Influencer Kurt Schoop, this week Master Your Mind Platform Book session, register for our new workshop and week tips
|Posted on September 15, 2019 at 5:10 AM|
In this week’s blog (16th – 22nd of September) we will interview Kurt Schoop; we will invite you for our upcoming Master Your Mind platform session on the 17th of September at the Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada; we will invite you to a workshop on Mastery over the mysteries of “Emotions” on the 5th of October called: “Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto i tin?” and we will share some motivational video-links with you on “Resilience”. Every day in the week we will upload one of these links on our Facebook.com/Share2uplift page.
Influencer Kurt Schoop: connector and showing people what is possible
Kurt, could you share with us some information of your family life?
I have 3 brothers and 5 sisters; both my parents are alive and were very supportive in whom I have become right now. I have a significant other.
Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are an entrepreneur?
I have studied policy and organisational sciences and love to facilitate change processes and dialogues within schools and communities. In the past 12 years, I have been focused on building communities in Otrobanda.
In the beginning this was difficult, as I did most things on my own, now I am part of a team of great people who all contribute.
Are you involved in other projects in Curaçao?
I am involved in “Kaya Kaya”, a community project in Otrobanda and I am supporting a number of schools in the implementation of quality assurance.
Besides that, I am renting rooms. This started out small, in my own house, at some point I bought and restored another house and recently I opened the “Bario Hotel”, consisting of eight houses in Yzerstraat/Emmastraat. In this hotel, people living in the neighbourhood are involved and we have one central front desk for our guests.
You are very involved with the bario, why is that?
I like to see things change and improve, both in infrastructure and people. I find it energising when people seem ‘to get it’ and change their way of doing things. Also, it is very satisfying to restore homes to their old grandeur, to bring back dignity to these homes and to the neighbourhood.
Up until a year ago, I was chairman of the foundation for Ser’i Otrobanda. When Kaya Kaya took off last year, I decided it was time for a change. I handed over the foundation to a new group of people and focussed on the further development of Kaya Kaya, together with Clayton Lasten and Raygen Zuiverloon. I am pleased to see a growing interest of companies and organisations to align themselves with Kaya Kaya as sponsors, they approached us, which is an unique situation to be in. And also OBNA and Korpodeko (local development banks) want to help develop a multi-annual plan for the development of the neighbourhood.
What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I like to connect, inspire and transform people and show what is possible. In the end, I like to leave something behind. I seem to be good at bringing people from different backgrounds (inhabitants, investors and government) together.
What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Gentrification is something we need to be aware of. Luckily the social housing projects have a pretty permanent group of inhabitants, but you see there is more interest in the houses that are already inhabited and less in the abandoned houses. There is no way to stop people from selling their house, but I would like to see a balanced development where there is room for everyone.
I also have a challenge in balancing volunteer work and the need to make money to earn myself a living, right? I am investing a lot these days. I did manage to minimise my costs of living; this has reduced the stress as well. In the first years, I have faced more challenges, but I found out that by remaining consistent and sharing the story, I was able to connect with and involve more people.
Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Yes, I use my inner voice, but not always or very consistently. I like to walk or travel to clear my head and sort things out. Banda’bou is a great place to relax. Recently we went there to discuss the future (vision, direction, and attitude) of my new business ventures with my other business partners. This provided us all with new insights.
How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
I am doing things, because I prefer the experimental way of learning.
What are your strengths?
I am a connector, creative and can find new use for concepts. I am a good listener. I am able to see what will stick and become a hit. I am good at delegating and I am able to take my time to discover what someone likes to do.
Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
As a people’s person, I like to travel, organise a party, spend time with friends, interact with people, and bring them together.
If you as Kurt would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
I am a ‘Yu di Korsou’, born and raised on this island, who loves the neighbourhood he lives in, and works hard to make it a better place. I like to have a great time.
How would you describe Kurt in one word or one sentence?
I am a connector who likes to show myself and others, how to get things done. I like to include people and empower them. Sometimes I am surprised, that I realised what I set out to do. I do visualise what I want to realise like a successful project, but I visualise also that the neighbourhood and my home is safe.
Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
My mother has taught me to be persistent. I have watched Oprah Winfrey many times and like the way she inspires people and achieves change. I also find great inspiration in Nelson Mandela and the way he dealt with adversary in life.
Where they always positive role models or where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
When I first went to the Netherlands, I went to a MBO school. Someone in my circle of friends at some point doubted if I belonged in that group. That made me work even harder to prove myself and I managed to finish a HBO education, just as the others. Now I know it is not about education, but who you are as a person, but still. Some politicians also function as a negative role model, they have the skills but use it in the wrong way. That is a pity.
What was a defining moment in your life?
A defining moment in my life was when I learned to let go of the old stories and experiences in life that were painful and holding me back.
During a training for Landmark, I started to tell these stories and realised that, every time I tell them, bit by bit, I am releasing them. I now see there are many limiting beliefs in our society that do not help us prosper. By telling the stories, without fear and shame, we can change our future.
Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
In a rocking chair overlooking the neighbourhood and travelling the world, giving speeches and inspiring people.
What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
They would say: “We love him, although he did not have sufficient time for us.” But also: We are proud of him.”
What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
I see two things that makes me stay positive. There is a big group of people who are doing their best to make things work. I believe we have to start doing things and stop waiting for others to start. They make the future manageable and solve problems. I have seen that this works with Oasis Games and Kaya Kaya. There is so much potential in people, once they believe in something and feel involved, they are able to perform miracles. On a personal level, I have stopped following the news and retracted myself from the every-day hype and negativity and just try to do things that I can influence. That makes me stay positive.
Kurt Schoop is a (social) entrepreneur and a representative of the Business-sector. As a connector, a creative at using new concepts, he has this unique ability to see what will stick and becomes a hit. He likes to include people and show them how to get things done, after he had visualized the success of the project.
As former chairman of the foundation for Ser’i Otrobanda, last year he started with two other business partners (Clayton Lasten and Raygen Zuiverloon) with the Kaya Kaya project while at the same time investing himself personally in the “bario”. This inclusive approached has resulted in growing interest of companies and organisations to align themselves with Kaya Kaya as sponsors. We deeply respect and love Kurt for the work he has been doing as a community builder (people and infrastructure), investor and advocacy of an inclusive development of Ser’i Otrobanda as a neighbourhood, that we consider exemplary for how other barrio’s in Curaçao and elsewhere in the world, could be developed.
We definitely consider him one of the 250 Influencers in our society.
The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets connected, aligned and collaborate with one another to create impact in all walks of life. This in first instance via the enabling of opportunities to connect as Influencers with one another and secondly by actively promoting “best practice” problem resolution approaches like dialogue to solve the challenges our community has to deal with. We want to reach our target of 250 Influencers by the end of 2020. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.
As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.
Share2Uplift aligners are those that:
– Create an inspiring vision of the future;
– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;
– Manage delivery of the vision;
– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.
These criteria are now being polished.
We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:
• Peace from within;
• Responsibility. As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.
Our next MYM-platform session in September
We would like to invite you to our next MYM-platform session on Tuesday, the 17th of September (3rd Tuesday of the month), where we will present two books:
In the book “Rising Strong” by Brené Brown, the New York Times bestselling author. The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough often enough, we will fall. The author tells us what it takes to get back up, and how owning our stories of disappointment, failure, and heartbreak gives us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle, Brené Brown writes, can be our greatest call to courage, and rising strong our clearest path to deeper meaning, wisdom, and hope. Rising strong will be presented by Haydee Hermans.
“The power of the sub conscious mind” by the author Dr. Joseph Murphy has been a bestseller since its first publication in 1963, selling many millions of copies since its original publication. One of the most brilliant and beloved spiritual self-help works of all time, which can help you heal yourself, banish your fears, sleep better, enjoy better relationships and just feel happier. The techniques are simple and results come quickly. You can improve your relationships, your finances, your physical well-being. Life events are actually the result of the workings of your conscious and subconscious minds. One can change one's destiny, principally by focusing and redirecting this miraculous energy. Years of research studying the world's major religions convinced him that some Great Power lay behind all spiritual life and that this power is within each of us. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind' will open a world of success, happiness, prosperity, and peace for you.
The power of the subconscious mind will be presented by Ivan Kuster.
Place: Chit Chat Cafe Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 - 9 pm.
Entrance fee: Free
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Workshop on “Emotions” on the 5th of October at Avila Beach Hotel
Do you want to know more on the mysteries of mastery over “Emotions”?
Then, we would like to invite you to attend the workshop: “Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”
Place: Avila Beach Hotel
Time: 8 am - 12 pm.
Entrance fee: Ang 125,-
Haydee Hermans, Soul Garden
O’dennis Daal, Master Your Mind
Ivan Kuster, Uplifting BV
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This week motivational video-links on “Resilience”. Every day in the week we will upload one of these links on our Facebook.com/Share2uplift page.
An Inspirational story of Oprah Winfrey - YouTube
Nelson Mandela: A Call to Action for Democracy, Peace and Prosperity for All - YouTube
Resilience in the workplace - short video - YouTube
RESILIENT - Best Motivational Video - YouTube
The final Resilience video - YouTube
RESILIENCE - Motivational Video ft. Alexa Carlin - YouTube