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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

 

 


Influencer Dupal Persaud, Book Session, Workshop on Emotion in September and this week tips

Posted on August 10, 2020 at 1:00 PM

In this week’s blog (10th – 16th of August) we will interview Dupal Persaud; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind book presentation on the 18th of August; we will invite you to our next Personal Journey of 15 weeks starting at the 5th of September “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” and we will share with you some video links on the “Having a purposeful life”. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.


Influencer Dupal Persaud: determined, strategic thinker and result driven

 


Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I was born in Curaçao and my significant other Tiffany Cristina and myself, have a priceless 3 years old princess. Parenting has really changed me as a person. I have 3 sisters and thank goodness my parents are still alive, and I am extremely grateful for that. They have always been very supportive in my journey, although they didn’t always understand it completely. It might sound a little bit like a cliché, but they gave me the room and space to let me do what I considered the best course of my life. If they would have been strict in my upbringing, I would never be where I am right now in my life, as I am very satisfied with the person I am at this specific moment in time.


I come from a mixed background if you look at my appearance. Like my grandmother comes from Bonaire, on the other side of the family tree, my granddad was from Guyana, so I am truly a melting pot creation, this allows me to relate with the Caribbean history and understand how we in Curaçao have a community that is super diversified from so many backgrounds as I can relate easily as I come from a diversified roots. And I am proud of this background as I know where I come from living in Pais Kòrsòu and where we stand here in Curaçao, I cherish diversity. This also is one of the strengths of Curaçao by the way, this diversity in our ethnicity compared with any country that doesn’t have this multi diversity, makes us stand out as we can deal with people from North and South America, and Europe with ease. This gives us a competitive advantage.

 


What kind of business are you exactly and what services do the company offer?
I work at Inova Solutions and what we offer to the Caribbean and Latin American market is “Business Transformation”. We are a Microsoft Gold Partner and as a tier 1 solution provider we offer all Microsoft products. We operate as a global business because our competitors, operating in the same markets, are global enterprises and the fact that we can sit at the table and offer better solutions. It is all about the great value and quality of service that we offer. Being a local company, executing professional work, working efficient and staying flexible makes customers choose Inova Solutions as their trusted supplier. I work in a team were online meetings and working remotely is part of our daily life, we have built a resilient modern workplace and were working like that before the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

During the start of the lock down, we were busier than normal as the market was forced to adapt to a new normal and digitalize, as business must go on. Continuing business in the traditional way was no longer possible. For us, we took our devices home and continued to work from home as we do not depend on the office infrastructure. Shifting to working remotely in 2020 was neither a CEO nor CIO decision, it was the effects of dealing with the pandemic that forced the transition upon companies that needed to continue doing their business at that moment. We were able to respond almost immediately by offering business continuity solutions to the public sector, private sector, and other organizations. This entailed modernizing and implementing a secure remote work environment. In two to three months a transformation took place that would normally take 2 years. It was something incredible and in sense a curse, the pandemic, and a blessing because of the transformation that took place in such a short period of time.



Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences?
I went to study Information Technology in The Netherlands, I started studying this in Curaçao as I thought it was possible to study IT in Curaçao, but it didn’t match very well with what I wanted to do, so I shifted and went to Amsterdam. But I stopped in my 3rd year, as I came to realize that this was not the only thing that I wanted out of life. I want to achieve a lot more. Way back in 1997 my father bought 2 computers, 1 for him to work on and the other one was for his children to use. We also had internet connection. So, I was fortunate, at a very young age, to have a computer I could use as a tool to access more. This triggered a tremendous curiosity in me for the IT-world. I am quite handy and love playing outdoors. I had a fantastic youth growing up, but I always stayed curious about IT and stayed in that field. But I realized that this was not the only thing that I was interested in.

It was a life changing moment to stop my studies. I started a course in investment in Curaçao when I was on vacation on the island. This opened to me a new world of possibilities to grow and become financially independent. Choosing for this, taught me so much more than a school education would ever be able to offer me, as I decided to invest time in knowing more of what I considered necessary to grow and become a person that is significant and of ever growing value. I learned about dealing with real life cases and talking to amazing people that are successful on areas that were interesting, significant, and valuable to me. This path I choose also involved talking to people that made a change to others and had a significant and fulfilling life by serving, and this was for me a much more fulfilling path. My parents supported me in this. Somebody once asked me if I have no regrets to not having a degree. I told him none whatsoever. The universe is abundant enough to have put us together and let our paths cross and it is giving us the same opportunities to grow further. In my opinion there is one obstacle though to my growth and that is “Time”, time is a currency that cannot be bought. I am very aware of this constraint.


Professional experience:
After I stopped my studies in The Netherlands, I went to work for several big Telecom companies and worked in different departments gaining lots of experience and in 2011 I decided to come back to Curaçao and join a recently started family owned company. We were delivering supplies to the hospitality sector. From an employee in the IT world, I joined the business world and there I had the freedom to decide whatever I considered the best for the business and learned through trial and lots of error, learning from life lessons and all else you need to know to grow the business. I was forced to develop my entrepreneurial skill and personal skills to excel in our society always aiming for the best. As soon as the airplane landed, this was the next thing I was involved in. I knew what I had to do but was insufficiently aware of how hard it would be to make it through it. The lesson I learned almost immediately was, if you have tried 10 times to make a sale with no results, I had to adapt and became much more result oriented. After this period, everything I did, that did not end up with a greater result, for me was a waste of time. I became absolutely result oriented and this gave me a shift.

 



We were referred to you by Adric Walter. We have understood that you are a JCI board member and you have been involved in different activities as JCI member. Where does this interest come from?
I am grateful for what JCI has meant and still means to me. Participating in the Creative Young Entrepreneurs Award connected me with the JCI organization. A great deal of my personal skills development is due to the JCI-organization, who’s aim is to provide development opportunities by empowering young people to create a positive change in the world. It is a global organization that aims to serve humanity by developing leaders. My biggest take away in being part of the JCI organization is, I learned to serve humanity by leading in every sense and in every way possible. By being in the JCI –board, by participating in projects, courses, attending international conferences that opens up a worldwide network that you can tap in, gave me a supplementary education opportunity.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
My Big Why is to have a purpose driven life. Whatever I do, must have a meaning to me and for me to have fulfillment, I need to be exemplary, a good role model for my own and future generations. What do I mean by that? Becoming a parent which I already mentioned, was a life changing moment, gave me a soft spot that one can only understand the responsibility involved if you are a parent, I believe. My beautiful intelligent child is keeping me sane and helps me define whom I want to become for her, for my partner and family, and my surroundings. The question is; “What am I going to do about it?” This is what I use, to share with others. People need to have perspective in their life to reflect on their mindsets that might limit them because of fear, materialism or living in a limiting environment. That is a mindset of limitation. For me it is important as my drive is, to chase my 10-years older version. It keeps me sharp to be the person I want to become, ten years from now. This is my inner goal. It might seem to others that I am very self-centered by doing this. However, it creates the space to fill my cup of tea first and be able to serve more and more people so that they can reach their purpose and find their meaning in life. It is an evergreen process, because ten years from now I would again be chasing a ten years older version of myself. So, this never stops for me, just like the world keeps on spinning, I will always try to stay one step ahead. I can serve more people by improving myself first and the more people I serve, the more it motivates me to improve. It is an infinite look.


When do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
First, allow me to give a definition of what being successful means to me. The amounts of time that I fall must be lower than the number of times that I get back up on my feet.
That is one of the success formulae that I use. Another way of looking at success is: “...As I grow older, I want to make more mistakes but less of the same mistakes. I do not settle for the ordinary and I sincerely belief that I am crazy enough to make a difference in this world. I am a shaker and mover and I literally question the status quo and I am determined to shift the status quo for the better.
Within 5 years we would then be discussing the value I offered through serving. If I would have increased this significantly compared to what I am offering at this moment, then I would be successful personally and business wise.

 

 
What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Most of my time goes to my work and I work in a global minded professional environment, we have more affiliates in the Caribbean and we have a diverse group of people we work with in our line of business. We move fast and how we operate happens in a problem-solving mindset. We benchmark our output on the international level.

The moment I leave the office, go home and continue the day, I end up on an island called Curaçao and I bump into an isolated limited mindset environment and feeling. I live in a bi-polar environment with two realities, where there are big differences and it requires a big mindset shift because of how big the differences are between these two realities I live in. The upside on the other hand of this challenge is that it gives me the same comfortable feeling in a uncomfortable position as it gives me the space to grab, pick and choose what functions and implement it to create a better future. I can pick out of both these realities and let me develop the best of what I think of, or do of what I believe in. I feel comfortably uncomfortable in this position that allows me to create what I believe that needs to change and be implemented.


Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Honestly, I have more conversations with my inner voice then I have with other people. My inner self talk is not only about dilemmas, it also happens with achievements, doubts, anger, happiness, fulfillment and everything that happens. There is a lot happening in my mind. How do I deal with it? I have a power circle, that is a group of people where I can echo this inner voice with. To cross-check if that what I am thinking is ok or not. This is how I stay connected.

On top of that, if I need a perspective that is totally different, I can reach out to a person that can offer me this different perspective. I value people who have independent minds because they have the tendency and courage to tell you their perspective on the topic at hand from a different angle and I appreciate that a lot.

Once I feel that I am the smartest person in the room, I look to add smarter people or I humbly leave the room. I have the gentle courage to do this, I know this for myself to be true as I am working to improve my average constantly.

 
How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
In this world we live in right now, it is mainly webinars, seminars and I read books that have a sense of knowledge that I can apply. I do not read about fairy tales, I do it with my daughter and it is nice to have. I am fully engaged in books as it is experience in a nutshell. You gain lots of time learning where and how not to screw up, so I read all types of books that have a great sense of meaning that are helpful to me and to others.


What are your strengths?
I am by nature very optimistic, so talk options and possibilities with me. By at the same beat, I am also very realistic. Options and possibilities also need to be somewhat achievable. We trust optimism and being realistic I try to see the good in anything and look of ask for the solution.


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I have a lifestyle; I have become a morning person. I align my habit to the 5am club. My day starts at 5am in the morning and I take time for myself to prepare for the day, read a book and stick with my workout routine to stay mentally and physically fit. After that, my day starts for the rest of the world. It is a lifestyle that contributes to all we just have discussed, and I love doing this. There is no excuse not to do something very early in the morning. This gives me in terms of time, an additional extra month on a yearly base and I tend to do this as much possible.

I love music. I listen to music during the day as long as the rhythm and melody inspires me and fuels my emotional senses to stay in balance. Especially when I am very focused to include the human aspect in the tasks I am involved in. Music gives me this fulfillment.

I also love cooking. I love creating a variety of flavors that triggers your taste buds. I do not always do it, but when I am in the kitchen, I enjoy all of it.

 

If you as Dupal 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?
Driven by challenging the status quo, I am extremely curious and I want to know how I can be of service to you.


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

Determined, strategic thinker and result driven.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
I have to think of this for a moment......A small fact that had a big impact on me... it was a teacher that taught us computer programming and he told me: “.Dupal simple is good..”. Afterwards it became clearer to me what he exactly meant to say and this gave me a lot of peace of mind. Because in programming the opportunities are endless. What I was trying to do is, making it the most comprehensive application possible. He explained to me “no, don’t do that. As long as you keep the things simple, you are good”. That triggered within this epiphany: The process to making things simple, is complicated, but always try to keep things simple.

In my family there were also some people that I had long conversations with that had impacted me. One of them was with Billy Hoogenbergen, my uncle in law. Billy once told to never ever change to be the person that you really are. Maintain this in whatever you do. I was still a teenager when he told me that. This was before I went to The Netherlands for my studies. Meaning always stay authentic while you progress in life, and never ever lose it.

Another person that definitely inspired me was my grandfather from my father’s side. I never met him since he passed away before I was born, but from the stories that reached me about him, he took care of his family members so that they could progress. He left Guyana and came to Curaçao and started a business here and he helped lots of families to have a better future. He inspired me to understand that “...your current situation is not your end destination...”. And this I could recognize in my father and I took this trait over.

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
The ability to understand that not everyone can see things that I see. This is teaching me to become more patient, more understanding, broadens my ability to see deeper perspectives, and sharpens my vision.


What was a defining moment in your life?
The most recent defining moment was the day I became a father. Everything that I thought was important or relevant in this life, all became insignificant because there is a human being that for always will carry forward whatever you present to her. This was a next phase that moved me to refocus, re-shift, re-align and understand the valuable key aspects of a purpose driven life.

 

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
Managing assets, because I want to have more time to spend with my Loved Ones since time is the only commodity that I cannot control. It is another shift compared to what I am doing now, but it is the path that I want to follow.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
That it was not always easy for them to understand what I was thinking or doing, and at the end they noticed that I always do it with the best intentions, with all my abilities to be a better person in their surroundings. I made a title of a document, let us call it a book named “Let me tell you how I did it”. I cannot predict if it will be a book, but they will be able to read or see anything I failed and accomplished, from the simplest to the most adventured, complicated journey Dupal ever touched.

 

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?
First of all my optimism is in my own hands. If I want a better country, I am the first one that must work to make this place a better country. This optimistic look is the same mirror we can look in and see ourselves in. I constantly reflect on this check and balance view.

Secondly, I have a 3-years old princess where I want her future to be brilliant and it is my responsibility to make this happen. On top of being an optimist by nature I have a deeper reason to comply with the vision about the future and do it for her, for the next generations.

 

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Curaçao is not the center of the world. If we want to portray Curaçao as the center of the world, we must make sure that we deal with the matters at hand with the importance and seriousness that is aligned to make this country, the center of the world. By innovating our economic pillars, by having the courage to do things that we have never done before. See, this is the only way that we can state that we have given it our best to create a better future for Curaçao. And then let the world determine if indeed we truly are the center of the world.

We should not let ourselves be the self-fulfilling prophets in this. Keep on going, let us keep challenging the status quo by executing things we have never done before that will give us the results we all desire.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to share this moment and I am open to any person that wants to exchange ideas or give any feedback, they can contact me and I always appreciate an honest feedback.


Connect with Dupal Persaud
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One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Dupal Persaud is a driven, curious, strong willed, focused, authentic and purposeful father of a 3 years old daughter. Her birth was one of his many defining moments in his life, as with parenthood came new responsibilities his family. As an early riser (5 am) Dupal is involved in a never-ending chase to emulate his 10 years old version and becoming his best possible version. Living with the clear objective to max the development of his abilities has at times made him choose for the path least travelled. Going through the leadership possibilities offered by JCI has honed and still hones his leaderships skills. From his grandfather, father and JCI Dupal learned and accepts that his purpose is “to serve”. Working in an ICT company that is competing in the Latin American and Caribbean markets and living in Curaçao with its diverse cultural mix, has made him aware of his bi-polar environment with two realities, which challenges him to be uncomfortable comfortable living in both worlds and pick and choose what can be implemented as a solution to create a better future and to serve, measuring his success in the increased number of value added to the people being served. In this sense Dupal stands out at his young age (36 years). For all this, we deeply love and respect Dupal as one the 250 Influencers on the island, representing the private (ICT-sector) 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 August via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 18th of August (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present “Flow, the Psychology of Optimal Experience, “important …Illuminates the way to happiness.” by Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly.

What really makes people glad to be alive? What are the inner experiences that make life worthwhile? For more than two decades Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi studied those states in which people report feelings of concentration and deep enjoyment. His studies revealed that what makes experience genuinely satisfying is 'flow' - a state of concentration so focused that it amounts to complete absorption in an activity and results in the achievement of an ideal state of happiness. Flow has become the classic work on happiness and a major contribution to contemporary psychology. It examines such timeless issues as the challenge of lifelong learning; family relationships; art, sport and sex as 'flow'; the pain of loneliness; optimal use of free time and how to make lives meaningful.

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 “A purposeful life”. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 


The vision - How to develop a purposeful life. - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vbZ2ZPYsRU

 


How to live a purposeful life - The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem – Weekly Challenge #58 - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=E91toMQ1W94

 


The Meaning of Life - Sam Harris - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=srxDtefn740

 

3 Steps to Living a Purposeful Life (Thought for the day) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcM1zxTqfeI

 

Ikigai: The Secret to a Purposeful Life | Emily Bidle | TEDxYouth@ASIJ - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDbYVlJntYU

 

Bishop T.D. Jakes on Living with Purpose, Part 1 | Oprah's Lifeclass | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIDMgUsw2Mo 


 

Influencer Giovanni Eugenia, Book Session, Workshop on emotion starting september and this week tips

Posted on July 30, 2020 at 2:45 PM

In this week’s blog (3rd – 9th of August) we will interview Giovanni Eugenia; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind book presentation on the 18th of August; we will invite you to our next Personal Journey of 15 weeks starting at the 5th of September “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” and we will share with you some video links on the “Occupational psychology, mindsets and happiness at work”. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Giovanni Eugenia: dedicated and driven


Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I was born in Curaçao in 1984. My mother was always very caring and always motivated me to become the best version of myself that I could be. My mother never told me not to do something, but she told me to try it and give it my best effort. I have one sister who also always helped me when I needed her support. Growing up I always tried to “compete” with my sister on the academic level. She was a straight A student and I made it a challenge for me to also reach that academic level, and personally I believe I did quite well. My father, although not living with us, was in the picture. He was a hardworking man, not afraid to get his hands dirty as a car mechanic and, despite him not being around all the time, I did learn from him as well with regards to the do’s and don’ts of life. Since December of 2019, I became a father myself of a beautiful boy which lightens up my day every day and together with my loving partner, we try to provide him with the things we ourselves did not have, but also especially with the things that we did have, which is the love and support of our families.

 

Do you experience nostalgia now that a lot of our students are going to Holland for their advance studies?
Well, not in that sense, I do remember that when I left to Holland for my studies in 2002 we were addressed by the Minister of Education of that time and she told us not forget to come back to Curaçao to help build up the country and when I came back to Curaçao in 2009 I had to overcome a lot of obstacles, it wasn’t easy to settle in back on the island. I did learn a lot in Holland and in the end that is what really matters.


What kind of business are you exactly in as an entrepreneur and what is services does your company offer? Do you have any people employed?
Since 2012 I run my own HR/ARBO consultancy business which provides training, psychological support for employees, occupational health support and company policy advisory in the area of Human Capital Development. Despite not having people employed, my goal is to provide employment opportunities to both experienced as well as starting professionals in the field of occupational health and training in the future. As an Occupational Health Psychologist I want to make employees in the company also to feel happy and satisfied and it isn’t easy for a lot of our local companies to look at employees in this way, but there are a few. In the beginning of my career here in Curaçao it was challenging and after I met Arthur Nivillac, whom at that time had started Optima B.V., we decided to collaborate with each other, and things started to work out for me.


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

We were referred to you by Adric Walter and you was referred to contact me synchronistically by Glenn Helberg (both we have interviewed as Influencers) the day I contacted you, so we were meant to meet and connect.

If I look back at my educational background, I can say that I consider having followed the fast lane towards getting my master’s degree. I did my primary education, then went to the VWO (Maria Immaculata Lyceum), after which I moved to the Netherlands to study at the University of Leiden in 2002.

With regards to my professional experience I can say that I was blessed with the possibility to work on many projects with numerous professionals. 

In 2015, I worked as an interim HR Advisor for Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland in Bonaire where I was able to learn so much. I have also been working with Optima Arbodienst already for almost 8 years and we have provided support to numerous companies, big and small on Curaçao, Aruba, Bonaire and St. Maarten. I was also involved in the Global Entrepreneurship Week organization which focuses on stimulating the entrepreneurial mindset within our community.


Furthermore, I was both President of JCI IOBA Curaçao in 2018 and National Vice President of JCI Dutch Caribbean in 2019, an organization focused at developing active leaders within our community. Next to that I am a collaborator in the Curaçao Tech Meetups organization which focuses on leveraging technology for our island to grow and develop more.


We have understood that you are especially interested in human behavior. I have understood that this interest in human behavior has spiked after the protests in Willemstad on the 24th of June. Where does this interest come from?
Well, funny story here. I went to the Netherlands with the primary intention to study ICT. During that time, they offered a mayor-minor system where you could do two trajectories at the same time. So, I opted to go for Information Technologies and Psychology. But within the first month I felt more and more interested in human behavior, especially because I was learning a lot about my own behavior. The great thing about understanding my own behavior, is that it helped me to help other people. By looking at the root causes of the behavior, you can help people overcome many hurdles that might be in their path.

 

And indeed, after the events of the 24th of June in Willemstad, my interest sparked even more. The reason for this was that, all over social media, people were talking about the displayed behavior by some protesters and also about the mindset of Curaçao. I could see a lot of judgment, but not many people were talking about the core of the problem that might have led to the displayed behavior. Where did all that anger come from? Is it history, family, friends, unresolved traumas? Without this knowledge, it is very difficult to work on practical solution to deal with the destructive behaviors we witnessed. So, I made it a personal action to find out even more about human behavior, so I can further give my contribution to the development of a united Curaçao where we work towards the growth and development of our community. Based on discussion in Vision Curaçao 2030 as part of the sub group Health and Wellbeing, I sent out an invitation via Facebook for all those interested in behavioral aspects of our population, to start to investigate the causes of the mindsets or the way some of us think in Curaçao. We had 15 people interested. We have met twice already and we started in the group to collect more information on everything that has been written about this subject matter related to behavior within families, children, you name it, in Curaçao. All of this with the end in mind to suggest and work on solutions that could be implemented in Curaçao.

So I ended up approaching Glenn Helberg, he has been president of OCAN for years and also Sinuhe Oomen. They had offered this report to the dutch government in 2008 addressing a lot of these issues, the root causes of certain behavior and the report included recommendations. There was no follow up in the sense of execution of the recommendations. This has made me even more convinced of the fact that whatever we come up with needs to be independent of the involvement of the government if we really want to achieve change.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
Might sound very cliché, but basically, I want to be able to be one of the contributing factors of the positive development of Curaçao. I look around and I see so much potential, yet often times I believe we limit ourselves by not taking risks and by not thinking big. Basically, I want to be able to leave a Curaçao behind, where future generations, including my own son, can live on an island that is filled with opportunities for everyone and with a lot of positivism.


When do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
On a personal level, I would consider to have been successful the moment that I could have created a positive impact on the lives of people who are in need of “a break”, especially young people who are trying so hard to reach their goals but who are still struggling due to the system. Think of for example young professionals who are not getting jobs, or whose skills are not being acknowledged because some people are unwilling to do things differently.

 

On a professional level, I would consider being successful that moment when the importance of my profession as an Occupational Health Psychologist gets the recognition it deserves here in Curaçao. Together with some friends and colleagues at Optima Arbodienst, we have accomplished a lot already in this regard. But I would like more companies to see the added value of working with an Occupational Health Psychologist to help them create a healthier atmosphere within their business.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Referring to my previous answer, one of the biggest challenges I have is to get the acknowledgment of the importance of my field of expertise within the business community. Often time companies are willing to invest in new buildings, equipment, financial advisory, legal advisory, but the investment in human capital is often lacking. So, getting to that point where more attention is given to the human aspect, with the support of an Occupational Health Psychologist, is my biggest challenge.

The way I’m dealing with this challenge is by trying to create more awareness on the matter and by working with like-minded individuals to help support the ones that are willing to do things differently, to reach their maximum potential.


Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I do make use of my inner voice to evaluate dilemma’s. Often times I refer to it as my gut feeling. So far it has worked quite well for me, but next to that inner voice I also believe that it is important to surround yourself with positive people who believe in your purpose and who are willing to give you an honest reality check whenever needed.

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
With all the technological developments, there are a ton of ways I try to keep my knowledge and skills up. Online workshops and videos, articles that I read online and even looking at relevant issues in the (social) media. But next to that, throughout my almost 11 years back in Curaçao, I have formed part of many organizations as previously mentioned and have met many people with whom I can have interesting discussions with on a wide array of topics.

What are your strengths?
I consider myself to be analytical in nature. I like to know, I like to learn and I like to provide solutions. Next to that I also consider myself to be very creative. For example, I taught myself some graphics designing, I follow cake decoration and fruit carving videos on YouTube and I created my own computer desk based on one of my favorite movies, The Avengers.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
In 2002 I started dancing salsa here in Curaçao based on a nudge I got from my dear mother, just before I left for the Netherlands. Arriving there, I continued taking classes and ending up as a performer in one of the most well known salsa dance groups of that time, Salsa Dance Squad. I remember dancing 4-5 nights a week, just to get to know more people and get better at the dance. I also remember going to congresses in the UK, Paris, The Netherlands and Miami and dance all night long. Although I do not dance as intensely as before due to an injury, I still consider dance to be my passion.

Next to that, anything that involves artistic expression fascinates me. That is also why I am a huge fan of video games due to the immersion it can provide within an artistic fantasy world that was created out of the imagination of a person.


If you as Giovanni 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 Giovanni Eugenia, born and raised in Curaçao and I am a very dedicated person who loves to help people and who enjoys smiling and seeing other people smile.


How would you describe Giovanni in one word or one sentence?
I am a dedicated, driven person with a hint of silliness.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
The primary persons who have inspired me in my career are my mother and my sister. My sister as an inspiration to do my best on an academic level and my mother as a role model of someone who worked very hard to provide us with the best education possible, the best care in the world and an amazing love that I cannot even describe.

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
A trait or rather an ability that is still a work in progress is the ability to detect my own boundaries and to say “no”. Especially with the birth of my son, finding a balance between career, helping and personal live, has become very Important for me.

What was a defining moment in your life?
The moment my son was born was definitely a very important moment in my life. It gave me an additional sense of purpose. Something to fight for and someone to be a good example for. I want to be a role model for my son, so that has definitely pushed me to try and create more positive impact.

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
I want to be in a position where I can look back and feel fulfilled with what I have accomplished. I feel so great to meet people that I have helped in one way or another expressing their gratefulness for what I have meant for them after years. Hopefully, I can also have expanded my business so I can also provide more starting professionals with coaching and training and opportunities for development.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
You made a positive difference in my life and in the life of others.

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?
Despite the challenges encountered during the Coronavirus lockdown, I was able to see a lot of people who were willing to give their time and even money to help the ones who are more in need. Like the “Voedselbank” and the number of free on-line courses being offered. Even after the lockdown, I still see many people trying to work on sustainable solutions to help our community recover and become even stronger. It is the hard work of these people that gives me hope and that empowers me to continue contributing wherever I can as well.


Is there anything else that you would like to add?
As a small community, we need the help and support of each other to be successful. Next to that, we need to start thinking out of the box and start to be more creative and innovative. Curaçao has so much potential, so I believe it’s important for us to start using this potential more effectively and efficiently. Let’s learn from the “old” and embrace the new for a brighter future.

And it doesn’t matter who you are. I mean I am just your average person, born and raised in Souax. I have experienced many challenges and have encountered many disappointments, but by surrounding myself with positive people and by working hard I was able to also accomplish many things.

 

Connect with Giovanni Eugenia
LinkedIn


One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Giovanni Eugenia is an energetic, creative, bright, dedicated Occupational Health Psychologist, owner of his own business. Father of a son that he and his significant other welcomed in December 2019, has been a defining moment in his life. His curiosity and his attitude instilled in him via his mother to be “his best version” during his life, has driven him to study psychology, as he was interested to understanding himself first and later on, be able to help others understand themselves better. This curiosity and his resilience has made him stand out, as getting his drive back in Curaçao after he graduated in 2008, which was not easy. Especially in an environment in Curaçao where few employers value “employees”-satisfaction and wellbeing on the workplace. His curiosity and his drive to create a positive impact on the lives of people, made him hone his leadership skills in the Jaycees organizations, while also serving the community as an active Jaycees member. By working in collaboration and through sheer perseverance Giovanni has found his footing in Curaçao business wise, until the 24th of June 2020 events in Willemstad, triggered his curiosity again BIG TIME. Looking for answers where all that anger came from? In search for practical solutions to deal with the destructive behaviors he witnessed, Giovanni invited via Facebook interested people to join a group to explore, to collect more information and in the end come up with practical solutions. Seeking to understand and at the other hand implementing practical solutions in collaboration with other like-minded people and not per se depending on the government, makes him a stand out again. In this sense, Giovanni is 100 % aligned with Share2uplift movement and Uplifting BV & associates in enabling mindset changes in all walks of life on the island. For all this, we deeply love and respect Giovanni as one the 250 Influencers on the island, representing the private business sector, focused on enabling mindset changes for the good of all.


 

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 August via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 18th of August (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present “Flow, the Psychology of Optimal Experience, “important …Illuminates the way to happiness.” by Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly.

What really makes people glad to be alive? What are the inner experiences that make life worthwhile? For more than two decades Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi studied those states in which people report feelings of concentration and deep enjoyment. His studies revealed that what makes experience genuinely satisfying is 'flow' - a state of concentration so focused that it amounts to complete absorption in an activity and results in the achievement of an ideal state of happiness. Flow has become the classic work on happiness and a major contribution to contemporary psychology. It examines such timeless issues as the challenge of lifelong learning; family relationships; art, sport and sex as 'flow'; the pain of loneliness; optimal use of free time and how to make lives meaningful.

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 “Organization psychology, mindsets and happiness at work”. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

 

Occupational and Organisational Psychology | A Student View - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AyuItmJFrU

 


Occupational therapy as a career - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nZABabqFDs

 

Most Motivational Video - Change Your Mindset - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzqoZ3hjPp8

 

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1CHPnZfFmU&vl=en

 

Identify: Growth or Fixed Mindset? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vz6HU1LlOU

 

What makes you happy at work? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRMe6sBQ3XA

 

 

 

 


Influencer Joan de Windt, MYM Zoom Book Session and this week tips

Posted on July 25, 2020 at 5:10 AM

In this week’s blog (27th of July – 2nd of August) we will interview author Joan de Windt; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind book presentation on the 18th of August; we will invite you to our next Personal Journey of 15 weeks starting at the 5th of September  “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” and we will share with you some video links on the “Mental slavery and micro-agressions”. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Joan de Windt: humble, caring and passionate


Joan, can you introduce yourself and share with us some information on your professional background and in what kind of business are you in?
I was born in Curaçao and now live in Hilversum, Holland. I graduated from the School for Journalism in Utrecht, and worked for more than 25 years as an editor for around seven different public service broadcasters and I am now self-employed. I am a mother of two twin daughters in their twenties now and I am a writer, speaker, trainer and very passionate about the two workshops I offer, one on "WEG with mental slavery" and the other one "WEG with microaggressions" workshop. The workshop over micro-agression deals with racism, sexism, homophobia, antisemitism, islamophobia and so on.  I also publish biographies for living people so that their greatgrandchildren can honor them and know them.

 

What is the quintessence of the book and why is it important to know your roots if you are from African descent?
The book is meant to make the truth known about history, which they taught us in school. There, we were mainly learned that our ancestors were slaves, taken from a poor continent where everybody was sick and hungry or at war. We were not told that Africa possessed wealthy kingdoms with people that were highly skilled in art, education, industry, etc. Knowledge is power, free yourself from mental slavery. It is important to know your roots, to become aware of the way our mindsets have been conditioned in the past. Our bodies can be free, but we can mentally still live in slavery if we are not completely informed as this will hamper our ability to fully develop our talents. Slavery has had a big effect on the self-worth and self-image of our ancestors during 350 years of slavery and 150 years of colonialism. We were told by others whom we really are and the message was basically “You are less, dumber and others know better than you”. This is why we have to rid ourselves from this information and go to look for our own roots with the right information of whom we really are.

 

We presented “Weg met Mental Slavery, een doorbraak in uw denken” on the 21st of July in the Master Your Mind-book presentation. As we are in the middle of a global “Black Lives Matter” discussion, after the death of George Floyd in the month May of this year. Joan, your book explains so many aspects of what we are dealing with, at this moment globally. Your book deepened our awareness on mental slavery and which included suggestions on how to deal with it, as it is sometimes so hidden in our subconscious mind. The issues at hand are still very relevant and that what made it for us so interesting. How do you see and experience what is happening now with "Black Lives Matter" movement as this is exactly 5 years after you have published your book?
My father was one of the first generations of students from Curaçao that came to Holland for their studies. We also for some time went to a boarding school here in Holland and we experienced first hand what it meant to be a curiosity as non-whites. From curiosity within 55 years that I have lived here, the sentiment in Holland shift to more open racism. Some natives feel threatened. According to some demographical projections, in 2030 in Amsterdam there would be more people living from foreign descent than native people, so we have seen fear growing in this society. What makes Holland and for that matter those European countries that have had colonies different compared with the situation in the USA was: After the abolition of slavery and Colonialism, some of the people from the former colonies migrated and came to live in the “mother”-land. And this makes racism in Holland and some other European countries more subtle. More subtle compared to the USA, where former slaves and the white people just lived together, but side by side and former slaves didn’t needed to migrate to the “mother”-land. The situation in the USA is different and much harsher towards blacks. In Europe it was less open, more subtle. Some have a hard time to see non-whites as humans.

 

Are you at this moment involved in the “Black Lives Matter” movement in Holland?
I have been involved in my younger years in emancipation and awareness movements. But now I take it more easy now as I can’t suppress a feeling at times of “...been there, done that...”. It seems to be so repetitive and I don’t like repeating things and routines because they would make me feel bored. At my age, 61 years old, I think it is up the younger generation to step up and I don’t want to be a big old bore. So I follow the movement from a distance.


 

Is there a difference according to you in the way mental slavery is dealt with in lets us say Curaçao and in Surinam according to you and what might be the reasons according to you?
In Surinam you had big plantations and lots of slaves, with a wide social distance between the blacks and whites. A great deal of the owners didn’t live in Surinam. In Curaçao on the contrary the plantations were much smaller in size and you had more cross relations between the owners and the slaves with lots of contacts. They were the kooks of the household, they took care (“ja-ja’s) of the children of the owners and their gardens, the slaves almost became their family. This is why you can find a lot of descendants of these owners whom's last name were related to the owner of plantation as children born out of wedlock were still recognized by their fathers. This in the Surinam context hardly ever happened. There also were a lot of free slaves in Curaçao and they could marr. Anyway it was a big melting pot. In this social context in Curaçao it wasn’t safe to talk about you and me. The social status differed depending on how white the color of your skin was and other white traits (hair, lips, eyes....etc.). Unfortunately the more black your skin color is, the more difficult your life will be, the less chances you will have compared with others with lighter colors of their skin. This was vividly illustrated in a documentary of Angela Roe and Selwyn de Windt “Sombra di kolo”, where it was shown that we in Curaçao don’t like to discuss this issue although it is also an issue in Curaçao. Not only in Curaçao btw, in Ghana where most of the slaves from the transatlantic come from and in India we also see that although only 11 % of the world population is white, others try to do everything possible within their reach to “whiten” their color and appearance.

 


In the book you also present a 7 steps approach to deal with mental slavery and other practical tips. What are experiences with these steps?
The 7-steps entail: 1. Accepting that you are influenced unconsciously by mental slavery; 2. Exploring and finding these, unconscious, believes; 3. Discuss this with other participants openly; 4. Re-program these mindsets in power sentences; 5. Forgive and detach; 6. Make a pledge to change and stay changed and finally 7. The healing phase.

The attendees experienced this as something special. In the meantimem, I have polished the 7 steps, remember this book was written 5 to 6 years ago. Furthermore when you are in “live workshops”, all of this flows much better that the steps mentioned in the book. There are so many ways through ceremonies to deeply touch people’s their souls, combined for example with drums and incenses. And when they pledge by touching their hearts, it really impacts the participants deeply.

 

When do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?Success for me means being able to inspire and help 10 times more people compared with the number I am helping now. With the technology now it is do-able.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
As I am becoming older, I am becoming wiser and I have notice that there is nothing more satisfying than being of service to another human being. This is so satisfying, so I am a volunteer for 4 hours a week to the 'Luisterlijn' that is open 24/7. Anyone in distress can call and have a chat with one of the volunteers. I have noticed that there are lots of lonely people in Holland. The other day I talked to an elderly man that has not been outside of his house for 4 months because of the Covid 19. Talking with him via the 'Luisterlijn' was his only life line. The most challenging conversations are people in mental distress and I was taught. not to interfere when they talk, just listen and just by listening this caller felt an enormous relieve. I just commended the person at the end of this conversation and that was all I had to do to help. I felt great.


 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
I need to be more pro-active in selling my workshops as since the Covid-19 shutdown “live” workshops stopped, I need to be more pro-active and find alternative ways to offer these workshops.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I would try to listen to the soft inner voice that isn’t so loud after I had or during my meditations. I meditate in the morning and evening, at times guided meditations from Deepak Chopra. On YouTube one can find many beautiful things.

 


How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I am a maniac in reading books and watching YouTubes. I am always busy and that keeps me updated.

 


What are your strengths?
I love to laugh at myself and the world.

I am very good in putting things into perspective.

I am also good at being there for people and I am good at listening.

 


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I am passionate about the 2 workshops I give. The one on Mental Slavery and the other one on Micro- agressions. I love doing that.

 

If you as Joan would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer? How would you describe Joan in one word or one sentence?
I love to laugh a lot.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
Hmmm,... I have to think about this. Well, I would say Jandino Asporaat ...I really admire him a lot ...I love the character “Judeska”, but I really admire his business insights. He manages his own business and he invests in Curaçao, visits schools in Curaçao to motivate our youth and he also organized a fundraising in Holland to help feed the poor in Curaçao.

 


What is a trait that is still work in progress?
My biggest goal and purpose is to develop loving kindness towards people and be as loving possible towards other human beings.

 


What was a defining moment in your life?
The publishing of my book, I am so proud of this and also the fact that I gave birth to my two daughters, so I more or less completed the narrative of having my own house with a garden (“huisje, boompje” and my own family (“beestje”;). So I am happy.

 


Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
Well, I don’t think that far way at this moment in my life and do want to be able to offer the workshops as long as possibly I can.

 


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now when you are celebrating your birthday?
“She was a good mother”. You know the education of children is a challenge.

 


What makes you stay optimistic about the future of liberation from Mental Slavery?
Although change is moving slowly, I do believe that the new generations are picking up the cause and the global character of the 'Black Lives Matter' makes me stay optimistic about the future.


Connect with Joan de Windt
LinkedIn  | Facebook | E-mail: dewindtjoan@gmail.com | Afro Magazine
The book 'Weg met Mental Slavery, een doorbraak in uw denken' is available on Curaçao at Mensing's Caminada.

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Joan is a mother of 2 children, self-employed, energetic, spiritual, caring person and available for those in need. She is good in putting things in perspective, loves to laugh and loves to spread loving kindness around improving the humanity of others. As a volunteer at the 'Luisterlijn', she dedicates at least 4 hours a week to helping others, complete strangers on the phone, illustrating her altruistic nature. As an author writing the book  'Weg met Mental Slavery', 5 years ago was one of her dear wishes in her bucket list. By addressing all of the relevant issues regarding 'Mental Slavery' has given everybody, a clear overview of what we should take notice off if you are interested in this nowadays “hot” subject matter related to the movement 'Black lives matter' As a writer, for offering the 'WEG with mental slavery' workshop and the other one 'WEG with microaggressions' workshop, which is intended for everyone who wants to live in harmony and work together without racism and Afrophobia, for all this, we deeply love and respect Joan as part of the diaspora and consider her one the 250 Influencers on the island, representing the Arts and Cultural 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 August via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 18th of August (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present “Flow, the Psychology of Optimal Experience, “important …Illuminates the way to happiness.” by Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly.

What really makes people glad to be alive? What are the inner experiences that make life worthwhile? For more than two decades Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi studied those states in which people report feelings of concentration and deep enjoyment. His studies revealed that what makes experience genuinely satisfying is 'flow' - a state of concentration so focused that it amounts to complete absorption in an activity and results in the achievement of an ideal state of happiness. Flow has become the classic work on happiness and a major contribution to contemporary psychology. It examines such timeless issues as the challenge of lifelong learning; family relationships; art, sport and sex as 'flow'; the pain of loneliness; optimal use of free time and how to make lives meaningful.

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 september 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 “Mental Slavery and Micro-agressions”. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Jane Elliott - One Race - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_lxLJwngsw&feature=youtu.be


Nelson Mandela Speech That Changed The World - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0w7EnExt5U


How microaggressions are like mosquito bites • Same Difference - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDd3bzA7450

 

Emancipation from Mental Slavery | Dr. Cheryl Tawede Grills | TEDxCulverCity - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkXseTHxusw&t=781s


Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. How Is It Different From PTSD? | AJ+ Opinion - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rorgjdvphek


Examples of Workplace Microaggressions - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjgozDwAjqg


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

Posted on July 12, 2020 at 1:55 AM

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


Jeanette Hooi-Bonet: Passionate, warm and energetic 


 

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


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

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


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

 

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

 

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



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

 




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

 

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


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


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

 


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

 

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


 

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

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

 

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

 


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

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


If you as Jeanette would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
My name is Jeanette Bonet, I am a multi cultural Latin Caribbean person. I love getting in contact with people and I love children. A vivid passionista from Curaçao.


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


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

 


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

 


What was a defining moment in your life?

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

 


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

 

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


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


 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.


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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

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


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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

 


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


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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 



 

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

Posted on July 6, 2020 at 5:45 AM

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

 

 

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

 

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

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



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

 

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

 

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


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

  YouTube: Curaçao Blockchain Week April 2019 | The Aftermovie

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 



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

 

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

 

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


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


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

 

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

 

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


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


 

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


 

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

 

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

More info:

Innovation Ç
CuraDAO



 

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

 

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

 

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.


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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

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


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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


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


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

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

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


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

 

 

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

 


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

 

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

 


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

 

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

 


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

 

 


 

 


 

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

Posted on June 21, 2020 at 12:55 AM

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

 

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

 

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

 

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

 

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


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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

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

 


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

 

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

 

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


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

 


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

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

 


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

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

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

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

 

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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.


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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

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


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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

 

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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 

 


 

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

Posted on June 14, 2020 at 1:55 AM

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

 

Influencer Renato Ignacio: a challenger, defying the odds.

 

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

 

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

 


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

 


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

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

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

 



How important is the ICT sector for Curaçao?

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 


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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 
YouTube: San Fransisco pitch Founders Space (2017)

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

 

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

 

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

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

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


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

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

● wants to register everything;

● questions everything and analyzes patterns;

● comes up with solutions.

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

 


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

 

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

 


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

A challenger, defying the odds.

 


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

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


What is a trait that is still work in progress?

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

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

 


What was a defining moment in your life?

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

 



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



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

 

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


Business Website
Minubia.com/







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

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.


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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

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


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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


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

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

 

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

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


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

 

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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


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


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

 

 


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

Posted on June 7, 2020 at 8:40 AM

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

 

Influencer Oz Eleonora: emotionally charged piece of graphene


 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

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

 



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

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

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


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

 

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

 

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

How do you keep educating yourself?

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

 

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

 


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

 

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 


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

 


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



Company website:  
www.zinica.com/


 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.


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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

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


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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


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

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

 

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

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 


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

Posted on May 31, 2020 at 3:30 PM

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

 

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

 


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

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

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

 


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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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



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

 

 

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

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


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


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

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



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



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

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

 

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



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

 

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


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


If you as Andrew would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer? How would you describe Andrew in one word or one sentence?
Well, it depends on the person I meet. I would say, my name is Andrew and I am an idealistic realist that lives in Curaçao.

 


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

 


What is a trait that is still work in progress?

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

 


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

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


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


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

 


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


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



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

 

More info and contact:
ictual.com/

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

 

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

 

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.


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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

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


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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


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

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

 

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

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


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

 

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

 

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

 


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

 

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

 


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

 


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