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Influencer Clark Russell, Meet and Greet report with Swati Mandela and this week tips

Posted on November 25, 2019 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week blog (25th of November till 2nd of December) we will interview Clark Russell CEO of IBIS-Management and former chairperson of VBC, we will share a briefing of the “Meet and Greet”-book signing event on the 22nd of November at Chit Chat Café and we will share with you some inspirational video-links on Emotional Intelligence. Every day we will share one of these links on Facebook.com/share2uplift.

 

 

Influencer Clark Russell: positive and patient



Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am married and I have 3 sons. Two of them live in Holland. One just finalized his bachelors , and the another still has a year to go to finalaze. The youngest is in High School in Curacao. I have one older brother and 2 sisters and my parents are still alive and have been very supportive in whom I am now. They have supported me 200 % all the way. They always told us to finish our studies and the rest would follow. The one time that they doubted my judgement was, when I decided to start my own company and they couldn’t understand why I would leave a job paying me a fixed salary and step into the unknown territory of starting and running my own business. But then after, they supported me again fully.

 

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences?
During my high school years back at Peter Stuyvesant College I was what you call, a very average student. I went to Holland and studied in Enschede and became a data communication engineer. As I was studying I worked at ABN-Amro as a trainee, that was my first contact with automation withing the banking sector. First in Curacao and then in Amsterdam. I sticked with banking automation after I finished my studies and started to focus on the international communication between banks. After 8 years working for ABN-AMRO as a regional manager responsible for the Netherlands Antilles, Aruba, Caracas and Surinam I moved on and started as a management consultant at PWC, in that role i made some nice contributions to their telecommunication practice. I was involved and lead business planning preparations for new mobile operator companies that were applying for mobile lincenses in the region. From Surinam to Belize. After exactly 3 years I stopped at PWC and started my own company. The rest was history almost 20 years ago.

 

 

Some time ago in 2017 during a CIFA event at Rennaissance Hotel you gave a presentation on IBIS and its development over the years. I was impressed and wanted to interview you to get to know your driving motivations more. How and why did you start with your partners with IBIS, as IBIS is an example of a company that is focusing on foreign markets, which is quite unique based in a relatively small local market?
I think that I have this trait that if you would tell me that “it can’t be done”, I would take up the challenge and prove to you, that you were wrong. I had this vision to become a regional leader in bank automation business and to use Curacao as our home base as I knew that lots of banks had the same issues. 2 years after we started, we thought we have something here, and we believed in it and thought, why not sell it in foreign regional markets. We started exporting our knowlegde and products. It wasn’t easy. After one or two local banking clients we focussed more on exporting to theregion that today makes up 95 % of our clients.

After some years od international success, some local banks decided also to buy our products and services. So we evolved from a consultant firm to an international FinTech company. Coming from a small island, we had to run twice as fast than the internatjonal competition which came from Europe and the USA. But we also learned some valuable lessons when coming from a small island. We used these to our benefit. We realized that all islanders have the mindset that everything that comes for the outside of the island is better than locally produced products and services. So we used this ‘disadvantage’ of being based on a small island, to our benefit as we went to other jurisdictions in the region, because now we were foreign vendors and coming from the Dutch Caribbean. Like Bermuda, way up North of the Caribbean basin, Dutch Caribbean are not perceived as being part of the East Caribbean. This also helped us, giving us an extra edge, because products and services from the Dutch are perceived as being of superior quality, and the Dutch are well organized. As soon as we were hired as supplyer to a client, we started to collaborate with the client. We are a member (as a non bank) of he largest Banking Association in the Carribean representing the interests of the banking sector. Going beyond what was expected from us, to be helpful in that relationship and that created referrals and more business. After 5 years of our existence we deliberately also worked on changing the perception of our company that come from an island. We introduced and made english a mandatory language for the entire company. Our telephone answering scripts, our meetings, everything went in english and after some initial growing pains, it has now become a standard within IBIS. We could profile ourselves as highly corporate company offering first class products from Curacao, the birthplace of the modern global trust business.

 


Is IBIS still growing and maintaining its niche in the international market as the competition is hard I imagine and the world is changing at an ever increasing higher rate?
We are a tech company and tech companies need to constantly change. We should be ready to embrace the next big thing and offer this to our clients. The competition is hard, the technology is changing continously so we have to always be about innovation. We offer high quality services to our regional, international clients, but by doing this we are also expensive as an exporting company on a small island as we have to travel a lot to maintain our customer relationships. As the competion is tough, we need to rely heavily on our customer relations. The need to stay ahead of the innovation curve, triggered us to start a new company that exclusively deals with “block chain”, which is a technology that is revolutionizing the way the reliability of data is dealt with. It is fundamentally different then what we are use to now. That is why we are starting this new company soon.

 

 


How are you dealing with these challenges?
Block chain, smart contract and distributed ledger technologies are a good example of how we are dealing with these new business challenges. Next to reading about and following conferences on this subject matter we decided to start this new company and embrace this business completely. Now we are offering these new services to compnies in all sectors. We provide awareness and proof of concept project sessions to clients not related to the banking sector and as we go, we create and furhter expand our expert team. It requires a new business approach. Basically it is not a new programming language, but it is a new way to manage and account for data. Examples are the “Crypto”-currencies and digital “Crypto”- assets, where data is linked together and distributed over thousands of computers that paticipate as node in the network. This new technology is disrupting business models in all sectors and will evoke changes in many regulatory environments. We are stepping into this as a business and this is how we take on this new challenge of change. We embrace it and make it ours.

 

How are you keeping up with your personal growth and skills level?
I try to read a lot and where possible I attend conferences, leadership training and leadership sessions.

 

IBIS as an organization is very modern in the way it manages its employees. Lots of empowerment. Where does that come from?
Well I have always been a very independent person and I don’t like being a micro-manager, as long as we reach our results. I don’t like hierachy in organizations, I love working in teams to achieve our goals and getting everybody involved. In being like that, you attract like minded people. We don’t enforce strict working hours, but this also means that if a client needs something that needs to be done in the week-end, our employees are highly committed and flexible to do the work and deliver on this. It is important to continuosly pay attention to the future picture of our company and to keep reminding our employeesof our comporate values. Each one of these values are assigned to what we call a value guardian. These are employees whom task it is to guard the promotion, adherence and importantce of living these values in our organizational culture. So weekly one of our values is chosen and guardians wil then envolve the entire team with topic activities or an exercise or whatever interventions that is then facilitated. We are a small team of about 25 employees and everybody is actively involved. We came up ourselves with this idea, approach aimed at keeping our organizational culture, value driven.

 

You became president of the VBC in 2018, what are the reasons for doing this?
Yes, I became chairman of the VBC in the beginning of 2018 and by the end of August of this year I decided to step down. I wasn’t able to combine these two responsabilities, running my businesses and chairing the VBC. I was very committed to do this, as I was approached to become the VBC chairperson to bring about a necessary change in VBC. I considered it an interesting and also important challenge after I reading what its goals where and I got into it, but it had a price as I was unable to spend the necessary time in IBIS. It became too much and I resigned and there was understanding and respect for my decision. Managing as Chairperson of VBC the interests of the branche organisations of the business society was a challenge, bringing about the required changes was also a challenge, additionally, the challenge of the constant communcation that was constantly required with the different government stakeholders, the unions representatives, the different branche represenatatives and most of all the daily communication with the media.

 

Where would you want to be, let us say 10 or 15 years from now? And what would success look like for you?

I don’t really know where I would be. I would probably be more into coaching as I am getting quite some satisfaction in coaching other entrepreneurs. I have this drive to share my experience with other entrepreneurs as our company has been stable and growing steadily, offering high quality services. And if you become a role model for others as you inspire other companies to do the same and they reach out for advice. We teach our employees to be constantly be aware on how far their influence can go, so they are aware that their own behavior matters. I know we have been role models for many companies that have made strides and have chosen to go internatonal and who have also reaped the benefits of export. I coach different entrepreneurs, be it start ups or those whom want to export, on a pro bono basis. I will still be doing this 10 years from now.

 


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
Being an inspiration to my peers and other entrepreneurs.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up?
Of course I do. It is like: “Does it feels right or not”...yes, I always use my gut feeling.

 

What are your strengths?
My ability to build strong relationships, my persuasion, I believe that I am a very good listener and my perseverance.

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I love sailing and boating. I love working and restoring my classic european cars that I own. I love cooking and when I do those things, I typically do these alone. I love nature, exercising and staying in shape by running and going to the gym almost daily.

 

If you as Clark would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I would mention my name and would not add anything else. I don’t like to brag, I just do my thing.

 

How would you describe Clark in one word or one sentence?
I push things forward and I am a positive person. And progress is really to fall down and stand up again continuously. If the going gets tough and other people want to stop. I have the tendency to go on longer. I am also patient and I have great stamina....patience and stamina is a lethal combination. I could stop for a while to get a breather, but then continue to push, in the end it is all about consistency.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
This a good question. I have been helped by different people during my career. I also read a lot of autobiographies of CEO’s of successful companies of big companies and I see how they have evolved during their life. And at times, I relfect back when we have a challenge in our company on what they have done in similar circumstances, but frankly I don’t have one person that I could specifically mention.

 

What is a trait that you want to work on and improve?
I would like to become a better speaker and would like to procrastinate less. I am working on both.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
Some years ago I had a health issue, something around my heart and that really changed everything as I became aware that within a fraction of a second, everything could change dramatically. Now I am living a much more balanced life. A second defining moment was, as I have had more companies, but during the bancrupcy of my first company laying off employees, touched me very much. But I have also learned so much of this experience.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
A friendly person that is always available to help and support other people

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
Young and talented people and that want to change things, these are a group of youth they are very aware of their environment and what Curaçao has to offer and if I compare their level of awarenes to when I was their age, I can see a big difference. They are really impacting their environment and doing lots of good things for the island where only now, we are aware of these things

 

Clarck Russell, former chairperson of the VBC, is a successful business owner that over the past 20 years has managed to export products and services of IBIS-Management from Curacao to regional clients. 95 % of their markets are foreign. Making the “disadvantage” of a small island as their base, an “opportunity” and a “competitive edge”, IBIS has managed to grow steadily in a highly competitive market as a FinTech company. Their value driven organizational culture, that works in teams, embraces change by constantly innovating. They are starting a totally new company based on “Block Chain” technology. Clarck has become an inspiration among his peers and other entrepreneurs. He also on a “pro bono”- basis coaches some business owners that are starting their business or planning to export their products and services. With patience and stamina, he has been and still is influencing the business sector in Curacao in a very positive way. Clarck is an excellent representative of the business sector and definitely one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao.

 

 



 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the share2uplift movement is now to: “Identify 250 ethical leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration.” We want to reach our target of 250 Influencers by the end of 2020. We will use interviewing Influencers and “train-the-trainers”-program on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of scaling up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact. By doing this we will be empowering more and more people with the knowledge and skills needed to start their own group to influence their circles of influences, thus creating bigger and bigger ripple effects, ultimately impacting the whole island. We will keep you posted on how these strategies are unfolding. We will also via a virtual platform open up the possibility, to the diaspora and others willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao. Thus, using this virtual platform to trigger real off-line collaborations. 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.

 


Meet and Greet Swati Mandela on the 22nd of November at Chit Chat Café Mensing Caminada
On Friday the 22nd we had an inspiring session with Swati Mandela at the Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada. Swati, a business woman, mother, public speaker, and representative of the Mandela’s heritage shared with those present, her lively experiences of the heavyhanded Apartheids Regime in those days, as she was raised by Winnie Mandela her grandmother, experiencing the raids, intimidation and other disruptive activities from the regime in those days as she grew up. This happened while her grandfather Nelson Mandela was in prison for 7 years when she was born and stayed in prison for 20 more years.


 

Her storytelling from her heart made a big impression on the “over 30 something people” that we present. With empathy and compassion Swati patiently signed and talked to all those whom wanted to take a picture with her and those whom bought one of or both of the two books “491 days in prison”, about the days of Winnie Mandela in prison that she co-edited and “The prison letters”, of Nelson Mandela where she also was involved in helping via Winnie Mandela identify some loose ends, from her grandfather’s letters in prison. Her humble demeanor and patience to answer questions during the Q and A but also afterwards, made a big impression on those attending and we know understand why she is considered one of the 200 most influential persons in the world. At the end of the session, based on a question from two attendees, the first being: “What her advice would be now, to her 5 year old self” and the second one being “What are the lessons learned from her grandparents”, Swati answered, (1) she has learned to be forgiving; (2) to be resilient whatever happens, because she has in her genes the blood of these two great South-African leaders; (3) you are allowed to make mistakes, as long as you learn from your mistakes and (4) finally to be grateful and appreciative of all that life has to offer.

 

We were honored and felt grateful to have met such a warm person “live” during this “Meet and Greet”- session. Our appreciation goes to Global Entrepreneurial Week/Fundashon Negoshi Pikiña chairperson Elgenia Pieternella; Mishane Arrendell from Mensing’s Caminada; Haydee Hermans from Soul Garden Curaçao, that teamed up with Uplifting BV/Share2Uplift to make this event possible. If you want to buy these books you can order it, because all books that were available sold out.
Click for some pictures.

Master Your Mind Book Session
Starting 21st of January and 18th of February, we will present one of both books in our monthly “Master Your Mind”-platform session that we have every 3rd Tuesday of the month. Hope to great you then. We will present the lessons learned from these books and also answer the question, what emotions did Winnie and Nelson Mandela had to master, to be as effective as they have been, to abolish “Apartheid”? 

Stay tuned and have a blessed years end.


 


Tips: The importance of Emotional Intelligence

Everyday we will share one of video links on EQ on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

What is emotional intelligence? - YouTube
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-jzWFQLopk

 

5 Ways To Master Emotional Intelligence - YouTube
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlOT0uuDL1E

 

Five Habits of the Emotionally Intelligent - YouTube
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOxXjIy-9Bc

 

What is Emotional Intelligence and Why is it Important? - YouTube
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y-tYvgEZks

 

Leading with Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace - YouTube
 www.youtube.com/watch?voLVo3snNA0

 

Why is Emotional Intelligence Important at Work? - YouTube
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM_aLgYVuEY

 

 

Reflecting on 4 years Share2Uplift, This week events: MYM Book Session and Meet & Greet with Swati Mandela; Week tips

Posted on November 17, 2019 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (18th – 24th of November) we will reflect on 4 years after the official launching of the Share2Uplift movement on how far we have come and we will share with you our vision for the coming years; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind-platform session at Mensing’s Caminada on the 19th of November; we will invite you cordially - together with Global Enterprise Week, Mensing’s Caminada, Soul Garden Curaçao and Uplifting BV - to a “Meet and Greet” event with Mrs. Swati Mandela, the granddaughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, on the 22nd of November and we will share some motivational video links. Every day we will share one of these links on our Facebook page.

 

How far did we come now 4 years after the official launch of the Share2uplift movement in 2015?

On the 22nd and 23rd of November 2015 we officially launched the Share2Uplift movement during a 2-days event at the Santa Barbara Beach Resort Hotel. Our goal was to identify 250 ethical leaders from all walks of life to connect and align to create mindset changes in Curaçao.



 As of per November 2019 we have amended this goal. We want to:

“Identify 250 ethical leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration.”

We have added “impactful changes” as we now believe that we have to aim at: “Enabling lasting changes in how people manage their Emotions and mastery over their Intentions.” We have used a two-tiered approach, namely at the one hand we started interviewing Influencers, those are people with a big circle of influence, as a way to consistently connect with new leaders.

We have at the other hand, through webinars, coaching services, workshops, our social media presence, public speaking assignments and monthly book presentations, discovered the importance of “Mastery of Emotions” to our society.

We have been consistently exploring collaborations aimed at adding value to the society. We have learned that the collaboration has to be organic. Where there were common goals and possibilities to complement one another offering services to clients, this has happened and this will continue to happen in the coming years.


What will we focus on the coming years?
In the coming years, we will scale up the number of people that we reach to: “Connect, align and create impactful changes.” This we will do by continuing to interview Influencers in our society on our way to reach the 250 leaders. But we will scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform opening it up, to the diaspora and others willing to constructively create impactful changes. Thus, using the virtual platform to trigger real off-line collaborations.

 



As part of a strategy to offer different effective interventions aimed at enabling mastery over “Emotions and Intentions” we will also start new “Train-the Trainers”- courses in mastery of Emotions and Intentions, empowering more and more people with the knowledge and skills needed to start their own group to influence their circles of influences, thus creating bigger and bigger ripple effects, ultimately impacting the whole island. We will keep you posted on how these strategies are unfolding.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the share2uplift movement is now to: “Identify 250 ethical leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration.” We want to reach our target of 250 Influencers by the end of 2020. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.


Our next MYM-platform session in November
We would like to invite you for our next session on the 19th of November and we will be presenting again two very interesting books.

Gary Zukav’s "The seat of the soul" and “Scale, the universal laws of life, growth and death in Organizations”, by Geoffrey West.

This as part of our effort to keep combining personal developments books with books that give us a macro view of the world and its developments.

In the book “The Seat of the Soul” by bestselling Gary Zukav, to be presented by Ivan Kuster is the 25th anniversary edition. It contains a new Foreword by the author, website links, and a new Study Guide to help readers find even deeper meaning and fulfillment. The Seat of the Soul encourages you become the authority in your own life. It will change the way you see the world, interact with other people, and understand your own actions and motivations. Beginning with evolution, Gary Zukav explains how we are evolving into a species that understands power as the alignment of the personality with the soul--authentic power. Our evolution requires each of us to make the values of the soul our own: harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life. Zukav shows us how to participate fully in this evolution, enlivening our everyday activities and all of our relationships with meaning and purpose.

“Scale, the universal laws of life, growth and death in Organizations”, by Geoffrey West will be presented by Michiel van der Veur.

From one of the most influential scientists of our time, a dazzling exploration of the hidden laws that govern the life cycle of everything from plants and animals to the cities we live in. Visionary physicist Geoffrey West is a pioneer in the field of complexity science, the science of emergent systems and networks. The term “complexity” can be misleading, however, because what makes West’s discoveries so beautiful is that he has found an underlying simplicity that unites the seemingly complex and diverse phenomena of living systems, including our bodies, our cities and our businesses.

West’s work has been game-changing for biologists, but then he made the even bolder move of exploring his work’s applicability. Cities, too, are constellations of networks and laws of scalability relate with eerie precision to them. The implications of these discoveries are far-reaching, and are just beginning to be explored. Through the brilliant mind of Geoffrey West, we can envision how cities, companies and biological life alike are dancing to the same simple, powerful tune.

Date: Tuesday (3rd of the month) 19th of November
Place: Chit Chat Cafe Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 - 9 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Click to attend!

 

Meet & Greet
On the 22nd of November from 5 - 6 pm at Mensing Caminada, Global Enterprise Week, Soul Garden, Uplifting and Mensing Caminada will host a "Meet and Greet” event with Swati Mandela, the granddaughter of Nelson and Wini Mandela.

Come and see what Swati has to share about these two books about their grandparents time in prison:

"The prison letters of Nelson Mandela" and "491 days" of Winnie Mandela’s.

We will host this “Meet and greet”-event and you will have the unique opportunity to have a Q & A with Swati and she will be signing these books of the about Mandela’s. So save the day and hope to greet you then.

Entrance fee: Free

 




The importance of Education
Everyday we will share one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


The success cycle TONY ROBINSON - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qm8zZ6fs62c

 

Small Steps Make Big Changes | Jack Canfield - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=QllaabbFTm0

 

The Motivational Success Story of Oprah Winfrey - From A Girl Without Shoes to Billionaire - YouTube

www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWAKgef3Ytk

 

Dr. Joe Dispenza Explains How We Are Programmed by Television - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK_y1Dsg4iE

 

Are Your Daily Habits Killing Your Chances Of Success? | John Assaraf - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALQ0_D8qzGM

 

A Clip from Brené Brown's TED talk - The Power of Vulnerability - YouTube|
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Y9aqT0L3TI

 


 

Influencer Yithza Davelaar, Workshop on emotions, MYM Book Session and this week tips

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

In this week’s blog (11th – 17th of November) we will interview Yithza Davelaar. Furthermore, we will invite you to the repetition of our workshop in Papiamentu “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” on the 16th of November; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind platform session on the 19th of November; we will invite you for a “Meet and greet” event of the granddaughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, Mrs. Swati Mandela on the 22nd of November and we will share some motivational video links. Every day we will share one of these links on our Facebook page.

Influencer Yithza Davelaar: Passionately making a difference

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am a divorced mother of 2 children and I have 2 other sisters and my father is still alive. My father was very supportive after my mother passed away in what I am doing now. Before of the passing away of my mother I was searching, I have been searching over 20 years and I couldn’t figure out exactly in what direction I was going to give meaning and purpose to my life. Taking care of my mother brought me to becoming a Grief Recovery Expert. Basically every lost can cause grief in a person and there are over 43 losses that can cause grief (shades of grief). From my mother’s passing way, everything started to make more sense to me and made me who I am now and what I am doing now. I can treat all these 43 types of losses as it basically entails the same method to process the grief. A few years after my mother’s passing away I started to get involved in schools that is where I am at this moment.



This journey over 20 years made me try different things, like I got involved to study the things that didn’t excite me. I loved helping people and when I was young after finishing my VWO, I wanted to study ortho pedagogy, but my father advised me to study Law which I did, as this was suppose to open up a myriad of possibilities for me and I hated this study. And this affected my self cofidence during 20 years, as I thought that I was not able to study at this level and I felt demotivated. This proved to me how big the role of a person’s desire to succeed in something, is. My mother’s death was a turning point and defining moment, as three months after her passing away, as I was sitting at home and I was out of work. And I was convinced that I never wanted to start anything on my own again. I was going to find me a job and work from 9 to 5 and have me a fixed income. I talked to GOD 1,5 month after my mother got sick and I asked him what to do next, as I was planning to stay at home until he would tell me what to do next. All these years as I was searching for my purpose, this was done at the expense of my two children. My mother used to take care of them and now that she was gone, I was in a dead end. (After) three months after my mom passed away the answer came loud and clear. I was to: “Help others with their grief”. I started searching and googling until I found an on-line course that appeared to fit what I needed and this was in 2014. And now I am a Grief Recovery Specialist. And this is so statisfying to do, because you help others go through this process. The next step after they have overcome their grief is also importtant that is when they want to live again. That is when I became a John Maxwell Certified Coach and later also studied positive psychology and I am now a life coach based on positive psychology principles.


I used to read a lot, I would gobble books, like 2 to 3 books per week. A book of 300 pages I would read in two days. At first a lot of books in Dutch and later in English and then I read Sidney Sheldon and he really opened up a whole new world of books for me. I am now considering to go back to this habit as I am now discussing one book per month in a bookclub and I have to really prioritize my reading otherwise I would be reading a book over the week-end. Just a matter of focus and rid yourself of wasted time on my phone or something.

What book are you reading now?
I am now reading “Digital Minimalism” by Cal Newport. I go to the USA twice a year to attend a conference and by doing that I keep up with my knowledge and skills. This past year, I read all the relevant books of authors, professors publishing their latest research in “Positive Psychology” . Next year I am planning to read Joe Dispenza and Bruce Liption. I am studying Psychology online via the Open University and at times a little bit impatient about the tempo I have. With my children I am accepting that I am doing my utmost and accepting that this is perfect as it is, as I am totally in awe of what I am studying as I have found my passion. I now am greatfull for all the names of different parts of the brain that I had to study as I first started studying psychology. I had to know by heart all those names pre-frontal lobe, amygdala, pinael gland...etc....Now I know how important this was to do.

We have a foundation and it name is Islandessa Foundation (Island Dessa) and our slogan is: “Turn success into significance”. I believe that we are here in this world not to achieve our selfish goals, but to serve and be significant to the world. Our goal is the personal development of the people of Curaçao and more we are specifically focusing on the teachers of the island. Although the childeren are important we need to educate their educators( like their teachers), that is my believe. “Bitter teachers, create bitter children and a bitter society”. The reverse is also true, with regards to happy teachers.

 

I am so convinced that there is room now in these days for more attention to emotions. As I have been going to courses on “grief” I have become more aware of the fact, that we are being taught not to show emotions. What I have learned up to now, is what I want to share with the rest of the island. But then again the level of ignorance is high, so we have a long way to go still. For example some teachers I have given a course didn’t know the difference between a fixed and growth mindset. So there so much workl to do. If I would be a millionaire, I would invest all of it in this areas and so I am so convinced we would change the course of the island. I want to emphasize that I am not doing this work for the money, but because of my passion, mission and vision. And the way to do this through educatiuon our teachers.

 

The other day I was standing in a line to go to Live2lead a John Maxwell live stream at the Movies Otrobanda and I was asking someone whom do they consider an inspiring person and Influencer, they mentioned your name...and you were standing close to where we were standing? Does this come as a surprise to you that people consider you an inspiring person?
No I am not surprides anymore.

 

How long have you been working in this area ...personal development and as motivational speaker?
Because of a TV program that I used to have, from the beginning that I started working as a grief recovery specialist, I got a lot of friends via my social media. But also in my coaching I was always being myself and connecting with people, hugging people and showing empathy and compassion, which is unusual. It is my gift, I connect easily with people and I am now so sure that if people would stay long enough in my office, they would really transform. Someone told me a couple of days ago, Yithza you are a dangerous person, because your voice doesn’t leave my consciouness, it is always there.

 

You have spend some time dedicating lots of attention on grief, is there a specific reason for this? You have also started a book club on TV, is that stopped right now?
Simply because of the lack of money.

 

You are, as you explained to me, constantly reading, learning and teaching? You choose your reading priorities based on topics, like you have read all the important books on positive psychology and you are planning next year to read Dr. Joe Dispenza and Dr. Bruce Lipton. Where does this drive come from?
My mission and vision has been unfolding itself bits by bits in my life after years of searching. After I have passed through the grieving proces of the passing away of my mother, I became a grief recovery specialist and I want the whole of Curaçao to pass through this. It should be a subject matter at schools. But I also want life skills and personal development to be a subject matter at schools. I was a keynote speaker of the conference of RKCS at the beginning of the new schoolyear in 2018/2019, where I addressed this issue. I went to Dallas that year for a conference as I attend conferences in the USA twice a year, every year.

I went to this conference in Dallas as Martin Seligmnan was the keynote speaker, he is the founding father of positive psychology. I had no other details of the conference. As I sat at a table it became clear to me, that I was sitting in a conference, where teachers from all levels from Kindergarten up to Professors where attending and addressing the sky rockting levels of depression among youth worldwide. And how can we addressed this, through positive psychology interventions. So I want also that groups of teachers of the whole island, learn these interventions and so enable happier youth in the future. I am being driven in this direction, as it is not really my choice. I sort of feel that I have to do this.

 

You are planning to bring in next year Dr. Shefaly in March, what topic is she going to present?
Dr. Shefaly is an expert in parenting and education. And this is relevant against the background of the rising levels of depression among our youth. A study done (Lauri Santos) among Yale students concluded, that because of the increasing pressures and workloads, over 60 % of their students are depressed. I would love to let people re-discover their authenticity in Curaçao and teach them also how to have enough courage to maintain it. Over the exact subject matter of Dr. SDhefaly, we still have to reach consent, but she will be here in March 2020.

 

You are a great fan of Dharius Daniels, why is that? I have seen a YouTube sermon of him and his appearance is not the mainstream appearance of a pastor.
Yes, I am a great fan of him. I am a devoted Christian, which is something of the last years. My daughter Ilana is the reason that I am a Christian. I like his smartness, he is very eloquent with his words and his stories are all based on biblical principles. I am fascinated by how he uses events in our daily lives and relates them to bibilcal principles, which makes the Bible so WOW for me now.

 

How did you became a Christian?
When I was pregant of Ilana, I didn’t want that, so we decided to have an abortion. We made an appointment at a clinique in The Hague as we were staying in Rotterdam during that time. We were on our way to the Hague as we reached a around about, I started crying incessantly and it was not me but through me. Something inisde me said that I shoudn’t have the abortion, so I decided to cancel our plans and the father of Ilana who was driving, turned to go back to Rotterdam. As we were getting back to Rotterdam the crying stopped. One week later at 5 am in the morning I woke up as a voice inside me yelled “Ilana”. In the morning I told her father this.


But by that time I wasn’t a Christian. When Ilana was 3 years old at 3 am in the morning she started to cry incessantly. This was going on day in day out, taking lots of energy out of me. So a friend suggested to talk with a pastor from Santo Domingo who was very good at this and this pastor prayed with and for Ilana and that same night, although I found this a little weird, Ilana slept through the whole night and this stayed like that for some time. And then it started again.

This time she cried harder and ugly. Slapping her hands on her bed and as I looked at her in her eyes I didn’t see my daughter in those eyes. It was scary. So when I gave her something to drink, the way she held her cup was not that of a child. I decided to go to the church: “U-turn to (a) new life”. One of the pastors suggested this when Ilana woke up in the night, whether I believed it or not, to just say: “In the name of Jesus Christ, I am covered by the blood of GOD” and Ilana reacted like she didn’t want to hear Jesus Christ’s name and I knew I had power then. This fight went on for months and after that she began sleeping normally again. This is why I am now a devoted Christian and a believer, as I also know that she is a very special child.

Where would you want to be, let us say 10 or 15 years from now? And what would success look like for you?
I am really fascinated by “grief” and this can cause people to get and stay stuck. Success is determined, based on reaserch, by how fast we can enable people to get unstuck and what can be done. I firmly believe that we are build to process our grief.

 


 What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I don’t know yet, but I am getting more and more signs of the Universe so I now just go with the flow and I stopped saying...yes, but....

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Money of course and also the ignorance of people that really have the ability to help me with sponsorship and things like that.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I don’t use it completely yet, I do feel things and would say this is the next phase in my development. I have been a very rational person up to now and I feel that the time has come to dedicate attention to my right brain. Robin Sharma’s “Concept of the 5 am club”, really resonates with me as we are Mind, Body, Emotions and Spirit. So it was a Big Epiphany for me to become aware, that I was only using 25 % of my abilities. This insight came at the right moment as I felt some months ago that I was overloaded and couldn’t sleep well. For example as I like reading, I was reading a book of Elisabeth Gilbert “City of girls” and I was, as I was reading this book, asking myself now where the lesson to be learned, when do it get the lesson out of this book, ....while it was just a story...and other people also made comments on this making me aware that I wasn’t able to just chill anymore. Everything I did, needed to teach me something, watching TV I watched only the documentarties etc....so now is the time to start with the other sides of my abilities.

 

What are your strengths?
My ability to transform people.

 

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

 

If you as Yithza would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I am a grief recovery specialist and postive psychology coach.

 

How would you describe Yithza in one word or one sentence?
Passionate

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
Not necessary the person that most inspired me, but I would rephrase this by saying the person that transformed me was Paul Martenelli. He changed my paradigm on how to look at life. After listening to one of his presentation in 2015. After that, I stopped wasting my valuable time on TV, radio, I stopped reading things that I basically didn’t want to read. I started living more purposefully.

 

What is a trait that you want to work on and improve?
Patience, and trust the process, trusting the journey.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
The time before and after my mother died.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now celebrating your brithday?
She made a difference.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
Everything is possible..



For more info on Yithza  Davelaar's work:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/yithzadavelaar/

 www.facebook.com/Islandessa-Foundation

Some interviews:
RealTalk 2.0 part 1 
RealTalk 2.0 part 2

Yithza Davelaar is an inspirational speaker, Grief Relief Specialist, positive psychology coach, and a devoted Christian and a representative of the Educational sector. After going through a grief proces after the passing away of her mother, her calling became clear to her “Help others with their grief”. But after helping clients to process their grief, her clients wanted to “live again to the fullest”, so she also specialized in positive psychology. Her desire to live her passion, her insatiable thirst to learn more about her passion and her curiosity has turned her within short into a reputable public speaker and Influencer especially in the educational sector. With her focus on education and based on her strength to transform people, we will definitely hear more about her. We deeply respect and love her and consider Yithza to be one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao, representing the educational sector.

 

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


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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.

 

Workshop Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?
On the 16th of October we will be repeating the workshop “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”Do you want to know more on the mysteries of mastery over “Emotions”?

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

Place: Avila Beach Hotel

Time: 8 am - 12 pm.

Entrance fee: Ang 125,-
Presenters: Haydee Hermans, Soul Garden | O’dennis Daal, Master Your Mind | Ivan Kuster, Uplifting BV.
Find out more.

 

Our next MYM-platform session in November
We would like to invite you for our next session on the 19th of November and we will be presenting again two very interesting books.

Gary Zukav’s "The seat of the soul" and “Scale, the universal laws of life, growth and death in Organizations”, by Geoffrey West.

This as part of our effort to keep combining personal developments books with books that give us a macro view of the world and its developments.

In the book “The Seat of the Soul” by bestselling Gary Zukav, to be presented by Ivan Kuster is the 25th anniversary edition. It contains a new Foreword by the author, website links, and a new Study Guide to help readers find even deeper meaning and fulfillment. The Seat of the Soul encourages you become the authority in your own life. It will change the way you see the world, interact with other people, and understand your own actions and motivations. Beginning with evolution, Gary Zukav explains how we are evolving into a species that understands power as the alignment of the personality with the soul--authentic power. Our evolution requires each of us to make the values of the soul our own: harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life. Zukav shows us how to participate fully in this evolution, enlivening our everyday activities and all of our relationships with meaning and purpose.

“Scale, the universal laws of life, growth and death in Organizations”, by Geoffrey West will be presented by Michiel van der Veur.

From one of the most influential scientists of our time, a dazzling exploration of the hidden laws that govern the life cycle of everything from plants and animals to the cities we live in. Visionary physicist Geoffrey West is a pioneer in the field of complexity science, the science of emergent systems and networks. The term “complexity” can be misleading, however, because what makes West’s discoveries so beautiful is that he has found an underlying simplicity that unites the seemingly complex and diverse phenomena of living systems, including our bodies, our cities and our businesses.

West’s work has been game-changing for biologists, but then he made the even bolder move of exploring his work’s applicability. Cities, too, are constellations of networks and laws of scalability relate with eerie precision to them. The implications of these discoveries are far-reaching, and are just beginning to be explored. Through the brilliant mind of Geoffrey West, we can envision how cities, companies and biological life alike are dancing to the same simple, powerful tune.

Date: Tuesday (3rd of the month) 19th of November
Place: Chit Chat Cafe Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 - 9 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Click to attend!

 

Meet & Greet
On the 22nd of November from 5 - 6 pm at Mensing Caminada, Global Enterprise Week, Soul Garden, Uplifting and Mensing Caminada will host a "Meet and Greet” event with Swati Mandela, the granddaughter of Nelson and Wini Mandela.

Come and see what Swati has to share about these two books about their grandparents time in prison:

"The prison letters of Nelson Mandela" and "491 days" of Winnie Mandela’s.

We will host this “Meet and greet”-event and you will have the unique opportunity to have a Q & A with Swati and she will be signing these books of the about Mandela’s. So save the day and hope to greet you then.

Entrance fee: Free

 

The importance of Education
Everyday we will share one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Why is education important? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHyA3pp4G_Y

Every kid needs a champion | Rita Pierson - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFnMTHhKdkw

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

Importance of Education Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnvi1HHtfWc

What's Education For? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HndV87XpkWg

5 Reasons Why Finland Is A Global Education Leader - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfmFIEh2QjU&t=32s

 

Influencers Rose Mary Allen, Workshop on emotions, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on November 3, 2019 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)
In this week’s blog (4th of November – 10th of November) we will interview Rose Mary Allen. Furthermore we will invite you to the repetition of our workshop in papiamento “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” on the 16th of November; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind platform session on the 19th of November and we will share some motivational video links. Every day we will share one of these on our Facebook page.

Influencer Rose Mary Allen: Sharing and resilient



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

I have lived in Steenenkoraal near the Shell neighbourhood of Suffisant and my parents had played a very important role in my life. My mother is from Saint Kitts and came to work as a domestic servant for the director of the oil company Shell. I consider her a strong woman, who stressed the fact that her children should study in order to be better off than her, in the society. She was very strict with us and as we grew up, we began to understand why she was like that. She wanted us to focus on our studies and was less willing to let us be more playful. My father at the other hand was more soft in his approach towards us. The focus on letting us study was also noticable, when I changed school from the country side to one in town, which at that time was considered better. First I went to the so-called MULO and afterwards to HBS B. In the beginning when I was in the MULO, I was behind in Spanish and my father would then do my household chores, so that I would have more time to dedicate on my homework. Him doing my household chores was very humbling as in a “macho” oriented society, doing household tasks was “not done”, but still he would do it anyway. That was just one of the ways he supported us and they were proud of what we achieved at school. My father was the more lenient one, you could talk and negotiate with him. I carry the name of my mother, Allen, because they married one year after I was born. We are six brothers and sisters. I also have 5 other brothers and sisters from my father’s side who had them before he married my mother. I have 2 children of my own and I am proud of them of what they have become. I have raised them by myself, after I divorced.

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are an entrepreneur?
Well I don’t consider myself an entrepreneur, but more an anthropologist. I have a degree in Cultural Antropology of the University of Nijmegen. First I started to study in Amsterdam, but as my then husband from Nigeria was doing a PhD in Nijmegen, I moved to live and finish my study in that city.

I am an antropologist. I have always loved my work and it has become my way of life. As I left AAINA (Archeological and Anthropological Institute of the Netherlands Antilles) and the government, I continued working as an antropologist. It is just whom I am. I continued to record “lived experiences” of elderly people through oral history and looked at how their experiences are shaped by subjective factors such as identity, age, race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, political associations, and ethnicity. Through studying the “lived experiences”, I learned about society and about how individual experiences are communicated from generation to generation.

 My dissertation “Di ki manera? A Social History of Afro-Curaçaoans, 1863-1917” in which I look at the key factors determining the social and cultural life of Afro-Curaçaoans during the first fifty years after the abolition of slavery in 1863, is based for a considerable part on the oral histories of the former enslaved people in Curaçao.

An interesting study I did was the one about the Curaçaoan workers, who had gone to Cuba to work, in which I interviewed both those who went to work in Cuba and returned and also those who stayed behind in Cuba and never came back. Recording that last phenomenom was interesting, as it entailed that I had to do my research in Cuba, which was a rather an adventurous experience. At first, it was a little bit challenging to find these people. The results were presented in the book “Ta Cuba mi ke bai” and in the publications “Emigración Laboral de Curazao a Cuba a principicios del siglo XX” and “We are of the same blood: The Curaçaoan-Cuban intra-Caribbean migration in the conceptualization of identity and the politics of belonging.” Migration has also been the theme in the articles “Hacia una cultura Caribeña: Explorando las migraciones de los Curazoleños en el Caribe en el siglo XIX y XX por medio del lente sociohistórico”, published in Batey: “Revista Cubana de Antropología Sociocultural as well as “Music in Diasporic Context: The Case of Curaçao and Intra-Caribbean Migration” in Black Music Research Journal.As the daughter of an English speaking migrant mother, the theme of migration has always fascinated me btw.

You are a cultural antropologist and researcher?
Yes, I am. I use qualitative research methods, offering people to talk as much as they can and express themselves, based on guiding questions that I ask. The aim is to get a much deeper understanding of certain phenomena, expressions and philoshophy of life and oral history forms an important part of the research. Certain events in history, lack certain detailed information and oral history offers the opportunity to look at things from a different perspective.

You are an award winner of the Cola Debrot award and Boelie van Leeuwen prijs, is that correct?
After I finished my career at AAINA, I decided to leave the government and started working on my PhD thesis and finished that. I worked on different subject matters and based on that, I was honored first with the Boelie van Leeuwen award. This was especially because of my research on oral history, not only in Curaçao, but also outside of Curaçao and the consistency in my work.

Later on, I was awarded the Cola Debrot award for my work in Science and Humanities, because of my work on issues such as collective identities and identifications, culture and gender issues in Curaçao as compared to the rest of the Caribbean. See e.g. some of my articles such as: “The Complexity of National Identity Construction in Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean”, in: European Review of Latin American and Caribbean: ”Toward Reconstituting Caribbean Identity Discourse from within the Dutch Caribbean Island of Curaçao”, in: “Freedom, Power and Sovereignty: The Thought of Gordon K. Lewis” as well as “An Intersectional Approach to Understanding the Social Life of Female British Caribbean Immigrant Domestic Workers”, in: Dissolving Disciplines. “Tidal Shifts in the study of the languages, literatures and cultures of the Dutch Caribbean and beyond”. Most of my articles are available on the academic platform academia edu.

Overall, I am particularly interested to find out how we think of ourselves as “Yu di Korsou”, and to look at the role of migrants in our society. We are basically a society, shaped by different migrants coming together and we tend to underestimate this given fact. For example, 2019 is the year of the musical instrument “Kaha di orgel”, which is now considered part of our cultural heritage. But it originally came from Venezuela through a Curaçaoan migrant and was appropriated culturally by the society. So in my work, I tend to emphasize on the role of migrants in our society just a little bit more.

You have been successfull up to now, but where do you want to be let us say 5 years and 10 years from now?
I would say, check my age and health, that is the first thing that comes to mind. I am still healthy so in that sense, I am still in the middle of the playing field.
So I would still be doing the things, that I love to do and have the talent to do. I have alsways said: “When you retire, your talents will not retire with you”. Go and continue to contribute to the country and the good of all. It bothers me, when I see that people try to label other people that are older than 60 and tend to put you aside. Still doing what you love at this age, it gives you so much satisfaction especially if you are contributing to the good of all. I would say that in 5 to 10 years from now, I would like to be healthy and I would still be doing what I am doing now and that is contributing to the society in a positive way, based on my talents and knowledge.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
Serving, by sharing my knowledge with, and give a hand to, the younger generations, so that they can progress, both professionally and personally.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
The most important thing is the efforts, I make to stay healthy. I go to the gym regurlarly and this gives my the energy to deal with life and do the things I am still doing and involved in.

How would you describe Rosemary in one word or one sentence?
Resilient, whatever happens I will always have enough resilience, to bounce back. Also hard work and discipline. These are my life’s motto’s.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
Apart from my mother and father, they are Elis Juliana and Pater Brenneker. They complemented each other so much in their journey to study the essence of the “Yu di Korsou”. Without their work we wouldn’t have the information we have now.

Intellectually in my work as an antropologist, there were also different people, but if I would select one, it would Tom Lemaire. He taught us to look at cultures from the viewpoints of the people who experience them.. The mainstream antropology had the tendency to consider certain cultures as primitive and to look down on those people. He respected these cultures, in particular their ways of dealing with the environment and this caught my attention as a young student.


What are your strengths?
Resilience as I mentioned before, but also whatever happens, doesn’t matter how bad it is, I always learn for this experience. Check this quote of Nelson Mandela, it represents another of my life motto’s:

“I never fail, I either win or learn.”

I am very humble, as I truely believe, that you can learn from anyone, from the youngest child to the eldest person.

I honor and value everybody for whom they are, as this attitude helps me to be open for other people and learn from them.

I believe that you can even learn something new on your own death bed.

 

What is a trait that you consider work in progress that you are working on to become a better you?
Being more open and more sponteanous, being more able to connect better with other people.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
I have had different defining moments, but I would say the moment I had to defend my PhD thesis was an important one. This is something that I have longed for so long. In my younger years, I couldn’t imagine that I would come this far. But it defined me, it is who I am. To succeed in something I have worked for so long. It is a result of my determination of never giving up in life.

Other defining moments are when I got the Boelie Van Leeuwen price and the Cola Debrot award. Because it meant receiving recognition of my work during my life time, not after I had passed away.

And finally, my two children. They have become respected citizens in the society.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 10 years from now?
I would want them to say, how much they love me and how I influenced their lives in a positive way.


Do you believe that the fact that we were colonized still has an impact in the mindsets and the culture of our people?
The late Pader Amador Romer used to say, that even though we didn’t personally experience enslavement like in the colonial times way back generations ago, it still affects our mindsets. We have the tendency to surpress these emotions. We can notice some of these traits originating from those times within our families themselves and sometimes when I talk with some youngsters they would refer to their grandparents and what they have learned from them about experienced oppression during that given past history, and in that way these ideas are transmitted from generation to generation. Even intellectuals might think they are not affected by this, but you see it in their way of thinking and behaving, in particular when they are dealing with people whom they have been taught to accept as being superior. And this feeling of inferiority opposed to that of superiority just doesn’t just go away easilyas this is an internalized thing, that is passed on to the next generations.

One example of this, is the importance we give to being “respected”. We put so much emphasis on “respect”, which I think means to be seen and to be recognized as a human being. You can even hear it in the lyrics of songs being “rapped” (“Nan ta dis bo” = meaning they disrespect you). E.G. I remember how in a film on the revitalized Pietermaai area, with all the new investments in restaurants and hotels, the original inhabitants when interviewed said that they liked the developments, but felt that the newcomers did not respect them as they did not even greet them when they would encounter each other on the street.

The emotional wounds from the past will not be healed by themselves. I strongly believe that as long as those who have enslaved our ancestors and colonized us, don’t apologize to us, and we who were colonized don’t render forgiveness, we will not pass through this collective healing process. It will stay under the surface of our collective consciousness and erupt violently at times. As e.g. during 30th of May 1969, where the protesters expressed their historically anchored hatred. But also look more recently at the discussions that took place around 10-10-2010, as Curaçao gained its autonomy within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This anger and hatred is historically explainable and it will not disappear by itself. As a country we indeed have to move forward, but moving forward entails that we also have to deal with the pain of the past.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
“Yu di Korsou” are strong people. Slowly but surely I am taking notice, that although things are not going well, people are resilient and that e.g. they are starting to plant their own food, they are starting their own businesses. This power, as they are becoming more and more aware that they have it, this I believe will put us in a position that we can and will survive whatever the challenges are that we are confronted with.

 


Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I really enjoyed this interview a lot. It triggered me to think and reflect deeper on myself, the society and the world at large.

Rose mary Allen is one of the leading cultural historians of Curaçao. Her work based on oral history and the influence migrants had in our society has earned her two awards the Boelie van Leeuwen award and the Cola Debrot award. Her humble demeanor, her attitude to never stop learning and her focus to share her vast knowledge with the next generations definitely makes her an Influencer representing the Arts and Cultural sector and we deeply respect and love her and consider her to be one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao.




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

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.



Workshop Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?
On the 16th of October we will be repeating the workshop “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”Do you want to know more on the mysteries of mastery over “Emotions”?

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

Place: Avila Beach Hotel
Time: 8 am - 12 pm.
Entrance fee: Ang 125,-
Presenters: Haydee Hermans, Soul Garden | O’dennis Daal, Master Your Mind | Ivan Kuster, Uplifting BV.
Find out more.

 

Our next MYM-platform session in November
We would like to invite you for our next session on the 19th of November and we will be presenting again two very interesting books.

Gary Zukav’s "The seat of the soul" and “Scale, the universal laws of life, growth and death in Organizations”, by Geoffrey West.

This as part of our effort to keep combining personal developments books with books that give us a macro view of the world and its developments.

In the book “The Seat of the Soul” by bestselling Gary Zukav, to be presented by Ivan Kuster is the 25th anniversary edition. It contains a new Foreword by the author, website links, and a new Study Guide to help readers find even deeper meaning and fulfillment. The Seat of the Soul encourages you become the authority in your own life. It will change the way you see the world, interact with other people, and understand your own actions and motivations. Beginning with evolution, Gary Zukav explains how we are evolving into a species that understands power as the alignment of the personality with the soul--authentic power. Our evolution requires each of us to make the values of the soul our own: harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life. Zukav shows us how to participate fully in this evolution, enlivening our everyday activities and all of our relationships with meaning and purpose.

“Scale, the universal laws of life, growth and death in Organizations”, by Geoffrey West will be presented by Michiel van der Veur.

From one of the most influential scientists of our time, a dazzling exploration of the hidden laws that govern the life cycle of everything from plants and animals to the cities we live in.

Visionary physicist Geoffrey West is a pioneer in the field of complexity science, the science of emergent systems and networks. The term “complexity” can be misleading, however, because what makes West’s discoveries so beautiful is that he has found an underlying simplicity that unites the seemingly complex and diverse phenomena of living systems, including our bodies, our cities and our businesses.

West’s work has been game-changing for biologists, but then he made the even bolder move of exploring his work’s applicability. Cities, too, are constellations of networks and laws of scalability relate with eerie precision to them. The implications of these discoveries are far-reaching, and are just beginning to be explored. Through the brilliant mind of Geoffrey West, we can envision how cities, companies and biological life alike are dancing to the same simple, powerful tune.

Date: Tuesday (3rd of the month) 19th of November

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


Tips

We will share one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 Inspiring Future Leaders to be Responsible - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=98y1FoVboLs

TAKE RESPONSIBILITY MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrC3u1oDVJY

Personal responsibility - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4npS4Lv3KRY

AMAZING KIDS OF CHARACTER: RESPONSIBILITY (Accessible Preview) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_0TzBMf7rw

Fault Vs Responsibility by Will Smith FULL SPEECH - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=USsqkd-E9ag

7 Things You Should Never Apologize For! - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGEH0TQYpKI

 

Influencer Richenel Asano, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on October 27, 2019 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (28th – 3th of November) we will interview Richenel Ansano; furthermore we will invite you for our next Master Your Mind-platform session of the 19th of November and we will share with you some motivational video links. Every day we will upload one video on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Richenel Ansano: eternally curious

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I have a significant other, two daughters, and 4 brothers and sisters. My parents passed away and they had been instrumental in who I have become. They always taught me to be myself. We were poor and as I grew up there were those days in the year, where the pressure in the community to buy or do things increases like Saint Nicholas celebration on the 5th of December and during the holiday season the pressure to go on vacation. But my parents taught me, to accept my own reality first and foremost, and not the reality that others want you to believe in. I was brought up with different types of celebrations, like the seasons for “tambú” and “seú”. My father participated in “tambú”, he was a drum player and also a “suplado di kachu di morto” meaning that he blew a horn on a hilltop near our house to announce when somebody in the neighborhood died. Other people would pick up the message and pass it on from other hilltops. This would keep on going for a great distance. We were taught to plant and harvest the proceeds from my grandmother’s farmland, her ”kunuku”, as well as our own garden. Growing up like that, I learned to appreciate this organic relationship to the land and traditions very much. I am the father of 2 children living in the United States of America, in their twenties now, from my previous marriage. They are inspiring young talents and professionals. One is a minister and the other is in the arts, and just wrote her first book.

 

Do that, what you children are becoming as professionals, represent you in a sense?
Yes, I believe they indeed do represent those traits in me, as well as their mother’s. They have also been deeply influenced by having lived in different societies, cultures and being in communities of diverse backgrounds, interests and experiences.

 

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are an entrepreneur?
I studied Economics in Puerto Rico on the Bachelor level and in the USA I graduated as a Master of Arts in Anthropology, which for me was a very important switch, btw. In High School, I was deeply inspired by my Economics teacher and I misinterpreted what this study was all about. My teacher’s experience and passion was the implementation of social economic projects, like housing projects for poverty stricken populations. Studying Economics later, at the university, we were taught numbers and formulas and totally unrealistic models of ideal rational human action, this was such a big disappointment to me. I missed the human beings, social environment, the real decision making processes. So, after exploring the sociology of educational systems, I went to look for and found a discipline that really dealt with real human beings. 

I found that in studying Anthropology. It became my philosophy of life for several years. As the years have gone by, my philosophy now is: “To listen and be aware.” I focus a lot on the words that are being used. By being aware of the words people use, I became aware how little people used the word “i”, which means “and”, in Papiamentu. I mean this in the sense of following through on your intentions. If I intend, believe, propose something, there has to be a consequence, “and this is what I will do about it in a persistent way”. We sometimes seem content with having great ideas and initiatives, but not following through.

The listening that I do, doesn’t dismiss me from accepting my responsibilities. Listening is not without obligation. I need to do something with what I hear. I can also see that people listen, but don’t reflect on the consequences of what is said. We can be advocates of diversity in ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation for example, but in fact not be accepting of other diversities or tolerant towards people with other opinions on these subject matters. So I think a lot about this letter/word “i” and it reminds me of Nigerian Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in a TED Talk she gave titled “The danger of the single story”, referring to the fact that all issues have multiple sides and all are valid. But “i” and can also stand for consequences and the need to dialogue, which can include accepting consequences in order to achieve something.


We know each other for years way back when you were a civil servant, the head of the department of Culture, your wife then went for her studies to the USA and you joined her and I lost track of you and then we met again as you were the director of Stichting N.A.A.M. and I know you to be knowledgeable in the area of our cultural history and I also know that you are very spiritual. Does this give a fairly good idea of what Richenel has been doing?
You know if you would follow my life, it has been typified by radical changes that I have gone through during different phases of my life. I am still going through radical changes now as we speak. I was born and grew up in Kura Piedra (this neighborhood is between Seru Fortuna and Goede Hoop) from a family background with limited material resources and contrary to what you might expect I grew up to become very self confident as I learned a lot of Curaçao’s old traditional cultural heritage like tambú, seú, farming in the “kunuku” and learning Curaçao’s spiritual traditions. I did go through a period of feeling inferior, in spite of the powerful messages from my parents o believe in myself and despite the strong cultural background I was given. This sense of less worth came during my school years in high school, where everything I grew up with culturally, spiritually, language-wise was severly challenged by being confronted wih lifestyles that did not share my experiences at all, labelled them “backward” or else assumed that I was making up fantasy worlds. For example, when I talked about our spiritual traditions.

 


Spiritual, what do you mean by Curaçao spiritual traditions?
Well it has to do with experiences outside of the normal 5 sensory reality, like what people would call superstition, ghost stories, the healing of sick people with only one’s hands etc ...and this was my reality and I have experienced it and lived it. Now scientists are talking about 10, 20, or more senses that help us understand how wwe can perceive or experience these realities. But old ways die hard: we defend the 5 sensory reality, because the alernatives are too scary.

My biggest transformation came, when I was 16 years old and was on my way to study in Puerto Rico. As I was preparing to leave, I went to the bookstore Van Dorp-Eddine back then and I bought a life changing book: “The Autobiography of a Yogi”, by Paramahansa Yogananda. This was so transforming because this book validated a lot of the spiritual experiences, that I had in Kura Piedra. By reading this book, I got validation that a person could have pre-monition, be clear voyant, work with energy as my mother use to do, become aware of past lives, all of these were validated. There are differences in terms of culture as you compare India, where Yogananda lived in the early years of his life, and Curaçao, but if you look at the physical body and you consider it an external packing, basically we as souls are the same. So a lot what was said in that book, resonated with me. This made me change my perception of myself and others, as I now see human beings as souls basically with their body as their external coat. Still, the body is a very important vessel that helps us navigate this world and teaches us to be ture to ourselves if we are willing to listen to it.

 


 

Did you went to Puerto Rico when you were only 16 years old?

I was a good student and could study with ease as I was doing my MAVO. Because of my excellent results, I was sent to VWO and I was proud of this. But VWO was quite different, with several new subjects I came into during the middle of the school year, and I kept my same laid back study attitudes that I had at the MAVO and failed in my exam in Geography. I did not want to go backward in my classes. I was proud and only wanted to go forward, so I ended up going to the HAVO and after getting my HAVO degree, I left to Puerto Rico at an early age. I got there partly because of pride, but more importantly, because of a deep sense that studying in the region was better for me than going to The Netherlands.

 

What I really appreciated from my parents, as they went through poverty and trauma in those days when I was growing up is, their deep cultural wisdom. My parents played and danced “tambu”, they taught me farming, they taught me what plants I could use for medicinal reasons, collective savings called “sam”; my grandmother was a self-taught mid wife and she taught me how that was done in her time. All of this formed my cultural identity and made me who I am right now. I got used to the Guene or Guinea language , as I grew up hearing people singing in “Guinea” during chores, digging wells, cooking, planting. And the quintessence of what they taught me was “take good care of yourself” and they nudged me slowly with small steps to take good care of myself. As I was going through the secondary school education, they bought me a typewriter so I could practice for my typewriter lessons. I knew they didn’t have a lot of money. They also sent my to karate lessons, while I knew they didn’t had so much money, all to make me take good care of myself. My mother taught me how to make bread and some typical sweets from Curacao, taught me to make coconut oil. My father was a longshoreman “trahadó di Klip” who also used to fish when work was slow. I would sell the fish he caught to people in the neighborhood. All of my mother’s baked goods and sweets I could sell at school and keep half of the revenues at a very young age. Basically, teaching me entrepreneurship and taking care of myself. In the environment in which I grew up entrepreneurship was a survival strategy, not a career dream. As I went to Puerto Rico, I kept this entrepreneurial spirit and bought and sold chewing gum like PK and Stimorol that they didn’t have in Puerto Rico. I baked and sold Curaçao’s “pan será”, and also jewelry, and shoes. Basically my parents taught me, that “I am the creator of my own destiny.”


 

What is your opinion on trauma’s individual and groups can have and how does that influence whom these persons are? What can be done about creating awareness and solutions to release these traumas?
Well first of all, part of the traumas we have, are complicated because we tend to walk around with different layers of trauma. From our early age, when we are born, getting into the world screaming for air to breathe. Then, as we grow up and might see and experience violence at home, violence of the neighborhood and at school, we keep accumulating traumas, this makes it cumulative and complex. It also becomes normalized in our relationships. For example if a child is slapped regularly to discipline him or her and we justify this as being normal, this can be passed on to the next generation as this child grows up and applies domestic violence also later as an adult and considers this to be completely normal. But as complicated as trauma patterns are, this doesn’t mean that they can’t be released, as long as we are aware that there are different types of trauma. There are different ways to release traumas, one of most important ways I have learned to deal with traumas is to differentiate between individual and group traumas in the circle work ('ròndu') I created in 1987. This circle work, where a group sits in a circle, can be used to release traumas, but also to develop what I then called “the communal emergent self”. The basic idea is, that wherever we are, if we are in a circle there is group intelligence that forms, where the different personalities, people’s heritages and the context where the group members are in create an opportunity for gaining a deeper understanding of self, breaking normal perceptions and creating an emergent collective self where we can become our authentic selves, free of our habitual behaviors, free of habitual consensus communal reality. I used to call it like that back then, now I don’t have a name for it.

 

Basically, you sit in a circle with or without a specific theme to explore. I prefer the themeless “ròndu”, but sometimes this is difficult for certain groups. Regardless, the group gets out of controlling everything with the rational mind. By doing this you come to know yourself and others better. Somebody might share a dream or some kind of experience, then you move on to the next person in the circle. We can also share remarkable coincidences/synchronicities, or listen to the body, or pay attention to lessons of nature. Anything to break the hold of the mental patterns and associated behaviors, that keep us tied to unwanted or oppressive ways of being in this world. I have had some remarkable experiences with this method. In the early 2000’s I called it Jaguar Medicine, because I was working with a fellow healer, Vera Moura, who was (among other things) a shamanic practitioner. Both of us felt that we were called to explore South American Jaguar Medicine after experiences with Jaguar. Vera went on later to study with Stanley Krippner, a big authority in Consciousness Research, and wrote a Master’s Thesis on the results of our Jaguar Medicine gatherings, releasing people of past traumas. Shaking medicine is another method to release traumas. Shaking helps the body release trauma in many ways. For us, all these and other methods are quite necessary. Elis Juliana once said that you can’t erase 400 years of colonialism in just one lecture or article. That it would take many years of education and social action to make effective change. So indeed, we have lots of work to do still to release traumas in our society.


And when do you consider that you have been successfull, let us say 5 years and 10 years from now?
I will be successful, if I would have synchronized my learning of the past years into better ways to explain this to others. Because that would mean I can explain it to myself and have truly lived it for some time. If I would have by then been able to break away from the habit to be dependent on the money based economy and the organizational, psychological, spiritual and cultural forms it creates. As director of NAAM I was involved in so many tasks like annual financial reports, project reporting, intermittent reporting during the year, tracking organizational compliance, assuring subsidy compliance and requests, procuring other local and international funds, continued organizational adaptation to resource reduction, keeping my attention away from doing real work. That administrative stuff, basically according to me, doesn’t really matter. It is like when you are singing in “tambú” and there is so much noise in the song that you can’t hear it well. Maybe it is a fantasy, but I want to be involved in doing “ròndu”, counseling, helping people to release trauma, be of service to the community at large, without the money stuff, if I would be able to do that, I will be successful. That is my vision.

 



What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
Asking myself why so many of us prefer to stay ignorant instead of choosing to rise and shine. I have even written a play on this, the storyline goes like this: “Someone in his afterlife goes to heaven and presents his case to the universe to the effect that ignorance isn’t a logical choice. That being born ignorant of our true, powerful and beautiful selves should not be the starting point for us in this world”. It amazes me how deeply our societies structure themselves around creating and sustaining ignorance.

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

Well the biggest one is, how to live without using money as a means of exchange, which is a big challenge in a world where money plays such a pre-dominant role. So when someone comes to me for counseling, how to deal with this without using money. They might bring a plant or they might cook for me. Being on the grid this still does not take care of my bills. Well this is a challenge here, although I know people living in the USA that function outside the normal money based economy based, off grid, on an ecological, small carbon footprint economy. So, it is a question of already partially living the vision for a new culture while still being entangled in old culture.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Yes, I use my Inner voice and try to externalize it. I have developed a method for my clients, called personal curriculum that includes:

• stating and regularly evaluating your life goals

• evaluation of your development if you are on track or aligned with your goals and

• thirdly becoming aware of all the things that happen in your life that serve your goals and that are impossible for you to have created by your small ego self; for example things that occur through synchronicities, dreams, and similar circumstances.

When I have a dilemma, I open myself for the answers that come, the synchronicities, the crumbs from the universe and I am open for what is being said.

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
By being aware in the present.

 

Do you journal?
I used to journal regularly, especially dream journaling. But for the past few years I have been doing more reflective writing. I have been writing constantly, as different things happening constantly that trigger me and through writing I can process them.

Like, I was reflecting once on the way some people express themselves in Curacao with a persistent critique of the so-called “ the knife cut me mentality”. It didn’t feel right and through writing and reflecting on this I could discern it’s deeper meaning. Those who offer that critique are always blaming others for the wrongs of our society. But in other cases, it also made me aware of a second problem in our society: split personalities that our society has been creating. Natasha Van der Dijs’ PhD. dissertation for example has three cases of people of mixed descent express themselves in narratives of split personalities, where they see their afro/local descent as having low self worth and unwillingness to accept responsibility. Their other/immigrant ethnic heritage was a source of pride because of their industriousness and other features. Going much deeper in the expression “e kuchú a kòrtami” itself, I finally realized one of the things that was bothering me most about it: it is not a construction that a competent Papiamentu speaker would have used a few decades ago. Such a loaded expression; not really part of our culture until recently. But we still see it as underlying much of negative local behavior. This all took me back to how we have internalized negative self-images in very sophisticated ways in our history. So, writing helps me so much. As I write, my ideas flow. If I don’t write, I lose these ideas. I then also lose a chance to see myself and my community in the mirror.

 

What are your strengths?
I am a good listener. I can be very empathic. That is why I am a good mediator. I don’t take things for granted, which in the past I used to see it as limiting, because I was always questioning things, not able to stop looking at multiple sides. But it is also a strength. That is why when I started studying Economics, I didn’t accept it and later chose for Anthropology. But this not taking things for granted, and not accepting group consensus can be the source of lots of problems. In the so-called progressive world, I have a lot of critique of groupthink, of accepted facts, unconditionally accepting consensus. When that critique is given most people then automatically think I am siding with their opponents. So, as they say in my parent’s generation: I don’t get a seat in any house. At the same time, I have grown to understand that every story has its own perspective and reality and that there is no “one reality” and that there is more nuance in this world. One aspect of this I have been paying more attention to lately is, the relationship between empathy and transformation. Empathy has been a powerful transformation incentive for myself in my life. I have noticed, however, that for others this could have the opposite effect. Especially people who feel generally unheard, sometimes, feel validated by empaths and listeners. So, if there are areas they need to change they might be slow or unwilling to do so because they finally received validation for their story and identity. So, I have also been more present and more clear about also being a mirror, reflecting back what I perceive, to prevent dysfunctional validations.


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I have lots of hobbies like:

I like writing about spirituality and Papiamentu, I love walking in the “mondi”.

I love cooking and to invent new ways to cook with traditional ingredients, like “tutu” with spinach, preparing beans in different ways, making ice cream with different local fruits, just experiment and do different things. And it tastes good.

If you as Richenel 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?
Eternally curious.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your 'bida'/career?
My mother and my father in the first place, but also Paramahansa Yogananda, Elis Juliana, Paulo Freire, and Joceline Clemencia, who was a profoundly spiritual person btw.

 

What is a trait that you consider work in progress that you are working on to become a better you?
I am working on becoming a “transbeing” with compassion, becoming aware as an emergent self, that I can be much bigger than just a personal consciousness. Consciousness is not something personal, but it is much bigger than that, it could also include the consciousness of animals, trees, minerals, past memories, or intelligences we have not even consciously discovered yet.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
There were many, but the one that comes up the most is, when I left Curacao to go to Puerto Rico for my studies. I arrived in Puerto Rico with the Autobiography of a Yogi of Paramahansa Yogananda in my hand and I experienced the reality of countries like Chile and Argentina. It transformed the way I looked at society. I was used to Westerns, Kung Fu and drama movies as a teenager. So movies as entertainment. But Puerto Rico transformed me. I learned that art, science, our professions, anything we are engaged in can be consciously used for transforming the realities we know, so that all can reach their fullest potential. I also learned that everyone needs to take their community seriously, however they define community. And when I started reading writers who did this: who took their readers seriously, my worldview and the way I looked at Curacao changed. Rather than just a place I loved it became a place that fascinated me for all its history, our social psychology, spiritualities, and our presence in this region and in the world. In the fight for Puerto Rico’s freedom from Spain there were three main leaders, one of them was Mathias Brugman, from Curacao. His parents came from Curacao and New Orleans. Living there also made me more aware of living in a country that wasn’t independent. So, to sum up I underwent a big spiritual and political transformation.

 

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career or should I say be with life?

I would be more open to listening to the Universe, I am still half and half on that, I would have to let go, be more detached from the unnecessary stuff. For example, although I love the house and I have grown to also like the neighborhood I am living in now, I now know, that I probably need to move on. I would have to find the best place that I would have to be, it might be in Curacao or elsewhere, a better place for my specific work with “ròndu”. I have travelled a lot around the world the past few years to facilitate work with the cultural heritage of countries like Korea, Nepal, China, Peru, Jamaica, the other Islands of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Vanuatu, and these experiences have taught me so much and I need to open myself more to let this happen. Not the travel or the cultural heritage work, but being where I can be of most service to communities. I need to learn more and teach more on the application of this circle work, “ròndu” here in Curacao and around the world. Much of this circle work was deepened for me in the “Revisioning Medicine” group I have been part of since 2004 in California. I am working on integrating more of its wisdom into my “ròndu” work.


What would you want your loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
I have no vision on that, as I am letting go of so many things and I don’t want to attach myself to the future.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
I see so much wisdom in the island. At the same time I see the challenges, that I have also passed through, personally. I have been so inspired by Paulo Freire as he could see the strength and the positives of oppressed people in Brazil and all over the world, and they still achieved so much in their lives despite the obstacles that they had to overcome. He was able to especially see that overcoming these obstacles meant actively transforming oppressive structures, be they psychological, social, political, spiritual or cultural. Having said that of Paulo Freire, it is impossible for me not to be positive about the future of Curaçao. Btw this doesn’t mean that at times I am not disappointed in certain things, that take place on the island, but I have lived in other countries and I can put certain things in perspective. That is why, I am optimistic about the future of Curaçao.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Lots of things have formed me, but the most important is “Curaçao”. I was raised here; I met a lot of people here; I came to respect “nature” living in Curaçao; I left and lived abroad, but I believe that I have learned the most by living in Curaçao. If I would have lived elsewhere my learning curve would have been flatter, I would have learned less up until now in my life.



More info about Richenel Ansano and his work
richenel.ansano@gmail.com
skype: ransano1

Website: www.alimatransformations.com/

Some articles: independent.academia.edu/RichenelAnsano

LinkedIn Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/richenelansano/

Book chapter on compassion: www.michaelortizhill.com/Craft_Sample_Chapters/CH14_Healing_the_Healers.pdf

Interview essay: afromagazine.nl/opinie/spiritualiteit-op-cura%C3%A7ao

Papiamentu poetry (free download):www.lulu.com/shop/richenel-ansano/kolosenshi/ebook/product-18594044.html

 

Richenel Ansano is one of the leading cultural historians of Curaçao. His never-ending efforts, to educate our people about their own cultural heritage, recently aimed at storytelling and using modern media to reach people in the different neighborhoods in Curaçao, is something we loudly applaud. We deeply respect his resilience based on his own personal life story and his curiosity to try to explain, why people prefer, to stay ignorant instead of choosing to rise and shine, as we as human beings have so much potential. As a representative of the Arts and Cultural sector we definitely consider him to be one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao.


 

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

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.

 

Our next MYM-platform session in November

We would like to invite you for our next session on the 19th of November and we will be presenting again two very interesting books.

Gary Zukav’s "The seat of the soul" and “Scale, the universal laws of life, growth and death in Organizations”, by Geoffrey West.

This as part of our effort to keep combining personal developments books with books that give us a macro view of the world and its developments.

 

In the book “The Seat of the Soul” by bestselling Gary Zukav, to be presented by Ivan Kuster is the 25th anniversary edition. It contains a new Foreword by the author, website links, and a new Study Guide to help readers find even deeper meaning and fulfillment. The Seat of the Soul encourages you become the authority in your own life. It will change the way you see the world, interact with other people, and understand your own actions and motivations. Beginning with evolution, Gary Zukav explains how we are evolving into a species that understands power as the alignment of the personality with the soul--authentic power. Our evolution requires each of us to make the values of the soul our own: harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life. Zukav shows us how to participate fully in this evolution, enlivening our everyday activities and all of our relationships with meaning and purpose.

“Scale, the universal laws of life, growth and death in Organizations”, by Geoffrey West will be presented by Michiel van der Veur.

From one of the most influential scientists of our time, a dazzling exploration of the hidden laws that govern the life cycle of everything from plants and animals to the cities we live in.

Visionary physicist Geoffrey West is a pioneer in the field of complexity science, the science of emergent systems and networks. The term “complexity” can be misleading, however, because what makes West’s discoveries so beautiful is that he has found an underlying simplicity that unites the seemingly complex and diverse phenomena of living systems, including our bodies, our cities and our businesses.

West’s work has been game-changing for biologists, but then he made the even bolder move of exploring his work’s applicability. Cities, too, are constellations of networks and laws of scalability relate with eerie precision to them. The implications of these discoveries are far-reaching, and are just beginning to be explored. Through the brilliant mind of Geoffrey West, we can envision how cities, companies and biological life alike are dancing to the same simple, powerful tune.

Date: Tuesday (3rd of the month) 19th of November
Place: Chit Chat Cafe Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 - 9 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
Click to attend!


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

 

Brené Brown - Embracing Vulnerability - YouTube
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=AO6n9HmG0qMwww.youtube.com/watch?v=AO6n9HmG0qM

 

Gabby Bernstein: Detox from Judgment to Live Your Best Life - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrl6_RK23Bw

 

How to Release Fear - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gN6R85WSNM8&t=41s

 

5 Things Highly Focused People Do | Jack Canfield - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=my68yX_DuYU

 

Simon Sinek - It's a result of leadership - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDFQ_KNB4BU

 

Simon Sinek-Take Care of Others - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiiLBq7ZssQ

 

Influencers Babette Luijten and Richard Van Ginkel, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on October 20, 2019 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (21st – 27th of October) we will interview a couple Babette Luijten and Richard Van Ginkel founders of the movement 'The Ripple'. Furthermore, we will invite you for our next Master Your Mind Platform session on the 19th of November at the Chit Chat café at Mensing’s Caminada and we will share some instructional videos on trauma, trapped emotions and trauma release. Every day we will upload one of these videos on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Babette Luijten and Richard van Ginkel, founders of the 'Ripple': curious and adventurous

 


Richard and Babette, could you share with us some information of both your family life?
Richard: I have one younger brother and my parents will soon be married for 50 years. My parents were and still are, very supportive in who I am and have become. In fact my high ambitions in whatever I do, I have from my parents. On top of that they have also taught me to appreciate who I am and what I have; and that has created a beautiful balance in my life. When I want something, I go for it all the way, but on the other hand, I am also very able to let go of things and just be content. My brother has also played a very important role in whom I am and he is - until this day - my very best friend.

Babette: I come from a bigger family. I have two brothers and one sister. I am the youngest of the four. My parents are still happily married and even have grandchildren now. There’s a great and strong bond between all of us. I was always treated as the youngest child and being looked after by my older siblings, but I was also supported to find my own way in life. I consider that to be so important as I always know that home will be there for me whatever happens, they will always welcome me with open arms. Knowing this has made me more confident to take the steps that I have taken in my life and I am aware that this relationship with my family is something very special.


Richard your Papiamento is super, where you born here?
Richard: No, I wasn’t born here, but I was raised here. When I was 6 years old, we came to live in Curaçao, after living in Germany and Barbados. So before I came to Curaçao, I had already travelled a lot. So I think that’s where my adventurous spirit comes from.
Babette: I come from a less adventurous family background. I was born and raised in the Netherlands and 4 years ago I decided to come and work in Curaçao after working here as a trainee for a while. In fact, I also immediately felt at home here in Curaçao.

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are both entrepreneurs?
Richard: I did my primary school and High School (Peter Stuyvesant, now KAP) here in Curaçao. After that I went to study in the Netherlands, The Hague. In those days there was no internet and my information of possible studies was very limited. So – in all honesty - I made a safe bet and chose an International degree, in which I could make money and see the world. That seemed to be the wise thing to do in those days.

As I worked a lot in the hospitality sector as a teenager, I initially thought that the ‘Hogere Hotelschool’ would be a good match. But it wasn’t and shortly after starting I decided to follow my heart and passion and study Interior Architecture. I have enjoyed working in this field a lot. Nevertheless, I stopped working as an Interior Architect some months ago and started with what we are doing now.


Babette: After finishing High School in the Netherlands, I went to the UK as a trainee for a year to upgrade my English. After that I moved to Groningen to earn my degree as a speech therapist. In 2012 I graduated and started working. A few years later I continued working as a speech therapist, but then in Curaçao. Some months ago I decided to change my career, to be able to dedicate myself fulltime to the ‘Ripple’.

I got your names via Gino Jacobs of Profound Projects as a referral as he considered you also to be Influencers, as you are going to build your own eco-friendly tiny home and he was impressed by both of your mindsets. What kind of business are you exactly in and what is your companies name?

Richard: With the ‘Ripple’, our intention is to be non-profit. We are not an official company, neither a foundation. At the moment we just want to do inspiring things and take positive steps while maintaining our autonomy and independence. We are still in the “startup”-phase; we have lots of great ideas and as we follow our path, we are eager to see what we will encounter. We will continue to follow what our heart tells us to do and what feels right.


Babette: It might have been a big step into the unknown, but we have a strong and good feeling about what we are doing. Along the way, we will find out in what form the ‘Ripple’ will continue.


As you are planning to live eco-friendly? This requires an out of the box mindset. Where did this mindset come from?
Babette: I come from a family that stimulated me to get a degree and a decent job, find a partner and create a future family life. However, they also always supported me in my own personal choices. My deep love for nature was strengthened by my parents through their awareness and our family hiking vacations. Also, my parents have never been materialistic; they still use the same juicer as they got when they got married (43 years ago)! By that they taught us to appreciate the little things in life. Next to that they always supported me to expand my wings and go and explore the world and to find my own unique path.

But of course this also comes from myself. I have this longing to be in nature and to make the most out of my life. For this, I have often taken deep dives into the unknown and it always worked out very well. And now again I am doing this and at times I ask myself what I am doing, not having a fixed income and so. But I know that if I should fail in my endeavors, I will be ok. Richard and I have been talking lately of how blessed we are. We both come from warm families and had the chance to study and get a degree. Many people don’t have this luck and the decision to follow your heart is not easily taken then.

Watch a short intro video about the 'Ripple' on YouTube


Richard: I think it is a combination of nurture and nature. Certain aspects of my mindset are things I got from my parents, like my self-confidence, my joy for life and my urge for adventure and discovery. My parents were great role models in that sense. Moving a lot and seeing a lot of the world opened my mind and made me very creative. The other part, the nature part, is my innate curiosity. That is me.

Building our own eco-friendly tiny home is the first of many projects we are planning to do. The ‘Ripple’ is in fact a movement, that helps people pursue a healthier and richer life with more freedom by creating and promoting sustainably innovative ways.

Babette: If you ask people what they want, almost all of them say more freedom and more time to spend on what they find valuable in life, like hobbies or family. Next to that there is more people who are becoming aware of what the impact of our lifestyle is on the environment. We have come to the conclusion that the general support for living a more fulfilling, sustainable life has grown significantly.


The eco home you are planning to build or building how far are you in its construction?
Babette: We are waiting for some last green lights and then we are ready to start construction. The tiny eco-home is based on a philosophy, that is based on bringing things back to the essentials; basically we as humans don’t need so much to live a comfortable life. If you have to work hard to have to pay for your mortgage and a high standard life, there is a big chance you are not living life to the fullest of its essence. Just by keeping things simple, you can create the ability to work less and have more free time to do the things that you really love to do. We see that a lot of people are looking for this. And by keeping it simple, you almost automatically live more sustainable as you decrease your footprint. By living like this, we become a living example of what the ‘Ripple’ stands for.



And when do you consider that you have been successful with your goals to live a valuable and sustainable life, let us say 5 years and 10 years from now?
Richard: We decided on purpose to step out of the rat race. I have been there. I had a good job and I had the tendency to overspend beyond my financial means. Then I decided to make other decisions by spending differently, working less and choosing a life with more freedom and spare time. In the western world, the predominant paradigm is that to be successful you must have done something big and have made lots of money. Usually this comes at a cost. To become that successful, requires lots of time, energy and stress. We have discovered that you can also be very successful by working more efficiently and bringing things back to the essentials and still have a very comfortable life, with more quality time and less stress.


Babette: I wouldn’t wait 5 or 10 years to feel successful. We are successful right at this very moment, as we feel fulfilled with where we are right now. We are getting so many positive reactions from people in Curaçao and elsewhere in the world. We are working to create projects to inspire people and through that create ripple effects. That is our goal. As we have just started, we are not there yet but on the other hand we see that ripples are starting to be made. At the moment we are going through an important transition period, with all kinds of challenges as we are starting our journey, but I believe we are successful when we feel good with what we do and when people support that.


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
Babette: I believe every one of us has a purpose in life. And life challenges you at times to find that purpose. But as long as you listen to your heart, you will come closer to it. I think I have found my purpose and that is what we are now doing with the ‘Ripple’. The vision of the Ripple is to live in a world where nature and people co-exist in harmony. What we see is a growing divide between nature and humanity. Sometimes we as human beings tend to forget that we need nature and depend on it. I think we should try to be more aware of how nature works, respect it more, and work with it instead of against it. I want to give a positive contribution to this by sharing and giving my example, instead of my opinion. I think that’s way more valuable. At the same time I also feel humble as we are also still learning and growing. In the meantime we hope to inform and inspire as many people as we can!

Richard: I want to get the most out of life. As I am getting older this is becoming more and more important to me. I want to focus on enjoying the small and beautiful things that matter, such as the connection with people and with the world. I can be in total awe of the beauty of this amazing planet we live on!


What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you are confronted by?Richard: There are so many challenges, but both of us are positive by nature. At times these challenges can be overwhelming for different reasons. But challenges according to us are also indicators of change. We have decided to dive into the unknown, which contrasts completely with the structured world we come from. There everything was organized. We had our office, we had fixed working hours, we had a fixed income and colleagues. Now this is totally different and we have to get used to this at times. But one thing we know for sure is that we know what we want and we are doing it.


Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Babette: I believe in my inner voice, call it my gut feeling. It has strongly developed throughout my life. How do I use it? As an example, the decision I took to come to Curaçao. I was hired as a trainee for 3 months here. At that time, I had a good job in the Netherlands, but I quit that for this trainee-ship. Most friends and my family didn’t understand this decision, as my former boss had offered me a permanent contract on my return. But I had this very strong feeling that I just had to go and something would come my way. I didn’t hesitate. My gut feeling was that strong. And then, in my first month of the trainee position, a job became available in exactly my field of work. After a few weeks, I was officially hired and I moved to Curaçao. Next to the job, I also met Richard here; Curaçao has brought me so much! This inner voice is like an animal instinct and I have to listen to it. So right now, we know what we want, we don’t exactly know how it’s going to work out, but we are working towards what we want and we trust our inner voice that everything will turn out for the best. It worked out like this before, so now it will again. And in times of dilemma’s, I often get signs; this can be somebody saying something, an object or a quote I see. I think everybody gets signs sometimes, you just have to (want to) see them. They provide answers or a step in the right direction.


Richard: When I was younger my brother and I could just sit somewhere and think about nothing…We called it “locken” and later realized it was a form of meditation  Later on in life I learned to listen to my inner voice by doing a lot of self-reflection and recognizing what my heart was telling me. The big challenge was to trust and accept that inner voice and realize that everything would be alright in the end. Now it works almost automatically for me. I can have a thought or an idea and if it feels good I just go for it.

How are you trying to keep up with your personal knowledge and skill levels?
Babette: I try to stay open minded and to grow by continuing to learn and accept feedback from others.

Richard: I want to keep growing by staying open to positive feedback and filtering out useless and negative information. This helps me keep an open mind and stay flexible with my thoughts.


If you as Richard / Babette would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself in one word, what would you answer?
Richard: Adventurous
Babette: Curious


Who are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career or where you stand now in life?
Richard: My former employer. He has mentored me a lot as I was starting my career as an Interior Architect and this has brought me so many great things in my life. But also definitely my parents and my brother. They’ve always been there for me and supported me in what I was doing!


Babette: There is not one specific person for me. I am inspired by the spiritual and the divine and this gives me so much hope, faith and strength. But also, my family has supported me unconditionally and that is awesome. Basically, that explains why I can be so bold.


What was a defining moment in your life?

Babette: I would say 2014; I started my working life a few years before and I noticed that all of my friends were getting into jobs, relationships and everybody became more individualistic and I started to feel a loss of connection with the people around me. I began to feel lonely. But then my inner voice started to make me want to look for adventure and then I decided to apply for the traineeship at Curaçao. This has changed the course of my life drastically. I recently read a quote that said the following: “The Universe isolates you, so you can find your soul’s purpose.” I feel that is exactly what happened to me back then.


Richard: I have had many defining moments and always see opportunities in challenges. My absolute favorite moment was right after earning my degree as an Interior Architect. I was looking forward to starting my career and got the opportunity to do a nice project in Curaçao. At that time I also met someone who was going to Australia for a year and I decided right then and there to join her. It was an amazing time where I got to further discover the real Richard. We ended up traveling for 15 months.


What would you want your loved ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
Babette: She follows her heart and she found out she can fly.
Richard: He lives.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
Richard: We keep focusing on the positive. It helps us achieve many beautiful things. It is also one of our important goals with the Ripple: promoting positive steps that are being taken on our amazing island!

Babette: We meet so many people here, of all different ages, with various backgrounds, that have a very positive mindset and are doing great work in different fields, all aiming to create something beautiful on the island. This is awesome and this makes me optimistic about the present and future of our island.


One last question, what are both of your strengths?
Babette: Richard finds me very emphatic, flexible and humorous. I think he knows me well ha ha.
Richard: Perseverance, creativity and optimism.


And what trait would you like to improve?
Babette: Listen more, talk less ha ha ha.
Richard: Letting go of things I can’t control.

 

More info on 'Ripple':

Facebook: www.facebook.com/theripplesocial

Instagram: www.instagram.com/theripplesocial

Youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCHVm6Ubsc01RBQ_poUtGgwA/featured

Website: www.theripple.website

Mail: info@theripple.website


Babette and Richard are a remarkable couple, as they recently both quit their jobs and structured life and took a dive into the unknown as they both chose their passion and started the movement the ‘Ripple’. They want to live by example and that is living “life on their own terms”, as enjoyable and fulfilling as possible. They want to bring things back to the essentials, but still live a comfortable life, with less stress, more spare time to use for what they love to do, while spending money on the things that they really like. One of their first projects that they are working on is an eco-friendly tiny home. “We, as human beings, don’t need so much to live a comfortable life.” As they are driven to make a difference in the world, improving the balance between human beings and nature, that we need to respect more. Their non-profit approach where they don’t have neither a company nor a foundation (up to now), makes it challenging for us to categorize them in a certain sector. With their above average willingness to step out of their comfort zone to live their passion, and setting an example, they will definitely influence and inspire lots of people in Curaçao and in the whole world to live and get the most out of life. We love and deeply respect them and definitely consider them both part of the 250 Influencers in our society.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
As the Share2Uplift movement our goaii2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets connected, aligned and collaborate with one another to create impact in all walks of life. This in first instance via the enabling of opportunities to connect as Influencers with one another and secondly by actively promoting “best practice” problem resolution approaches like dialogue to solve the challenges our community has to deal with. We want to reach our target of 250 Influencers by the end of 2020. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.

Our next MYM-platform session in November

We would like to invite you for our next session on the 19th of November and we will be presenting again two very interesting books.

Gary Zukav’s "The seat of the soul" and “Scale, the universal laws of life, growth and death in Organizations”, by Geoffrey West.

This as part of our effort to keep combining personal developments books with books that give us a macro view of the world and its developments.

In the book “The Seat of the Soul” by bestselling Gary Zukav, to be presented by Ivan Kuster is the 25th anniversary edition. It contains a new Foreword by the author, website links, and a new Study Guide to help readers find even deeper meaning and fulfillment. The Seat of the Soul encourages you become the authority in your own life. It will change the way you see the world, interact with other people, and understand your own actions and motivations. Beginning with evolution, Gary Zukav explains how we are evolving into a species that understands power as the alignment of the personality with the soul--authentic power. Our evolution requires each of us to make the values of the soul our own: harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life. Zukav shows us how to participate fully in this evolution, enlivening our everyday activities and all of our relationships with meaning and purpose.

 

“Scale, the universal laws of life, growth and death in Organizations”, by Geoffrey West will be presented by Michiel van der Veur.

From one of the most influential scientists of our time, a dazzling exploration of the hidden laws that govern the life cycle of everything from plants and animals to the cities we live in.

 

Visionary physicist Geoffrey West is a pioneer in the field of complexity science, the science of emergent systems and networks. The term “complexity” can be misleading, however, because what makes West’s discoveries so beautiful is that he has found an underlying simplicity that unites the seemingly complex and diverse phenomena of living systems, including our bodies, our cities and our businesses.

West’s work has been game-changing for biologists, but then he made the even bolder move of exploring his work’s applicability. Cities, too, are constellations of networks and laws of scalability relate with eerie precision to them. The implications of these discoveries are far-reaching, and are just beginning to be explored. Through the brilliant mind of Geoffrey West, we can envision how cities, companies and biological life alike are dancing to the same simple, powerful tune.

 

Date: Tuesday (3rd of the month) 19th of November

Place: Chit Chat Cafe Mensing’s Caminada

Time: 7 - 9 pm.

Entrance fee: Free

Click to attend!


 

Tips
In this week’s blog we will share as usual some instructional video’s on trauma, trapped emotions and trauma release. Every day we will upload one of these videos on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Everyday during the week, we will share one of these video links on our facebook page.

Peter Levine Demonstrates How Trauma Sticks in the Body - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiq0sILHiJs

 

Bessel van der Kolk - how to detoxify the body from trauma - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWEjnGsLN-0

 

Three Ways Trauma Can Change The Brain - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKWUmwxi1ZI

 

Treating Trauma: 2 Ways to Help Clients Feel Safe, with Peter Levine - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7zAseaIyFA

 

Rid your body of trapped emotions: Emotion Code Practitioner - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTDJ7FFRju4

 

How To Let Go Of Trapped Emotions | Emotional Healing [2017] - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmxB-nT2_XU

 

Influencer Neyla Diaz, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on October 13, 2019 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (14th – 20th of October) we will interview Neyla Diaz, a representative of the business sector. Furthermore we will invite you to our upcoming Master Your Mind-Platform session on the 15th of October at the Chit Chat Cafe at Mensing’s and we will end with sharing some motivational video-links. Every day in the week we will upload one of these videos on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Influencer Neyla Diaz: facilitator of excellence 

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
My husband, Jason, and I have been together for 20 years, and we’ve been married for 12,5 years now. We don’t have children yet. I have 5 brothers and 2 sisters, but we didn’t all grow up together in the same household. Both of my parents are alive and are very supportive of who I have become. I am an animal lover and we have 7 dogs.

 

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are an entrepreneur?
After completing primary school at Romer School, I attended Peter Stuyvesant College, now KAP (VWO) and after a sabbatical year, I went to study in Canada at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. My student years were characterized by the fact that I was unable to make choices in what I wanted to learn, so I was allowed as an exception to do high school exams in 10 instead of the regular 7 subject matters at that time and when I went to University, I did two majors. I have a BSc degree in Chemistry and one in Environmental Science. I also have two specializations, one in Toxicology and one in Ecological Management. When I returned to Curaçao, I worked for two years at EcoVision, an environmental consultancy firm in Curaçao, before starting full time at Farminpex.

Nowadays I don’t do very much with Environmental Science in my professional life, but it has become a lifestyle and I live daily with consideration for the environment. Through the awareness created by stuyding these subject matters, this has become part of my personal frame of reference, which entails a special interest as a citizen in environmental issues.


When I went to study in Canada I was very consciously choosing my subject matters, as I always said I didn’t want to end up working in an office building, I wanted a job in the outdoors. The irony of life has it that I now work in office buildings, running a business, and visiting our customers in hospitals and laboratories, throughout the Caribbean, yet all indoors. I have come to accept it though, because the outdoors is still out there anyway and I get to go there whenever I feel like it.

What was your favorite subject matter?

My favourite field of study has always been quantum photo chemistry. It is about the study of the effects of light on atoms, molecules and other particles.

 

What is the opposite of “light”?
Well, I would say that the opposite of light is an inverse photon particle of light or to put it differently it would be light going in the opposite direction, as either a particle or a wave. It is unlikely that we would be able to perceive this phenomenon with the human eye, therefore we perceive it as darkness. Or perhaps the opposite of light is density, since there is evidence that what we consider to be the ‘vacuum’ or ‘darkness’ is actually the densest areas of space. Lately I have been pondering the nature of duality; whether duality really exists. I am exploring the notion that everything is not duality, but comes three’s. Why? I think it’s the natural evolution of things to evolve to create more space and dimension, so it would be natural for something lineair like duality to evolve into the next phase which would be something that encompasses space. The triangle is the smallest shape that encloses space. At some time the “why” of this will reveal itself. What fascinates me is not only the intellectual exercise to justify the existence of this phenomena, but also the answer to the question: “How can we use this new information to the benefit of the greater good?”


What kind of business are you exactly in and what is your company’s name?
The name of the company is Farminpex. We provide medical laboratory equipment, consumables, logistics and technical support to medical laboratories throughout the Greater Caribbean. We also provide laboratory equipment for use for food safety testing, veterinary testing, pharmaceutical testing and other non-human applications. My father started this company 36 years ago. It took some time for me to convince myself that I wanted to run the company. I have a technical education background and a fellow student who was studying psychology during my university years labelled me as a person with traces of autism. It was a big challenge for me to get so far out of my comfort zone.


We have met before when I was present at the graduation of the EPP course of LMI and you explained how you have dealt with the challenges in your company. I was pleasantly surprised by your resilience. Can you expand a little bit on this?
Resilience at all levels and in all aspects of an organization is key in guaranteeing the survival and long-term sustainability of a business. I am now deliberately working on the habits of thought to build resilience in our team. I firmy believe that for a business to be solid the people working in the business need to be competent, productive, and inspired to come together in pursuit of a shared common goal. It is my role to make sure this happens and it is something that despite my human condition, I thoroughly enjoy doing. I can truly enjoy the successes of other people, without losing sight of the preservation of self, my autonomous me. Resilience is a trait that helps us to be successful under any circumstance.

You are also active in markets outside of Curaçao. Does this requires an extra tool kit as different markets have different characteristics?
Yes, it requires a high level of adaptibility and a high degree of persistence because working in different markets means living in different in multiple realities. When you work in different markets, you multiply the challenges, and also the opportunities. You need to be highly autonomous and you should be free of judgement, you cannot be judgemental. You don’t need to have an opinion on everything that happens, and you don’t need to bother too much with why things are the way they are. It is as it is, and communicating with people based on the mindset of improving whatever their current condition is in a way that is meaningful for them will let you get the most out of any situation. It is easier said than done! This is why we work hard on ourselves to be excellent; I work hard and consistently on improving my skills and habits of thoughts and I demand the same of my team. I frequently run a virus scan check on my thoughts, to discover any limiting beliefs that may keep me from reaching my goals. I require commitment from my team and I want them to have personal goals. This quote of Jim Rohn comes to mind as we are discussing this: “Work harder on yourself than you do on your job”, because the moment you improve as a person, your job will automatically improve. I have trained in Neuro Linguistic Programming and I am following Effective Personal Leaderhsip, I firmly believe in organic leadership and I am patient yet systematic with regards to growth, because I know that you can’t dig into the sand everyday to look at how the roots of a seed you planted are doing, it takes its time. You cannot pull on a blade of grass with the hope that it will grow faster. I also allow people to make mistakes as we discover our path and organize our growth. I often tell my team they have the permission to make as many mistakes as they wish, as long as they make every mistake only once, reflect and adopt the learnings from these mistakes.

Where this come from?
I am allergic to mediocracy. I pursue excellence, which is not the same as pursuing perfection.

What is the difference in your view between pursuing excellence and pursuing perfection?
It is similar to the difference between stubborness and having an iron will. Stubborness is an unwaivering belief or conviction that is ranked higher than a desired result, while an iron will or excellence is an unwaivering desire to obtain a specific result. A desire to achieve a goal allows you to consider alternatives and adapt to that which really works and let go of that which doesn’t work, including beliefs and convictions. Stubborness is, to hold on to your convictions and beliefs, to regard them as absolute truth above all.

Where do you want to be 5 years from now with the business?

In 5 years, we will have doubled the businesses.

How many people are employed by your company?
Locally we are employing 23 people and internationally 2 directly employed and if you would add other related organizations to ours, we should add another 6 employees.

And when do you consider that you have been successfull, let us say 5 years from now?

We have doubled our business, and the business is achieving long-term sustainability. We will have achieved this by being an organization with an amazing team that deserves our customer’s business. By having excellent people and deploying sound business practices focused on long-term sustainability we will have created an environment where success is inevitable.

How do you know you are succesfull?
Because of our sustained excellence. We consider long term business very important, we don’t necessarily want to be the best; we want to be the first choice of our clients. This is the intention that we are manifesting. I believe one should not allow oneself to get away with mediocracy and we stimulate people to try things out and fail gloriously and try again but...learn the lesson. This is what we think of the future, this is our greatest skill. The world is going to change so fast that we need to be resilient and have the ability to adapt to the changes. Resilience and adaptibility are going to be the key skills of the future.

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

My BIG WHY manifested itself to me about 3 years ago when I woke up at 3 am and I was assaulted at gun point by 4 armed gunman looking for cash and other valuables in the bedroom of my house. My dogs had been drugged and my husband was at work. He was called for an emergency, so I was home alone. I tried to maintain control of the situation and let as much time as possible pass by as the gunman were asking me where our safe was, which we didn’t have, and money, which I also didn’t have. I miraculously survived this armed assault and I heard them talk about desperately needing money, as one said he hadjust gotten out of jail and had a wife and kids to feed. I started wondering what level of desperation and lack of vision for the future these young men had to have that would bring them to act like they did. I thought, wouldn’t it be nice, if we lived in a community where people did not reach that level of desperation and were able to live a life and develop into a completely autonomous person, capable of manifesting their complete balanced self? As they were purely in a survival mode concerned only with survival, their motives were very primitive, instead of living in a creative mode and using the creativity that they must also have had, to express themselves, communicate and create in a constructive way with the rest of the world. If one part of a person’s expression of the force of strife, creativity or language is missing, that person will develop a hostility towards life.

I am very extreme in my belief in a person’s personal responsibility and the authority a person has to autonomously decide what to do with his or her life. Basically everything is within the scope of your personal responsibility. My BIG WHY has become to Build Healthy Communities. On the level of the individual, I want to facilitate that people can manifest their complete and autonomous Self.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Definitely re-experiencing my existence with and through my body again, as I lost this sense of self and connection with my body after experiencing sexual abuse at the age of 17 at the hands of a sports director. For many years after the incidence I experienced my life only as conciousness, ignorant of my physical body. With the help of some great people I met on my life’s path, including a physician who believed in energy and alternative therapies, I underwent a so-called REM therapy and regression therapy. That made it possible for me to release this trauma and start a process of acceptance of my body again.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I am an NLP practioner and I have a very strong sense of authencity. If it doesn’t feel ok, then it is not. It is not easy, but by striving to be authentic to myself, related to my purpose of life, I solve dillemma’s. If it’s a really tough dilemma, I sometimes do this exercise to figure out the optimal choice for myself. If I would have three choices, I would put three chairs in my room and sit on chair A representing point of view A and then sit on chair B representing point of view B etc...I make deliberate contact with the positive intention behind the point of view and evaluate how it feels and how I could compromise, if compromising is possible. So that works for me. If it is an unanswered question I have, rather than a dilemma, I will go for a long hike in nature, that will do wonders.

 

How about your intuition do you use it and how do you apply it in what situations?
I definitely use my intuition. I even promote it to be used at our office. We have a number of colleagues who have this ability; for example,they would tell me that they were thinking about a customer or they had a dream about a customer and the customer calls. We make it safe to talk about intuition and to use it in our organization. The next step is to direct it towards achieving synchronicity.

  

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I read a lot and I watch a lot of educational video’s, recorded speeches, lectures and interviews on You Tube, like Impact Theory and Evan Carmichael. There are so many guru’s, and I have a sound dosis of scepticism when watching these videos, because I believe that you should always define your own truth. I am involved in “continous life long education” and my preferred method of learning is in a classroom, because I have a preference for a more auditory and interactive learning style. When you are in a class you are allowed to ask a thousand questions, right? In this life time there is so much you can learn, that is why it is important to learn from others that have lived before us and stand on their shoulders, instead of self discovering things only based on my own experience. I recently developed a new business card, it symbolises that as an entrepreneur and investor, I build from what was before my lifetime, then add on it with what I can contribute in my lifetime and pay it forward to the future. We are part of a continuum.

What are your strengths?

I have this unique ability to connect dots in abstract ways and see the connections, that maybe can be unconventional and at a very high abstract level. I genuinely wish well for others and I want to contribute to others, not financially per se, also with words of encouragement, and belief in a person’s potential even at times when they don’t even believe in their own capabilities. There is one important boundary and that is the preservation of myself.

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I am passionate about synchronized swimming. It has been proven, that this sport that requires the ability to be upside down, in an unnatural medium like water, with a mastery of spatial coordination without touching others, muscle strength and mastery of movements creates more neural connections in the brain than any other sport in the world. After my own career as a synchronized swimmer I started coaching. I coached for about 12 years in Curaçao and Canada, until my work and travel schedule made it difiicult to keep up with the discipline and consistency of practice necessary to develop competitive athletes. In a next phase of my life, I would like to return to synchronized swimming.

 

If you as Neyla 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?
Well it depens on the context. I would say: “My name is Neyla, it is a pleasure to meet you”, and I would start asking questions. I have this tendency to ask more questions than to speak about myself.

 

How would you describe Neyla in one word or one sentence?
I am facilitator of excellence, greatness, autonomy, achievement, discovery and I have a tendency to live in the future. This has its down sides, as I tend to loose track of the present and the now. What I have learned by following the EPP and EPL courses is to plan the activities to get to that future, which helps me to become more objective towards the “here and now” and also to become “realistic”. When you don’t fear hard work, it is easy to believe everything is possible. I used to believe that I am limitless and that not even the sky is the limit. Well now I think, that everything is still possible, but perhaps not always in the time frame you might have considered originally. So rather than compromise on what is possible, I negotiate the time frame in which it will become possible.


Where did you get this mindset from?
This mindset of thinking everything is possible is the greatest gift I got from my parents. Both have lifetimes of achievements and are in that sense great role models to me.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
In life, it is my mother and my father, both of them in their own, unique ways. Growing up my mother was at home for us and frequently interacted with us. She made it possible for us to be exposed to all sorts of experiences, like the outings to the Zoo or museums, Scouting, Music and Sports. When I made the national synchronized swimming team the practices intensified and I chose to drop the other activities and remain involved in Sports. Later I also made the national badminton team and I played volleyball. I grew up being exposed to different kinds of triggers and experiences. I now want my children and basically every child on this planet, to experience the same kind of varied experiences, as it helps to develop our brains to the max.

My father inspired me, because he had the courage and insight to capture opportunities that presented to him and build on these opportunities. He doesn’t talk a lot, he is a man of few words and he always thinks a lot of steps ahead. He is an excellent strategist. Both my parents believed in intuition and had incredible foresight. In my professional habits of thought, I draw a lot of inspiration from the late Jim Rohn and if I could go back in time, I would look him up, to meet him. And finally, two people who continue to inspire my business attitudes are Arthur Rosaria of ActionCoach Dutch Caribbean and Brad Sugars, founder of ActionCoach International.

What is a personal trait that you have that you need to work on to improve it?

I want to enhance my ability to switch quickly and adapt better to the communication style of the person I am communicating with. The better I can adapt to the other, the smoother our conversations and the more pleasant the interaction. I have a tendency to be a little impatient at times, because I want to move quickly and solve things rapidly and I end up taking shortcuts in my communication.

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts? What was a defining moment in your life?
Well those were two moments, as I mentioned before, when I was 17 years old and when I was 32 years ( 3 years ago). They shaped me to a large part into the person I am today.

 

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career as abusiness owner?
In my vision of Building Healthy Communities by facilitating for individuals the manifestation of their complete and autonomous Self, I will have created at least 150 jobs or positions of employment in whatever companies that I own. I would have set up mutiple small to medium sized companies and these job positions would be in different companies doing different things, possibly even on different islands. I would have created opportunities for creative expression in all the types of arts like kinesthetics arts, visual arts, auditory arts and any other future forms of art, including synchronized swimming.

Furthermore, I will have created opportunities for language development (including math as a language). I believe humans interact through the manifestation of “Self”. For example, my boundaries are fluid; I can manifest in different ways to interact with my environment. We as people are the stories that we tell, see the text of the poem in spanish representing this idea. That is why I think language is important. If you don’t have an adequate vocabulary you are handicapped in your communications with the collective. As a collective, we are not yet fully developed and competent to communciate clearly without the use of language, like through the mind. So we have to be able to express ourselves in a clear enough language, even if it is numbers; you have to be able to communicate deliberately.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now, celebration on your birthday?
I would want them to say, that I was able to accelerate their learning which enabled them to achieve greatness faster compared to if they hadn’t met me.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
I believe there are still countless opportunities left beyond the edge of my imagination, all I have to do is stretch my imagination and the opportunities will reveal themselves. This holds true not only for me, but for all of us in Curaçao.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for the work you are doing. Your work helps get all of us closer to the critical mass necessary to achieve collective change for the better.

Neyla Diaz, is the director of Farminpex. It is a company that sells and offers maintenance of medical and non-medical laboratory equipment. Neyla is a very low-profile entrepreneur, who works internationally. Her company is offering employee positions to 23 employees locally and 8 internationally. As she is committed to lifelong learning, she not only has the ambition to expand her business and venture in other types of businesses in the future, but she is also dedicated to enable our youth to become their best versions. A role model in terms of resilience and adaptability, she considers these two traits the most important ones in the 21st century where so much will transform at the same time in all areas of our life. Her belief in her own abilities, makes her dream and create beyond the limits of her far-reaching imagination, which is rarely seen and her commitment to enable youth to develop in all areas of their life to become constructive, balanced citizens indicates that we will hear a lot more from Neyla in the future. She will not limit her talents, knowledge and skills to only expanding her businesses. Neyla ’s focus, her commitment to excellence and her drive to enable our youth to become their best versions definitely makes her, as a representative of the business sector, one of the 250 Influencers in our society.

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
As the Share2Uplift movement our goaii2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets connected, aligned and collaborate with one another to create impact in all walks of life. This in first instance via the enabling of opportunities to connect as Influencers with one another and secondly by actively promoting “best practice” problem resolution approaches like dialogue to solve the challenges our community has to deal with. We want to reach our target of 250 Influencers by the end of 2020. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.

 

Our next MYM-platform session in October
We would like to invite you to our next MYM-platform session on Tuesday, the 15th of October (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present two books:

 

In the book “Braving the wilderness” by Brené Brown, the New York Times bestselling author.

“True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.” Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives—experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging. “Braving the Wilderness”, will be presented by Haydee Hermans.

 

“The better angels of our nature” by the author Steven. Believe it or not, today we may be living in the most peaceful moment in our species' existence. In his gripping and controversial new work, New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows that despite the ceaseless news about war, crime, and terrorism, violence has actually been in decline over long stretches of history. Exploding myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious book continues Pinker's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly enlightened world

“The better angels of our nature” will be presented by Michiel van der Veur.

Place: Chit Chat Cafe Mensing’s Caminada

Time: 7 - 9 pm.

Entrance fee: Free

Click to attend!

 

Tips

In this week’s blog we will share as usual some motivational video-links. Everyday during the week, we will share one of these video links on our facebook page Facebook.com/share2uplift

Gary Zukav: The Seat of the Soul - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUWYqwQTCmA

The Real Reason You Get Irritated About the Small Things | The Oprah Winfrey Show | OWN - YouTube
 www.youtube.com/watch?vBUUyOrVWwU


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

Gary Zukav on How to Get Your Power Back | The Oprah Winfrey Show | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3PBMz85430

Dr. Maya Angelou - Love Liberates - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbecKv2xR14

TD Jakes - Let Them Walk (Motivational Remix) Leave Toxic Friends - YouTube
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhnYGCcbCRY

 

Influencer Giovanni Abath, this month Master Your Mind Platform Book session and this week tips

Posted on October 7, 2019 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (1)

In this week’s blog (7th of October – 13th of October) we will interview Giovnni Abath. We will furthermore invite you to our next Master Your Mind book presentation on the 15th of October at Chit Chat Cafe at Mensing’s Caminada. We will end with sharing with you some motivational video’s. Everyday we will share with you one of these motivational video’s on facebook.com/share2uplift.

Influencer Giovanni Abath: positive, experience and transformation

Giovanni, could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am married for 13 years now and I have 6 children and a sister. My parents both had passed away, and both played a significant role in helping me become whom I am right now. My mother passed away when I was 14 years old and we grew up without our father. My mother was a hard working lady, I can’t remember her other than hard working. She was a humble person and we were poor and at times I saw her cry and I wasn’t aware of the fact why she cried, because we had nothing to eat. But when she passed away, it was tough, but live goes on. I continued my life and contiuened going to school. We also lived with my father forcefully for two years. He had a different influence on me. Where my mother raised me, she would never ask me to help out.

My father was the total opposite of my mother. He taught me what hard work was. My father was a very talented man, a musician. He would challenge me to do things and that in the end taught me, how to work. So both had their influences in whom I am now, but their influence was different. Through my father I learned to develop the musical part of my talents. I learned to play the percussion, which is not an area that I want to further explore btw. I have dreamed about becoming a singer, but then my hearing is not sophisticated enough to hear the tones.
When my mother passed away, my sister and myself lived for one year alone. I was 14 years old and my sister 15 years old and it was only after one year, we sort of got a family that more or less adopt us, their where our care takers and to a certain extend family of my mother. There is where we grew up thereafter.

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are an entrepreneur?
After I had finished my craft school in electrical engineering (LTS), I went to business school at the local refinery more or less in the same year I graduated. I have been working there for 30 years now untill today.

We have been refered to you by Michel Jourdain and after talking to your wife I defintely consider you an Influencer. He told us that you a mulit talented Influencer in the Arts and Entertainment sector. What kind of actvities, arts and other work are you exactly involved with and what is your company’s name?
I am a Master Of Ceremonies and I had the priviledge and honor to animate in all the big events we have on the island, like “Dia di Bandera”; “Dia di Banda Abou”; the “Tumba festival”; “Festival Hubenil di Tumba”; “Kantoda major”; “Reina Prins i Pancho”.

I am also an actor and my biggest achievement until now was an actor’s role in the film “Tula Revolt” a high budget movie and I played “Bashan”, I had to loose 10 kilo’s and I have to grow a beard to play that role. I am a trainer in “acting”, I train people how to deal with aggressive customers and faciliate teambuilding sessions. I am also a fashion designer for costumes of groups in Carnaval and can transform trucks into pieces of arts to be used during the Carnaval parade.


I do the Christmas and New Year’s decorations of Punda and Otrobanda for the end of the year and I do this for Isla. I have done the decoration of Isal during the last 18 years. I am a story teller, all my works of arts have a story as I have showed you around in my atelier. I am a very positive “Yu di Korsou” . I think, feel and act creatively and through my poetry formulate the messages that Isla always include as part of their Christmas and New Year’s decoration. I have made decorations at different roundabouts on the island, so indeed I am a multifacetted person.



Your company’s name is Kara Productions BV. Your artistic name is “7.1”, why is that?

My artistic name is “7.1”, which I chose deliberately, as I needed to re-brand myself. People knew me by my nick name “Geno” as a Master of Ceremonies, an actor and I needed to separate the different roles I had when I decided to become a more professional artist. Or to explain it with more nuances, let put it this way: In “7.1” I exclusively use when I works as a sculptor. I have come to learn from marketing and sales strategies, that the brand is more important at times than the product itself. So I came up with the numbers of my initials G.A. if you go through the alphabet, “7.1”, being G = 7th letter and A = 1st letter of the alphabet, it is arts by the numbers, it sounds easy and we are proud of this name. 
We envision that people locally and maybe around the world will be proud to say someday: “I have a “7.1” in front of my house or business.”



As “7.1” I do all the works of small, medium size and large steelworks and iron (Roundabout at Brievengat: Roundabout of Banda Abou and Protektor di Bandera – “Historia den Moveshon”; in Kaya Kaya I created “Emancipation from mental slavery” and Inaruba I created “Let it Grow” ) exclusively as a sculpture. In the other services I do as an MC, writer, actor I profile myself as Giovanni Abath. In Kara Productions where me and my wife are the sole owners, we work on the decorations we offer to Otrobanda, Punda the past 4 years and we do the decorations and customs for groups of Carnaval in our atelier. Just as a clarifictions.



Do you work alone or do you have other people employed by your company?
It depends on the time of the year. During the end of the year and during the carnaval period, I could have about 20 people that I work with. The rest of the year its 2 to 3 people.

When do you consider that you have been successfull?
It’s difficult to express this in words....I am successful when I have reached a goal or milestone and when I am able to influence people so that they can also do what I do.

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

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
My biggest challenge is time management, how to manage my personal (read = social and familiy life) and my professional life as an artist. I try to involve as much as possible my family in the work I do, so that we can spend time together, while I am doing what I like most. This is the influence my mother had on me. It doesn’t matter how tired I am when I come home, if one of my children asks me to come and listen to them, I will do it, they don’t know or suppose to know and care that I am tired. So I try to be there for them.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I shows up in different ways, it shows up from my life experience mostly and I follow this inner voice most of the times. It shows me the way. It is like: “Hakuna matata” from the Lion King. There are no troubles, no worries. Jump, because life is great, we have to enjoy life.

Do you have a creative idea before you styart your creations or does the story and what you create develops as you go?
Well mostly I have an idea up front, but at times it also goes the other way around. But all my works of arts have a story, as I have a lively imagination as I am creating.

How do you tap into your creativity as an artist?
I am connected, that is how I call it. I call it “Avatar”. This is the framework where I see and go through life were everything is connected in the Universe, it is a whole system connected with everything that breathes, but with me I also feel a connection even with the materials I work with. I sense, that we are creating something together. I respet everything that lives and the materials I work with, it is this connection that I tap into and where I create from, be it a nice phrase or work of art, related to a challenge that I have encountered during the day.

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I live consciously. I am always practicing and learning new things. It is like training to act in a movie, in my consciousness I choose what voice I should use in that conversation. Everything I do, I do very consciously. That’s how I learn.

What are your strengths?

My level of thinking logically is very high. I am very creative. I can do almost everything with my hands. I can take the most rough structure or the most finest of structures, I can transform it into a crown with jewels.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I still love singing, I am not so in writing it is too passive I get sleepy when writing, it forces me when I write. I need to be on the move that makes me feel great.

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?
My name is Giovanni Abath, I am from Curaçao and I am an artist.

How would you describe Giovanni in one word or one sentence?
Positive.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
Many have helped to form me to become the person I am right now. My wife whom inspired me and respects me, helped me take the steps to move forward; two colleagues Edward Gibbes he is kind of my social father; Edsel Riedel whom is my spiritual father to mention a few, but I really have a million masters. Facundo Cabral I learned a lot from, it’s the way he looks at life, he is like a life coach talking about life and last but not least Michael Jackson his philosophy on perfectionism, just do it right because you have to do it right otherwise find some else to dance.

Is there a specific character trait that you want to work on to improve you as Giovanni?
I can be too flexible at times, too passive and when you are running a business, like I do, you are not going to progress with such a mentallity. I am so grateful I have my wife Angelica in my life, she helps keeps me strong and business like.

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts? What was a defining moment in your life?
My defining moment was after the death of my mother and I had to continue living on my own. I was in the world all alone without money, I was very naive and I barely knew how to take a bus. I needed to start living, I needed to stay positive, it was a crucial moment and I could either go to school or choose to do lots of others things.

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
I want to be sitting at peace, enjoying life in the sense that I would be exclusively spending time on arts and getting the maximum potential out of myself, get whatever is in me, out.

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

• I was a positive role model for them;

• they are proud of me;

• they could live on without me;

• thank you father, that would be enough.

I would dance with all my children, my daugthers and sons the song of Vicente Fernandes: “Mi querido viejo.” I like the lyrics in this song.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
We are not alone and basically things are not that bad. I believe that things are better than it is being pictured. There are so many good things, that are also happening. I don’t know how bad the economy is, and there might be people feeling it, but for me, owning lots of material things and wealth is a relative thing. It depends on how you see things. Through my lenses, I see so many opportunities, that I don’t have enough hours and time to explore them all. The question is, are their no jobs or do people choose which job they want to work. I have this building and a car that I own, but I wouldn’t mind working in the tourism sector and treat tourists so well, that they would tip me more than my basic salary. That is why I am optimistic about our future, it is through what lenses you look at where we are at this moment in time.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I am very concerned and feel hurt by the state of humanity. People are not aware of how much damage they are causing to the world, which is our home as the human race, it is where we live. The damage seems to be irreversible. This makes me very sad as a member of the human race, to see what we are doing to mother earth. If we destroy this planet, money can’t buy us fresh air. This makes me feel overwhelmed and powerless at times and it is a pitty, as I firmly believe that we need to be more deliberate of our actions and its effect on earth.

Giovanni Abath, known by his artistic name “7.1” as a sculpture, as Giovanni Abath he is a Master Of Ceremonies, actor, story teller, “trainer” in acting, fashion designer, in Kara Productions he aand his wife do decorations for Carnaval, he is the decorator of Otrobanda, Punda and the Isla’refinery New year’s and Christmas decorations for years, he is a roundabout street and neighborhood artist, a magician with his hands as he changes the most rough structure or the most finest of structures and transformed them into a crown with jewels, to sum up Giovanni is a super talented multifaceted diverse artist representing the Arts and Entertainment sector. Giovanni’s creativity matches the best of the best in the world and all of his works of art have an interesting story related to their creation. His arts inspired all walks of life and in that sense Giovanni influences people through his works and whom he is, so that they can also do what he does and that is create, experience and transform.

Giovanni ’s work ethic, his tendency to make everything he makes as beautiful and as perfect as he can make them, definitely makes him one of the 250 Influencers in our society.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
As the Share2Uplift movement our goaii2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets connected, aligned and collaborate with one another to create impact in all walks of life. This in first instance via the enabling of opportunities to connect as Influencers with one another and secondly by actively promoting “best practice” problem resolution approaches like dialogue to solve the challenges our community has to deal with. We want to reach our target of 250 Influencers by the end of 2020. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.


Our next MYM-platform session in October
We would like to invite you to our next MYM-platform session on Tuesday, the 15th of October (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present two books:

In the book “Braving the wilderness” by Brené Brown, the New York Times bestselling author.
“True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.” Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives—experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging. “Braving the Wilderness”, will be presented by Haydee Hermans.


“The better angels of our nature” by the author Steven. Believe it or not, today we may be living in the most peaceful moment in our species' existence. In his gripping and controversial new work, New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows that despite the ceaseless news about war, crime, and terrorism, violence has actually been in decline over long stretches of history. Exploding myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious book continues Pinker's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly enlightened world
“The better angels of our nature” will be presented by Michiel van der Veur.

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

Tips
In this week’s blog with some motivational video-links on not giving up. Everyday during the week, we will share one of these video links on our facebook page Facebook.com/share2uplift

The Comfort Zone- Short Motivational Video (ft. Eric Thomas & Les Brown) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kulQnn_jvDw


Never, Never, Ever Give Up! -- No Excuses - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZnlB9fG39E


Make An Impact - Inspirational Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vb7_YJp9bVA


YOU WILL NOT DEFEAT ME - Powerful Motivational Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSmySmxYMyw


DISTRACTIONS - Powerful Motivational Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRoSUMaXsOM


LESS TALK. MORE ACTION. - Best Motivational Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvWl7NuWqrc


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

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

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

Influencer Kurt Schoop: connector and showing people what is possible


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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020

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


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

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

Our next MYM-platform session in September

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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