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Update of Influencers Rudolf de Wit and Raygen Zuiverloon, MYM Book presentation and week tips

Posted on April 4, 2021 at 7:35 AM

In this week’s blog, we will interview Rudolf de Wit and Raygen Zuiverloon both are updating us on how they are doing, we invite you to our next Master Your Mind joint book presentation on the 20th of April from 7.00 – 9.00 pm via Zoom, presenting two chapters of “Think and Grow Rich” plus the book “Living in the flow”; we invite you to one of our next Personal Journey’s “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” in April and we share some short videos on Human Rights. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook page.



 

 

Interview with Rudolf de Wit
Could you tell us what has happened since we interviewed you in April 2020 with regards to your efforts to increase your efforts to educate people in Curaçao in what they eat?
Well last year April, I was on the brink of launching the project ‘Reset Life’. It is a platform where you can find lots of information aimed at enabling resilience in people and strengthening their immune system. I started this because, although we live in Curaçao and it is still a paradise here, there are yet so many things we can do to improve live here on the island. What I am noticing is that the distrust towards each other, compared with the situation in the past, has grown; people live in fear nowadays. They don’t even greet each other anymore; we can now walk by people and don’t even acknowledge them. I was unsure how to correct this; that is when I decided that I would start with Reset Life and I am working on this every single day, tweaking and adapting, to set it up in a big way and offer people the opportunity to consciously work to change their lives. We have offered the first, second and third lessons of the course in the meantime. The course is educating people what exactly they are putting in their bodies and what the reactions (diseases) are they can expect, also related to the emotions that affect the body. The reactions and feedbacks of people have been encouraging. We even have people living in Holland now are giving us positive feedback.

Are you offering this for free?
Yes, we are offering this for free so to make it easily accessible. Yes, I firmly belief that I can gather enough support via advertisements to make it work and affordable to keep up doing the work. I am in this phase of my life that I want to give back to the community, as everything that I have now was given to me by this community. I believe people have the right to have a healthy life.

We are now in a second lockdown and do you expect that this second lockdown will affect the willingness of people to inform themselves and take better care of their health?
This would be the ideal situation, because of the lockdown people would have enough time to self-reflect and re-direct their lives, right? But a lot of the actions being taken are not understood by a lot of the people. I can understand the logic, but a lot of them don’t see it. This lock down has had a devastating effect on the backbone of our economy, for business owners that have either gone bankrupt or they feel that they are bankrupt. Maybe we have “copy paste” too much of what is happening elsewhere in the world and added some extra’s on it, making it a heavy burden. Why do some of our youth talk about suicide these days? They are giving up, they can’t understand this. Imagine that we were 18 and 19 years old again and we only just met our first girlfriend and we can’t meet each other…. This is an unreal scenario, isn’t it? So, this puts a lot of people in a position that they don’t listen to people that think that according to them “pretend to know it all” and “are telling them to eat better, live better etc”. These people are hungry, in need and they are not in the best of circumstances now to listen. My message still is though that now is the time to self-reflect and decide for yourself what is best to do. The Covid pandemic according to me, is an excellent moment to reset. It is an opportunity to think differently about things.

What are some of the obstacles that you are encountering to make people more aware of what they are eating? And how are you finding ways to overcome these obstacles?
First of all, they will always tell you that they don’t have the money to eat healthy. This is the first resistance being used as an argument. So I see my task to build a bridge so that they can see that I am trying to help them turn around those thoughts; healthy food isn’t more expensive, but junk food is much more cheaper. I will try to teach them that, what they eat should be an investment in their strength and health and not in their weakness, disability and disease. If your action is done in a wrong way, you will pay for this on the long run. My goal is to let them look at life differently.

Another obstacle is the relative ease that people can be influenced. I can educate them at my office, but the moment they ride back home in their car they will encounter so many big bill boards, loud screaming advertisements on TV and in newspapers enticing them to do the opposite of what I am trying to achieve. These other foods weaken their immune-system and this is as it seems sometimes an uphill battle…. but still a battle worth to fight.

But from the upside, we have a new government, and I am hopeful that they will implement a plan so that people can really reset their lives, based on another way to look at life as it is now, aimed at all ages from infants to the elderly.

What are some of the next steps that you are planning to do in the short, middle and long term and how can we as share2uplift help in your endeavors via “Connecting, aligning and enabling impactful collaborations”?
In the short term, I will continue with educational programs and hopeful that because of the Covid pandemic, there are a lot of changes on the way. In such a scenario we will be able to help people in the journey to re-direct their lives. In the long term, we still have so many ideas and plans to implement that can help people to improve their lives. We need to enable people to develop other things and have a more collaborative society where everybody is reaching out with a helping hand. We want to lift the veil to people so that they can better understand what is happening locally and internationally and what is the overall umbrella where all of this falls under. That is what I am aiming to achieve on the long run.

How can we help?
Keep me in the ‘Share2Uplift’ group. I’m just amazed how many great people work together to uplift others. I like and love the group that I met…. the passion,dedication and commitment…. Whauw!! Let’s Reset Life!

Contact info:
Rudolf E. de Wit, Physical Therapist / Acupuncturist / Natural Health Practitioner
Website: www.support.cw
Facebook: Support pa Bida / Support voor het Leven

 

Interview with Raygen Zuiverloon
Could you tell us what has happened since we interviewed you in February 2019 with regards to your efforts to develop the Otrobanda and Punda area?
In August and December 2019 we organized two Kaya Kaya Street Parties with around 15.000 people who were roaming the city, taking in its beauty, its culture, and its ambiance. Since the first edition, the Kaya Kaya Street parties resulted in more than 20 murals, sculptures and art installations by known and upcoming artists. We see improvements in the social cohesion of the neighborhood through resident participation and the overall image of Ser’i Otrobanda. We created a multiplier effect for the area, and it has become an attraction for tour guides to host their guests and for creatives who use it as a backdrop for music videos and photoshoots. Also, two new eateries were established and overall, real estate demand has increased for various usage. The Kaya Kaya method works through its bottom-up and comprehensive approach based on social, economic, environmental, and cultural pillars. To tackle the developments structurally and to synchronize public and private sectors efforts, we created a Master Plan. 2020 started with looking like a good year, the beginning of the roaring 20’s, but then the old normal came to a halt.

We tried to adapt to the circumstances by kick-starting an Urban Community Garden, which is now operated by a passionate resident.

We are now in a second lockdown and at the same time people on the island and in most of the countries where tourists live that visit our island. How has this affect your resolve as an event organizer, community developer as one of the organizers of Kaja Kaja?Personally, I benefitted from Kaya Kaya’s success through subsequent requests to organize private events, and had also been approached to contribute to developments in other parts of our city. All these developments, as well as my own events such as Groove Lounge, have been on hold since March 2020. Efforts are in the works to continue where we left off last year, using Kaya Kaya's positive vibe to leave it better behind. My resolve hasn’t wavered because community development is even more needed than before and the revitalization of our UNESCO World Heritage site continuous to be of great importance. That seed was planted years ago.


What are some of the obstacles that you are encountering and how are you finding ways to overcome these obstacles?
As an event organizer, I’m currently not in the position to execute any event projects. Concepts were developed, are in the fridge at the moment, but ready to be implemented as soon as it’s possible again. Can’t wait to go all out!

What are some of the next steps that you are planning to do in the short, middle and long term and how can we as share2uplift help in your endeavors via “Connecting, aligning and enabling impactful collaborations”.
In the short term, my goal is to acquire partnerships that strengthen my resolve and enable me to implement projects and programs aimed at community improvements and social entrepreneurship.

When that is realized, the next steps are to generate participation,

 to execute and create a BUZZ through Kaya Kaya activities, and projects through my company Enrich Creative Support.


Contact info

Facebook: Kayakayaparty/

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2021.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.


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


Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.


Next MYM-platform session via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 20th of April (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present two chapters of the book “Think and Grow Rich” and the book “Living in the Flow, The Science of Synchronicity and How Your Choices Shape Your World.”

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

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

The first two chapters: “The power of thought” and “Desire: The starting point of all achievement”. These chapters will be presented by Suzette Perez.


Living in the flow will be presented by Surenda Isenia and Ivan Kuster.

Harness the principles of synchronicity and flow to live better, work smarter, and find purpose in your life, as presented in the book Living in the flow. When we align with circumstance, circumstance aligns with us. Using a cutting-edge scientific theory of synchronicity, Sky Nelson-Isaacs presents a model for living "in the flow"--a state of optimal functioning, creative thinking, and seemingly effortless productivity. Nelson-Isaacs explains how our choices create meaning, translating current and original ideas from theoretical physics and quantum mechanics into accessible, actionable steps that we can all take to live lives in better alignment with who we are and who we want to be. By turns encouraging and empowering, Living in Flow helps us develop an informed relationship to meaning-making and purposefulness in our lives. From this we can align ourselves more effectively within our personal, professional, and community relationships to live more in flow.


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

Date: 120th of April
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free
Presenters: Karin Hermans, Jeanine Constansia-Kook and Giany Girigoria.
Every one of them will present one or two chapters of the book. So hope to greet you then.



Starting April the 24th: New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions

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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá Yanuari bèk.

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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


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

1. Human rights in two minutes - YouTube

 

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

 

3. Morgan Freeman: The power of words

 

4. When you don’t exist

 

5. Refugees have rights and States a duty to respect them - YouTube

 

6. The basics about human movement, refugees and refugee law - YouTube


Reporting highlights and next steps on zoom meeting Share2uplift (Uplifting) with Vision Curaçao 2030

Posted on March 27, 2021 at 3:05 AM

 In this week’s blog, we will share the highlights and next steps of the first Zoom Meeting we had as Share2Uplift (Uplifting) with Vision Curaçao 2030 (University of Governance) on “Connecting, aligning, creating impactful collaborations”; we will interview Miguel Goede and Sharella Riedel of Made In Curaçao both are updating us on how they are doing, we invite you to our next Master Your Mind joint book presentation on the 20th of April from 7.00 – 9.00 pm via Zoom, presenting two chapters of “Think and Grow Rich” plus the book “Living in the flow”; we invite you to one of our next Personal Journey’s “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” in April and we share some short videos on facilitation processes like Open Space and World Café. Every day of the week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook page.



 

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Reporting on our first bi-annual Zoom Meeting “Connecting, aligning, creating impactful collaborations” on the 23rd of March

High lights and next steps

During the session we discussed:

• Goal of the meeting/ intention to do this 2X a year

• Relationship with Vision Curaçao 2030, Moon Shots by (Miguel Goede)

• Feedback monkey survey results of 39 questionnaires.

• Opportunity for those present to bring in additional points related to the question. ”…from connection, alignment to impactful collaboration…"

• What are the next steps?

• Whom is willing to be involved in next steps one way or the other?

• Closing, final remarks.


 

What was the goal/intention of this joint meeting?
In collaboration with Vision Curaçao 2030 that is an original initiative of Dr. Miguel Goede, we started organizing bi-annual online meetings to: “Jointly look at how we can accelerate alignments and collaborations, to create real impactful changes in all walks of life in Curaçao”.

By creating interest, inspire and enable those we have interviewed to take notice of the categories of Influencers we have interviewed up to now and inspire and enable exploration of possible collaborations that can add value to their own future endeavors

Usually, we interview people who are creating a significant impact in society, usually not known to a broad audience to inspire others and possibly help others identify them as possible collaboration partners. We are also increasingly identifying groups of people that are having a great impact as role models for other groups and possibly partners for collaborations. All of this within the context of Vision Curaçao 2030.

 

Relationship with Vision Curaçao 2030, Moon Shots presented by (Miguel Goede)
Vision Curaçao 2030 was presented by Miguel Goede, and special attention was given to the 5 the 5 “Moonshots” during his presentation.

The 5 moonshots consist of:

1 Clean Curaçao is circular Curaçao

2 Honesty Curaçao

3 Food security

4 Data-driven Island, the ICT sector

5 Promoting entrepreneurship (Food, Recycle)The implementation document Moonshots 2030 version 2.0 was just released on the 23rd of March. If you want to know more, you can download this last version from the homepage www.Curaçao2030.net by clicking on the orange button.

 


Feedback monkey survey results of 39 questionnaires
The results were also presented of the monkey survey that 39 attendees send in and you can take notice of it by going to this link.

Opportunity for those present to bring in additional points related to the question. ”from connection, alignment to impactful collaboration."

Two things caught the attention:
1. One of the great challenges to deal with if a person wants to take notice of all the positive initiatives that exist in Curaçao, was the lack of a database that is easily accessible for all. It was mentioned that there is a project that is looking for people involved in the Orange economy, an incubator and sustainable energy and a database that is accessible to all involved would be very helpful to help connect and align efforts.

 

2. The session also led to the connection of some attendees to each other to further take notice of what they are involved in and some exchange of information and contacts was agreed upon among some attendees. The themes that were discussed were “Wellness” and “Food security & Food safety”, “Barrios” especially on how to address those parts of the society that have the most needs, the ICT-sector and how it can contribute to the economy of Curaçao and how the “MadeinCuraçao”-platform is enabling entrepreneurs.


What are the next steps?
• There would be a further upgrade of the website www.share2uplift.org which, apart from the alphabetic order, will also include the sectors that the respective Influencers operate in. This will make it easier to select Influencers based on the sector(s) where they operate in. Furthermore, an upgrade of the profiles in the VisionCuraçao2030 website will also be explored as means to create more insight in whom is doing what on the island. And lastly, one can always contact us and we will be willing to share names of people that we have interviewed that are active in a certain sector, where they can also go and read the interview we have had with this person.

• We will meet again in October of this year.

• We will blog on this event in the next share2uplift blog of the 29th of March.

• We will send the attendees a questionnaire to see if they have any additional comments.

• We will interview some attendees that attended so that they can an update on where they stand now in their endeavors.

For those of you interested in the video of the session send us a mail and we will WeTransfer it to you.


We have interviewed Miguel Goede to ask him to give an idea how things have developed after we interviewed him in march 2020

Could you tell us what has happened since we interviewed you with regards to Vision Curaçao 2030 on the 2nd of March 2020? Or more exactly what has happened since 20-02-2020 when you presented 'looking back and looking into the future”?
We presented and discussed the vision document and updated it five times to version 5.0. Several hundred citizens were involved, including the diaspora. After that, we prepared an implementation document named Moonshots and presented it to the participant. All these documents are public. Currently, groups are evolving around the moonshots, and we are executing.


You have also launched five moonshots in the past year. What is the reasoning behind these moonshots?

The moonshots are:

1 Clean Curaçao is circular Curaçao

2 Honesty Curaçao

3 Food security

4 Data-driven Island, the ICT sector

5 Promoting entrepreneurship (Food, Recycle).

What do you see as possible synergies between Vision Curaçao 2030 as we started to collaborate since late year?
2030 is a think tank focusing on the vision. Share2uplift is a platform of people who have the position and resources to implement the vision.

 

What are the next steps in creating more support, input and ultimately inspire actions in the direction of the vision 2030?
We will continue to inform society about the vision and the implementation. We are very selective about the interviews we give. We are looking for quality and impact. There is a nice publication coming up. We will keep you informed.

We have also interviewed Sharella Riedel to ask her to give an update on how Made In Curaçao has developed since we have interviewed her in November 2020.


Could you tell us what has happened since we interviewed you on the 22nd November 2020 with regards to Made In Curaçao as platform? Did the platform grow in terms of the number of entrepreneurs that has decided to join the platform? And in terms of the number of people buying products locally and internationally?
After our interview and our Sustainable Trade Expo we had a big push and a lot of reactions. But the online sale did not pick up as expected. Many people still want to see, touch the products. Some are waiting to travel to Curaçao to purchase the products and services. There is also an ‘adjustment fatigue’. Rules are changing continuously for sellers and customers thus, plans and ideas are constantly changing and we have noted the ‘disappointments’. This cuts both ways: clients lose their enthusiasm to buy and sellers are getting tired of having to find a new way to push. This does not mean that nothing is happing. What is developing now are: change, adaptation and resilience.


And what are you doing exactly to help these entrepreneurs out?
I am doing a lot of coaching. I am a coach for entrepreneurs in both Curaçao and The Netherlands. Brainstorming and new perspective are needed at the moment. Our platform alone is not enough for most entrepreneurs. Iammadein.com is a big step forward as a client will have all their contact details in one place plus any other outlet of the platform they want to use. May it be through the use of the digital magazine, virtual showcase, webshop, blog or video expression on www.iammadein.com.

We are assisting companies to go digital, convert their product to what is sellable at this moment, creating new ideas and sometimes we are just a listing ear.

What are some of the next steps that you are planning to do in the short, middle and long term and how can we as share2uplift and Vision Curaçao 2030 help in your endeavors via “Connecting, aligning and enabling impactful collaborations"?
Also we have to adapt to the new circumstances so we will be changing our platform so it is best adapted to our New Normal.

Short term: It is already executed: we now have short video’s on our platform in order to have more visual contact.

Midterm: it is about the adaptation of the platform;

Long-term: a better penetration in the market with our New Normal adaptations.

For better penetration in the market, we will need collaborations with other specialists such as marketers, transporters, influencers.

We are looking forward to having more collaboration in the future with others to achieve more significant results.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2021.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.


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


Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.


Next MYM-platform session via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 20th of April (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present two chapters of the book “Think and Grow Rich” and the book “Living in the Flow, The Science of Synchronicity and How Your Choices Shape Your World.”

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

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

The first two chapters: “The power of thought” and “Desire: The starting point of all achievement”. These chapters will be presented by Suzette Perez.


Living in the flow will be presented by Surenda Isenia and Ivan Kuster.

Harness the principles of synchronicity and flow to live better, work smarter, and find purpose in your life, as presented in the book Living in the flow. When we align with circumstance, circumstance aligns with us. Using a cutting-edge scientific theory of synchronicity, Sky Nelson-Isaacs presents a model for living "in the flow"--a state of optimal functioning, creative thinking, and seemingly effortless productivity. Nelson-Isaacs explains how our choices create meaning, translating current and original ideas from theoretical physics and quantum mechanics into accessible, actionable steps that we can all take to live lives in better alignment with who we are and who we want to be. By turns encouraging and empowering, Living in Flow helps us develop an informed relationship to meaning-making and purposefulness in our lives. From this we can align ourselves more effectively within our personal, professional, and community relationships to live more in flow.


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

Date: 120th of April
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free
Presenters: Karin Hermans, Jeanine Constansia-Kook and Giany Girigoria.
Every one of them will present one or two chapters of the book.
Every one of them will present one or two chapters of the book. So hope to greet you then.



Starting April the 24th: New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions

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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá Yanuari bèk.

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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


Personal Coaching tips
This week we will share some  videos on facilitation processes like Open Space, and World Café. . Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.
 

 

1. What is collective intelligence? - YouTube

 

2. What is GROUP INTELLIGENCE? What does GROUP INTELLIGENCE mean? GROUP INTELLIGENCE meaning - YouTube

 

3. Open Space Technology Introduction - YouTube

 

4. Introduction to collective intelligence design principles - YouTube

 

5. How to Facilitate an Open Space Session - YouTube

 

6. World café Creativity Technique - YouTube


Influencer Tech Export Association SIMIA, MYM book session in April, upcoming wokshop on emotion and this week tips

Posted on March 21, 2021 at 3:20 AM

In this week’s blog (22nd of March – 28th of March) we will interview Andrew Solomon explaining the progress SIMIA, a collaboration between ICT companies aimed at export, has been making; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind joint book presentation on the 20th of April from 7.00 – 9.00 pm via Zoom presenting two chapters of “Think and Grow Rich” plus the book “Living in the flow”; we will invite you to one of our next Personal Journey’s “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” for the 27 of March and we will share some short videos on collaboration and some other interesting short videos. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook page.

 

Influencer Tech Export Association SIMIA: connecting, aligning, creating impactful changes as ICT-sector
Explained by: Andrew Solomon

 

As we are approaching a meeting of Influencers on the 23rd of March where the theme is: From connection and alignment to impactful collaboration” we were wondering how the collaboration among ICT Companies was fairing.


Could you tell us how far you have come in your endeavors to make the ICT sector the 4th economic pillar since we talked in May 2020?
I think we have come a long way and we have taken some important steps in the past few months.

We founded the Curaçao Tech Export Association called “SIMIA” officially at the notary in November 2020 so we are now a formal legal entity. SIMIA stands for Software Industry Making Impact Abroad.

One of the biggest achievements we have realized is to have are vision becoming an integral part of the National Export Strategy. The National Export Strategy is an initiative of MEO (Ministry of Economic Development) which aims to develop 6 strategic export sectors for our economy. The ICT sector is one of these sectors and consists of 4 sub sectors: Software development, which is what SIMIA focusses on, is one of the subsectors; The other three subsectors are: ICT Infrastructure, ICT Hosting and ICT Services.

 

One of the first steps we took is to start talking to as many of the different stakeholders that could play an important role in realizing the vision. Over the past few months. we have spoken to stake holders like:

The Chamber of Commerce: They were very enthusiastic. We will be cooperating especially in jointly holding seminars and also on teaming up on the migration policies needed for developing the digital sector;

VNW (Vertegenwoordiging Nederland in Willemstad): They were very excited and we had some specific follow ups that we agreed upon like we are pending for an appointment with a Mr. Sistermans who played an important role in the development of Brainport Eindhoven.

We have also presented to the Prime Minister and the board of MEO which resulted in the vision of SIMIA becoming an integral part of the export strategy.

We talked to both Rotary clubs and the reactions there were also very encouraging. As the attendees realized the potential of the sector is not only enormous, but also a necessity to survive in the global digital economy, some of them have invited us to present our vision at their respective companies.

We talked to “Negoshi Pikina”, as this foundation is focusing on developing entrepreneurial skills within our community,, one of the key success factors to realize successful new startups in the sector;

We had several sessions with “Think To Do” Institute of Curaçao. They are a think tank taking initiatives to further develop Curaçao and we are now contemplating further collaboration with them;

We have talked to an organization called “World Coders” They are an organization that gives very intensive coding camps in Netherlands and Portugal. During a 14 week program you will learn the necessary skills to become a certified software developer. In Portugal and the Netherlands many successful coding camps have been held already especially aimed towards youngster looking to start a career in IT. We are now looking into how we as SIMIA can collaborate with World Coders to develop our own local coders.

We will be talking to Ministry of Education somewhere soon, with the intention to explain that on the long term the best thing to do is to incorporate “coding” as early as possible in the curriculum of our educational Institutes. So hopefully this will happen soon.

What are the goals of SIMIA?
Our goal is to facilitate the exporting of locally created IT / software products from Curaçao and as such developing the local Digital economy. As such, we want the IT sector to become one of the major economic pillars of Curaçao. One of our next actions will be executing a base line measurement aimed at determining the current contribution the IT sector has to our economy, in terms of GDP, jobs, etc. Based on that we will start putting our targets in place and decide where we want to be 5 years from now in realizing the digital economic pillar. We have already selected a partner to do this research, currently we are rounding up funding. So we are definitely making progress.


What is your strategy as SIMIA in terms of having enough “coders”?
Two things. First of all we need to grow to an economy of scale. Our current 160.000 inhabitants are not enough to create any kind of viable market size for any economy to thrive. So we believe we need to grow to at least 300.000 inhabitants in the coming decades. Now, second of all, if you consider that we have very limited natural resources as Curaçao, per definition, per definition, a big part of our economy should stem from being a knowledge economy, that does not depend on natural resources. That is, if we want to realize any meaningful economic growth. The only thing a knowledge economy needs, is knowledgeable human resources. So in order to grow to 300.000 citizens, we should focus mainly on both producing and attracting top notch knowledge workers onto our Island. That is the only way companies needing knowledge workers will be lured into starting or establishing themselves locally. For the IT sector specifically, this would translate into producing digital knowledge workers: software engineers, architects, coders, testers, analysts, UI/UX designers, network & system engineers, DBA’s, etc. To achieve this, in the long term we are looking for an internationally renowned educational tech institute to establish a satellite on Curaçao. This will also help establishing Curaçao as a knowledge center in the region. In the meantime, maybe a first step could be to organize World Coder camps for our local tech talents but also promote this in the region to attract interested individuals to the island. Once we are able to locally produce these scarce top tech resources in a consistent and sizeable manner, it should also become easier to attract tech companies to set up shop in Curaçao.


Which are the companies participating in SIMIA? And who is in the board of SIMIA?
The board consists of:
Clarck Russel from IBIS (president);

Fokko Scholma from 2Share (treasurer);

Franco Diaz BearingPoint (secretary);

Renato Ignacio Minubia (board member).

I myself, Andrew Solomon, from Ictual, (vice president).

 

Our current members are Profound, Minubia, Inova, Ibis, Bearing point, 2Share, Celery, HQ rental software, ACTS, and Ictual. Furthermore we have 2 companies currently in the admission procedure for becoming a member. As an association, all of what we envisioned at the start is gaining momentum, but it requires a lot of time and hard work.

One last question, as collaboration is not something natural on the island it seems that the collaboration in the ICT sector that resulted in SIMIA came in a more natural way? Why do you think the collaboration within SIMIA up to now has progressed apparently easier?
Two things: the vision we have is appealing, many participating companies have embraced it and are passionate about making it come true. The other important point is that, as we are focusing on export, we are not competing against each other on the small local market. If the focus would have been on the local market, it would have generated a different dynamic and would most probably hindered the true cooperation we have now. The foreign markets are so big we can all benefit by collaborating to export.

Furthermore I also sense a sort of patriotism: all of us are eager to get Curaçao known to the world for our tech industry.

Thank you for the interview, you have made progress and it all seems to go in a good mutual understanding among the members of SIMIA.
Yes, we have an excellent board and committed members that are passionate for what we are trying to achieve: making the IT sector a major pillar of our economy! 


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2021.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.


Next MYM-platform session via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 20th of April (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present two chapters of the book “Think and Grow Rich” and the book “Living in the Flow, The Science of Synchronicity and How Your Choices Shape Your World.”

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

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

The first two chapters: “The power of thought” and “Desire: The starting point of all achievement”. These chapters will be presented by Suzette Perez.


Living in the flow will be presented by Surenda Isenia and Ivan Kuster.

Harness the principles of synchronicity and flow to live better, work smarter, and find purpose in your life, as presented in the book Living in the flow. When we align with circumstance, circumstance aligns with us. Using a cutting-edge scientific theory of synchronicity, Sky Nelson-Isaacs presents a model for living "in the flow"--a state of optimal functioning, creative thinking, and seemingly effortless productivity. Nelson-Isaacs explains how our choices create meaning, translating current and original ideas from theoretical physics and quantum mechanics into accessible, actionable steps that we can all take to live lives in better alignment with who we are and who we want to be. By turns encouraging and empowering, Living in Flow helps us develop an informed relationship to meaning-making and purposefulness in our lives. From this we can align ourselves more effectively within our personal, professional, and community relationships to live more in flow.


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

Date: 120th of April
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free
Presenters: Karin Hermans, Jeanine Constansia-Kook and Giany Girigoria.
Every one of them will present one or two chapters of the book.
Every one of them will present one or two chapters of the book. So hope to greet you then.



Starting March the 27th from 9 – 11.40 am: New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions

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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá Yanuari bèk.

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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


Personal Coaching tips
This week we will share some  videos on collaboration and some other interesting short videos. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.
 

1. Are you ready for Collaboration Networks? - YouTube

2. The 3C's model - YouTube

3. Check out “Family Changes the Situation” from Love146 on Vimeo.

4. Check out “Legacy Campaign” from Generosity.org on Vimeo.

5. Love Your Brain

6. Rainforest Alliance


Influencer Juan-Carlos Goilo, Workshop on emotion starting march and this week tips

Posted on March 13, 2021 at 5:55 AM

In this week’s blog (15th of March – 21th of March) we will interview Juan-Carlos Goilo; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind joint book presentation on the 16th of March from 7.00 – 9.00 pm via Zoom presenting “ANTrepreneurship, Designed”, by Lysandro Inacio; we will invite you to one of our next Personal Journey’s “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” for the 10th of April and we will share some short videos on Doughnut economy and some other interesting short videos. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook page.

 

Influencer Juan-Carlos Goilo: multi-facetted and interested

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am 37 years old. I am married and a father of 2 children, one of 4 and one of 1 year old. I have a brother and sister and I was born in Curaçao. My parents played a great role in who I am today, like I believe all parents should do. I left the island to study in Holland when I was 18 years old. My wife works at CMC and we are trying to adjust into the organism called Curaçao with our two children. If we manage, we will stay here.


You are a multi-facetted person as you work at Gemeente Amsterdam and you are an artist, information specialist, writer, performer and an advocate of the dougnut economy if we are correct? Can you expand a little bit on this and share something of you eductional background and your experiences?
I have always been a very active person, doing lots of things at the same time. In terms of institutional learning I have studied Business Information and Technology at the Amsterdam University of Applied Science. When I graduated, I was bored to death and decided to study Antropology at the University of Amsterdam. My greatest fascination is the relation humans have with technology. Here I mean technology in a broader sense of the word. Writing and language are also forms of technology. I have been blessed with the opportunity to engage with the practice of writing for audio-visual stories, poetry and theather.

I am now working on a PhD at the University of Amsterdam and the relationship between humans and technology is at the core of my thesis. I wanted to work on two case studies, one for the municipality of Amsterdam in Amsterdam and the other a case study in Curaçao. I have worked for over 8 yers at the Municipality of Amsterdam and I always have been involved in innovation in one way or the other. I like to believe that I can see changes take place every single day, every single minute and every single second. I don’t know where this comes from, it is at times like a déjà vu.

Do you meditate?
I don’t know if I meditate. I take my time to breathe, see and listen closely as the world unfolds around me.

 

You have been involved in the Doughnut economy intitiatives in Curaçao with Joeri Oltheten, that btw referred us to you, could you expand a little on this?
I have been involved in the development of the circular economy model of Amsterdam, more specifically the information needed in order to develop the principles of the model further. As I was looking for two case studies to work on, as part of my PhD, I choose to work on the same model in Curaçao. A serendepitous moment took place when Joeri raised the question on Facebook: could Curaçao apply the doughnut economy the same way Amsterdam did? He was unknowing of the fact that a Curaçaoan was working on it in Amsterdam. So I approached him together with the Ministry of Economic Development of Curaçao to help develop a ministerial creed. He has set up a Doughnut Economy Taskforce. Soon this first document will be approved by the Council of Ministers and we will take it from there. This has been the process up till now. In Curaçao we are trying to work on the mindset itself, which is at the heart of the model of doughnut economics. Working with change and looking at how people perceive change, the world and how inclusiveness is dealt with. We have gathered lots of information on initiatives that fit into the model.


You seem to be very good at that observing, right?
Well I don’t know, I am just listening to the “rhytms” and ultimately what counts is taking actions where I believe I can make a positive contribution to the whole. My actions are the only thing I know for sure. If my intuition feels that the course of our direction is right, I will stay on that course and hope that the actions will have a positive impact and lead to more connections between the different initiatives. We have a lot of potential in Curaçao and I am convinced that it is not a lack of abilities to bring about the required changes. Important is, the relationships between one of the most important institutions on the island, the government. How do they see themselves and perceive what they suppose to do and how do they relate to the different initiatives. What is a good life? Our we importing too much of a certain version of the American dream in the local context? There are a lot of people representing this American dream and way of life on the island.

 

 At the same time, I see a lot of people with lots of potential that are eager to develop themselves. And these are key elements of a developed country. The island will improve immensely if everyone is curious and eager to learn and improve oneself and each other. So if we reshift the focus away from the American dream towards a collective intelligence we will ultimately see Curaçao flourish into capacities yet unforeseen. We need to be able to write our own history. This has to play a more prominent role and has to be emphasized more. Change needs to include also government and we need to connect with one another and this organisms is not functioning optimally at this moment.



We need to find out what the obstacles are and find a way to address them. We need to move beyond the frustration level as this is wasted energy, and literally generates toxins in our bodies. I thought people in The Netherlands led the bad habit of nagging, but Curaçao seems to be in a neck and neck.We need to stop with the romantization of ‘one winner that takes all’ and move to ‘the many winners that multiply.’ 

Did you read the book Breaking Ranks of Steven Countinho? He talks about our mindsets and states that it is colonialism that has created in former colonies a dysfunctional mindset not slavery itself.
I would agree with him. I know Steven, we talked to each other and explored the possibility of applying the Doughnut Economy initiative in Surinam.


You seem to be a very intuitive person?
Yes, its true. I try to at least. The flow state is very important to me. Words are one of the ways for me to express it.

 

Where does it comes from?
I have no clue. I only have the best intentions. Maybe the flow state comes from my left toe??? I strongly believe that every single person is an artist. And our goal in life is to discover which art form is our super power. For me it has been words.

 


Are you familiar with the writings/books of Yuval Noah Harari and Rutger Bregman?
Yes I am, I don’t always agree with them, but I like their ideas. I once applied to collaborate with Rutger Bregman at “De Correspondent” to write articles about the future of the Rennaissance man. Rutger is an erudite, intelligent and sympathetic thinker. But their reaction was to suggest to me to write articles on black culture and I didn’t want to be pushed into “the migrant category.” So in the end I backed out.

 

You seem to very found of your children, why are you so found of them?
They are a source of so many things of beauty. It is such a super masterfull experience to observe them and learn from them and getting to know myself better. They fascinate me, as I see how they explore and make mistakes and learn from their mistakes and just keep going with their explorations in their own world. They don’t want to deliberately hurt other people, just observe them and you know how people are suppose to behave and how society should allow people to make mistakes. It is just fascinating and it makes me realize that I basically don’t know anything.

 

Are you using what you studied for originally that is Business Information and Technology?
During the times I graduated, it was after 9/11. Those times the Bush-administration, Reagonomics and Margareth Thatcher were not scrutinized for their role in the destabilization of societal institutions. Joeri Oltheten and I grew up in these times. As a teens it was far easier for us to rebel and see that what they were doing didn’t work than the grown-ups that were earning a living in these times.

 

You are also involved in VANTA, can you share with us something about VANTA?
Vanta has stopped as some members including me, became parents and I came to Curaçao. We are still good friends. I am currently collaborating with Vernon on another project but the group VANTA itself stopped for the moment.

 


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
Life is too short and that is why we have to dedicate our time in things that help us and helps the world to enable the development of people, animals and nature as a whole. I don’t know what everyone is doing in this world, but if I am lucky I would still be alive 50 years from now. It would be a tragedy, if I would look back and realise that I have not been contributing to the world.

 

Are you a curious person?
Yes, I am an extremely curious person. By being like that, I can grasp the essence of life.


When do you consider that you have been successfull in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?Let’s see 5 years from now, I would be observing change, the roots of positive change would have shown themselves not a the level where it is supposed to be yet, but the roots would be strong enough to withstand a hurricane. Furthermore my kids would be going to school and doing good.

 


What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
I am a very associative person, I absorb lots of information quickly and I have an idea how to deal with that, while at the same trying to protect myself from a overdosis. I constantly pace myself. I pace contacts with people and my activities. It is an ongoing thing, as I keep getting my information triggers like the ebb and flow of the sea. My biggest challenge would be related to my children, not being able to share the information that I could potentially give them. I want them to realise their full potential, without me overloading them with information that does not contribute to their well-being. This is my biggest challenge. Or that they might misinterpret my intentions, that always is a difficult issue in relation to information. In general I sincerely belief that systemic changes is hard and difficult to make in societies. In the kids of my children it is already hard. The challenge is, how to bring about changes that are much bigger then yourself. It is a fascination for me, but also a BIG challenge.


Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Yes, I would say “how don’t you use your inner voice”. When I use the word I, I do not really mean me. “I” is the inner voice that experiences the world through the eyes of my body. Descartes said: “I think therefore I am”. But Nietzsche was much more interesting. “It thinks and we are in the it”. Descartes was arrogant. The moment you say “I think” you are already thinking and you can’t stop thinking. You never chose to think. I am just materializing my “Inner voice” and share this in the simplest way with the world. I hope people will listen to it and hope I will not fall into negativity within myself.

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels? Hmm...well just look up things that I can read.

Or better said, go back into myself and breathe, listen and see what is happening around me. Everything that help me stay in the present moment. For example look at trees and leaves from a tree and look at the paterns of the leaves as they are.

 

 


What are your strengths?
I am very good at being comtemplative and I am confident that it always works.
I can discern patterns easily in a lot of things and also cross patterns between systems and can see the bridges, links between them.
I am happy with the kind of father I am curious to to see how it worked out with my children.

 


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I am a multi-facetted person. I am intrinsically practicing art and I have chosen a research topic that I am passionate about and that is also my work.


If you as Juan-Carlos would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Mexico or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
My name is Juan-Carlos. 

How would you describe Juan Carlos in one word or one sentence?
Interested.


Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
A person that has been my mentor for quite some time and still is, is Felix de Rooy. Also my parents and some of my peers and friends.

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
A lot of things, I guess i would like to stop being so vague all the time. And connect on a deeper level. At times I can appear a little vague when I meet people. They don’t understand where I am coming from. Furthermore I don’t understand the concept of time very well. I will do my utmost to be somewhere on time, but still I am always perplexed by our obsession with it. I need to be faster to be on time or the world has to pace itself.

I want to be more in my body. Now I am not doing enough workouts for my liking. I would love to hike in nature more than I already do and challenge myself in a specific sport again. But having two kids requires dedication, especially in the young years of their life. Also, for my PhD, I spend a lot of time reading and writing. As I reach a finish , I will slowly but surely move more again.

 


What was a defining moment in your life?
The birth of my first son, becoming a father.

 

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
Well that is far away.... I would be artistically directing a Dutch Caribbean Arts Academy (starting with the literary arts), that would be awesome. Also that my children would have found their passion and that they would be beaming forward and inspiring others at the speed of life.

 


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
That they are happy that I am still alive.
 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, recession and in the middle of growing environmental challenges because of the global warming consquences?
The people living in Curaçao are not disabilitated in terms of their abilities and capacities. The problem is in the organism where we live in and they way we perceive ourselves and project ourselves internally in that organism. People perform different forms of pathology and have to awake from them. This starts by realising their participation in the production of societal toxins. People can love material things like their car, their clothes. But basically it is a reflection of a bigger picture that is too negative and unsustainable. Changing the system means changing the organism. We need to start collaborating. Sometimes this requires us shutting up and listening more. Observe more. We do have a contemplative philosophy on the island, which can make it easier to be more reflexive and adaptive than the present moment. I would call it the “bou di palu” philosophy ( = underneath the tree philosophy) . There is so much power in it. Our tradition of playing domino together emerged out of this “bou di palu” philosophy, we have haircuts and conversations during these “bou di palu” moments. The best Doughnut Economy session we have had up to now, was at Hòfi Moringa. And guess what: it was “bou di palu”. Furthermore don’t underestimate the power of reflection in the afternoon as the sunset, when we reflect, think back, reflect and work together.



One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Juan-Carlos Goilo is a multi-facetted father, artist, information specialist, writer, performer, scholar and an advocate of the dougnut economy. As an extremely curious person Juan-Carlos basically has to pace the amount of contacts and activities that he is involved in. Being in the moment and living through his inner guidance comes naturally for him as he is very good at being a comtemplative and associative person. He absorbs lots of information quickly and is able to discern patterns easily in a lot of things and also cross patterns between systems and can see the bridges, links between them. Juan Carlos is passionate about relationships between people and the things that people make, “Technology in the broader sense of the word”, which includes writing also as a form of technology. He expresses himself in different forms through short videos, poetry and theather. As an “observer” he is of the opinion that we don’t have a problem with the people living in Curaçao in terms of their abilities and capacities, the problem is in the organism where they live in and they way we perceive ourselves and project ourselves internally in that organism. Working on a Dough Nut Economy model in Curaçao he is helping to create change. By changing the system, the organism and promoting collaboration, we can achieve so much more. Because of all this, we are convinced that through his different roles, Juan Carlos is enabling the development of people in Curaçao. That is why we dearly love and deeply respect Juan Carlos Goilo and consider him part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the Sustainable Economy and Arts sector.

 


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2021.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.


Next MYM-platform session via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 16th of March (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present “ANTrepreneurship, Designed for Success” inspired by King Solomon’s best advice for entrepreneurs!, by Lysandro Inacio.

This book is not a traditional book for entrepreneurs. It doesn’t explore modern business strategies or the latest best practices for entrepreneurial advancement. It doesn’t include a 10-step plan to transform your business into the next big success story. This book contains something much more valuable than that. It contains the best advice given to entrepreneurs by the wisest and wealthiest man who ever lived. An advice that reveals the right mindset, traits and qualities that are fundamental for entrepreneurial success. This advice is not a new idea or insight but an ancient proverb given more than 3000 years ago and has been hiding in plain sight. One simple, yet profound proverb that contains a proven formula for entrepreneurial success. A formula that transformed an ancient nation in the desert into a center of trade and commerce and made King Solomon the wealthiest man who ever lived. A proven formula that is still evident today and has the potential to activate the entrepreneurial spirit and turn any nation into a prosperous nation!

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

 

Date: 16th of March
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free
Presenters: Karin Hermans, Jeanine Constansia-Kook and Giany Girigoria.
Every one of them will present one or two chapters of the book.
Every one of them will present one or two chapters of the book. So hope to greet you then.



Starting March the 13th from 9 – 11.40 am: New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions 

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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá Yanuari bèk.

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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


Personal Coaching tips
This week we will share some videos on Doughnut economy and some other interesting short videos. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

 

1. Amsterdam Doughnut Economics - YouTube


2. How the Dutch are reshaping their post-pandemic economy - BBC REEL - YouTube


3. Zo Gezegd: Juan-Carlos Goilo - Heb ik het recht van spreken - YouTube


4. VANTA


5. Art as Text: Bridging Literacy and the Arts - YouTube


6. What is doughnut economics? Kate Raworth explains - YouTube

Influencer Henny Barbolina, MYM Book Session, March workshop on emotion and this week tips

Posted on March 7, 2021 at 1:15 AM

In this week’s blog (8th of March – 14th of March) we will interview Henny “Barba” Barbolina ; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind joint book presentation on the 16th of March from 7.00 – 9.00 pm via Zoom presenting “ANTrepreneurship, Designed”, by Lysandro Inacio; we will invite you to one of our next Personal Journey’s “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” for the 13th of March and we will share some short videos on aqua ponics, hydro ponics, regenerative farming, green houses and technology in farming. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook page.

Inlfuencer Henny ‘Barba’ Barbolina: “When I set my eyes on doing something, I will do it”

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I was born in Curaçao in “Trai Seru”, I come from a family of four siblings and I was raised by my mother as my father died when he was very young. My mother used to work very hard and her drive has played an important role through out my career as she was a role model for me. I lived with my grandmother and she had a “kunuku” were they were farming in the traditional way, there is where my affinity towards farming started. I am 57 years old, I am divorced and I have a 31 years old son, that is now living in Holland, whom is also planning to step into my farming business.

 

Could you share something of you eductional background and your experiences?
I went to the elementary school at Groot Kwartier and finished my High School at Radulphus College. I went to study Laboratories Studies in Holland at a young age and finished when I was 21 years, too young according to myself and then decided to continue my study at the University of Utrecht and got my degree in Analytical Chemistry and Catalytic Process Technique. I was 25 years old when I came back to Curaçao and started working at the Isla Refinery where my career went very fast, soon I became head of the Laboratory, the head of Operation in one operational area, Projectcoodinator in the project to transform the existing Refinery into a super modern Refinery. But it turned out that PDVSA as the operator never could comply with this intention. I continued my career as the operation and plant manager at the BOO, two years ago after all the challenges with the Refinery, I became very much aware that the Refinery didn’t have a future. I decided to go back to my roots and decided to go full time into agriculture in Curaçao, where I could clearly see a future. I had started ten years ago to invest and put a lot of time into farming first as a hobby, then it became more then a hobby and now these past wto years, I consider it to be a serious business opportunity. I started my own company. I have a land lot that is large enough and I invested all my savings into modern agriculture techniques like hydroponics, aquaponics, permaculture and regenerative agriculture. Apart from it being a serious business I want to spread the knowledge I gained over the years to as much people as possible on the island. My son is preparing to step into the business and will in the course of time take over.

 

Mister Barbolina what comes to mind is that your ambition and confidence in the possibilities of farming in Curaçao is remarkable.
Yes, my ambition is big. I am convinced that within 10 years from now we can produce 30 % to 40 % of our own food on the island. In my life there aren’t a lot of things that I have put my mind on doing, that in the end I didn’t succeed in achieving it.

 

You work at the moment in Curaçao you are becoming one of the most known persons via Nos Kunuku on organic farming in a year where via the Corona virus crisis it became all the more clear how vulnerable we are on Curaçao in terms of our food. Can you expand a little bit on this more, when did you started with farming and where you always part of a cooperative in Curaçao?
“Nos Kunuku” is a private owned “BV”. It is not a cooperative.

I have noticed that lots of people involved in the local farming, love to pay lip service to the idea of a collaboration. With all the good intentions that most have at the beginning when the chips are ultimately down, it doesn’t happen. We tried with a cooperative of only organic farmers but it failed because of different reasons. Two reasons I like to mention, a lot of people see the farming as a hobby and not as a business and the support but local government institutions is lacking and this de-motivates some people.

To get the agriculture sector on a next commercial level, Financial Institutions need to change their mindsets regarding farming. Now they only see investments in cars and buildings as profitable loans that they will put their money in, while they don’t see the agricultural sector as a sector where one can earn a good income and get good solids jobs. The sector needs financial inputs, I am doing this by investing my own savings into my business. The sector needs investments in her infrastructure in the land devemopment for example, to make this all feasible. I have identified 17 succesfactors that need to be in place for an investment in commercial agricultural projects to be succesful. It way pass the level of hobbyism, it is a different level of thinking.

To mention some of these 17 succes factors: One needs to have knowledge on “How to do business”, Financial resources, Qualified people at least at a MBO and HBO-level, so they can handle hydro- and aqua- ponics technology required. You need water and land lots and as in all other systems, you are as strong as the weakest link of the system and if the weakest linked breaks, you will loose money. I we need to be very focused into respecting a healthy bottom-line for projects in the agricultural sector.


I am working now on an indoor farm of 240 m2 that will use artificial light generated by solar panels, it will require an Ang 500.000,- investment and it did require a lot of talking to get the financing approved as this was too far out of the box for the financial institutions. But we are close to starting with the execution. And we will produce 500.000 heads of lettuce every single week. This will be 8 % of all the salads we import and it will be cultivated organically, meaning free from chemicals.

 


Traditionally that are few people interested in farming how come you choose farming to earn a living?
Well I have a theory about this. Before the Oil Refinery started its operations over more then a 100 years ago in the 20th century in Curaçao, almost everyone was involved in agriculture. So there is where people were indoctrinated to belief, that only “dumb people” were the ones working in the agricultural sector. So almost everybody stopped working in the agricultural sector and started working in the Oil sector at Shell. As a young boy it was impossible for me to even consider working in the agricultural sector. So I arrived at Twente when I went to Holland during my first years and saw that farmers were driving Mercedes Benzes. And I thought, well “dumb people” don’t drive Mercedes Benzes. Until this day the word agriculture was errased from our educational system and our vocabolary. We need to change this very quickly and re-install this sector it’s prestige and the status of farmers. We need highly qualified people to practice modern farming and I totally disagree with the concept, that new farmers need to be recruited from the pool of unemployed people. It makes totally no sense to me, to see unemployed being recruited and prepared to go and work in the agricultural sector. Because after their training, they refuse to go and work in the the sector because, it isn’t their passion. I am a firm beliver in a larger scale business like approach in Curaçao, where the return and investment and bottom line are the ultimate criteria for success in the agricultural sector in Curaçao.

 

Where did this interest in the agriculural sector started?
Because of my training, educational background and my experiences, I told myself three things:

First of all, we can continue to stay depended on what is happening in the world and wait and see what happens next as a lame duck or I believe we need to do something about this. As I like to be practical and I like to take action and I don’t like to talk a lot. I for myself decided to take action and look at the investments in the agricultural sector as a serious business proposition. During this Corona Pandemic it became very clear that we are very vulnerable as an island from sea and air connections.

Secondly, with my background, we can with an open mindset, do a lot in a different way. We can use modern technology and be as cost efficient as possible. Like if we use conventional wisdom to build a concrete water container to store groundwater of 25 cubic meters for irrigation purposes, it will cost between between Ang 12.000,- and Ang 15.000,-. A blue plastic swimming pool with the same cubic meter content costs about Ang 800,-. I will use the plastic swimming pool container if it will work the same as a concrete water container, as I want to think as cost efficient as possible.

Another example, a tomatoe is a tropical product, right. Holland is the biggest exporter of tomatoes in the world, as they through greenhouses they are capable to create an artificial tropic climate and thus are able to grow tomatoes that they export. We can even use greenhouses to cool the tempatures in the greenhouses and cultivate products that we export to the world. All of this because of the opportunities that technology offers.

Thridly, by lowering the dependency of imports for agriculture products, I am going to hopefully be an example to make other entrepreneurs follow suit. This has become relatively easy because of the possibilities technology offers and if you invest in the right projects. I am an entreprenuer and I want to add value to my investments, that is my mindset.

I will start with a pilot project and proof that what I believe in, is really possible. Hopefully when it succeeds this will have a positive spin-off effects for others, because “Seeing is believing”.

 

Do you use perma culture in your ventures?
Yes, it is my starting point as it is a philosophy. Within that philosophy there are different application forms.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I want to prove that in Curaçao we can have large scale commercially run agriculture, And yes we can do it. My grandmother had “kunuku” and her brother also. We use to work on it. I got involved again in farming first as a hobby later on as a serious business venture.

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I use to follow at least 1 or 2 seminars on agriculture a year before the Corona crisis Pandemic. I am part of an online network of like minded people interested in farming that share their experiences with each other. I follow it and aplly what I learn in a responsible way, as I don’t copy paste solutions, I test what I take notice off and try to learn how it works in our local circumstances. Why? Because all circumstances are specificall local, even between Banda Abou and Banda Ariba in Curaçao there is a difference in the amount of rainfall. So I test and learn the lessons.

 

How do you create a Ripple effect with the ideas that you are promoting and trying to implement?
Hopefully through “Seeing is believing”, just like the “snack”-effect when people copied a success formula to start their own snack, people will copy the proven technology when are creating and by doing that we can create a Ripple effect and prove to ourselves that “we can”.

 

When do you consider that you have been successfull in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
Within 5 years from now we need to have 20 to 25 % of our agricultural needs, including for our Tourism sector, locally produced.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
My biggest challenge in practicing agriculture on a business like manner is that in Curaçao this it is in its infancy. To build a house you will find relatively easily all the materials supplies at the local hardward stores. Material supplies for the agricultural sector are simple not available. If you want it, you will have to take care of it yourself, meaning import it yourself. What we are seeing now is that the number of greenhouses on the island are growing and this could entice suppliers to provide in the material suplies needed. Furthermore agriculture in the early stages of its development it is subsidized in a lot of countries, not here in Curaçao (yet).

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
When I have to take a decision, I will maximize the information required to take a decision and put all the options beside each other.

Then I will take my time and sleep over it and follow my gut feeling.

I also like to talk with other people that don’t have a lot of knowledge of the subject matter that I am reflecting on and they would trigger me to find “out of the box” answers and break out of the walls of the box I have created.

 

What are your strengths?
I work hard, almost close to being a workalholic. Of late I have slowed down a little bit.

When I set my eyes on doing something, I will do it and I will be very focused in the process.

 

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

 

If you as Henny Barbolina would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Mexico or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer in one word or one sentence?
My name is “Barba”, that is it, as simple as that. I don’t like to brag and I am a very reserved person. If there is a click I would after long open up a little more.

 

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

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
I have strond character and I don’t like to add water to the wine. This is not always appreciated by others.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
I lived in Trai Seru and because of a small twist in terms of choices of which High School to go, Radulphus which I attended because a good friend of mine was attending Radulphus, impacted the friends I made during those years and ultimately and the study choices I have made. If I had attended Peter Stuyvesant College my friends and maybe also the study I choose to follow would have been totally different.

 

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
My management style is very enabling and I like teaching. I would be a kind of a coach and mentor.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
This guy worked hard to arrive at where he is right now.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, recession and in the middle of growing environmental challenges because of the global warming consequences?
That we have a lot of highly educated and motivated youngsters, that one day will take over and change the island for the better.

Connect and more info
LinkedIn:henny-barbolina
Facebook: Nos Kunuku
Insta: noskunuku
Website: noskunukubv.com/


One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Henny “Barba” Barbolina is visionary, strong willed entrepreneur and investor in the agricultural sector that thinks big and considers investment in the agricultural sector pure as a business opportunity. Living by the rule that “Whatever I set my mind on, I will achieve it”, makes him a remarkable change driver in the agricultural sector in terms of agricultural projects on a larger scale than usual and at the same time will be organic. Within 10 years from now he firmly believes that we will be growing 40 to 50 % of all that that we import in agricultural products. Considering his passed training, education, experiences, focus, business mindset and use of modern technology, which requires also higher educated employees involvement, is surely priming him for success in spite of a lack of an alignment of all the factors to make the agriculture sector a success in Curaçao. Through continuous learning from seminars and his international network, whilst not “copy pasting” but “testing first” attitude, he stays knowledgeable of the latest in terms of technology in the sector. All of this is definitely setting him up for success in his ventures. By modelling successful pilots, “Barba” Barbolina hopes to create success stories that will help others locally to follow his example, thus creating a “Ripple effect”. Because of all this, we are convinced that his ventures will be a big boost for the agricultural sector on the island. That is why we dearly love and deeply respect Henny “Barba” Barbolina and consider him part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the Sustainable Agriculture sector.

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2021.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.


Next MYM-platform session via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 16th of March (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present “ANTrepreneurship, Designed for Success” inspired by King Solomon’s best advice for entrepreneurs!, by Lysandro Inacio.

This book is not a traditional book for entrepreneurs. It doesn’t explore modern business strategies or the latest best practices for entrepreneurial advancement. It doesn’t include a 10-step plan to transform your business into the next big success story. This book contains something much more valuable than that. It contains the best advice given to entrepreneurs by the wisest and wealthiest man who ever lived. An advice that reveals the right mindset, traits and qualities that are fundamental for entrepreneurial success. This advice is not a new idea or insight but an ancient proverb given more than 3000 years ago and has been hiding in plain sight. One simple, yet profound proverb that contains a proven formula for entrepreneurial success. A formula that transformed an ancient nation in the desert into a center of trade and commerce and made King Solomon the wealthiest man who ever lived. A proven formula that is still evident today and has the potential to activate the entrepreneurial spirit and turn any nation into a prosperous nation!

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

 

Date: 16th of March
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free
Presenters: Karin Hermans, Jeanine Constansia-Kook and Giany Girigoria.
Every one of them will present one or two chapters of the book.
Every one of them will present one or two chapters of the book. So hope to greet you then.



Starting March the 13th from 9 – 11.40 am: New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions 

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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá Yanuari bèk.

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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


Personal Coaching tips
This week we will share some videos on short videos on aqua ponics, hydro ponics, regenerative farming, green houses and technology in farming. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

1. Introduction to Home Aquaponics - YouTube


 

2. Hydroponics - A short introduction - YouTube


 

3. What is Regenerative Agriculture? - YouTube


 

4. Aquaponic farming saves water, but can it feed the country? - YouTube


 

5. How does a greenhouse work a science with bobert video short - YouTube


 

6. Farmers in the Netherlands are growing more food using less resources | Pioneers for Our Planet - YouTube


 

 

 

 

Influencer Roland van Reenen, March workshop on emotion, MYM Book session and this week tips

Posted on February 27, 2021 at 10:10 AM

In this week’s blog (1st of March – 7th of March) we will interview Roland van Reenen; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind joint book presentation on the 16th of March from 7.00 – 9.00 pm via Zoom presenting “ANTrepreneurship, Designed”, by Lysandro Inacio; we will invite you to one of our next Personal Journey’s “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” for the 13th of March and we will share some short videos on overcoming fear. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook page.

Influencer Roland van Reenen:  a forest farmer, passionate and enthusiastic

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life? Were you born here in Curaçao ?
I was born in Holland but I feel that my heart is closely related to Curaçao. My partner decided that she would love to come back and live in Curaçao in 2015 and when she told me if I would like to come along to Curaçao within less then 2 seconds I said “yes” and never doubted a second. She had a job, ticket and house on the same day, so all signs were on green, to come to Curaçao. I am 56 years old and now a widow as my partner, we were not married but knew each other since 2010, passed away 2 years ago. I have two children, one 24 and the other 22 years old from my first relationship both are living in Holland. My parents are still alive and in good health in their 80-ties and they have always given me a safety net in all the ventures I have undertaken and this gave me a lot of confidence in what I was doing. I have one other brother.

Could you share something of you eductional background and your experiences?
I have a teacher’s degree, but after earning this degree I got involved in other things like I was in music as a salesman, musician and also a producer. The latter part of my life in Holland I was involved in the organic food sector in Holland. I was a manager in the first organic food supermarket in Holland and there is where I learned my management skills and also developed my interest in farming. We introduced a new method to attract and keep our clients as we introduced the membership concept to the supermarket. Through this new membership concept and the rebates we offered on our products for the members, the organic food supermarket became affordable and this was a breakthrough and quite revolutionary in that time. In 2015 I quit the supermarket I was managing as we were leaving to Curaçao. The director of the supermarket told me as I was leaving the supermarket that I had managed for 17 years, that: “If you go then you have to jump into deep”, which I did literally, I jumped into the deep. In 2013 I already got acquainted and fascinated with organic farming methods and with permaculture and I clicked with it, I thought to myself this is really something I can do something with. I started with permaculture as I was still in Holland and experimented with it for two years before we left to Curaçao in 2015.

 

When I was in Curaçao in 2015
In Curaçao I worked some time at ATV a company that offers tours, but my dreams to introduce permaculture were still alive and kicking in my head and I considered working at ATV as a distraction after while. I became restless and I needed every bit of time to try out what I have been learning and by doing this in Curaçao, I started to learn about the climate, the soil conditions and the wind conditions in Curaçao . In fact Curaçao has very challenging circumstances to work in, if you want to regenerate the soil. I was from 2016 till 2018 doing all sorts of experiments to build a food forest and due to the lack of farmland, I was experimenting with this in the garden of the house where we lived, my labotory basically and...it became a huge success as something did change on a micro level.



The ex-Minister Suzy Romer from the Ministry of GMN heard and came to see my experiments with permaculture, I was invited of by GMN to create permaculture research and educational projects and I organized a course on syntropic agroforestry together with 2 Brazilian experts, Thiago Gemenez and Murilo de Lima. Before that we created a mini forest cultivating first vegetables and later fruits first through experimentation without any course instructions, no meaningful experience in this climate with is dry and wet period in the year with little water at our disposal at a land area close to Dinah Veeris at Fuik, together with Shastri Moesker one of the sons of Dinah Veeris. After a year, I had to leave the project for I was invited by GMN to work as a coach for the Regenerative Organic Agriculture Program Curaçao (ROAP) facilitated by the Maharishi University of Iowa in the USA. But we were able to draw some interesting conclusions from this experiment. The project has been stopped medio 2020 due to the lack of funds by the new minister of GMN.

Back from Kenia
After coming back from a visit to Kenia as consultant, to spread our knowledge to elsewhere in the world on food foresting, I was curious about how this farmland had developed itself since I have left. I was pleasantly surprised to see what I have found. It was still there, even the banana trees, it little bit weak and small in size but it had survived these past 6 months after the project was abandoned without irrigation. Nowadays on a voluntary basis I work one day in the week on this farmland, where we use organic material, mulch, to revitalize the fruit trees that we are cultivating especially the banana trees that are the ones that need the most water. Using mulch is one of the core principles of permaculture and syntropic farming. This made me believe in the potential of connecting food production with the restoration of our environment in a certain way and this offers us a lot of interesting things that can be done and created in Curaçao.

You work at the moment in Curaçao you are transforming dry land into an oasis as plants create rain and can create food, in a year where via the Corona virus crisis it became all the more clear, how vulnerable we are on Curaçao. Can you expand a little bit on this more, when did this started and why now in Curaçao ?
I deeply respect mister Barbolina from “Nos Kunuku” that is also been involved in organizing farming on a different, more organic basis. I started to go to meetings that were held in papiamento and in the course of time by doing that improved my papiamento. I experimented with local farming to master the specific circumstances in Curaçao with the sun, the wind, the dryness of the soil, the low groundwater levels, very little rainfall during the whole year, but believed the level of forestation of the island was linked with the amount of rain. If the forests disappear, the rain disappears. And vise versa, so the biggest challenges are the “how to connect things to one another” while dealing with the lack of sufficient rain and the iguanas. The answer is, to cultivate the opposite of a mono culture and cultivate as much food forestries as possible, meaning vegetables and fruits trees combined with supporting trees. The more we are able to do this, the more rain we will get on the island.

 

What is a a perma food forest?
Permaculture is based on a wide area of disciplines like energy, water management, fossil fuel or non-fossil fuel aimed to make farming regenerative and sustainable. Perma refers to permanent, to make the farming sustainable. If it is not sustainable we will continu to create more desserts, as is happening at this moment all over the world with the way farming technology is being applied. You can consider it a reaction on this (global) development. It is about how to transfrom desserts into vertile land, it is about basic needs. This one of the concepts of food forestry.

Syntrophic is focussing on food forestry with the same goals as permaculture but with a new perspective on the economy and ecology, deeply respecting nature and the environment. By making controlled food forestry economic wise attractive, this makes it very important to consider.

 




This has been a major turning point as with the Ministry of GMN with the help of the two Brazilian experts we organized a first course and had 42 people attending this course that we trained. This has been a wonderful experience. As most people think that we need water for our farming and we believe that if you want water, you should plant. And we have achieved some important results during our experiments because of the harsh conditions Curaçao has. The applied method was developed in Brazil, where you start without an irrigation system but jointy we developed a hybrid system where we use a minimum of irrigation and we proved that it worked. We used a land lot of 15 meters by 15 meters, small but used it very efficiently using only 4 liters per m2 per day as is common in Curaçao but instead of having a few crops only, we planted 50 plants including banana, yuka and papaya close to each other on that same squire meter and after 6 months we stopped with the irrigation based on the advice of the Brazilian experts and after 20 days without irrigation, this ecosystem still was working. Of course 20 days without water isn’t ideally what we should do, but it proved to us how strong the system is, where we only water the plants once a week. I now really believe that we can export this knowledge.

What happened with the 42 attendees to the first course?
Some also are still working based on these principles and we repeated the course and this time with zoom meetings with about 20 attendees, (with attendees from Trinidad and Bonaire). We offer a month of the theoretical part and then with 4 coaches just start implementing. Each week-end we set up a new farm. But as the financing of the project by GMN was stopped what I could notice is that, after I came back from Kenia, I could take notice on how well, what we created, was functioning. I see that there are more people interested now, including people that don’t come originally for the agriculture sector and I see people from the younger generation interested. I am still very active in helping design, consulting and implementing projects. We do collaborate together when we get an assignment as we don’t compete but collaborate with each other, just like the plants that we grow is based on collaboration and not competition. Competition is based on scarcity while via syntropic farming we can prove that there is abundance and in that sense influence the world in how we can provide in basic needs of people. There is so much food that we can plant and that we can do ourselves. I was also involved in the project “Kunukitu di Kas i di Bario” and I believe that this needs to continue.


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
My drive is the paradigm shift that we need on the island. We should not be competing for the resources, but if we use the resources well, there is more than enough for us all. I firmly believe that we can make Curaçao green via food production. Remember we are a small island and if we could use those lots on the islands that are unused, we can as we go, create a momentum, a tipping point to achieve this.
I have this idea that Curaçao must have been a lot greener in the past with a different climate. This idea was supported when we brought two brazilian experts on the islands and they told me that Curaçao scenery looks like a regenerative scenery. Furthermore when the Spaniards came to Curaçao they use to come for the mahony trees which are tropical rainforest trees. This is what I believe.

We can reverse nature. If we would plant between the wabi trees as a first step, the wabi trees being the pioneer plant, we could then expand it to become a food forest as if you would plant fruit trees and they become bigger then the wabi trees, the wabi trees eventually will disappear. The same goes for the neem trees, this as part of syntropic farming can also be used as the pioneer plant. In permaculture they call the neem tree “hard working immigrants”. As without hard working immigrants the economy wouldn’t work, the same goes for neem trees for the ecology. They can help reverse deforestation. The main neem tree grows on itself, thermites don’t like it and you can make a lot of medicinal products out of it, like anti-moskito sprays, toothpaste..etc...we should see the neem tree more like an asset instead of a liability.

 

How do you create a Ripple effect with the ideas that you are promoting and trying to implement?
Just to be active with enthusiasm and passion. We have given courses to 44 people on synropic farming and now we have an additional 20 people on the second course. People go to my Facebook and they read over what we are doing and this inspired others.

When do you consider that you have been successfull in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
That we would have reached a “Tipping point” as far as my community goals are concerned.

Personally I would not want to be too concerned of my finances, because my consultancy work would have become profitable enough and with all those who have gained the knowledge from Curaçao, export our knowledge to countries with comparable climate conditions.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Finances can play a limiting role. At the other hand seeds are free, like most of the materials we use in syntropic farming come from nature. Nature is the cheapest source available. Look at nature as an asset. “The problem is the solution”.

Like organic material from the garden, you can fertilize neemtrees instead of throwing it away in landfill, like we are doing now. It could be used to boost syntropic syntropic farm production, as soon as we change our paradigm and initiatives can become economically feasible. Like using those who are mastering this knowledge as trainees and cheap labor, to make certain projects economically more feasible.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Using my gut feeling has become natural to me. I am not even aware of it when I use it, compared the days where use to be an overthinker. My gut never betrayed me, it is my compass and this can lead to radical decisions like the way I ended up in Kenia for a month. My gut also helped my discover my passion when I was already 50-years old. I am now a self made man with a clear vision and this vision really drives me.


How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I am continuously learning from nature through trial and error and I also love to be challenged by people who know better. That is why I want to go to Brazil to learn more, after I have the two Brazilina experts that I worked with. I also learn from the internet and I believe that knowledge is limitless and being curious to learn more, keeps me young.

What are your strengths?
I am authentic. If I believe in something, I can become very passionate about it and by being passionate, I inspire other people.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Music, I have done a lot in music and now, not as a professional. still play music
I have seen and been through many experiences because of what inspires me. Like, I love the diversity in societies and I was fascinated and inspired by the culture of Kenia. They can be an example for the rest of world in a certain way.

If you as Roland would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Mexico or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer in one word or one sentence?
I am a forest farmer. I love what I am doing. I live in some kind of matrix and if I step out of it to comply with other people their desires that I don’t agree with, it doesn’t make me happy.


Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career/leven?
The founders of Syntropic farming Ernst Gotsch; Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton.

But also Malcolm X as he transformed from being a criminal, prisoner, radical and freedomfighter for the dignity of all oppressed people. The number of transformations he had been through in his life fascinates me about him.

Spiritually Mahareshi Mahesh Yogi and Osho. They have had many valuable contributions to mankind.

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
My physical conditioning. I have been very active in sports in the past, this I need to work on more.
My finances I need to organized and do better on that.
I need to focus more and become less distracted.

 


What was a defining moment in your life?
When we left to come to Curaçao in 2015. Curaçao is such a beautiful place in the world and people are very helpful. For example if you would have a flat tire within soon someone would stop and give you a helping hand. This will not happen easily in Holland.

I am completely in love with Curaçao and want to share this with the rest of the world. It is magical and it has healing powers. It is said that in the days of the Spaniards, sailors use to be left on the island because of their illness and when they came back they were completely healed. I myself have changed living here. Like sad songs I am now able to appreciate it and even get the goose bumps now that we are talking about this. In the past I couldn’t listen to it, as I considered it pathetic music.

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
I want to have seen the world and I don’t want to worry about my finances. In Curaçao it most be feasible to have 10 % syntropic farming, that has a significant economic impact for the whole island and in itself will influence our climate.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
He followed his passion and he went all the way to achieve it, sometimes against all odds.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, recession and in the middle of growing environmental challenges because of the global warming consequences?
I am very optimistic about the future because I can only see opportunities. Our focus has to shift, like instead of looking at what exists, we have to for opportunities in our direct environment. For example during the time of the year when you have a lot of mango’s, we have so much mango’s that they rot away. Why not dry it up and make mango chips. It doesn’t cost a lot and it is not difficult to produce it. The focus in government policies is too much on keeping what already exists. In Cuba after the Sowjet Union collapsed and stopped subsidizing Cuba for 3 year people hardly had enough food, and now they have 90 % food security. I believe that the Corona pandemic is a turning point and I am positive about this. The thing is that I meet so many people nowadays with similar ideas like Mister Barbolina from Nos Kunuku. That is why I am optimistic.







More videos on:
YouTube Channel Roland van Reenen

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Ronald van Reenen, is an enthusiastic, passionate, forest farmer that through trial and error has developed a hybrid knowledge on how to create a food forest even in the harsh climate conditions in Curaçao . This knowledge he believes can be exported to other countries with similar climate conditions and help regenerative farming elsewhere in the world. Finding his passion in the past 10 years has made him a focused person, where he combines the principles of Permaculture with Syntropic farming. With his enthusiasm, his collaborative mindset and now proven knowledge on food forestry, his aim is to make Curaçao within 15 to 20 years from now have 10 % syntropic farming, using every single unused lot on the island. With the slogans that: “To create more rain we have to plant more” and “The problem is the solution”, as most resources required from nature to achieve this goal, cost almost nothing, we are convinced that Roland together with all the others like minded drivers on the island will make, this change on the island come through. That is why we dearly love and deeply respect Roland and consider him part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the Sustainable Agriculture sector.

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2021.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.


Next MYM-platform session via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 16th of March (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present “ANTrepreneurship, Designed for Success” inspired by King Solomon’s best advice for entrepreneurs!, by Lysandro Inacio.

This book is not a traditional book for entrepreneurs. It doesn’t explore modern business strategies or the latest best practices for entrepreneurial advancement. It doesn’t include a 10-step plan to transform your business into the next big success story. This book contains something much more valuable than that. It contains the best advice given to entrepreneurs by the wisest and wealthiest man who ever lived. An advice that reveals the right mindset, traits and qualities that are fundamental for entrepreneurial success. This advice is not a new idea or insight but an ancient proverb given more than 3000 years ago and has been hiding in plain sight. One simple, yet profound proverb that contains a proven formula for entrepreneurial success. A formula that transformed an ancient nation in the desert into a center of trade and commerce and made King Solomon the wealthiest man who ever lived. A proven formula that is still evident today and has the potential to activate the entrepreneurial spirit and turn any nation into a prosperous nation!

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

 

Date: 16th of March
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free
Presenters: Karin Hermans, Jeanine Constansia-Kook and Giany Girigoria.
Every one of them will present one or two chapters of the book.
Every one of them will present one or two chapters of the book. So hope to greet you then.



Starting March the 13th from 9 – 11.40 am: New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions 

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


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá Yanuari bèk.

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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


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

 

1. Live your dream and share your passion! This is your life. Live, Laugh, Love. 

 

2. Overcome fear| Inspiring One-minute Motivational Video - YouTube


3. Invictus by William Henley read by Morgan Freeman | Inspirational Poetry - YouTube
 

4. How to Overcome FEAR | #1 hack for FEAR in 1 MINUTE - YouTube


5. DON'T SETTLE | Amazing One-minute Motivational Video - YouTube


6. Laird Hamilton on Seizing the Day and Overcoming Fear | Oprah's Master Class | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube

Influencer Dinah Veeris, February 2020 workshop on emotion and this week tips

Posted on February 20, 2021 at 12:05 AM

In this week’s blog (22nd of February – 28th of February) we will interview Dinah Veeris; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind joint book presentation on the 16th of March from 7.00 – 9.00 pm via Zoom presenting “ANTrepreneurship, Designed”, by Lysandro Inacio; we will invite you to one of our next Personal Journey’s “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” for the 27th of February and we will share some short videos on Angela Davis, Richard Wright, James Baldwin and herbal gardens. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook page.

 

Influencer Dinah Veeris: just “go-on”, fun-lover

 


Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am 81 years old, I was born in Curaçao and I have two sons and 4 grandchildren. I come from a family of 4 sisters and 3 brothers. My mother was 97 years old when she passed away. My mother has meant a lot to me as she exemplified the “fight for life” type of attitude, she used to be a dressmaker, she used to work in the shop of my grandmother and this attitude, taught me to fight for the things I believe in.

When I grew up they used to compare me with Lidwina from Schiedam and I couldn’t cope with this comparison, so I decided one day to change my name into “Dinah” as this name made me feel who I really am. And this name sticked as my first name, dating back when I lived in Sint Martin.

My father on the other hand was the opposite of my mother’s character. He exemplified the “joy for life” and he had a more humoristic way to look at life. He used to make fun out of my mother when we were spanked by her in those days and that softened the pain. So in that sense both my parents made me become who I am today.

 

Could you share something of you eductional background and your experiences?
I started as a help-teacher as I went to school in a time where boys had more opportunities to study back then compared to girls. Boys were offered the opportunity to go and study in Holland, if you wanted to become a fully authorized teacher. But I was diligent and gradually went to all the different teacher courses that were offered on the island and ultimately in 1972 I went to Holland to study to become a fully authorized teacher. Later on in Curaçao I became a fully authorized graduate in MO pedagogy. After working some years as a teacher and after I got interested in “herbs”, I went to California School of Herbal studies that had a large country estate, and here is where I acquired additional knowledge on herbs.

 

Important to mention
I became a very self aware woman after I went to live in Sint Martin for some years. Living in Sint Martin, I got acquainted with certain writers that I never have heard from before, like Angela Davis and Richard Wright and this was a real shock to me. They basically made me become aware of my cultural history and the history of slavery. These authors made me radically change my look and I became one of the first woman in Sint Martin and Curaçao, that had a afro-look. I really appreciate what my parents have gone through, but my parents never talked about the past.

 

You are a well know brand as THE EXPERT on herbs in Curaçao, how did this all started?
It all started when I was in Holland studying “Theather, stage and acting”. The reason I wanted to learn that is, because I could use it to enable normally very shy students, to transform and become more their authentic selves through “stage and acting”. While I was studying in Holland I had to do a project about culture. I decided to use “herbs” as my subject matter. My mother use to have a “herbs garden”. I discovered that my mother had so much knowledge about the effects of herbs, that it transformed my way at looking at herbs once and for all. I became so aware of how little I knew of my own culture and I got carried away. After interviewing my mother, some neighbors, some people in Banda Abou, some people in Bonaire and Aruba and writing this all down, it meant the start of my career as a local “herbs”-expert.

 

I wrote two books
Back in Curaçao after finishing my studies in Holland, I basically held two jobs, one as a facilitator of teachers and another one, where I interviewed lots of elderly and this ended in two books I wrote.

One with the title “Remedi i Kustumber di nos Bieunan” and “Afrikantje”. And one day I read an advertisement of the California School of Herbal studies and I decided to send them my maniscrupt written in papiamentu of my first book and they became so enthusiastic, that they accepted me at the school. They didn’t know papiamentu, but they could understand the scientific names of the herbs I was describing and this changed my life again. I followed classes from 6 AM till 6 PM and the certainty by which the curriculum was explained by the teachers, that what made me change and become a different Dinah. I was also taught to make how to make the herbs products and when I came back to Curaçao I decided to quit my job, looked and bought a piece of land and started collecting herbs for 5 years, much longer then I originally thought it would take. Helped by “Baba”, a neighbor that one day, just came by and offered to help me. So we started and went to Banda Abou and other places on the island at 4 AM in the morning to collect over 300 species of “medicinal herbs” . This is were the two books are all about. They have been translated in three languages.

 

How important are herbs in the healing of people when they have any kind of disease?
For years since we were living in nature, herbs have shown us how much they can help us. Kings kept herbs and used them when needed and it is mentioned in the Holy Bible. In India you have “Ayurveda” and here as I was exploring and taking interviews from our elderly, I became aware of how much more potential herbs have. Nowadays things have change and it is becoming more and more a way of life, where herbs are supplemented by medicines. This idea that herbs really can help, is always with me as an extra motivation, as I know for sure that it does help and it has a big potential.

 

Is the acceptance of herbs growing according to your experience and becoming more main stream?
Yes, it is becoming more mainstream. I sometimes get visits from doctors to our herb garden and via the questions they ask me, I ask them if they are a doctor and at times they are. I am proud also to see what is happening on Facebook and via App, also the younger generations that are making their own soap and bread. Yes, it is becoming more mainstream.

When my sons were younger they use to tease me that I had become a goat, as we were vegetarian and of course when they had a chance to eat meat elsewhere that was not at home, they would do it. Nowadays, one of my sons has studied “Nature Medicine” and “Ayurveda”, he is now my right hand. I am doing the more practical aspects of our business and he is more into the theoritical aspects. My other son does not work in the business, but assisting me with IT problems and he is my free lance agent.

Is the interest in your garden growing? And do you also have people from abroad that are interested in your work, right?
Basically our garden is open for locals and tourists, especially for tourists on cruise ships, where they offer tours to visit our garden. What makes our garden so unique is not only the story we tell about the medicinal effects, but also the history about the different herbs. We also offered a 3 months long course and which had included a stay at our venue. Because of the word of mouth our popularity has been growing.

Yes, we do get request from abroad especially for tropical herbs that are not easily found. We do some export of herbs. Before the Corona crises our popularity was going up. We would have people from the US, France and Holland with google map just drop by and buy herbs for themselves and for their friends. We would have visitors from cruise ships, we provided our spa product to Hyatt and Ritz Carlton in Aruba and to Barabara Resort & Spa in Curaçao. This was very good for our business. We collaborate with Curmade that is linked to the Postal Services. We are one of the 12 businesses doing that. They can pick up a package at our garden and deliver this any place in the world and they take all the necessary steps also to collect the money for us and they are working very diligently to make all steps move more easily. Due to the corona crisis our income have dropped 80 % and this has forced us to become very creative. We closed down our location at Molenplein, we started with a delivery sevice of our products, we won a 2nd price for entrepreneurs organized by Sambil and this gave us the opportunity to stay at Sambil rent free for 7 months.

We are offering workshops every month on Saturdays, with a new subject matter, and we do get some financial support from the government, but then how creative do you have to be to survive. We barter with Dolphe van Stapele as they were looking for a piece of land and some appartments for their retreats, to start their Ashram and he makes all the films and videos we want in return. We can then offer these productions online to potential clients, be it men or women. We will also start offering a course to share tips to elderly on how to stay and maintain their overall health, as it makes me sad to see how some elderly degenerate because of lack of, for example, physical movement, wrong diet, etc

We also needed to re-negotiate with our employees and lower the amounts of hours we pay them, 4 days instead of 5 days and we are grateful that we have reached an agreement. We had the choice to shut down and where everybody would loose their jobs or re-negotiate their hours.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I love what I am doing and I do believe that we have a mission to fulfill in this life. For me it is to create an environment where we can be healthy and happy as we are achieving our life’s goal. These could be small things that a person needs to change, to be together with others and to be healthy.

 

Apart from your passion for herbs you are also very passionate about nature? Where does this interest come from?
I love to dance, laugh, hiking, swimming in the morning. They all help to keep you healthy. My passion for herbs goes hand in hand with nature. Working with herbs means planting their seeds in the soil, being in nature to harvest, to find lost herbs, walking in the rain barefoots, embracing a tree and open my arms to receive all what nature is providing us

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
I have financial challenges due to the Corona crisis and we are doing our utmost to be creative and to keep what we have build up to now. Every challenge we bump into, we try to turn it around into an opportunity.

If it is lack of rainwater because of the climate changes, buy water instead. We have lost some “herbs”, well go look for them to replace the lost ones. Every thing you go through, find a solution and use challenges as an opportunity to learn and reached your goals anyway.


We believe that that attitude is called “opportunity thinking”. 
Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I would go outside and go into meditation under a tree, I might even embrace the tree and ask for help. As I sit there I would hear voices and they would tell me “use that herb “yerba di sali”” and I believe in it. I believe in the Universal Intelligence and this gives me a lot of strength. Sometimes when I am tired I would take a nap and wake up full of new energy to “go on”. This makes me humble and grateful as I am allowed to serve others.

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels? I have understood from your website that you have gained a lot of knowlegde from some lederly, where did they gained there knowlegde from?

I study a lot especially in the evening. I brooze the internet and look things up on the internet and see if the scientific names have changed and if needed translate it. I follow online courses. This is how I keep my knowledge up the par.

 

What are your strengths?
Just “go on”, don’t stop and look at all possible options to “go on”.

 

How would you describe Dinah in some words or one sentence?
A great woman.


Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career and your personal life?
My mother and father. Frank Martinus Arion because of the way he was. Camille Bailey, the director of the school of Sint Martin were I use to teach. During the period that I lived in Sint Martin, I bumped into the author Angela Davis and some literature related to the topics she addressed. That answered so many questions I had in those days in terms of culture. It helped my to get to know myself better, it helped me get better self awareness.
Furthermore my grandaunt, she taught me the joy of reading. She made me read from books up loudly and she used to correct my reading and as I grew up, I went to the library and I became so passionate about reading that when everyone has already gone to bed to sleep at times, I would still be reading. And then one day I discovered that my grandaunt couldn’t read herself, but still managed to instill the love for reading in me.


What is a trait that is still work in progress?
I want to improve the contact and intimacy with my children and I am working hard on this now.


What was a defining moment in your life?
I would say the day I decide to get divorced. I was in those days a big change for a woman to file for divorce. It took a lot of courage to do this. I couldn’t bare the double standards where men were allowed to have relationships and children outside of their own marriage. I was financially independent from my husband and as the social pressures were strong against my divorce, I decided to move and go and work in Sint Martin in 1969 just some months after the 30th of May. I can recall the 30th of May vividly, as I had to hide my then headmaster of the school were I worked in the back of my car to bring him home safely that day. Living and working in Sint Martin for me was somewhat liberating, as I could express my opinion as I wanted to and they were more pro-change in those days.

And also the Corona crisis nowadays is a defining moment for me. It was and still is, a stressfull period in my life. How can I give up everything that I have build over the years. It isn’t easy. It really changed my whole life, everything almost came to a still stand and the isolation that came because of social distancing. It made me stand still and reconsider hard, what I am doing and what I need to do to still “go on”.

 


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 15 years from now?
They love me.


What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, recession and in the middle of growing environmental challenges because of the global warming consequences?
When I see how many people are working hard and working on improving our nature, like in symptrophic farming, I consider it to be a repetition of how our elderly where farming growing peanut, sesamy, mais, beans, pumpkin, watermelon, melon... Everybody was giving each other a hand. Everybody is giving what they have. I see this being repeated now by some youngsters. Another aspect of this type of farming is that all plants help with their nutritients to help other plants. That is what makes me optimistic about the future.


Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I enjoyed this interview.


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One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Dinah Veeris, is an energetic, strong willed, self-aware, passionate, independent, fun-loving entrepreneur and author, whom has become the Number One expert on herbs in Curacao. Her knowledge of local herbs that has been developed over the years, has made Dinah renowned locally and internationally. Her attitude to “fight for life” has made her a person that doesn’t shy away for the difficult but yet necessary steps to be taken during the course of her life. Her love for reading combined with her interest in herbs, as she discovered the great potential herbs have, made her an expert in the history and medicinal effects of herbs. Her entrepreneurial mind and her drive to follow her passion, at some point in time made her quit her job and dedicate the rest of her life full time to collecting over 300 species of medicinal local herbs and at the same time developing her garden “Den Paradera” into an educational and entertaining local and international well known attraction, offering her herbs also for use to local and international customers. With this approach and her determination, we are convinced that Dinah will overcome her challenges she faces due to the Corona virus crises that has affected her business deeply and that she will continue to impact those interested in herbs for years to come. That is why we dearly love and deeply respect Dinah and consider her part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the Business (wellness) sector.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2021.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join. 


 

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

 

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.


Next MYM-platform session via Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 16th of March (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present “ANTrepreneurship, Designed for Success” inspired by King Solomon’s best advice for entrepreneurs!, by Lysandro Inacio.

This book is not a traditional book for entrepreneurs. It doesn’t explore modern business strategies or the latest best practices for entrepreneurial advancement. It doesn’t include a 10-step plan to transform your business into the next big success story. This book contains something much more valuable than that. It contains the best advice given to entrepreneurs by the wisest and wealthiest man who ever lived. An advice that reveals the right mindset, traits and qualities that are fundamental for entrepreneurial success. This advice is not a new idea or insight but an ancient proverb given more than 3000 years ago and has been hiding in plain sight. One simple, yet profound proverb that contains a proven formula for entrepreneurial success. A formula that transformed an ancient nation in the desert into a center of trade and commerce and made King Solomon the wealthiest man who ever lived. A proven formula that is still evident today and has the potential to activate the entrepreneurial spirit and turn any nation into a prosperous nation!

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

 

Date: 16th of March
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free
Presenters: Karin Hermans, Jeanine Constansia-Kook and Giany Girigoria.
Every one of them will present one or two chapters of the book.

 


 

Every one of them will present one or two chapters of the book. So hope to greet you then.

Starting February the 27th from 9 – 11.40 am: New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá Yanuari bèk.

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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


Personal Coaching tips
This week we will share some videos of Angela Davis, Richard Wright, James Baldwin and herbal gardens. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

1. Facebook Edible and Medicinal herbal plants

2. How Did Angela Davis Inspire a Movement? #BecauseOfHerStory - YouTube

3. HET KRUIDENVROUWTJE VAN CURAÇAO - YouTube

 
4. Richard Wright - Black Boy - YouTube
 

5. Notes of a native son: The world according to James Baldwin - Christina Greer - YouTube
 

6. History of the Civil Rights Movement - YouTube


Influencer Berber van Beek, MYM Book Session, February 2020 workshop on emotion and this week tips

Posted on February 14, 2021 at 7:25 AM

In this week’s blog (15th of February – 21st of February) we will interview Berber van Beek; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind joint book presentation on the 16th of February from 7.00 – 8.30 pm via Zoom presenting “Presence, Bringing your boldest self to your biggest challenges”, by Amy Cuddy; we will invite you to one of our next Personal Journey’s “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” for the 27th of February and we will share some short videos on spermaculture and syntropic farming. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebookpage. 

 

Berber van Beek: diverse and enthusiastic

 


Could you share with us some information of your family life? Were you born here in Curaçao? And how important have your parents been to you in who you have become right now?
I was born in Curaçao and I am a “Yu di Pietermaai” and grew up close to the sea. Curaçao is a very interesting, but complex island. I believe that everyone that has played a role in our life, as we grow up, is important. It’s like a piece of clay that is formed and molded by your environment and your family. I was raised with a lot of freedom. There was always room for my own ideas and that has made me who I am right now or whom others think that I am. I have another sister and brother, that just like my parents, don’t live here anymore.

Could you share something of you eductional background and your experiences?
I have studied Photography in Amsterdam and went to the Photo Academy for one year in Breda. I wanted to become a forest manager and plant forests. From a very young age I wanted to save the world. I didn’t study Forest Management after all, as you needed to have science subjects (Mathematics, Physics) at High School, which I didn’t choose for. But the Environment and Nature have always stayed at the centre of my attention. As I was involved in Photography since I was 14 years old, I studied photography. After my studies I returned back home to Curaçao for 2 years and then went back to Holland.

The boat project
I took a full time job as press photographer for a newspaper “Noord Hollands Dagblad” and got involved in re-building a ship that dated way back from the second world war. This was build in Den Helder and it took us 2,5 years to rebuild a 30 meters an old mine sweeper into a sailing cargo vessel and made it seaworthy. We tested its seaworthiness and we crossed the ocean with it and sailed to Haiti and brought some goods for an Orphanage House in Haiti after a severe earthquake hit Haiti. After we had crossed the ocean and sailed to the Carribean and surpassed whatever challenges we encountered. She is still sailing from the Caribbean to Europe.

Permaculture
During the building of the ship I got involved with Permaculture. I followed a Permaculture design course in Mallorca. When the ship went for the first crossing I was working at a farm in Trinidad where I helped design to transform it into a Permaculture farm.

After the sailing I wanted to learn more about permaculture and I went to Australia where Permaculture was developed. I went there for an internship at the Permaculture Research Institute of Geoff Lawton. After that I visited several Permaculture farms to work and study more. I learned to build dams, make compost, learned water management and I created a food solar dryer. One of these farms was of the founder of Permaculture, David Holmgren. There I saw and touched the handwritten manuscript of Permaculture One, which I consider a priviledge and honor. After following the course in Mallorca I became convinced that Perma Culture is a solution for the world to achieve environmental change.

Returning back to Curaçao
With all this knowledge, I returned back to Curaçao. I have always been curious and involved in ventures where I am trying to find solutions for world problems. I am an idealistic realist with two feet in the ground. If I set my mind on something, I will go the extra mile until I have finished what I planned to do. Like the boat we built is still sailing. Mind you when we finished building that boat, we got a lot of publicity from NOS, Dutch newspapers, National Geographic, and I think we had an impact on the mindsets of people. I believe that we can change people’s mindsets. Like if we want to have sustainable development for the world, this can be achieved through lots of small projects, that can grow and create a snow ball effect. We as human beings should create this snow ball effect. My motto in how I influence people’s mindsets is “Seeing is believing”.

Don’t convince but influence people
It is of no use to try to convince any one. But you can influence the person so that this person can form her or his own opinion and then they can change their behaviours. This has been my experience in the project were we re-build that freight ship that would be sea-worthy. At first there was a lot of people didn’t believe in our intention to re-build the ship and make it sea-worthy. This steady group of non-believers only stopped when we reached a tipping point. You need to have perseverence and never give up and just keep going on. The road is like a ride on a dirt road with all his bruises and bumps, but if you stay the course in the end you can be successful. If you want to change a person, influence the person but don’t try to convince them. If one single person can change the world? Yes by continously taking small steps, it could be even with a smile or the cleaning up of plastic from our beaches, this can compound and reach a tipping point. I sincerely believe that this is possible.

 

You are a photographer and entrepreneur and I have visited your website and it is very clear in what you do, offer and who you are, but still can you elaborate on the goals and impact you hope to achieve with your work?
My goal is via Photography to create awareness and entice people to get people moving towards a more sustainable society, to achieve improvements in the social areas and topics of our community. The red line through my work is “connecting people”, so that this can lead to improvement in the lives of people, culture, nature and the environment. In this I have an affinity to work for those whom are the most vulnerable in our society. This is just one aspect of what I do, but I am also offering photography on a commercial basis and it has a deeper meaning to me. I can take 4 years of preparatory work to figure out and working on the details in a project that I take on. Working on any project I chose to work on, takes a lot of time, but in the end, I want the projects that I work on to have a positive effect on the awareness levels in Curaçao. I am working on a project right now that I don’t want to go into too much detail at the time. I am simulteanously working on the undocumented people on the island in Hidden Voices 2.0. This is a project that came up and couldn’t wait too long to pay attention to. So I jump on it.

 

How important are emotions, in the way you want to express your creativity? Or can you share with us what makes your work unique? And I have read on your website of one of your projects Hidden Voices, can you explain what your goals are and how impactful your photo’s are?
Conviction of being convinced of something is “emotion”. This is very important. I started interviewing some undocumented together with someone else, to offer them the opportunity to share their story that was full of emotion. I started these interviews while I was doing my other project. This because I bumped into these undocumented people living in Curaçao under deplorable cirumstances, while most of us don’t even know that they exist. These were impactfull stories, it touched me on a deep level, as I offered them an opportunity to be seen and heard. And this can happen to us also living in Curaçao. We might end up in a situation were we need people to help us out. We don’t have to treat them inhumanely.

As I can’t stand injustice, I started this project Hidden Voices 1.0 on undocumented Venezuelans on Curaçao. We are now in doing a second project Hidden Voices 2.0 on undocumented people during Covid-19 on Curaçao. We in Curaçao also have our problems of course, but with Hidden Voices 2.0, I showed what the personal daily problems of undocumented people on Curacao are having during Covid-19. I gave them their own voice in the media so they have a chance to tell their story. To make local people aware of how inhumane they can be living here. To give other people that want to come here for an undocumented life the opportunity to read the stories and make a fair choice.

Small steps each day in the end do matter
We may have experienced of late some hopeful signs of better times to come, as I have heard Prime-Minister Rhuggenaath talk about starting with a migration policy. It then makes me believe that if one individual takes small steps each day, it will have an impact in the end. Look at the work that foundations like Human Right Defense, Ieteke Witteween, is doing and the Green Phenix foundation of Sabine Berendse or the work that Roland Renen is doing with Syntropic farming and Henny Barbolina with “Nos Kunuku” based on Permaculture principles. These are all small initiatives aimed at creating changes. But if I can help them bring their work in the publicity via research, scouting, developing the project idea, interviews, photo’s and videos, which requires lots of time, it will be helping their cause. Little inititatives that can grow to become a movement and that in the end will bring about change.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
My Big Why is: “Justice for the people and the world”. Since I was very young I use to make banners, it is some kind of “gut feeling”. It has always been like that. It wasn’t via my parents, I was born with this urge. You know when I was 8 years old, I started an environmental group of peers and we would sell some self made books with tips on how to treat our environment in a better ways and donate that to “Amigu di Tera”.

 

Is agriculture gaining interest in Curaçao now that we are in the middle of the Covid pandemic and food security seemed to have gained more momentum?
I don’t dare to say. I came back to live in Curaçao some 8 years ago and what I have noticed is, without having done any scientific research, I can see an increased interest for farming in my own direct environment and my broader group of acquaintences. I have attended a workshop that organized on syntropic farming and it seems that there is a whole movement underway in Curaçao on syntropic farming combined with permculture that might have a positive impact on the island. But I have decided for myself to choose for my own priorities for now, even though the prospects for farming are attractive, I am chosing now for a project that takes time and that in the end will increase an overall helicopter awareness on the island based on my motto “Seeing is believing”. As soon as I have finalized my project, I will chose to spend some more time on Synptropic and Permaculture Farming, as this movement aims to develop further. For now I have to, because of my own priorities, stand at the side line as I suspect that this movement can bring about a whole new shift, where different initiatives come together, help each other were possible and needed, monitoring each others progress, to bring about a bigger positive change.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
It also depends on what and where, like we almost capsized with our boat in the middle of the Ocean and then you go through the different stages of freeze, digest, overthink and act.

But the exception is when I want to be instrumental in changing a situation, like the project Hidden Voices of undocumented people on Curacao, I can go all out and work long hours and it is when I become very passionate.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I will listen to my gut-feeling. That works for me and when I feel it, it is “clear and out”, we have to go that way. But I also live in a society and the community pressures me on how things are suppose to be. This puts me at times in front of difficult choices, which aren’t easy at times.Like deciding on what my priorities are. Do I choose to do the Hidden Voices-project or do I stay the course and continue to work on my project? I would love to finish my projects and then take on a new project.
I decided to do the Hidden Voices-project because it was a short project, with a beginning and end and it was relatively easy to combine with my major project.

 



How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
By doing what I do. Following my social media netwerk. Keeping up with what is happening in Permaculture around the world and staying in contact with my networks.

Following other photographers that inspire me, those kinds of subject matters. I am continously learning in those areas that I am interested in and I don’t have enough time to keep up with it.

My biggest dilemma is, at the one hand I still need to do work to earn me a living, but I don’t have enough time to do things I really love to do. This is my inner conflict, the struggle to earn a living. I do also love my commercial work. I do work commercially but deep down my projects are much more important to me. But when I do my commercial photography, I am combining my passion for photography with the need to earn a living.

 

What are your strengths?
Persevernance.


Do you have hobbies?
I like climbing mountains, so up to this moment I have climbed 87 hills in Curacao that are all over 60 meters of height. I am climbing all hills that are higher then 60 meters in Curaçao. That is my hobby. This past week-end I climbed one at Westpunt that doesn’t have a path. I love adventure and love change. I am curious and don’t give up easy and I love self development.

How would you describe Berber in one word or one sentence?
I have no idea. ...maybe “diverse and enthusiast”. I love nature, people and photography.

I live my life and I want to get out of life, what I can get out of life. I live from my heart and I want to do things that I want to do. If I would die at this moment in time, I wouldn’t have any regrets. I love diversity, I like different types of people, I love the interaction with nature. When I am on top of one of those hills, this is when I feel extremely happy, elated.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career and your personal life?
Well I have made a list of people for you. They are Jimmy Nelson, Peter Menzel, Erwin Olaf, Steven McCurry, Sebastion Salgado he is my greates. Also Jimmy ...have greatly inspired me and Dan Elton a journalist in Africa that was stoned at a young age. Darren Dorothy, my first teacher in Permaculture David Holmgrem, Kat Lavers, Annemarie & Graham because of their work, they inspire me. Reid de Jong and his wife Cornelie as they lived in a lighthouse and because of their self-sufficiency almost had a zero ecological footh print. I love people with a strong character. Strong characters create the unusual in this world.

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
Patience. I rather have it done yesterday than today.

What was a defining moment in your life?
As a young child, I had this urge for change from “my gut”. I have always been like that. I have always felt innately that we are not to suppose to live like this, this is not good for nature. Yes, I have lost someone I cared for a lot at a young age, I have been in a life threatening fearful situation in the open, windy sea and survived it and I am glad that I am still alive. But it wasn’t a defining moment that happened that change my life. Since I was 4 years old, I had an awareness about our nature and I wasn’t accepting how we were treating nature.
I am happy to see people around me at a later time in their lives make this switch to live in a more sutainable way. That is super cool and I would say welcome on board.


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
I find this to be a difficult question. It doesn’t matter to me. No one needs to say anything about me. When I die I would have want to have lived my life to the max, with no regrets as to the things that I didn’t do. I do hope that they think back as that I loved them and I took care of them.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, recession and in the middle of growing environmental challenges because of the global warming consquences?
I am optimistic because I see a lot of movement A lot of people are changing. “Ripple effect” and “Kaya Kaya” that is into urban gardening, syntropic farming there are so many groups with so many group initiatives to change Curaçao in a positive way where everyone is doing their little part and if they do we will create an effect. It requires stamina because it will take time. But I know it works as.


Is there anything else that you would like to add?
There Is hope, if everybody helps some one and live a little bit more conscious we will get there. We have to do it together as a human race.  


Contact and more information
E-mail: info@studiorootz.com
Websites: www.beroots.com | www.studiorootz.com/ 


One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Berber van Beek, is a driven, passionate, fun-loving humanitarian and nature lover, whom has been a lifelong advocate of sustainable development. Since she was 4 years old, she recalls being concerned and actively trying to bring awareness about the way we mistreated our environment. Having a strong character, she started working on projects like the first one where she re-build with other friends an old mine sweeper into a sailing cargo vessel, that up to this day is sailing. Through her work aimed to have a positive effect on the awareness levels in Curacao, she is “connecting people”, so that this can lead to improvement in the lives of people, culture, nature and the environment. In this she has an affinity to work for those whom are the most vulnerable in our society. Using her passion for photography based on “seeing is believing” principle, she influences and doesn’t try to convince people, offering people the choice to make their own choices, like in her recent project “Hidden Voices 2.0”. But on top of that, she also is a strong believer in looking what is happening around her as she believes that many group initiatives like the ones regarding farming, where everyone is doing their little part and will create a snow ball effect and change Curacao in a positive way. With this approach and her determination, we are convinced that Berber will continue to impact our society with subject matters that are dear to her heart. In this sense, Berber’s work is totally aligned with the goals of Share2uplift. That is why we dearly love and deeply respect Berber and consider her part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the Creative Sustainable Economy sector as a Humanitarian and Nature lover.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2021.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join. 


 

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

 

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.


Next MYM-platform session via Skype or Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 16th of February (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype or Zoom, where we will present “Presence, bringing your boldest self to your biggest challenges”, by Amy Cuddy.

In this book Amy asks you if:
- You have ever left a nerve-racking challenge and immediately wished for a do over?
- Maybe after a job interview, a performance, or a difficult conversation?

The very moments that require us to be genuine and commanding can instead cause us to feel phony and powerless. Too often we approach our lives' biggest hurdles with dread, execute them with anxiety, and leave them with regret.

 

By accessing our personal power, we can achieve "presence," the state in which we stop worrying about the impression we're making on others and instead adjust the impression we've been making on ourselves. As Harvard professor Amy Cuddy's revolutionary book reveals, we don't need to embark on a grand spiritual quest or complete an inner transformation to harness the power of presence. Instead, we need to nudge ourselves, moment by moment, by tweaking our body language, behavior, and mind-set in our day-to-day lives.

 

Amy Cuddy has galvanized tens of millions of viewers around the world with her TED talk about "power poses." Now she presents the enthralling science underlying these and many other fascinating body-mind effects, and teaches us how to use simple techniques to liberate ourselves from fear in high-pressure moments, perform at our best, and connect with and empower others to do the same. Brilliantly researched, impassioned, and accessible, Presence is filled with stories of individuals who learned how to flourish during the stressful moments that once terrified them. Every reader will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and to leave them with satisfaction instead of regret.

"Presence feels at once concrete and inspiring, simple but ambitious -- above all, truly powerful."-New York Times Book Review.

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

Date: 16th of February
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 pm.
Entrance fee: Free

Presenter: Ivan Kuster.

 

Every one of them will present one or two chapters of the book. So hope to greet you then.

Starting February the 27th from 9 – 11.40 am: New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá Yanuari bèk.

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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


Personal Coaching tips
This week we will share some videos on permaculture ans syntropic farming. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

1. Introduction to Permaculture - YouTube

2. The Reality of Permaculture - YouTube

3. The Permaculture Gardener - YouTube

4. Syntropic Farming at La Loma Viva on Vimeo

5. Syntropic Farming in Tropical Northern Australia - YouTube

6. Crisis, Hope, and Permaculture - YouTube


 

 

 


Influencer Zaira Barrientos, Workshop on emotion, MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on February 7, 2021 at 12:30 AM

In this week’s blog (8th of February – 14th of February) we will interview Zaira Barrientos; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind joint book presentation on the 16th of February from 7.00 – 9.00 pm via Zoom presenting “Presence, Bringing your boldest self to your biggest challenges”, by Amy Cuddy; we will invite you to one of our next Personal Journey’s “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” for the 27th of February and we will share some motivational 1-minute videos. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Zaira Barrientos: dynamic, entrepreneurial and joyfull.

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am a 48 years old single mom and I have one other sister and a brother. I was born in the Dominican Republic and when I was 6,5 years old my family migrated and came to live in Curaçao. My grandmother from my fathers side was living in Curaçao and invited our family to come and stay in Curaçao. Without this important decision to migrate and come and live in Curaçao, a decision my mother mostly took, my life would have had a totally different outcome. My father died in 2016 and my mother is still alive and living with me. My mother instilled in us an extra motivation, because migrants didn’t have a good reputation, so as a migrant I worked extra hard just to prove that I can do everything. So my mother instilled in us a mindset that through hard work and perseverance we would make our lives better. The moment I arrived in Curaçao, I went to primary school and immediately started to learn dutch and read a lot of books. After finishing my High School (VWO) I went to Holland for my studies. In the meantime my parents applied to become Dutch citizens and we got a Dutch passport.

 


Could you share something of you educational background and your experiences?
In the primary school level I was always walking with a book in my hand and I read a lot. I was like kind of a bookworm. The idea was that I was able to perform better if I would have a bigger vocabolary. In higschool, my three friends and I decided that we would start talking Dutch with each other as this would help us with our Dutch vocabolary, when we left to Holland for our advanced studies. I wanted to become a Medical Doctor. But when I participated in the system to earn a slot to study medicines, I wasn’t drawn in the early first two tries I made. So I had to follow my Plan B. I was good in sports and loved doing sports. Since I was 9 years old till I was 15 years old, I participated in volleybal, softbal, gymnastics and competitive swimming. So when I wasn’t drawn to study Medicines in my first two years in Holland, I applied for a slot to study at the Sport Academy. To be allowed, I had to make a film of my own sports performance, which was very amateuristic, but anyway I was allowed to start my studies at the Sports Academy. After these first two years I finally was drawn and allowed to start with studying Medicine. As I was studying Medicine, I got in contact with scientific research. I asked for a small grant of a Pharmaceutical Company and ended up during 5 years getting projects funded by the EU and Pharmaceutical Companies and I gained a lot of experiences in asking subsidy and in scientific research. But in my Medicine Study I had some delays, which I later made up. But the experiences with scientific research during 5 years that I was part of an international team studying a rare metabolic disorder, collecting the scarce information that was by then available and also information on medicines on one of these diseases that were patient related, was priceless. In Medicines I didn’t choose the clinical option of the study and before coming back to Curaçao in 2006, I also studied management. After 2006 I did some small upgrades, like becoming an export coach of the Ministry of Economic Development and the most important upgrade was a certification for the training: Mental Health first Aid, for adults and youth. As a red line through my whole career there has always been project management. I do what I like to do and I love what I am doing now. In all the things that I have done, adult re-education is the one I love the most.

 

You are an entrepreneur and driver of mental health first aid in Curaçao and for so far we know you were the first to have been able to collect funds for a major project from the Netherlands for projects in Curaçao, can you elaborate on the goals and impact you hope to achieve with this project?
Yes this has been a breakthrough indeed. I am the first one offering this training of Mental Health First Aid. I love doing these workshops. The first day people come in rather sceptical. And after the first day of the workshop they are like “WOW?” Most are waiting quite some time for something in this area and this comes up and they experience it as a great thing to do. If I would have tried to explain upfront what it would all be about, most would have reacted rather sceptical a long the lines of “What is this?”.

The treshold is low, and the impcat is substantial. Everyone is able to participate whether you are highly educated or if you have no medical background, we have made it accessible. The main goal of Mental Health First Aid is to help someone whom is developing a mental problem. It is also breaking the taboo’s related to mental health problems and it breaks with stigmas.

It was indeed a breakthrough project opening up the opportunities for more projects. By now, 5 projects heve been subsidized in 2 years, which also gave oportunity to the training to almost 800 people on Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire in total. Being able to deliver projects with good results, we notice that we have better conversations with donors, they are becoming more and more enthusiastic towards new initiatives. We have broken the ice and we are in awe of this.

 

 


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
My daugther also asks me this question often about herself. Why was I born and whom am I ..etc...I am telling her go and study Philosophy, ha,ha,ha...

For me it is simple, if you want to achieve something, you have to start with yourself first. I am a person of great Faith. And as a Believer I believe that everything will end up ok. I take small steps, even if it is only one person that I can reach at the time, that is the approach, start small and then the spin-off can spread. The power behind this approach is that you can prove to someone that they can change, that it is possible. I love One-on-One’s. I have done some change management projects in different companies. In that setting you also have a lot of people that don’t want to change. But in One-on-One you enable them to make a choice themselves to change. It also makes you conscious of the fact that if they chose to change or not that doesn’t has to frustrate you. If you start small and the person changes that gives you a lot of energy. In that sense I am a coach, I am not a consultant telling people what they should do. It is up to them when you coach, if they chose to change. So my BIG WHY is to enable people to change if they chose to.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with?
The culture can be paralysing because you hit this huge cultural wall and either you accept it or fight it. You can blame people and keep asking them: “Why do you think in limitations? Why do you have to see the impossibilities first”

Or you do what I try to do and that is trying not to be judgemental. This is my biggest challenge, to not judge!. I was raised with the mindset that by working hard, tomorrow will be better than today.

The challenge is to rid myself of my judgements, put it aside. I do this every time I am in a training. I am correcting myself continously, that I shouldn’t think like that. I should see other people having their own different references.

 


And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
I am continously correcting myself, when I become aware that I am being judgemental and that I shouldn’t think like that.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I am a quick in taking decisions. I am also very good in visualizations of the future I want to manifest, even if the siutation right now is very chaotic, I am able to do that and come up with new perspectives in my visualizations. But to solve a dilemma, I will have different dialogues within myself and I am giving myself feedback from different perspectives. It is kind of a mental preparation before going into a real conversation with someone about the dilemma. Through repetition I teach myself things, an example is the one I mention before as my biggest challenge “not being judgemental”.

My inner compass when it comes to people cpild be better, as I not always select the right persons around me, but then I have noticed that if people don’t fit in my direct environment they often leave by themselves. They don’t stay long, as I see it, it is kind of God’s protection of me. So it corrects itself soon afterwards.

 


How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I have developed and kept for long the habit to read scientific articles. The past 5 years this has become less, now I am more into webinars, on-line workshops, TED talks. I do this a lot. These days I am reading less scientific articles. Basically I still read a lot and my eyes are at times weary from all that reading. I nowadays even need reading glasses.

What are your strengths?
I am very good in project management and planning so that we don’t get stressed because of lack of planning, I am good at organizing events. I am not good in my administrative task, there I have a back log. I have a very good helicopter view and this frustrates my daugther and employees at times. I also have a lot of compassion for other people and I can feel sorry for other people and try to see how I can be of help. At times this is misused.

I am quick to give people things or to help someone out. My mother is the same. I am a very generous person. If I want to surprise a person I could bring them a cup of soup. It makes them and myself very happy.

 

Do you have hobbies?
I still love reading although my time is hard pressed these days. I do less sports, because of a hip injury, but I still love swimming. I wake up at 5 am and make myself a cup of dominican coffee and just sit in silence and enjoy how the birds wake up. I love good food.

 

How would you describe Zaira in one word or one sentence?
Dynamic, entepreneurial and joyfull.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your live?
My mother and also an aunt of me that is always into making fun in the things life offers, this has helped me a lot. Furthermore some youth leaders from the very dynamic church that I am associated to. They have inspired me so much that I also strive to be meaningful for others.

 

What is a trait that is still work in progress?
Patience with employees and patience in general. I train myself often in this, but then I still loose it at times. Listening without being judgemental, not even thinking just listening, that is what I am trying to improve. 


 

What was a defining moment in your life?
Choosing when I was a student in Medicines for the scientific research world. Choosing not for the clinical side of Medicines, this combination of having a medical background, having management experiences and project management skills is a rare combination. This is my unique selling point. This has opened a path that has become my personal journey.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
That I will be seen as a good friend in all senses of the word, trustworthy with compassion, easy to deal with in the fun and the not so fun things that happen in life. When they look back they will say that I am a good friend.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, recession and in the middle of growing environmental challenges because of the global warming consquences?
If there are enough people with small grass roots initiatives and they perservere and synergyze with one another, this could grow out to become a movement. This according to me is the only way to have impact and to maintain hope.


Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Every day to wake up and take notice of some things that you are thankful for. If that is the case, then there is hope, than whatever you strive for must succeed and nothing is impossible.

More information and connect
Facebook.com/Mental-Health-First-Aid-Caribbean-107025360790643

linkedin.com/in/zaira-marina-barriento-martinez-02952925/

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao
Zaira Barrientos, is a passionate, dynamic, driven, entrepreneurial, fun-loving person that is committed to “having impact”. Her upbringing from her parents and her background as a migrant - at the age of 6,5 years, she moved with her parents from Santo Domingo to Curaçao – has taught her the importance to “adapt”. This gave her a chip on her shoulder to work extra hard to be successful in life and her career. Reading a lot since her primary school days and working hard has brought her to Holland where, when she was studying Medicines, she got acquainted with scientific research. Having a non-clinical medical background combined with management, change management, business coaching and project management experiences, has helped her to offer a rare combination of skills that makes her unique.

Over the past 5 years Zaira has increasing been able to identify local and funds from outside of Curaçao and she has implemented projects that delivered the promised outcomes. Her Mental Health First Aid that with foreign funds was offered to civil servants in government in Curaçao was the first in its kind and in that sense, she is doing ground breaking work. The participants have enjoyed the content, which was accessible and it helped break taboo’s related to mental health problems. Working in Curaçao in a culture that can easily be paralysing, because of its tendency to think in limitations, she is taking small steps preferably in One-on-One settings and striving to rid herself from judgements. With this approach and her drive we are convinced that by staying her course, her impact will even grow bigger and bigger. That is why we dearly love and deeply respect Zaira and consider her part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the Business and Educational sector.

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2021.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.


Next MYM-platform session via Skype or Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 16th of February (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype or Zoom, where we will present “Presence, bringing your boldest self to your biggest challenges”, by Amy Cuddy.

In this book Amy asks you if:
- You have ever left a nerve-racking challenge and immediately wished for a do over?
- Maybe after a job interview, a performance, or a difficult conversation?

The very moments that require us to be genuine and commanding can instead cause us to feel phony and powerless. Too often we approach our lives' biggest hurdles with dread, execute them with anxiety, and leave them with regret.

 

By accessing our personal power, we can achieve "presence," the state in which we stop worrying about the impression we're making on others and instead adjust the impression we've been making on ourselves. As Harvard professor Amy Cuddy's revolutionary book reveals, we don't need to embark on a grand spiritual quest or complete an inner transformation to harness the power of presence. Instead, we need to nudge ourselves, moment by moment, by tweaking our body language, behavior, and mind-set in our day-to-day lives.

 

Amy Cuddy has galvanized tens of millions of viewers around the world with her TED talk about "power poses." Now she presents the enthralling science underlying these and many other fascinating body-mind effects, and teaches us how to use simple techniques to liberate ourselves from fear in high-pressure moments, perform at our best, and connect with and empower others to do the same. Brilliantly researched, impassioned, and accessible, Presence is filled with stories of individuals who learned how to flourish during the stressful moments that once terrified them. Every reader will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and to leave them with satisfaction instead of regret.

"Presence feels at once concrete and inspiring, simple but ambitious -- above all, truly powerful."-New York Times Book Review.

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

Date: 16th of February
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 pm.
Entrance fee: Free

Presenter: Ivan Kuster.

 

Every one of them will present one or two chapters of the book. So hope to greet you then.

Starting February the 27th from 9 – 11.40 am: New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá Yanuari bèk.

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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


Personal Coaching tips
This week we will share some motivational 1-minute videos. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

 

1. WHY? | One-minute Motivational Video - YouTube

 

2. DON'T QUIT | Amazing One-minute Motivational Video - YouTube

 

3. KEEP PUSHING | Amazing One-minute Motivational Video - YouTube

 

4. SHOW UP | Amazing One-minute Motivational Video - YouTube

 

5. The 1 minute that might change your day - Motivational Video ✔️ - YouTube

 

6. PROCESS | Amazing One-minute Motivational Video - YouTube


 


Influencerss collaborating, Workshop on emotions, MYM Book session and this week tips

Posted on January 31, 2021 at 3:10 AM

In this week’s blog (1st of February –  8th of February) we will interview Natalie Daal and Haydee Hermans; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind joint book presentation on the 16th of February from 7.00 – 9.00 pm via Zoom presenting “Presence, Bringing your boldest self to your biggest challenges, by Amy Cuddy; we will invite you to one of our next Personal Journey’s “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” for the 20th of February and we will share some motivational 1-minute videos. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 


Golden Village, a spiritual platform to connect, align and create impactfull changes

Influencers collaborating


 

Natalie Daal and Haydee Hermans, as Influencers, dear friends and colleagues we have already interviewed both you in the past. Last week we interviewed Phyllis van den Hout, the 3rd person part of Golden Village initiative. Let us start with you Natalie (founder of Golden Village), we have interviewed you in June 2018 and July 2019. Can you tell us what you are doing of late and also share with us as you are the founder of Golden Village something more of this initiative?
The last time you interviewed me, I shared that I was pondering a new direction, a new venture in my life’s journey. I was planning to move away from the day-to-day tasks at “Klimop”, the afterschool educational institution I started and move on to a more executive, supervisory task. In 2019 I hired someone that I am now coaching to manage “Klimop”. I am still underway to free myself completely from the day-to-day tasks of “Klimop”, but that also has opened up time and space to discover my new direction in my life’s journey. And I have found it.

I have had this “urge” for some time now that I needed to change the course in the type of work that I do. And as my passion is spirituality and I had this “drive” originating deep from my heart, to do this work. As I was pondering, we got the COVID pandemic in March/April 2020 that had so many consequences for us. We were running two locations at the same time and from April till July, we hardly had any children attending our schools, meaning we hardly had any income. This while we still had to pay our fixed costs for the locations that we were using.

 

What is this epiphany exactly, this BIG-AHA-moment?
Because of my habit to continue to do my personal spiritual work, I got this epiphany, to try out a spiritual center at this venue. One of the venue I was renting was adequate for this purpose and because of all the work I do spiritually, I got nudged into this and I decided to just try it out.

Because of the economic consequences of the pandemic, there are so many light workers in the same situation more or less as I am. They have less income while they still have their fixed costs for the lease of the locations that they need to do their work. So we started with this concept to offer a joint location where light workers can rent a part or certain hours of our location for less costs. We named it “Golden Village” and it is based on a cost-sharing concept like electricity, water, the internet, telephone etc....where we share space at our venue for all those that want to offer coaching, massage, healing sessions, workshops, we also have a Physician and what have you more in the spiritual sphere and this is offered at affordable costs. This of course also makes the whole venue more affordable for me.

 

What is the concept all about?
We offer first and foremost a location that they can rent partially. The venue was too big for me to make full use of it. And these days it is a challenge to rent a place all by yourself to offer massage, yoga, ..etc..so I thought “Why not join forces and by doing that making it possible for all involved to rent a space for only certain time slots for a meeting or space partially for massages or coaching sessions for children and their parents, workshops, coaching, yoga, meditation, massage, basically all areas related to spirituality”.

By doing just that, this is a win-win and it becomes affordable for all of us. Coincidentally Phyllis was starting with her P#MP, so we joint forces and after that I involved Haydee. Haydee and myself were offering business coaching services to entrepreneurs and I know Haydee for quite some time now, but of late both of us are so synchronized with one another and she also decided to join forces at Golden Village. So basically we are offering space for rent to people in need of space for their spiritual and personal development activities. But Golden Village is also a village where providers of different spiritual services, light workers are brought together for healing purposes based on a holistic approach. Comparable to the saying: “It takes a village to educate a child”, in Golden Village we say: “It takes a village to heal people, be it either children or adults, but mostly adults”. In this we don’t exclusively offer these services to locals, but we also want to offer this to people from abroad as an tourist attraction for those that are looking for healing. We are actively making an inventarization of all those involved. This because we want to offer in a special link on our website spiritual services, all the contact-info and necessary information for seekers that are interested and looking for healing-services.

What kind of activities do you organize at Golden Village?
On the first Monday of the month some of us, women, will come together and have discussions on spiritual subject matters. Furthermore in the beginning of March we will have our first big event called “Feminine Quest”. We will start on the 5th of March we will have the opening with a key note speaker, followed by workshops on the 6th (a Saturday) and the 7th of March (a Sunday), that will be facilitated by different facilitators. On March the 8th we will celebrate the International Women’s day.

Great initiative, basically you are connecting dots, aligning efforts and creating impactful changes, right?
That is exactly what we want to accomplish. By joining forces we can have a even greater impact on the collective consciousness.

Haydee we interviewed you way back in December 2017. Haydee can you tell us what you have been doing since December 2017 and tell us some more about “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”.
Well, I’ve went through so many changes, that I don’t even recall the kind the person that I used to be. But anyway I decided to join the Share2Uplift movement after I left my job at a local bank. It was May 2016 and I started Soul Garden Curacao. I was always driven to help other people and I was always looking to be in nature, so I started helping people as I worked from my garden at my home. I became a John Maxwell certified coach since 2012 and started discussing self help books and books of John Maxwell in Master Mind groups. With a friend, Sherlyne Eisden, I started presenting books at Mensing’s Caminada and at first started with paper in our hands, then we migrated to powerpoints presentations. We started with only a few people and later the numbers of people increased. I have done this for over 3 years and later got Ivan Kuster involved as a presenter. Later with Ivan we offered workshops together and in the meantime I started renting Soul Garden as a venue where people offered different types of activities, including once and while “high tea” events. I studied Temple Index of Functional Fluency (T.I.F.F.) where one learns how to measure the effectiveness of a person’s behavior, but most of all I went through a big personal transformation as I was involved in so many different things, like book presentations, workshops, individual One-on-One coachingsessions with different coaches as a coachee and while going through this journey, I released the old beliefs, emotions and behaviors that became less useful for me.

How did you got involved with focusing on “emotions”?
I have been presenting workshops at Mensing's caminda and during one of these workshop, where I was presenting the book titled “Dodging the Energy Vampires” there was a full house and we, Ivan and I, became aware that we were discussing the problems and not addressing the solutions. There this idea originated to offer a “tailor made experiential personal journey on the emotions” for every individual attendee. By the end of 2018 and the beginning of 201, O’dennis Daal, Ivan Kuster and myself, decided to team up and there is where “Emoshon kiko eta? Ki efekto e tin?” started.
In this journey for the attendees of the Personal Journey’s we focus on the mastery of their emotions, their intentionality, their energy and their intuition. We launched it on the 5th October 2019.

In 2016 I also rolled out “Sister Power Foundation” together with 3 other ladies. We started with 10 people at our first event in January 2017, from that moment on, we gradually have grown. Organizing activities every third week of the month for women only, charging Ang 10,- per person. There were times the attendance was almost 80 people, as we were always able to present an interesting speaker. Later we scaled the maximum number of attendees down to 50, due to the logistics to make the essence accessible for all attendees.

 

My transformation was also fueled by reading hundreds of books, attending numerous workshops and seminars locally and abroad. Implementing, what I learned and putting into practice was the key to my transformation. This made me change my perspective on life, especially the books addressing emotions. In 2020 as part of my own personal journey with a never ending curiosity, I started a yearlong training presented by Ilse Daal called “Emotie in beweging” that will end in February 2021. At first I thought I was reasonably clear and clean in terms of my energy and emotions. But during the training, I became aware of different trauma’s and pains that I still had, that were hiding somewhere in my subconscious mind. By going through this training I was able to clear some these emotions. Furthermore, as a trainer of the Personal Journey’s (we are facilitating the 7th group that vary between 3 to max 5 attendees), I also learned a lot. Lots of people are un aware of the relationship that exists between emotions and spirituality. I have learned to apply what we were teaching in my own life, especially with regards to my emotions and my spirituality. And this makes me feel very confident.

 

Seeing people transform from a person that does not know themselves so much to a more joyful, peaceful, whole and confident person and more aware of their purpose and the meaning of life is the reason I do it all. Such a fulfilling feeling to take people on this journey.

 


Haydee can you also tell us why you joined Golden Village?
I am a strong believer in spirituality and I got this urge or call with the message that those involved in spirituality needed to join together, so that jointly we can leverage a bigger change. With this in mind I decided to join Natalie and Phyllis. There is also another reason, Soul Garden this year is turning 5 years old and since January 2020, I felt like I needed to move Soul Garden away from my home. So Natalie’s Golden Village initiative came at exactly the right moment and I decided to move certain activities to Golden Village and gradually step by step started to stop working from my home and moving to an office away from my home.

This happened in October 2020. The idea is that Golden Village becomes a spiritual community where people can re-discover what they have inside themselves. It is like this metaphor, in Thailand where the Buddha was cemented and the cement broke off and the Gold beneath it became apparent. This is a great metaphor for what we want to achieve, remove the programming and the cover life has put on people and let their gold that is beneath it all to come to the surface. Golden Village consisted and still consists of a string of synchronicities between Natalie and myself. She would dream about something and I would see the design. This all took place with such a speed that in December 2020 when we decided to start with activities, we saw three “wara-wara’s” (these are the local version of “Eagles”, and as you know Eagles fly high) landed in the middle of the garden where we were having a meeting at that moment in Gaito. For us it was a sign that we needed to fly higher, as the higher we can soar, the more people we are able to help. This was the helicopter view that we will need to accomplish Golden Village. At last the things are all falling into place, my personal experience, knowledge and skills that are gradually becoming so much clearer to me.

 


What is it then that you have to do?
Bring all knowledge and experience gathered in the field of self-development, spiritual growth and healing together and be the transmutor, the catalyst and the helping hand for all to learn that joy, peace, love, growth and contribution, is what we all strive for. With this intention I provide tools, coaching, mentoring and healing through workshops and one on one sessions. Being the catalyst I also provide the next step people can take by referring to the customers to other healers or sessions. Being a connector I will be one of the magnets to bring all the practitioners in the holistic field to Golden Village so we all can help the customers in our own field of strengths and gifts. Especially now that I feel the urge that together we can do much more since it is not only one session with one person that does the miracle but it is a combination of various sessions that helps the customer to live their highest version and more joyful life.

 

What are you offering in the Golden Village?
I offer one on one coaching on emotions, energy, intention and intuition. Furthermore, I do mentor on Marketing from your Soul. Further I recruit renters for the Village so that they can offer their services. In March Ednellla will start to give messages at Golden Village once a week. And we hope to have at least 10 people renting Golden Village on a monthly basis to offer their services, since the 3 of us are very much aware that we can’t offer it all by ourselves.

 

On the long term the intention is to attract all the different spiritual areas. You name it, massages, coaching sessions for children and their parents, workshops, coaching, yoga, meditation, massage, Qigong, Mirror work, basically all areas related to spirituality. As there are different areas, rooms in the Village, all those involved can rent a room or time slot, which includes the outdoors to offer their services. The intention is, to eventually create a Golden Village community, so that Light workers, spiritual Warriors, Coaches, Seekers can join together and by doing this generate a greater force to create positive changes on the island.

 

The goal is to offer a spiritual platform where spiritual people can connect align and create a bigger impact on the collective consciousness on the island and therefore for the whole world.

 

 

Natalie, Phyllis and I form the right combination because each of us play our own role in the triangle we form. Natalie holding the helicopter view, being the manager of it all, bringing her spiritual experience, knowledge and connections to the table, Phyllis being a do-er keeps us on track and awake to the mission, goals and purpose we are going for, and I am the idea generator, the creator, the connector, the marketer and the one bringing my own experience of spiritual growth and my network gathered over the years to the one stop spiritual center of Curaçao.

 

 

One of the ideas we came up with is to start with the sessions twice a month called: “Spiritual Warrior Awareness”-program and we are now also “Feminine Quest” week-end, where women can connect, celebrate and gain knowledge of themselves as women, their femininity and trigger their so-called “Inner Goddess” within them.

 

 

Except for the Feminine Quest all other activities are for both man and woman because we believe that it is very important to engage man in spiritual growth also.

 


Can you tell us some more of this “womens”-weekend in March?
On the 5, 6, 7 and 8th of March we are organizing a “Feminine Quest” with some 8 speakers as Natalie pointed out. With my background as a marketing expert, I will have the task to market this event.


Can you give us the names of some of those speakers, faciliators during these days?
We will have Rudolf de Wit, Reina Joe, Dionne Christian, Gretna Provence, Elianne de Haseth to name a few.

Where can we get some contactinfo of you?
In the meantime we have a Golden Village Facebook Page, a Golden Village group and a Golden Village website.

 

Influencers of Curaçao collaborating
Golden Village is a platform that consists of enthusiastic, energetic and dedicated spiritual light workers, that decided to collaborate for the greater good. The initiative that is far bigger then the venue that they offer as they say that: “It takes a village to educate a child”, in Golden Village live by the saying that: “It takes a village to heal people, be it either children or adults, but mostly adults”.

By working together in at times wonderous ways and synchronistically, they are now manifesting their goal which is: “To offer a spiritual plaform where spiritual people can connect align and create a bigger impact on the collective consciousness on the island and therefore for the whole world”. For their collaborative attitude and for the impact they are aiming to enable, we dearly love and deeply respect Natalie Daal (founder), Haydee Hermans and Phyllis van den Hout all “Influencers” that we interviewed individually as Influencers and we consider them part of the 250 Influencers of the island representing the spiritual and business sector.


 

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is to: “Identify 250 leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration by the end of 2021.” We will use interviewing Influencers, meet-and-greet events, “train-the-trainers”-programs on “Emotional Mastery” and “Intentionality “as national intervention strategies, to reach this goal on top of our goal to scale up the possibilities to connect, align and create impact via a virtual platform. We believe that with collaborating with Miguel Goede on the virtual Vision 2030 platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.


Next MYM-platform session via Skype or Zoom
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 16th of February (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Skype or Zoom, where we will present “Presence, bringing your boldest self to your biggest challenges”, by Amy Cuddy.

In this book Amy asks you if:
- You have ever left a nerve-racking challenge and immediately wished for a do over?
- Maybe after a job interview, a performance, or a difficult conversation?

The very moments that require us to be genuine and commanding can instead cause us to feel phony and powerless. Too often we approach our lives' biggest hurdles with dread, execute them with anxiety, and leave them with regret.

 

By accessing our personal power, we can achieve "presence," the state in which we stop worrying about the impression we're making on others and instead adjust the impression we've been making on ourselves. As Harvard professor Amy Cuddy's revolutionary book reveals, we don't need to embark on a grand spiritual quest or complete an inner transformation to harness the power of presence. Instead, we need to nudge ourselves, moment by moment, by tweaking our body language, behavior, and mind-set in our day-to-day lives.

 

Amy Cuddy has galvanized tens of millions of viewers around the world with her TED talk about "power poses." Now she presents the enthralling science underlying these and many other fascinating body-mind effects, and teaches us how to use simple techniques to liberate ourselves from fear in high-pressure moments, perform at our best, and connect with and empower others to do the same. Brilliantly researched, impassioned, and accessible, Presence is filled with stories of individuals who learned how to flourish during the stressful moments that once terrified them. Every reader will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and to leave them with satisfaction instead of regret.

"Presence feels at once concrete and inspiring, simple but ambitious -- above all, truly powerful."-New York Times Book Review.

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

Date: 16th of February
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 pm.
Entrance fee: Free

Presenter: Ivan Kuster.

 

Every one of them will present one or two chapters of the book. So hope to greet you then.

Starting February the 20th from 9 – 11.40 am: New workshops in Papiamentu on Emotions
Gran majoría di nos komo ser humano, ta pasando diariamente den un fluho konstante di diferente pensamentu i emoshonan. Esaki ta konta mas aún awor ku nos ta den e gara di COVID-19. Emoshon ta nos kompas interno. No tin emoshon malu ni bon, emoshonan tei pa guía. Nos tin ku atende ku nan i no neglishá, reprimí ni suprimí nan, pa nan no kausa efektonan negativo despues ku ta inesperá. Emoshonan por ta un insentivo pa nos desarojá e potenshal inlimitá ku kada un di nos tin komo persona.


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

• maestría di bo emoshonan;

• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;

• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;

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

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

Nos lo kuminsá Yanuari bèk.

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

Haydee Hermans Soul Garden na telefón: 5639848

E-mail: soulgardenCuraçao@gmail.com

O’dennis Daal Master Your Mind na telefón: 5130409

E-mail: odennis.daal@mymcur.com

Ivan Kuster Uplifting BV na telefón: 6986437

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


Personal Coaching tips
This week we will share some motivational 1-minute videos. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Fabebook.com/share2uplift page.

 


1. CONSISTENCY | Sensational One-minute Motivational Video - YouTube

 

2. 1 Minute To Start You Day Right! - ONE MINUTE MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO - YouTube


3. GO FOR GOALS | Awesome One-minute Motivational Video - YouTube


4. PRESS | Amazing One-minute Motivational Video - YouTube


5. CHASE A DREAM | Amazing One-Minute Motivational Video - YouTube

 

6. DISCIPLINE | Best One-minute Motivational Video - YouTube