excellent planning techniques and resilience, she is able to always be busy doing the things that she considers worthwhile, like studying for her Master Degree in Engineering, volunteering and dedicating time to her passions. Volunteering to help other students is her way, in this stage of her life, to contribute and “pay it forward” the reception what she got when she arrived in Holland. But she also is passionately dedicating time on her three passions, namely psychology, making digital illustrations and creating kinetic sculptures. Her drive to learn and grow, her innate tendency to serve, her collaborative attitude and not being afraid to roll up her sleeves, makes her stand out as a vibrant “node” in her networks. To Lizanne the Arts in STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) makes perfect sense to her because via Art one can make illustrations and as the saying goes:

"An illustration explains more than a 1000 words can explain”. For the future of Curaçao her vision that: “As long as there are enough people as “nodes” in the network aiming upwards, their combined positive mindset and willingness to work together, trust one another, will make it that in the end everything will be fine”. For all these reasons we deeply love and respect Lizanne and consider her one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao representing the Technology and Arts sector that we defintely hear more from in the future.

 

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

 

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.

Visit the website for more information.


Our next MYM-platform session in September via Skype
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 22nd of September (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype, where we will present “Setting boundaries will set you free, The Ultimate Guide to Telling the Truth, Creating connection and Finding Freedom.” by Nancy Levin.

Do you feel like you're a "pushover"? Do you let other people make all the plans--letting them pick the movie, the restaurant, or the vacation destination? Does self-care feel selfish to you? And do you find yourself feeling resentful toward others because they don't seem to take your needs into consideration? Can you relate? If the answer is yes, this is the book for you! In this book, master coach, speaker, and author Nancy Levin will help you establish clear and healthy boundaries. This isn't easy; many of us don't want to "rock the boat." We assume setting boundaries will lead to conflict. And, unfortunately, by avoiding conflict and not setting limits, we tend to choose long-term unhappiness instead of short-term discomfort. This book includes exercises and practical tools to help even the most conflict-averse, people-pleasing readers learn new habits.

You'll learn how to recognize and take inventory of your boundaries, view your boundaries differently by creating a Boundary Pyramid, learn how to say "no" effectively, and set your Bottom-Line Boundary. As your supportive guide, Nancy will show you how to gather the courage to live a life of "boundary bad-assery." "This work was life-changing for me, and if you're someone who has avoided boundaries for years, it can change your life, too." -- Nancy Levin

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

Date: 22nd of September
Time: 7.30 – 8.45 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Presenter: Ivan Kuster


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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 17 di òktober di 2.00 – 4.30 pm


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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some motivational videos. This week we will share some on 'Kinetic Sculptures and Jordan Peterson'. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.


How This Guy Builds Mesmerizing Kinetic Sculptures | Obsessed | WIRED - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROP45rjvOHg

 

Dr. Jordan Peterson | 10 Things That Will Change Your Life Immediately - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCRgXjQLvH0

 

How To Beat Fear And Anxiety | Jordan Peterson | Powerful Life Advice - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb9g9mtDHZo

 

Beginning Graphic Design: Fundamentals - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqQx75OPRa0

 

Are We Living In Tough Times? Jordan Peterson - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4L9p2aXuiU

 

How to Make a Kinetic Sculpture - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxdcj2tLQGE


Influencer David van Delden, Skype Book Session, Workshop on Emotion starting October and this week tips

Posted on September 11, 2020 at 11:15 AM

In this week’s blog (14th - 20th of September) we will interview David van Delden; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind book presentation via skype on the 22nd of September “Setting boundaries”, by Nancy Levin; we will invite you to our next (the 6th) Personal Journey “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” on the 17th of October and we will share some motivational videos on ”Digital design”. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 


Influencer David van Delden: digital artist with an entrepreneurial spirit

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
My mother is from Aruba and my father is from Curaçao and both are still alive. I was born in Curaçao and I come from a family of three children, two sisters and myself. We would go to Aruba every vacation, so you could say I grew up on both islands. I am married to my lovely wife and she as a contemporary dancer and choreographer is very much involved into Curaçao btw, like doing research into dance and music styles of Curaçao and she has also participated in the musical “Claus” directed by John Leerdam and presented in Luna Blou. I have lived in Curaçao till I was 21 years old and then came to Holland in 2001, were I live now. My parents have always been very supportive in all my choices, also when I decided to study “Design” back then in 2001, this was not very common for someone from Curaçao.

What kind of businesses are you involved in? And what is your position in Ngrane?
We create Digital Online platforms and websites and we help companies reach their digital goals and this based on a solid business model for their online presence. The core of which is Digital Business model and User Experience Design. Basically we say to our clients, “If it is digital, we do it”. I am the Creative Director at Ngrane. On top of that, we cherish the human connections and relationships with our clients and employees, helping them to thrive at what they are good at. If one can combine passion with what you are good at, this automatically leads to success. The concept of Ikigai inspires us a lot. Entrepreneurship and business has basically to do with relationships, that is the Number One factor. 



This means that you have a culture where the emotional Intelligence is exceptional.
That is so true. Our success with a client is guaranteed if we and our clients are on the same page in terms of emotional intelligence. I would mention employees as well as they also are an integral part of our culture.

 


Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences?

I came to Holland in 2001 and started studying Graphic Design, first at Utrecht but that study was broad and wide in its spectrum, so I decided to do a second study, Multi Media Arts in Amsterdam. I got my Bachelor's degree with honors with a focus on the Digital or Online products, which is basically what I am doing at this moment in time. I started working at Host.net and worked there for three years. After three years, as I was looking for another challenge, I started working for Indivirtual, now their name is Sentia, as a Visual Designer. They are a web bureau creating websites and platforms and they have clients that belong to the top of the world like Fortune 500 companies like Mercedes etc..After that together with Stephen Garcia, I co-founded Ngrane.

 

We were referred to you by Stephen Garcia as he considers you as part of the diaspora that can still influence developments in Curaçao. He also send us a trialer of 'Kaminda' and mentioned that you have just won awards in your field. Where does this interest in what you are doing now come from especially your focus on the arts, video and photography comes from?
I was always involved in Art.
I played the drum in Curaçao. When I finalized high school I was on a cross road. I wanted to choose between Music which meant going to the Conservatorium or Design. I choose for Design as there were more opportunities in Design. I also enjoyed painting, filming and photography, basically everything that was audio and visual. When I came in Holland especially when I started at Ngrane photography and filming (video) was a hobby. Every person has its way to express themselves like my wife uses dancing to express her self artistically. For me it was photography and video. Five years ago I started experimenting with this in my free time and I started putting a lot of time into this as it was my passion. I took on-line courses, I talked to other creatives in this line like Selwyn de Wind and Brett Russel and my skills level picked upped. So one day I decided to create something. That is how 'Kaminda' started.

 

Can you tell us more about 'Kaminda' and can you elaborate more on the awards you have just won?
'Kaminda'  is a story that all of us from the island have experienced. Curaçao is a small island where it is easy to connect and tap into another dimension with the sea, animals and the nature. Metaphorically speaking the island breathes, every wave of the sea that rolls onto the shore can touch you. This is something that all of us have experienced when we were a child. So I decided to film this theme in a short movie where a nephew of me is playing in the “mondi”. I started a philosophical discussion with Juan Carlos Goilo and that is how it started and we filmed all of this inspiration. When I started this, I didn’t plan to compete or so. It was something I had experienced as a child and that had inspired me and I wanted to tell his story.


As I had chosen photography and film as my passion, I expressed this in a film and as I showed this to some friends they told me, that this story line was special. That is when I started to take it far more serious and involved more people in it, as I needed help to make it a better product. We send it to some Film Festivals and we won two awards, which is awesome.

 


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
My BIG WHY is to invest in relationships. I deliberately invest, focus and nurture the relationships I have in my life, be it with my wife, family and other relationships. I aspire to have valuable reltationships around me for the rest of my life. The more you invest in relationships, the more the value of being in this world increases. This gives you happiness. A study in Harvard over 80 years or more shows that the quality of one’s relationships in life and the dependability of these relationships, gives people happiness. There are some in my circle of relationships where I could for 100 % count on, that is how important this is.

In this sense, we need to revamp our educational system.

Our educational system is too vested on preparing students to get the highest grades and increasing the number of students moving up to the next level of classes. Whilst the goal needs to be, to inspire and motivate students with the art of learning. By doing just that students learn their why and they will become more interested in studying the curriculum and learning new things.


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

I feel successful every day. The reason for this is, that we have created a company that already focuses on human connections and influencing people via our excellent client relationships, that I have already mentioned to be my BIG WHY personally and in my business life.

But 5 years from now, we would be successful after we, not me alone, but we have created something that has a big impact in Curaçao and eventually the world. When we have reached certain employees and after we have impacted the mass for a better future and improved the way we live in Curaçao, than we would be successfull.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Connecting with other people that have good intentions, but are not on the same wave length. It always brings up in me the dilemma: “Shall I invest in this person or is it not worth it and let’s just drop this relationship. It may sound a little bit negative, but if they are not like minded that is a challenge. 

I like a culture where we speak out what bothers us. I have learned in the long run this serves both sides best. Stephen and myself have done it in the past, as there have been some misunderstandings, but now we are totally in sync. We have empathy with regards to each other, we set clear boundaries and we have crucial conversations with one another and in Ngrane. A crucial conversation is when there are differences of opinion, emotions can run high and the stakes are high. As the whole organization has read the book Crucial Conversation and are applying the principles, all of us keep each other accountable on this. So if I would be sarcastic, they would correct me if it appeared to be more than a joke, as the joke would appear to be a supercoating of something deeper. The effect this has had in our organization was something I deeply appreciated.

 


Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I want to share with you one story related to my Inner Voice. In one of the cross roads of my career, I was applying for a new job and send in an application to Lost Boys and Indivirtual more or less at the same time. Lost Boys had a tall Tower Building as offices, that everyone driving by on the high way, could see. They were a very known company and on one of the floors they had a Game room, that was very inspiring. For a young,  aspiring professional that I was back then, this would be a great place to work for. I also went to meet the CEO of Indivirtual and we really clicked and connected. They were immediately interested in recruiting me and made me feel so welcomed at Indivirtual and at the other hand Lost Boys didn’t react or at least immediately and I was shown the game room by a friendly guy, but there wasn’t that connection that I felt at Indivirtual with the CEO. As I committed myself to Indivirtual to start on Wednesday, the Sunday before this Wednesday I got a message that Lost Boys wanted me as a designer and there was my dilemma. What to do know? I talked to my mother, father and some friends and they all more or less told me to go with my gut feeling. I weighted in the dilemma’s and what made me stick to Indivirtual was the connection I had made with their CEO. That made the difference. I cancelled Lost Boys although they had this excellent workplace, their Game room, and 6 months later Lost Boys went bankrupt. Had I had chosen for Lost Boys, I had to start all over again with my applications ..etc...

 


How did your inner voice worked in this specific case?

I sensed the click that was there from the beginning. The contact person at Lost Boys was friendly but superficial. The inner voice makes me understand why I chose that direction. I understood that it was at moment, about the human connection. The inner voice teaches me to understand my life path, it is more about: “I took this turn, let me understand why, it doesn’t mean the path is bad for me or so”.


How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I read a lot online, I follow webinars, there is so much knowledge availble via YouTube these days.

I also surround myself with people that can teach me something and help me keep up. This is very fascinating.

 


What are your strengths?

I can capture your idea and create something out of this idea, that you can use and be proud of. I am very good at listening to this person, understanding what moves and inspires this person. You have to then take this and put it into a mix with fun and creativity so that they can be proud off.

I am very good in connecting with people. I have this and Stephen has this two to three times better than me. I have learned this along the way.

 


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Apart from my job, it's photography, filmmaking and storytelling.

 


If you as David would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
Hi, my name is David van Delden and I am an entrepreneur with a focus to helping people and businesses find their passion and achieve success.

 


How would you describe David in one word or one sentence?
A digital artist with an entrepreneurial spirit.

 


Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
For those close to me it would be my parents since I was a child, my wife, Stephen every single day and many other persons. For those I am not so close to, it would be Steve Jobs especially his life story, especially the way of not doing certain things. And as I love music, as a child the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix his music and how he disrupted the traditional way of playing the electric guitar.

 


Do you still play the drums?
Unfortunately, I am too busy with other fun stuff, so I’ll save this hobby for a later stage in my life.

 


What is a trait that is still work in progress?
Connecting with people, it is a strength but I also believe that there is room for improvement. I need to improve on this even more. Connecting with people, communication is one of the first things human beings start to do and I want to keep improving on this and continue to progress. Furthermore as an entrepreneur I am more an artist than entrepreneur and I want to keep learning and hone this entrepreneurial mindset. For example in photography I immersed myself into that world. I joined communities involved in photography. I was approached by lots of people and they wanted advice, as I made 'Kaminda' with my smart phone. They underestimate the amount of time I spend into honing my skills, it is ridiculous, so one has to decide if they really want to spend so much time in it. You have to get into this world and immersed into it, go through all the ups and downs and tribulations and not just look at the moment when I got the award. The amount of time I spend on it is really insane, so you want to reach this same level it requires you to be a little bit insane. There will be days where you don’t sleep especially considering all the pressures surrounding this to make a master piece and to comply with the requirements, needed to win an award as part of their awardwinning framework. Most people will not bother to go through to this and shale their head and say that I am insane.


What was a defining moment in your life?
I have had different defining moments, but let’s elaborate on this one. As a child I grew up going to church every sunday and I would watch the band playing their music. I was especially interested in the drummer and dreamed of one day being on the stage in the church myself. In my room at home I would listen to music, the music my father loved of the 60-ties and 7- ties, like The Beatles, Funk, Blues and Jazz and I was most interested in listening to the drums, call it a form of selflearning. One day there was an event at the church and we were part of the choir and something happened. The band that usually played at our church had another commitment, so we had no band for the service.


So the music leader asked whom can play the piano, whom the guitar and there was nobody able to play the drums. So I volunteered and we played together all the songs, as I was so convinced that I could play the drums without ever having touched a drum. We played and the lesson learned was: “You can look at something from far away and it might look unreachable, until you try and believe in yourself that you can do it”. Steve Jobs tried to break several walls and his whole life path was one of testing the boundaries of what was possible through sheer imagination. And Steve Jobs was not alien. We can also do it.


Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
In my career as an entrepreneur I would be on my way to have a positive social and digital impact on Curaçao/ Holland and the world. Curaçao that is my dream. As an artist I have the same dream. The movie 'Kaminda' was great to watch as it brought us back to our childhood. There were elements from Curaçao that we carry with us until our adult life. The first three years a child is like a sponge absorbing so many things that stick, creating traits that are helping you until this day. As a filmmaker and photographer I am so aware on how I can impact people, something that can be taught about Papiamentu or culture in 15 to 20 years from now.

 


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

I really appreciate the friendship, love and the value that you brought in our relationship.

 


What are your links with Curaçao although you work and live in Holland? And what makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic?
Curaçao is an island and you can go outdoors every single day during the whole year. We are surrounded by the ocean, our nature is unique and we have unique human relationships among ourselves and this is very much engrained into our culture. My relationship with my neighbors is totally different here in Holland compared with Curaçao. I firmly believe that we can spark the collective mind and spirit to work towards a joined and sustainable future.

 

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I want to mention one last thing and again it is about the human connection. I firmly believe in the team effort, it is not because you can surpass others in skills level that you can do it on your own. With a team effort jointly, we can create amazing things. The only thing needed is the team spirit and empathy with regards to others in the team. I believe that if we can unite like minded, passionate people from Curaçao, we can create impactful changes. We just have to surround ourselves with people, where we can learn something from. We need to “be woke” and consciously inform ourselves of what is happening in the world and around us.

 

 

More info or connect:
ngrane.com/
davidvandelden.com
filmfreeway.com/DavidvanDelden
kamindafilm.com/
linkedin.com/in/davidvandelden

 

 


One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
David van Delden is a passionate filmmaker, photographist, Digital Artist with an entrepreneurial spirit, whom early life experiences in Curaçao has defined whom he is at this moment in his life. Fascinated at a young age in Arts and in Music, he chose for the Arts as he left Curaçao for his advanced studies to Holland. His passion for photography made him spend ridiculous amounts of time and effort to mastering his filmmaking and photography skills, which underwrites his stamina and made him win 2 awards this year for the film 'Kaminda'. His human connections with Loved Ones and clients, his strength, is also a trait where he believes that he has to continue to work on life long. His ideas on the endless possibilities, that can be tapped via team effort, the importance of empathy with regards to each other, the need to set clear boundaries and having crucial conversations has created an unique corporate culture at Ngrane, where he is the Creative Director. Furthermore David is driven as an entrepreneur and artist by an ambition, to have an impact on Curaçao, Holland and the rest of the world. For all these reasons, we love and deeply respect David and we are convinced that he will in collaboration with others, definitely impact Curaçao. That is why we consider David, one of the 250 Influencers on the island representing the business sector and the arts sector.


 

 

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

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.

Visit the website for more information.


Our next MYM-platform session in September via Skype
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 15th of September (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype, where we will present “Setting boundaries will set you free, The Ultimate Guide to Telling the Truth, Creating connection and Finding Freedom.” by Nancy Levin.

Do you feel like you're a "pushover"? Do you let other people make all the plans--letting them pick the movie, the restaurant, or the vacation destination? Does self-care feel selfish to you? And do you find yourself feeling resentful toward others because they don't seem to take your needs into consideration? Can you relate? If the answer is yes, this is the book for you! In this book, master coach, speaker, and author Nancy Levin will help you establish clear and healthy boundaries. This isn't easy; many of us don't want to "rock the boat." We assume setting boundaries will lead to conflict. And, unfortunately, by avoiding conflict and not setting limits, we tend to choose long-term unhappiness instead of short-term discomfort. This book includes exercises and practical tools to help even the most conflict-averse, people-pleasing readers learn new habits.

You'll learn how to recognize and take inventory of your boundaries, view your boundaries differently by creating a Boundary Pyramid, learn how to say "no" effectively, and set your Bottom-Line Boundary. As your supportive guide, Nancy will show you how to gather the courage to live a life of "boundary bad-assery." "This work was life-changing for me, and if you're someone who has avoided boundaries for years, it can change your life, too." -- Nancy Levin

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

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


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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 17 di òktober di 9 – 11.30 pm.


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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


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

 

"One Mind" | Short film on Creativity - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Dm_wut89oU

 


Original | Short Film on Creativity - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SBFv_IVFOo


Creativity - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WS4UE1A_Npc


Everyone Can Be Creative - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTtjETjGDFY

Creative Thinking: How to Increase the Dots to Connect - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYhgIlTy4yY


The Art Of Creative Thinking - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB-D9ZNlYFc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Influencer Danique Zimmerman, Workshop on emotions, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on September 6, 2020 at 3:40 AM


In this week’s blog (7th - 13th of September) we will interview Danique Zimmerman; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind book presentation via skype on the 15th of September “Setting boundaries”, by Nancy Levin; we will invite you to our next (the 6th) Personal Journey “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” on the 17th of October and we will share some motivational videos on Creativity”. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Danique Zimmerman: confetti and aligned with purpose

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am the oldest of five in a modern family. Born and raised in Curaçao. 'Mucha di Jandoret' and proud of it. My parents (and yes they are both alived) are and have always been supportive of my dreams for as crazy and unattainable as that they might seem as times. I am blessed in that sense.

 

What kind of businesses are you involved in as we know you in business you are also a business partner of Rochelle Monte?
1. I have a communication agency since 2002 called PitchMD with one of my business partners Melitsa Hayer. We have been responsable for creating brands that have resonated and made an impact in primarly the financial sector. Our purpose is to create one aligned conversations in and around organizations.


2. Together with Rochelle Monte and Roxanne Larmonie I am also partner in Business Brainer as you mentioned. We empower entrepreneurs to follow their purpose and create sustainable businesses and through these businesses we are fomenting thriving communities. With the same objective in mind we have developed networks such as the Business Brainer Tribe and Ladies who Lunch.


3. And I am also starting out a project with two fellow coaches Maureen Merite and Darlène Matroos, Beautiful Conversations. Beautiful conversation is a space of sisterhood, where as women we stand and remind and walk with each other as women as we stand in our beauty, our power, our light, our magic, our magnificence.


4. I am also a certified yoga instructor and I just finished a book on meditation for children.

 


Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences?
I have a Bachelor’s in Journalism and Communications with a concentration in advertising from Point Park University and I have a Master of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University

 


Where does this interest in what you are doing now, come from especially your focus on enabling creativity? And how creative are entrepreneurs in Curaçao?
I think the human nature by default is creative. Everybody is. We might believe that creativity is the person that can draw or make a movie or write a story. Yet if you think about it, we are all creating all the time. Creativity is the ability that from your imagination, putting something into existence. That meal you cooked was in your imagination, you made it happen. That outfit you put together for your kid to go to that party, that was in your imagintation and you put it together. We are ALL creative beings. The difference might be that some of us rely on this talent, passion as the source of income.


How I started in creativity: I always knew that I wanted a job with constant change. It was either film making or advertising. I applied for both and finally decided for advertising. I love the understanding of what moves the human being. What triggers us as humanity to do and be...what moves our choices. And besides that I am fascinated by beauty, that which touches and moves.



We live on an island with limited resources...this by definition puts us in a pressure cooker for creativity. Surviving as a human being relies on creativity and surviving on an island with limited resources sharpens this skill set. So yes...we are. Way more creative that we give ourselves credit for.

 


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?

My purpose is to foster empowering conversations so that we see our power and are inspired to live according to this power. A life that we can fully be in love with.


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

Success for me is defined as being able to live in my purpose.

 


What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Well, I ask myself, what is the lesson here and then delve in the lesson. I ask, what is the skill that I need to master.... that which the Universe is teaching me.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up?
I am not sure if it is my inner voice I use. When dilemmas show up, I get quiet and allow the universe to guide the process. So what works for me is to take myself out of the equation as much as possible and allow guidance to show up. I have this exercise that I ask for guidance and I have learned to leave room for a third option. Usually when there is a dilemma their is what we want to do and what we don’t. Through a class I have learned to stay open to option three, and option three is the universe guiding and being open to an option that might be behind our limited human experience.


How does that work for you?
I get quiet and when I am quiet I see or hear things, it basically depends and it takes on many shades and forms. I could hear someone talking and i understand that the message is meant for me. The only time when it isn’t clear to me, is when I stand in the way like in the past I would ask myself then ..really?...Not anymore these days.

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I apply what I just answered. I try to be open to hear what shows up and what I am supposed to do and when a class shows up oline or a webinar or a book...I follow through. There is infinite guidance available. I try to stay open and listen to the signs and the teachings that show up.


What are your strengths?

I recognize my weaknesses.
I see greatness and beauty.
I see patterns (can use this to create or to disrupt and transform).
I can create what I see in my mind ( I am creative).
I have grown into a space that I can be with “me” with kindness and that way be a space where others also see what is possible for themselves.

 


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I live a bit of a bohemian lifestyle. The carreer, life, hobby separations have all merged together.
I believe in living a life that I am love with. Wouldn’t do anything that I am not passionate about.
I teach yoga and meditation but wouldn’t consider it a hobby. I love to cook yet it is a creative outlet. I am a movie buff, but it is a way to analyze stories and the human condition. Ohhhhh and I love to travel. For me, traveling is the ultimate growing experience. Takes me out of what I know and just by moving into a new physical space it shifts me into a process of learning and discovering new things about myself and the world.

 


If you as Danique would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I am a being sitting on a rock that is going around in circles attempting to attune to flow and living a life that is full and aligned with purpose.

 


Photo by Damiano LingauriHow would you describe Danique in one word or one sentence?
Confetti.

 


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

Career...don’t know. Not sure I have one. When I was younger I used to have people whose career that I admired. That is no longer the case. I have people that have inspired me in life.
My grandma is my biggest inspiration. She lived at 102 and was at peace with life. Loving, kind...that is the kind of life I aspire to live.

 


What is a trait that is still work in progress?

All traits are work in progress. Life is a journey.

 


What was a defining moment in your life?
There are few. My “Bij de hand” self says being born. I have a list. My parent’s divorce, the trails and tribulations of being in business for almost 20 years and sticking with it, studying in the States, living in several countries around the world, entering grad school to mention a few...

 


Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
I want to be empowering people and organizations around the world to lead lives that they are completely in love with.

 


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

That they felt seen and loved when I was with them

 


What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic?

I am optimistic about the future of Curaçao because the human spirit at its core is creative.

 


Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks for the interview. The questions made me think and therefore re-aligned a few things.

More info and connect
E-mail: danique@pitchmd.biz
LinkedIn
Business Brainer
Danique Blog
Facebook
Instagram


 


One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao

Danique Zimmerman is an energetic, creative, multi facetted, spiritual entrepreneur, that lives the life that she loves that is aligned with her purpose. Living a bit of a bohemian lifestyle, where carreer, life, hobby separations have all merged together, she firmly believes that “you should do that what you are passionate about”. Convinced that we as human beings by default are creative, made her discern an edge that entrepeneurs in Curaçao have. Surviving on an island with limited resources, sharpens their creativity, even more than we give ourselves credit for. By embracing change, by recognizing her weaknesses and being brutally honest with herself Danique’s path has been one of constant growth, as is illustrated by being a business owner and going to all sorts of tribulations for almost 20 years. As a creative she loves understanding what moves the human being and at the other hand she is fascinated by “beauty, that which touches and moves”. Her ability to listen to her inner voice and being open makes her offer unique services to clients in diverse areas like helping clients have “one aligned conversations in and around organizations”, empowering people and organizations to lead lives where they are completely in love with. As a coach she helps people to stand in their beauty, power, light, magic and magnificence. Being a yoga and meditation teacher is more than a hobby to her, being an author of a meditation book for children and attuned to Flow, high lights her spirituality. For all of this, we love and deeply respect Danique and definitely consider her one of the 250 Influencers on the island, representing the business sector.

 

 

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

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.

Visit the website for more information.


Our next MYM-platform session in September via Skype
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 15th of September (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype, where we will present “Setting boundaries will set you free, The Ultimate Guide to Telling the Truth, Creating connection and Finding Freedom.” by Nancy Levin.

Do you feel like you're a "pushover"? Do you let other people make all the plans--letting them pick the movie, the restaurant, or the vacation destination? Does self-care feel selfish to you? And do you find yourself feeling resentful toward others because they don't seem to take your needs into consideration? Can you relate? If the answer is yes, this is the book for you! In this book, master coach, speaker, and author Nancy Levin will help you establish clear and healthy boundaries. This isn't easy; many of us don't want to "rock the boat." We assume setting boundaries will lead to conflict. And, unfortunately, by avoiding conflict and not setting limits, we tend to choose long-term unhappiness instead of short-term discomfort. This book includes exercises and practical tools to help even the most conflict-averse, people-pleasing readers learn new habits.

You'll learn how to recognize and take inventory of your boundaries, view your boundaries differently by creating a Boundary Pyramid, learn how to say "no" effectively, and set your Bottom-Line Boundary. As your supportive guide, Nancy will show you how to gather the courage to live a life of "boundary bad-assery." "This work was life-changing for me, and if you're someone who has avoided boundaries for years, it can change your life, too." -- Nancy Levin

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

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


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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 17 di òktober di 9 – 11.30 pm.


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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


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

"One Mind" | Short film on Creativity - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Dm_wut89oU

 


Original | Short Film on Creativity - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SBFv_IVFOo

 


Creativity - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WS4UE1A_Npc

 


Everyone Can Be Creative - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTtjETjGDFY

 


Creative Thinking: How to Increase the Dots to Connect - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYhgIlTy4yY

 


The Art Of Creative Thinking - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB-D9ZNlYFc

 

Influencer Stephen Garcia, MYM Book Session, Workshop on Emotions and this week tips

Posted on August 29, 2020 at 8:45 PM

In this week’s blog ( 31st of August – 6th of September) we will interview Stephen Garcia; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind book presentation via skype on the 15th of September “Setting boundaries”, by Nancy Levin; we will invite you to our next (the 6th) Personal Journey “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” on the 17th of October and we will share some motivational videos on Innovation, Education and Social Responsibility companies. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Stephen Garcia: entrepreneurial and passionate about education and innovation

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I have a son David Gabriel Garcia with my loving significant other. I have one sister and she lives in Bonaire. I was born in Curaçao and came to live and study in Holland when I was 19 years old. Both my parents are still alive and my father lives in Holland for medical reasons and my mother lives in Curaçao and visits Holland frequently. Both of them have been crucial to whom I am now. They have been very important in helping me determining my course in life. Recently as part of an assignment in the leaders course that I am doing right now, I interviewed both of them and by doing this, I became even more aware of how much impact they have had on me. It is funny to hear my mother answering the question what had made her successful. She answered:”Her parents and all the people around her”. My father said that following his own path and hispassion made him succesful. His passion is innovation. My father was very young when he decided that he wanted to study electronics. He knew that he had to move from Curaçao as in Curaçao the possibilities to do this were limited. He left Curaçao and went to Holland to follow his path and passion. I can discern both traits of my parents in myself. I am also very passionate. My father worked at Philips and after some years started his own company involved in innovation. They were selling medical equipment. I was always surrounded by entrepreneurship and innovation, however growing up I was unaware of this. I did not consider what my parents were doing as being in the area of innovation, but now I realize how much electronics has to do with innovation.I also didn’t see myself being in innovation. I saw companies like Google as innovative. However, now I also see how building websites can have everything to do with innovation.

My parents always have supported me unconditionally. They believed in me and always supported me to follow my own vision. Now at this moment in time, I am at a place where I am doing what I love to do.

 


What kind of businesses are you involved in?
Our company's name is Ngrane. Ngrane is a full-service digital agency that helps companies with their digital transformation, building websites and platforms that support digital strategies. We advise companies on digital applications and websites. We are sort of a digital agency, a full service digital agency.  As part of our full-service offering we also support our clients with recruitment of marketing and IT professionals and content development including photography, video and copywriting.


On the one hand we are experiencing the workings of MOORE’s law, stating that technology will double on a global scale. Moore's Law states that we can expect the speed and capability of our computers to increase every couple of years, and we will pay less for them. The market is global and odd, because the competition is fierce and it is not only on a global scale, as any group of 11 or 12 years old somewhere in the world can be your competitor offering services at a lower price. At the other hand the COVID pandemic has accelerated the number of request for our services in the past 2 to 3 months as everyone is now forced to invest and digitalize. You can’t sit still as that is not an option and 90 % of strategic decisions for companies is about digitalization and transformation. On top of that we are dealing with new techniques and even the larger companies in a certain sense are involved in experimenting. Finally even in The Netherlands not every company will work every day on a new Artificial Intelligence-project for example, but that i basically the market where we are working in.

 


Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences?
I have a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and I am now following an Executive MBA course. I started with a regular MBA course, but then changed it into an Executive MBA program. The reason for this is, that my clients are on the Executive level and I wanted to get more acquainted to dealing with bigger companies and clients. After high school at Stuyvesant College I came to Holland to study Biotechnology, that was not exactly what I really was looking for. Here is where the story starts and why I am so passionate about transforming the education system. As all of us are different and unique, going through the different levels of the existing traditional education system can limit you. I have experienced this myself. Being a very energetic kid, made it quite challenging for me.Traditional education requires someone to sit still, not make mistakes and get good grades. In innovation, we need to experiment, try new things, make mistakes and improve.

In the existing educational system they are conditioning you, to look like everybody else. I wanted to become a medical doctor or lawyer as those were one of professions I aas aware I could choose from. We are conditioned to do something that looks nice for our parents. When you are 12 or 113 years old and need to choose, you have no clue.

years old you have no clue of what you want to become, it is impossible at that age. I wanted to become a medical doctor as I was good in certain subject matters like the Beta-curriculum. Nowadays 12 to 13 years old are forced to make a decision. You hardly know yourself. In the meantime we know for sure and that “everything changes all the time”. One second ago was different now and both of us will be different after this interview. The choice of what you want to do professionally as you grow up, should be a dynamic process. I recall that I had this vague notion that I wanted to become an entrepreneur, still I choose for becoming a MD, that wasn’t such a bad direction. But I was very interested in the soft skills side, that I got acquainted with in the Biology class. These days I am involved in marketing, change management and entrepreneurship. The human behaviorial part of doing business were not dealt with at the Commercial and Economy classes I followed. But this is what I am dealing with now in the real world. It was only when I was doing my economy classs at the University level that I noticed that there was a lot of psychology involved in this subject matter and that was what I was very interested in.

An interesting thing happened to me when I was in High School in Curaçao. I once got the highest grade of the class on a subject matter dealing with Behavior. This caught the attention of the teacher and he commended me for this. This changed my course during High School. Suddenly I found myself with 20 co-students at my house that I was helping with their assigments and homework. Not only the teacher but others started to see my abilities and this inspired me and got me to be more engaged with my schoolwork. I liked the idea to be able to help co-students. I liked it so much that I learned harder than anybody else just to be in a position where I could help co-students in their assignments and home work. This had a positive impact also on the grades I got for other subject matters. The other day I was in a taxi and the driver told me that he was not good in learning and failed in school. His high school teacher always used to tell him that. I explained to him that you can be bad in school but still be very good in learning. Sometimes when we fail at school, we might think we also do not like learning. However, many people just have a different way of learning which is not compatible with the traditional approach in schools.


But if teachers don’t differentiate in their approaches this becomes the problem. You can snuff out the inspiration out of a child. I firmly believe that everybody can learn. The educational methods need to adjust to the student and not vice versa. And once a child has a backlog this can haunt him the rest of his life. If a child is a little deaf or if someone doesn’t master the dutch language very well, and if this is not taken into consideration, during exams they will not be able to reproduce the curriculum as well as they could have. Teachers should help children to succeed and it is not about getting high grades, the goal is to learn and not the high grades. At the other hand teachers are educators and they are not always sufficiently equipped to deal with all the aspects needed for child to fully develop itself. I will take me as an example. I once experienced that a teacher, yes I was a little chaotic as I entered the classroom, he took my schoolbag and threw it against the wall. Imagine me now at my work, someone is not reacting on my emails and I would do something similar like the teacher did. I know that not all teachers are like that, but this behavior from teachers is still wide spread and in some cases even accepted. It tells us something of the sytemic character of our educational system. I love the Finland approach were they use the phyolosophy that “they leave no child behind”, implying that they are offering education that fits each individual child, as all have different needs.

 


We were referred to you by Adric Walter as he considers you as part of the diaspora that can still influence developments in Curaçao. Where does this interest in what you are doing now come from especially your focus on innovation and leadership from the heart?
When I was at the secundary school level my teachers were telling me, that I wouldn’t come far and I didn’t fit in what they wanted me to become at school. I was always easily distracted. I wasn’t a role model student and this labelling was starting to affect me. Not being an A-student can make you doubt your abilities.This self doubts affects you in so many other areas of your being and grades in the other subject matters at school. Fortunately for me, my parents always where there for me. My mother always told me that I could achieve anything that I wanted to. I was able to stay on a good course and graduating with high grades, compared to other students that were not so fortunate to have such driven parents.

I now know that there are different types of employees, the artistic ones, the technical employees and the more scholarly types that I am working with. Like some of my employees, like the most talented artistic ones, you can’t expect them to stay engaged for one hour if I would address them, while others like we have economists with a PHD degree, might be more likely to easily be able to listen to a 3 hour long lecture. Creative people think very diversified and are easily seeing and connecting lots of dots to one another. What I firmly believe in is that anybody could be successful given the right support aimed at their strengths. I believe that it is better to make employees better by investing in their strengths, instead of trying to improve where they are not so good at. By doing that, we can stand out in the crowd. As one of the leaders of the company I lead the organization’s innovation and the whole organization from the heart. If you follow your heart everything will work out perfectly. What a difference the education of our youth in our educational system would make, if we would have teachers that lead from their heart as they have the responsibility to enable students to get the max out of their talents and potential. In the business world I think we would make a big mistake, if we would let profits be the only goal that they would aimed for. It is a known fact that 70 % to 80 % of employees are not happy at work and they are also not 100 % engaged in their work. Only a minority of employees are happy at their work. Basically at Ngrane we want to become the number one work place of the world. I have the ambition to continue to grow. In the beginning I wanted to be succesful, as I started building the company, I learned that succes is not the ultimate goal. Every single day I work and meet people and do what we do, this has and still is given me so much joy and happiness. So I have unlearned to strive to reach for things and that I do through my TAO practice and meditations. I have become aware of all that I already have. I have also learned to be mindfull in the moment and even enjoy washing the dishes at home now as this give me lots of fulfillment. It is the same in everything I do as “The river always flows one way”.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I believe that every one is entitled to be successful in their lives. As I said if it wasn’t for the support of my parents, I wouldn’t have become whom I am know. My parents and people around me, including for example amazing friends and colleagues, such as my partner David van Delden and Gino Jacobs from Profound Projects have inspired me in my journey. Basically others are less fortunate and unaware that the treasure that they are looking for is already inside themselves. I dearly hope the best for everyone and believe that the educational system should offer them these possibilities. I believe in creating safe environments where people can grow. This is my BIG WHY. This taxi driver that I met the other day telling me that he is not good in learning or at times I meet clients telling me that their children are struggling at school. Education is the key for success. It is the educational system that has to unlock this potential in children. This I want to change.

 


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

I don’t believe in success as the end result, I believe it is in the moment. It is about the journey itself personally and business wise. I can’t see no difference between those areas, it is intertwined. Are you doing what you love to do? Does this gives you joy and meaning. Then these two areas don’t need to compete with one another. In 5 years from now, I want to be more involved in education, I want to have been able to transform our company so that it can create more positive impact in our society and community at large whilst combining this with a sound commercial and competitive base. This is at the moment our journey. For example TOMS makes shoes and every pair of shoes they sell they donate one pair of shoes. TonyChocolony is making chocolades but their goal is to make “slave free chocolates” as there are chocolade producing companies in the world that in their suplly chain use child labor. Patagonia is a very famous clothing brand and their purpose and mission as a company is to preserve our environment and not to be a business aiming profits as the only main objective.


On a personal level I want to integrate this goal even more in my family life at the one hand, as well as professionalise our company with this end in mind. Every time you reach a certain goal, I realize myself that this was not the end of it and that there is more. In this stage of my life. I am aiming to integrate the personal and the business part of my life and live more in the flow of educating our son and by doing just that continue to grow, it is a new phase in our lives. I will be successful if I would be able to find a balance, between the fine line that exist in de-tachment and allowing him to do the things he needs to do to learn and to mark boundaries, I now know for sure that I will not be around him all of the time. He will fall at times and by accepting that, I am also de-taching and growing.

 


What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
One of the challenges I just mentioned, it is about finding the balance between de-tachment and setting the right boundaries, it is about learning to discern between the two. That is a challenge.

 


And what else is a challenge?
“Time” is a challenge. I now have someone whom is suporting me and this helps me a lot at work. I am starting to recognize the need to have better people surrounding me. In this phase of our growth, our employees need to be more mature, not in the sense of their age but in their attitudes, professionalism, the quality that they offer, seniority and working autonomously. If this happens in a satisfactory manner, we can scale up. Time is of essence, at the other hand de-tachment is also very important but at times I can sense that I have detached too much and that in hindsight in certain cases I needed to be more engaged. If you just walk away and expect that everything will work out fine without your involvement, that doesn’t work either, so it is all about balance. My significant other also works at a hospital and because of COVID is also making long hours. Both of us are studying, she is finalizing her research as part of her PhD and I am doing my executive MBA and prioritizing time maintains a challenge. One has to deal with this pro-actively and accept responsibility in handling this adequately and improving on this when needed. If happens too often that we let go of this and just complain that my partner is busy etc...and don’t take action. I am of the opinion that it is also my responsibility to take action, when I see this happening.

 


Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Well we all have two parts of the thinking mind, one that is what our mind is thinking. That is the part of my mind that is doing the logical thinking and it is doing the math. It is like a tool just as my heart and lungs are tools and it is a little bit overvalued these days and one doesn’t have to take it too seriously. There is another aspect of my mind and that is the part that I am trying to listen to more often and it is a feeling kind of thing, call it my intuition. When I have a dillemma, I will try to discern which part of these aspects of my mind is actually communicating with me. Like “Am I thinking out of fear?” and how can my logical thinking mind help by asking critical questions and what answers comes up? They are really are two separate things. I will listen more often to the intuition part like: “What is the first feeling that comes up in me when confronted with a situation”. If I could align my actions with my intentions, then I know what to do in those circumstances/ situations. It might not be the ultimate solution, but it brings me closer to the adequate solution of the dilemma. It often has to do with a conversation that I have to have with a person. I have just read the Book “Crucial Conversations” where one needs to “Start from the heart” when having a crucial conversation (stakes are high, there are differences of opinion and the emotion can run high) with someone, as it helps you to have authentic conversations that are not based on fear nor other negative thoughts.

 


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

I read a lot, I read as much as possible. I am now following an Executive MBA-course. I follow lots of online training. I am considering to follow a so-called Inner MBA, that will start soon. This is very interesting as lots of leaders of big organizations as Patagonia and other conscious organizations, will be teaching in this course. For me it is a tool to reach my goal and that it to make my company it’s most important goal, a community serving goal that is what we aim for and where we combine this by also being profitable. I am a big fan of Eckart Tolle and I am being coached by an executive coach and I follow different training. We also learn from each other, as we are a group of friends at the office, where we create a safe environment so that we can give honest feedback to each other. We share knowledge easily with each other without hurting one another. My business partner is David van Delden and I have named my son to him and I build the company with him. I am so grateful to have such a great group of friends where we can be so honest and open towards each other.

You might ask if we have doubts? Yes of course we have our doubts. But we have recently concluded that this is all part of being vulnerable towards each other and other different possible opinions, that is a way of learning. I also learn from my son and my significant other as we challenge one another as you don’t always know how she would react, but being open and transparant you learn to know yourself better instead of walking away out of relationship because you don’t like the confrontation with yourself.

 


What are your strengths?

I am very good in putting myself in the shoes of another person so that I can sense how they feel. It is a sort of awareness.

I am also good at building lasting relationships with other people. In my younger years I have lost some relationships, now I have learned from this and improved very much in this area

When I was 6 years old my best friend didn’t invite me to his birthday party. Maybe this made me decide to figure out what I needed to do to prevent this from happening again. 

But this helped me greatly as I was looking for the reasons why this had happened, getting in contact with other people and how to prevent this from happening again, taught me this ability to connect and build netwerks. In my personal journey I have learned not to look for reasons out of my control

and I was triggered to accept my own responsibility and become a better version of myself. I am facilitating that in my work now and I am using the Pygmalion effect, a type of self-fulfilling prophecy (SFP), to let digital platforms grow exponentially as the more content you can offer the more people you can attract, the more people you attract the more the network grows.

 


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?

I play tennis quite comptetitively, this is my biggest hobby. I like to watch Science Fiction films, the Marvel films, and I love to cook. My father loves cooking. He was once in GoWeekly explaining how to make Shrimps al Rich. His name is Richard. In fact my whole family loves cooking, but I don’t always have enough time to do this.

 


If you as Stephen would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I am from Curaçao, the Dutch Caribbean. And depending on the context I might also say: “I am a Dutch Caribbean Entrepreneur with a passion for education and innovation”. Btw, I never start to talk about my work in the first instances when I meet a stranger.

 


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

Entrepreneurial, passionate about education and innovation.

 


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

My dad and mom both in their own unique way.

 


What is a trait that is still work in progress?
All of my traits are still “work in progress”, but if I have to choose just one, I would say “focus”. And most of this is related to my work, as I am very enthousiastic about so many things. Because of the limited time we have, I am forced to make choices as I can’t do everything that I want to do. But I have to create some balance in this. Someone that has inspired me in a big way was Jacob Gelt Dekker. He once told me: “Have more pans on fire at the same time, some will burn but others will come out just great”. And although I have to have more pans on fire, I still will need to focus.

 


What was a defining moment in your life?
In fact there were more than one, but if I have to choose one it would be the book written by Eckart Tolle “The New Earth”. My niece once gave this book to my dad when he still was living in Curaçao. I saw it back then and scrolled through it and at that moment didn’t get a clue of what it was all about. Years later as I was looking for books to read addressing the subject matter dealt with in this book, I started reading this book as I recalled that I had once have held it in my hands. My biggest take away from reading that book was that I am not my thoughts, I am not my emotions and I am not my body. But I am spirit. That was a defining moment to me. It hit me and I became euforic for two weeks because of this insight. It was only after these two weeks that I went to work again. I became aware and since that moment I developed the ability to stay in the present moment, I developed an ability to de-tach and the ability to not to act solely based on my thoughts, emotions and my perceptions of the world at that moment. I developed an ability to be observe more and be a witness.

 


Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?

Well, 15 to 20 years from now in a world that is so rapidly changing is far, very far away. To be quite honest I would like to be doing exactly what I am doing now, that doesn’t need to change according to me. I would then be offering the best workplace for my employees in the world at the one hand.

And at the other hand I would like to have contributed in an impactful way to the educational and innovational sector in Curaçao, I would like to be leading in creating impactful changes in the educational and innovational sector.

 


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
On my birthday I would like that people would say that I love to help people, which is something people already say that I am doing. That I have helped a lot of people with their careers and their education and that what they are doing, makes them happy.

 

We are climbing out of the lock down now and just starting to open our borders back since the first of July, because of the presence of the Corona virus in World. What are your links with Curaçao although you work and live in Holland? And what makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
There is more than one reason why I am optimisitc about Curaçao. I believe in its potential related because of the creativity and the passion of our people. Look at how much creativity is shown during the carnaval when people do things that they love to do. Look at the way they express themselves verbally as well as what is created. If this could be channeled in a digital era, overcoming some obstacles, there are literally no boundaries to this creativity, this would become limitless. We once had a physical limitation because of the transportation costs if you were for example not working in Europa close to the markets. But in a digital era this obstacle is resolved. Entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation are needed to export. Their is energy and the potential to do things, but this has to done in a positive manner. People need to be given the opportunities and the resources, based on the required trust and this can be made possible. With people with ambitions, we could produce and export lots of products.

More information:
Website: Ngrane 
Facebook: Ngrane
Insta:Wearengrane
Connect on LinkedIn: Stephen Garcia

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Stephen Garcia is an energetic, founder, owner and managing director of Ngrane. Apart from being an entrepreneur he is also passionate about education and innovation. A father of a son, Stephen balances his personal and business life in such a manner that he can continue to grow and be his best self. His own experience as a student in High School has defined his determination to change the educational system and make it serve diversity by which different children learn instead of forcing children to adapt to the educational system. His other passion, innovation, has of late made Stephen determined to transform his company to at the one hand become the best workplace in the world and at the other hand aim to serve a societal goal while also meeting the bottom line and competition requirements that is so pervasive in the digital world where his company operates in. Stephen is multifaceted as he is also deeply spiritual and believes that success is a journey and not a goal on itself. Because of his dedication and passion Stephen will undoubtedly succeed to create impactful changes in the educational field and become an even more successful entrepreneur venturing new innovations. For this we consider Stephen Garcia definitely one the 250 Influencers on the island, representing the business (ICT) and Educational sector.

 

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

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.

Visit the website for more information.


Our next MYM-platform session in September via Skype
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 15th of September (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype, where we will present “Setting boundaries will set you free, The Ultimate Guide to Telling the Truth, Creating connection and Finding Freedom.” by Nancy Levin.

Do you feel like you're a "pushover"? Do you let other people make all the plans--letting them pick the movie, the restaurant, or the vacation destination? Does self-care feel selfish to you? And do you find yourself feeling resentful toward others because they don't seem to take your needs into consideration? Can you relate? If the answer is yes, this is the book for you! In this book, master coach, speaker, and author Nancy Levin will help you establish clear and healthy boundaries. This isn't easy; many of us don't want to "rock the boat." We assume setting boundaries will lead to conflict. And, unfortunately, by avoiding conflict and not setting limits, we tend to choose long-term unhappiness instead of short-term discomfort. This book includes exercises and practical tools to help even the most conflict-averse, people-pleasing readers learn new habits.

You'll learn how to recognize and take inventory of your boundaries, view your boundaries differently by creating a Boundary Pyramid, learn how to say "no" effectively, and set your Bottom-Line Boundary. As your supportive guide, Nancy will show you how to gather the courage to live a life of "boundary bad-assery." "This work was life-changing for me, and if you're someone who has avoided boundaries for years, it can change your life, too." -- Nancy Levin

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

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


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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 17 di òktober di 9 – 11.30 pm.


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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some motivational videos. This week we will share some on 'Innovation, Education and social responsibility companies'. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Moore's Law - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWLBmapcJRU

 


Praise by Andreas Schleicher (OECD) for CCR's new book "Four-Dimensional Education" - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYLDXaqjaDQ&feature=youtu.be

 


How a clothing company's anti-consumerist message boosted business - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QidRJZ7yrPI

 


Why Patagonia Works - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCjrpVr04hg

 


TOMS founder on one-for-one method: I was bad at math - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gsO3PQXhyY

 


Eckart Tolle The new Earth
https://youtu.be/BDPF-uPEtWM

 

 


 

 

Influencer Maria Mensing, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on August 22, 2020 at 11:05 AM

In this week’s blog (24th – 30th of August) we will interview Maria Mensing; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind book presentation via skype; we will invite you to our next Personal Journey “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” and we will share some motivational videos on STEAM and Education. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Maria Mensing: passionate and dedicated 



Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am married and we have 2 beautiful boys, one of 10 and the other is 9 years old. I come from a family of 6 children of which two of them also live in Curaçao. I was raised by my mother. I was born in Barquesimeto Venezuela and when I was 20 years old, I came to Curaçao.
 

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences?
I have studied hospitality management in Venezuela and when I was in Curaçao I also got a degree in Busines Management at the UNA.

 

What kind of businesses are you involved in?
I am currently the Owner and Director of Snapology ABC Islands and Director of Mensing’s Caminada, after being a stay at home Mom for 8 years.

When my boys were born I decided to become a stay at home mom, after working in the hospitality sector, as I wanted tobe their main caretaker as they grew up and I stayed 8 years home with them. It turned out to be the best decision I ever made. I really wouldn’t change it for the world.

My grandfather used to say “Education is the best inheritance that you can give to your children” and I believe it too. So when my kids were born, I was (and still are) constantly thinking on what is the best way to educate these amazing people I was granted the responsibility to raise. I read many books on parenting to find the right approach for my family.

When my first son went to school, I noticed a sharp contrast between the confident happy kid that I send to school and the person I got back when he came back from school everyday. I got an insecure, unhappy kid! I asked myself what happened and I kept looking. I knew that something was not right and through the reading I’ve been doing I learned about STEAM Education, this was eye opening for me, and I became really interested in learning more about it.


On a trip to LEGOLAND I let my 4 years old son follow a one time workshop. In this workshop my son got a 10 minutes explanation about gears and after that he build a machine that used gears. He built this robot and used coding to program it, it was a mindblowing experience for him. After that everytime he saw gears he was like: Mama look... gears! In just 45 minutes he learned about gears in a super fun and engaging way, which turns into long lasting knowledge!

When he left the workshop, he was so excited. Then I thought, we need this approach to education in Curaçao, but we did not have it, I looked for it because I wanted my children to keep developing this way.

Since this kind of educational activities where not offered in Curaçao I started looking abroad that is how I found Snapology in 2016 and tried to get a franchise. At first I went to a broker, but it was way too expensive and therefore not sustainable for a small market like the market in Curaçao. Also at the time one of my boys develop health issues so I let the Snapology idea on the side to focus on my family, but Snapology remained a dream.

In January 2018, things were better so I decided to look again into that dream I had put aside. This time I got in contact with the founder herself Laura Coe, I explained that we are a small community and after 4 months of negotiations in May 2018 I signed the contract and that I consider a Big Win for all of us in Curaçao.

Snapology offers a modern approach to learning. We promise to provide unique and highly relevant educational programs and experiences aimed at nurturing the skills that children will need to be successful in the future. This is why I fell in love with this company, as I was looking for an educational approach that really inspire children to become the creators of the new world.


And like that Snapology started in Curaçao.



I was reading this book by Neil deGrasse Tyson an American Astrophysicists that has this great quote. “Everyone should have their mind blown, once a day” this reminded me about one of the things that shocked me or impressed me the most when we just started teaching Robotics classes, children that literally jump out of their chairs when their robot started to move. They had no idea at first what might happen and this excitement sparks their imagination even more.

It was so exciting to see the children jumping from their chairs, as their minds were blown away by these experiences. Kids crave these positive interesting stimulation. This approach to leanring also encourage them to practice incredible valuable skills such as problem solving, Critical thinking, Collaboration, Creativity and Communication. (the 4 C’s)

I have taught classes myself and it is very remarkable and disturbing, when I ask the kids: “What do you think?” they freeze and look at me with a big question mark in their faces. Kids here are not used to be asked “What do you think?” and its sad because they have so much to say and so much to contribute. But we are in a system that is focused on teaching children to obey more than to create, and where making mistakes is something to be ashamed of.


The 4 C’s is also part of Snapology curriculums with the goal to help kids develop their social emotional intelligence. It is a “hands-on”- method and very interactive, socially engaging where the kids are challenged to express their thoughs, and expressing themselves without fear helps builds their self-confidence.

Can I give you example of our kids imagination? 
Once my boys build a tent in our living room, and I said to them: Ok we are camping inside the house! to which they replied: “Its not a tent Mama! Its a Rocket! We are going to Space!”.

That is what imagination does, only a free mind can be like that and think out the box, with no boundaries and endless possibilities.

There is a very interesting study done to understand creativity. NASA had contacted Dr George Land and Beth Jarman to develop a highly specialized test that would give them the means to effectively measure the creative potential of NASA’s rocket scientists and engineers. They found in NASA that only 2 % were considered imagination geniuses.

The test turned out to be very successful for NASA’s purposes, but the scientists were left with a few questions: where does creativity come from? Are some people born with it or is it learned? Or does it come from our experience?

 

The scientists then gave the test to 1,600 children between the ages of 4 and 5. What they found shocked them.



As the age of the children in the study increased the percentage of geniuses got lower. At age 5, 98% are considered genius level, at age 10 drops to only 30%, at age 15 only 12% and in correlation with the results at NASA it lowered to a meager 2 % of adults. The conclusion was the educational system we have now is not designed to nurture to creativity. This educational system was built to deliver graduates that would fit in an Industrial Age world. These days in the 21st century the world needs thinkers, people that will create the new world. We need people that can think creatively, that are flexible and can solve problems.

 

Our teachers aware of STEAM?
Last year we offered an introduction to STEAM to 30 teachers at Snapology. The big majority of them didn’t know what STEAM was. After getting to know what it was, they loved it. But we still have a long way to go, as people don’t like change and the problem is that change will come whether we want it or not, and our children deserve to be prepared.

I firmly believe that STEAM become a really an important part of our educational system. I have seen slowly but surely more and more schools approaching us with interest in our STEAM programs and that’s really encouraging, since awareness is the key. They understand that the brain connections children get in our classes will be there forever. My goal is to empower our community through knowledge and to create awareness about the need of STEAM as fundamental part of the education of our children. Like here in Mensing’s Caminada we have a whole next section of STEAM with toys, which are educational tools.

We are passionate about being able to provide affordable good quality educational tools to our customers and the society at large.

 

We were referred to you by Heinrich Angela as he considers your influence in the area of STEAM education important to take notice of on the ABC islands. Where does these interests come from?
Seeing the need of a different way of education for my kids, I saw how they craved another type of learning than memory learning. Memory learning is not what they want. They want a practical, creative and engaging education, where they are free to communicate and express themselves and be valued at the same time. Our children are innovators, and world needs more of that.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now? 
My BIG WHY is contributing to the big changes that are coming. I truly believe that if I can inspire one child to think creatively and seek a future into STEAM, that is a really good accomplishment. I love giving to children a bigger view of the world that is underway and inspire what they could become. I want to contribute to the developing genius minds for the future success of the world one child at the time.


When do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
Success is not a destination, it is a journey. In the journey, I feel very satisfied where I am right now. If I can maintain Snapology this means I can keep inspiring children. My mission is to nurture the creativity of children which means changing the world, one child at the time. I enjoy seeing the wonder in children. And would consider a huge success if we could be teaching it in every school in Curaçao!

Success at a personal level would be, my kids. To be able to guide my kids into STEAM. I don’t know what they would become later on in the lives. But Im here to guide them in the process of all these changes that are coming, even when that means learning a lot myself. Its a new world and we as parents have the responsability to be aware to be able to give our children the tools they will need in their life. The other day my 9 years old son told me, that he wants to become a YouTuber. And he explained to me what this was all about. You need to create content, you need to market, you need to do video editing, it requires lots of social media awareness. He explained to me that he needed a much better computer than the old computer he had, so that he could be able to do this and that. It is not just the posting of a video everyday, but there are so many new things involved all the time. So this is to illustrate that becoming a you tuber is no small thing. And I would be successful if I would be able to guide my kids navigate these new waters.


What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
The lack of awareness about the importance of the educational approach Snapology stands for, hand of learning, STEAM, coding, robotics, the mastery over the 4 C’s is very important for the future of our children and our community.

In Curaçao there isn’t a lot of awareness about the importance of STEAM education. Parents would tell me that their kid can’t attend Snapology because their child needs to practice soccer 4 times a week! I would say why not use one of the 4 days to do Snapology STEAM Education the sport of the brain!

I want to share a personal story back then when I was 10 years old. My mother enrolled me in an English course and told me that English was the future. In Venezuela back then some people told, that she was wasting her money. My mother insisted. I now speak better English than all of my cousins. I have gotten many opportunities because I could speak English. I am living 18 years in Curaçao now and if I didn’t speak English and I couldn’t have achieved as much as I have achived now. The same goes for the future of STEAM. Our children need to know these skills for any future career they might choose. The challenge thus is to create awareness on the importance of STEAM.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I trust my inner gut, that little voice inside of me is usually right. But of course I also like to analyze the situation and ask for advice to people I trust, just to prevent myself to take a decision out of pure emotions.

When I have a dilemma, ultimately the I base my desicion by answering this: Can I live with it? Can I live with the consequences? So if it’s a yes it’s a go!


How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I read a lot and I build (LEGO) a lot. I am a certified facilitator for Lego Serious Play (LSP). It is a methodology used by companies to develop strategies and to tap into the knowledge inside of the organizations. I do use this methodology at Mensing’s Caminada with my team and I always have my Lego bricks with me. I also talk to a lot of people, every person is a world.

 

 


What are your strengths?
I am very dedicated, I work very efficiently on my causes.

I am very passionate on everything I do and I know what I can and can’t do. Where I am not good at, I find someone to help to do what I can’t. It gives synergy and adds value myself and others.

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
My hobbies are equal to what I love to do. What do I do? Through Snapology I love thinking of a new way to inspire children, at Mensing’s Caminada I look for ways to provide educational experiences and tools at affordable prices. I love to empower adults and children through education. For me all that I am doing, it doesn’t feel like work. It is what I really wake up for in the morning to do.

 

If you as Maria would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to tell them more about you. What would you say?
I am originally from Venezuela, and I have made Curaçao my home. I am passionate about the power of education to transform lives.


How would you describe Maria in one word or one sentence?
Passionate, I care a lot about any positive influence that I could have on the people that I am close to or touch in any way.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
My kids, they are my greatest teachers, they are my mirror. If something is right or wrong they will throw it in your face for the best or the worst. It can be hard to swallow, but I encourage them to express themselves in a respectful way, what they think and with no excuses.My sons are 10 and 9 years old and there is a lot of wisdom there. I listen a lot to them because they observe me, and through their eyes and how they see the world, I get to know what I need to do and what is needed.

 


What is a trait that is still work in progress?
I tend to load myself with a lot of things and it is at times overwhelming as I can have too much on my plate. I need to develop the ability to say “no” more often.


What was a defining moment in your life?
I was in a car accident in 2003 in Venezuela, at the moment I was planning to move to Italy, I was in Venezuela getting some documents I needed. The car accident was a kind of wake up call for me, as I had time to do some serious reflection, about where I really wanted to be. I came to realize that life isn’t guaranteed and I didn’t want to be far away from the people I love. I began to appreciate the things that really matter to me and I never went back to Italy. I reconnected with whom is my husband today. I am now very happy with my husband and with the family and life we have built together and I wouldn't change it for nothing in the world.

 

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
I would still be doing what I love to do and that is still being able to contribute to the community in the way that I can.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
The opinion that really matter to me is the one of those with whom I have a deep relationship, my close family. I wish they would say that I followed my passion and I that inspired them to follow their own passion and stick to it no matter what. That I made it and that I will continue to make it happen against all odds.


 

We are climbing out of the lock down now and just starting to open our borders back since the first of July, because of the presence of the Corona virus in World. What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
Education will always be a pillar of any society and it has been this for the longest time. Being able to be part of the educational experience in the community, through Snapology and Mensing’s Caminada as outlets where the community kids can have access to the latest educational insights, where kids and adults can be inspired and empowered, is a real privilege. It comes with responsibility to be there and be able to provide it.

Crisis is the birth place of innovation and development. It gives me the drive to eagerly look forward for the positive innovations and developments that are underway. It is a time of lots of opportunities also. I do believe in the future of Curaçao.

Curaçao just as the rest of the world has gone through ups and downs and has shown resilience. Now is the time to build and show resilience once again and through crisis you will get the biggest innovations and changes.


What is the strategy that Snapology is using to promote STEAM in our educational system via Snapology?
The school system is very bureaucratic and there are many dynamics and stakeholders that play a role. It is difficult to broaden the curriculum at this point in time for example. That is why it is difficult to introduce STEAM in public schools. We are having more success with partnering with private schools and after schools that are also private schools. Because of the difficulty in getting to public schools, I opened a really wonderful Discovery Center, so the whole community can have access to our programs, we provide weekly classes and also parents can drop their children on Saturdays for creative play.

 

Final note
As I was preparing to leave our interview Maria tested me and gave me 1 minute to build a duck with the lego’s she handed to me. I made a duck yes, I made my duck that didn’t looked like Maria’s duck she had made before and what was the lesson learned? I am free to express what kind of duck I want to create, whatever I build was okay as there is no “one size fits all” situation when we are in a creative mode. This same can also be applied in a company working on improving client friendliness. Not everybody will express their friendliness with the same identical style. That was a great lesson.

More info
Website: Snapology Curacao
Insta: snapologycuracao
Facebook: Snapology ABC Islands
Discovery Center: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftUVzvB-k0M
STEAM video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ptU0LYWXjc

 

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Maria Mensing is a passionate, positive, dedicated, efficient, driver of STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math), via “Snapology”. A mother of two sons, her sons have influenced and still are influencing her greatly as she considers them to be her biggest teachers. Looking and finding the missing link in the education of her sons, made her discover STEAM. STEAM also includes Social Emotional Learning where the children are taught the 4 C’s, namely Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Collaboration and Communication skills and is the best way to prepare for the upcoming changes in the world, according to Maria. Considering her passion for education in general as the most important inheritance a parent can give to their children and specifically her passion and determination to introduce STEAM in the curriculum of the education of our children at an “as affordable price possible” as the Director of Mensing’s Caminada, has convinced us that she is 100 % aligned with the goals of the Share2Uplift movement. That her efforts are also fully aligned with the thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign (see below). Because of her dedication to education Maria will undoubtedly succeed to enable and create impactful changes in the educational field. For this we consider Maria Mensing definitely one the 250 Influencers on the island, representing the educational sector.

 

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

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.

Visit the website for more information.


Our next MYM-platform session in September via Skype
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 15th of September (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype, where we will present “Setting boundaries will set you free, The Ultimate Guide to Telling the Truth, Creating connection and Finding Freedom.” by Nancy Levin.

Do you feel like you're a "pushover"? Do you let other people make all the plans--letting them pick the movie, the restaurant, or the vacation destination? Does self-care feel selfish to you? And do you find yourself feeling resentful toward others because they don't seem to take your needs into consideration? Can you relate? If the answer is yes, this is the book for you! In this book, master coach, speaker, and author Nancy Levin will help you establish clear and healthy boundaries. This isn't easy; many of us don't want to "rock the boat." We assume setting boundaries will lead to conflict. And, unfortunately, by avoiding conflict and not setting limits, we tend to choose long-term unhappiness instead of short-term discomfort. This book includes exercises and practical tools to help even the most conflict-averse, people-pleasing readers learn new habits.

You'll learn how to recognize and take inventory of your boundaries, view your boundaries differently by creating a Boundary Pyramid, learn how to say "no" effectively, and set your Bottom-Line Boundary. As your supportive guide, Nancy will show you how to gather the courage to live a life of "boundary bad-assery." "This work was life-changing for me, and if you're someone who has avoided boundaries for years, it can change your life, too." -- Nancy Levin

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

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


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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá riba diasabra 5 sèptèmber di 9 – 11.30 pm.


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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


Personal Coaching tip
This week we will share some motivational videos. This week we will share some on 'Science Technology Engineering Arts Math (STEAM)'. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

STEAM Education - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdTzVjXXDyM

 


STEAM + Project-Based Learning: Real Solutions From Driving Questions - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7LHsL0iB_w

 


What is STEAM education and littleBits? - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A89HCQV5LQo

 


Science! Technology! Engineering! Arts! Mathematics! - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXuARvPcNwE

 


STEAM Kids: 50+ STEAM Activities for Kids - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlWImf_rpdo

 


Building with cups - kids STEAM activity - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS4QpXf2d0Y