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Influencer Gofrie van Lieshout, February 2020 workshop on emotion and this week tips

Posted on December 22, 2019 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

 

In this week’s blog we will interview Gofrie van Lieshout and we will invite you to our next “Emoshon kiko e ta?” Workshop on the 2nd of February 2020 and we will share some motivational video links on resilience, routines and success habits. We will upload one of these video’s every day via Facebook.com/share2uplift.

 

Gofrie van Lieshout: a builder, developer and educator

 

Gofrie, could you share with us some information of your family life?
I was born and raised in Brabant, the Netherlands together with my two older sisters. Together with my husband and two daughters we moved to Curaçao in 2007. Currently our oldest daughter is 21 years old and is in her third year of her study at Maastricht University, our youngest daughter, 17, is in her fifth and last year of highschool at Radulphus College.

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences?
That has become quite a story after all those years. After high school, I followed a training as a management assistant. During my years as a volunteer performing different board functions for the association at a youth center, I noticed that I enjoyed organizing events and the communication surrounding these activities.

Really consciously thinking about and choosing a study that fits your talent and ambitions was not really something that was extensively discussed during my youth. Life went as it came. At the age of 18, I worked for an organization that provided adult education for the business community. Initially in an administrative position, later as coordinator with my own client portfolio. I worked there for 6 years and learned a lot. All the while I kept my weekend jobs in the hospitality industry to earn something extra. During that period, I also attended my first evening courses, first a year of middle management, then project management and later higher management. In 1994-1995 I worked for a year at an international wholesaler to support the commercial manager. That didn't really suit me, and I wanted to do something completely different. I got a diploma as a tour guide and followed a hospitality training so that I could start something for myself. However, that never happened, I went to Spain for a year of working in the hospitality industry. Fantastic time! When I returned in 1996, I worked as a volunteer at an asylum seekers' center and soon I was able to work at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Eindhoven.


As an employee of the Information Management department, I experienced the merger with other Universities of Applied Sciences, which was a huge job because of the different cultures that had to go together. Internet and email developed at lightning speed, and we were also very conscious of the approaching millennium. After a few years it was time for the next step, and I came to work at the Sustainable City and Regional Development Knowledge Center.


As a "knowledge interface" I was responsible for connecting education with business and government to encourage collaboration. A kind of knowledge broker. Together with Tilburg University, theoretical models were translated into applications in the region and students were involved in the implementation. Thanks to the exchange of knowledge, a great deal has been achieved in that time. The development of new economic pillars in both urban and rural areas was necessary and was therefore a central point. Everyone was open to cooperation and learned from each other's experience and insights. We developed practical tools for applying and monitoring subsidies, additionally we also organized seminars on these subjects. What I learned there was how you can set up public-private partnerships at multiple levels in a difficult context. During those years, I obtained my Facility Management Bachelor's degree in addition to my work. Besides work and education, I also had two little children. But luckily, switching within many areas had become my specialty. It was a dynamic time. In 2006/2007, when I was asked to also provide lessons on sustainable area development for the Leisure Management course, I obtained my teaching qualifications for higher professional education.


At the end of 2007 we came to Curaçao, and after working as a consultant for a year, in 2008 I was given the opportunity as director to design the ‘Kenniscentrum Beroepsonderwijs Bedrijfsleven Curaçao’ (KBB).

A great challenge of course, especially as a newcomer on the island. But it worked! Partly thanks to a fantastic board that gave me direction and all the space and recourses to act according to my own insight. Enthusiastic employees were added, and we formed a very dynamic team. We realized ideas that nobody initially believed in, but we succeeded. In addition to training teachers and recognizing training companies, we introduced, for example, EVC, the Talent Competition Curaçao for young people with a talent for technology, developed a Barometer and charted the developments in the labor market with regard to employment for several sectors. 


We have worked really hard and achieved a lot. In total, more than 100 projects were carried out with different partners. However, KBB had to close its doors in 2015 due to the cessation of financing. This is when I started my own project agency, Caribbean Projects. My first major assignment was the position of project leader of the "Work & Entrepreneurship" team within the integrated youth policy program (Youth Development Action Program).

We have placed several important themes on the agenda thanks to researching and publishing data on, among other things, youth unemployment, early school leaving and apprenticeship trajectories. The program stopped after 1.5 years, and the work was continued within the various ministries. I now support organizations from Caribbean Projects with setting up or adapting internal processes where improving efficiency and efficient deployment of employees are leading. Sometimes I am asked to guide someone personally as a coach in such a trajectory. Furthermore, I also provide training related to project management and the renewal of work forms. As a project manager I develop and manage large projects for clients in which training, development and employment form the context.


I recently organized a masterclass in Strategic Talent Management (Folder 2019 part 1 and part 2) which was received very well. This is something I might want to start doing more often. Besides this, I also write articles about management and leadership for Coaching Magazine and as of recently I teach a few hours a week.

We became interested in interviewing you, as you are very involved in upgrading and changing education to meet the needs of the labour market and seem to have a positive mindset. Where did this interest come from?
On the one hand because education and development have always been part of my work in various positions, but also because I know from my own experience that you can always continue to develop. By daring to take new steps and not giving up too quickly if things turn out differently than you expected. I came by many detours to where I am now and not through the more usual "high school - study - career" trajectory. And that's fine. I have always continued to learn, and I have gained a lot of experience thanks to the opportunities I received at different times. I also want to give others these opportunities.

There are so many shortcomings when it comes to the challenges of the labor market, while the solutions do not always have to be complicated. Young people bursting with talent need to be properly supervised and motivated. But if that’s not in place they are often labeled stupid, lazy or as not interested. But that is of course also due to the way in which we offer our education and guidance. We must not forget that attitude is undoubtedly also determined by knowledge and self-confidence.

But I also realize very well that employees must create value for their employer or client. So, it is important for both sides (employer and employee) to give each other a chance and not be afraid of feedback that you can learn from.

You have been involved in KBB and the Action Program Youth Development, what are your most important take-aways from those two projects?
That you must keep your focus. If you allow it, political issues, egos, or ignorance can easily frustrate the success of a project. It is about the results and impact of your project and if you want to fit in the agendas of others too fast you get stuck. Especially with promising and/or successful projects because everyone wants to participate and before you know it, projects will become so large that nobody knows what the original goal was. You get the situation that milestones that are important to a lot of people are "celebrated" while ultimately, they do not contribute to the set goals. What you need is vision, translated into a clear program line and a small, expert implementation team with the right powers and resources.

You have a lot of experience with vocational education and in-company training programs, what has been the most successful project that you have done and why?
Together with others I have initiated and carried out many training courses and coaching programs. The most successful training programs are those where management is willing to change themselves. A major mistake that is often made is that training employees is enough to implement improvements in the organization. That is not true. In fact, it is very demotivating if people are challenged and motivated to develop further during a training and then find out that they are not given the space in the workplace to use that new knowledge and insights. The processes where the framework is open for reflection and change are the most successful!.

What vocational education or in-company training program serves as an example for you and why?
Quality and communication. Throughout my career I have taken courses and attended seminars. Quality training provided insight into the role and responsibility that you have in every larger entity. I once experienced a trainer who only asked questions and then went on to help formulate the answers. Why are you doing this? Why that way? Why is it important? Etc. By forcing people to step out of their routine thinking, you can gain completely new insights. I now also use that knowledge in my own training courses. And talking to experienced professionals who are good for you and who are willing to share their knowledge with you.

What is your BIG WHY or what are your driving motivations to be who you are right now?

My BIG WHY? I love to share, knowledge, power, responsibility, credits ... I really like to make others successful because I believe we all end up better if you do.

What are the challenges you are facing? And how are you dealing with these challenges?
Realizing collaboration. It’s all about collaboration and accepting and utilizing each other's knowledge and talent. It is madness what we see happening everywhere, including on Curaçao. Properly running programs or organizations are thwarted or even stopped and then restarted after a while without using the built knowledge and experiences. Sometimes even without planning implementation capacity. That might be an even bigger challenge; making sure that the work gets done instead of getting stuck on planning and talking. I am very practical and want to move quickly from abstract plans to a realistic implementation plan. It’s a challenge to get everyone involved quickly. But sometimes some processes take more time, so I need to have patience and make sure participants feel okay about the steps that we take. I try to look at myself also through the glasses of the other party to find out where the resistance lies.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? If so, how does that work for you?
When dilemmas come across my path, I take initiative and look at the situation from different perspectives. Sometimes I need time to think carefully about what’s going on, but I always come back to it and then make a choice. I don't mind sharing my doubts with others and I am also able to adjust if that would ultimately be better.

How are you trying to keep up your knowledge and skills levels?
I am not afraid to step out form my ‘comfort zone’ and I continue try new things. Thanks to the different type of my activities I come across different organizations. I learn a lot from clients and the colleagues in projects. I regularly attend lectures and discussion meetings, follow politics and like to read opinion magazines. I have a large network through my work, volunteer work and friends and I am a member of the Dutch Caribbean Economics of which I like to attend lectures. Participants in training courses also quickly share knowledge if they have faith in you. That can be also very inspiring. Thanks to writing for Coaching Magazine and as an editor, I also get contact with local managers who make a difference. For that matter the term Lifelong Learning really applies to me.

What are your strengths?
From a professional point of view, I am good at analyzing problems and translating policy into what needs to be done and I present that into a work form for other people. Thanks to the various environments in which I have worked and still work, I developed a good sense of relationships and sensitivities which, in combination with my organizational capacity, I think is a quite strong side of myself. And I am loyal to my clients and act accordingly. It’s not me to say yes and do no. Some confuse that with naive, but nothing is as destructive as distrust if you ask me.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I like to read a lot. But I also like to be with my family, relatives and friends. Going out like we did in younger days has become less, but I can still enjoy socializing with friends. And I never skip a party like carnival in Curaçao. I like to cycle (MTB), swim regularly, love to read (historical) novels and biographies and follow social debates.


If you would meet a stranger in the bus (let’s say in the Netherlands or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself, what would be you answer?
My name, that I am from Curaçao and what the reason is for being there at that time.

How would you describe yourself in one word or one sentence?
I am a builder and I enjoy working with enthusiastic and creative people, sometimes I take myself a little too seriously, but I also love to laugh together.

Who have inspired you the most in your life and career?
A lot of people inspire me. Sometimes through a passage from a book or an interview, but often during a consultation, discussion or lecture. Often because people make statements that are accompanied by arguments and examples from their own experiences.

Did you always have positive role models, or have you also had people who influenced you because you did not want to identify yourself with them?
Certainly both. I knew at a young age with whom I especially did not want to identify. On the other hand, there are numerous people who opened doors for me, helped me and believed in me. That is very important. Ultimately, you learn something from everyone, whether you want it or not. Every step and every contact with other people contribute to your personality. I am grateful for that.

What are some of the challenges or lessons learned you have encountered in your life when you discovered your talents and strengths? What was a defining moment in your life?
In the time that KBB was forced to shrink and later had to close without proper arguments, I had to force myself to continue to reflect and, above all, to put things into perspective in order to deal with certain things. That was partly successful at the time. I have experienced things that were personally very intense. Fraud, people who function at a high level who lie right to your face or let you down. People who say they support you but behind your back or in company if the cards are different, don’t support you. That "shine sympathy" first surprised me and then caused me a lot of grief. Not long afterwards, due to a little sports accident, I had to physically put my teeth together, it was difficult to get back to myself. But I noticed that I could go on again and did not get stuck in that negative atmosphere. Both your body and your mind are stronger than you think.

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
In 20 years, I hope that I still mean something within my professional field, but the role that I often fulfill now will probably be replaced by that of coach or supervisor. It would be nice if I could still share my experiences with the new generations.

What would you want your loved ones, family, friends, and others have to say about you in let’s say 25 years from now?
That we have shared and passed on many loving and beautiful moments together.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
The young generation and the enormous resilience of the people on the island. I hope that real work is now being done on plans to give more young people with talent the space and influence in managing our island. For them to look at economic and social themes with a fresh perspective, but above all to adapt education to the needs and possibilities of today

If you want to contact Gofrie got to:
Website: caribbean-projects.com/
Recent projects: caribbean-projects.com/projecten/
Account Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/feed/
KBB projects: docplayer.nl/15045542-Projecten-kenniscentrum-beroepsonderwijs-bedrijfsleven-Curaçao.html
APJO: www.desaroyodihubentut.cw/
CHATA project: klapaturismo.com/ 

 

Gofrie van Lieshout is a dynamic multi-facetted person representing the business and educational sector as business owner of “Caribbean Projects”. She is a project manager, coach, writer of articles and editor of Coaching Magazine, a developer and manager of projects for clients in which training, development and employment form the context. As an advocate of life-long learning, being one herself, some of our economic and social themes where are dealing with right now, could be dealt with from a fresh perspective, according to Gofrie, if young people with talent were given the space and influence in managing our island. This should ultimately lead to the adaption of education to the needs and possibilities in a 21st century world. She has the unique ability to analyze problems and translating policy into what needs to be done into a work form for other people. This, thanks to the various environments in which she has worked and still works. We love and respect Gofrie for the work she is doing and consider her one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is now to: “Identify 250 ethical leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration.” We want to reach our target of 250 Influencers by the end of 2020. We will use interviewing Influencers, 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 this virtual platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.

 

Workshop Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?

On the 2nd of Febraury 2020 we will be repeating the workshop “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”

Do you want to know more on the mysteries of mastery over “Emotions”?

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

Place: Avila Beach Hotel

Time: 2 pm - 7 pm.

Entrance fee: Ang 150,-

Presenters: Haydee Hermans, Soul Garden | O’dennis Daal, Master Your Mind | Ivan Kuster, Uplifting BV.

Find out more.

 

 

 

 

Tips
This week we share with you some video links as personal motivational tips on resilience, routines and success habits. We will upload one of these video’s every day via Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

 

RESILIENCE ~ Hard Times Motivation ft. Eric Thomas ᴴᴰ - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9necB7hjC8&t=6s

 

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF WINNERS - BEST CHAMPIONS ADVICE - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7DWWwdPDgk

 

10 Morning Routine Habits of Successful People - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifGg5JykgQo

 

10 Morning Habits Geniuses Use To Jump Start The Brain | Jim Kwik - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sGyNx44Xw4

 

Daily Disciplines - Tony Robbins | Brian Tracy | Jim Rohn (Discipline Series) - Daily motivation - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MuBllG_OSY

 

THE WAKE UP CALL | You Will Stop Wasting Any More Time - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=khN2ZlPLjFs

 

 


Influencer Kamlawatie de Haas, Workshop on emotion in February 2020 and this week tips

Posted on December 16, 2019 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog we will interview Kamlawatie 'Kamla' de Haas, we will invite you for our next workshop in Papiamentu “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?” on the 2nd of February 2020 and we will share with you some valuable tips related to “Inner Peace”. Every day of the week we will share with you one of the video links also on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer Kamlawatie de Haas: at peace and powerful

 

 


Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am a mom of 2 kids(twins) and I have through my adopted family, 2 brothers and 1 sister. Through my biological parents, I have 18 other brothers and sisters. I was raised by my adopted parents. I was born in Surinam and grew up in Holland. When I was 40 years old, I met my biological father for the first time in the woods of Surinam. I finally felt “home”. As I grew up in Holland I always, since I was a young child, felt a connection with Africa, the food, the dances, the colors, the clothes, the people and my biological father lived in the jungle, so when we met, I got a much better understanding of where this link with Africa came from. Surinam was “my” Africa, I encoutered it there and then. Before that moment, I wasn’t aware of this. In that sense, I recognized part of me then, that is where “I connected with me roots”.

 

Were your parents supportive in whom you have become right now?
Well, yes and no. I claimed my freedom to be whom I am now, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they supported me in that journey.

 

Could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences as we know that you are a busy person?
After I had finished secundary school, I went to the Dance Academy; I have studied Interior Decoration; I have studied to become a management secretary; I am a 2 time certified a life coach and as part of my spiritual path, I have studied just to name a view Reiki, Munay-ki, energy/aura work, Systemic work, Emotional Freedom Technique(EFT), certified Emotion code facilitator TIFF provider and participated in many other courses/worshops.

 

What does systemic work mean?
We all are part of a system, a familiy is a system, a partnership is a system, your workspace & friendship is a system. All of our unconscious behavior, beliefs and patterns stem from our systemic background. We all have systems that work for us and against us. Systemic work gives insight in your systems, dynamic and patterns. It brings healing and understanding to know and recognize your own system.

 

How long have you been a Life Coach?
Well, I coach people since I was 12 years old, for 7 years now I charge people for my coaching service. My company name is ‘Splendid Coaching.’

 

So you must be an old soul?
Yes, I am. Via regression therapy I have gained an idea of some of my past lifes. After I had done that, I had a much better understanding of myself. Parts of the puzzle I was dealing with, it brought me clarity.

 

What are your goals?
My business and personal goal are basically the same. That is: “..To enable as many people as possible to be their truth, speak their truth and live their own truth...”.

 

What does sucess means to you personally?
I define success as to be at ease with whatever is presented and being non-judgemental when it presents itself.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
I believe that purpose nowadays is very overrated. I define my purpose as: “to be fully myself”.

Meaning that whatever crosses my path, I can fully show up as me, to be at ease with whatever is presented on my journey called “life”.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Life in itself is a challenge, day by day; step by step; breath by breath. I can understand that and I stick with it, instead of issuing coping strategies or complain like: “why me or poor me”. I try to first have awareness of what is coming in. An emotion is a message from my body, I ask myself what do I need to see or learn from this and then respond in the most effective way possible. And sometimes that means no response at all.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
Yes, I listen very good to my body. I first sit with it,when something comes up.

Tune into my intuition and take the most logical simple step.

 

How are you trying also to keep up with your personal knowledge and skills levels?
Through the books that I read, through videos, connections with other people, through life itself and through nature.

 

What are your strengths?
I easily make a real connection with people and I can feel and sense somebody. I am a good listener.

I am humble and I constantly try to stay and be “in the present” and show up without judgement. I can also let people be whom they want to be/are.

 

What do you mean with that, let them be whom they want to be?
Well, I can show up as a loving presence and I can easily give people the space that they need. Not everybody is able to do just that, giving other people space.

 

What is a trait that is “work in progress” for you and that you really want to improve?
My stubborness. I can be very stubborn at times, which has its positives sometimes and sometimes its negatives. That’s where my ‘taurus’ kicks in.

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I love to dance, I love music and I love observing people. I can observe people all day long.

 

If you as Kamlawatie 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?
Most of the time I will say: I am Kamla, I am at your service, tell me about yourself.

You know that Kamlawatie means “White Lotus” and in fact it represents my life up to now very well. A lotus starts growing from the mud and develops itself in a beautiful fower. In fact, that is how I feel my life has been up to now, I am this flower now.

 

How would you describe Kamlawatie in one word or one sentence?
At peace and powerful.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your life and career?
People in general and not one specifically, but many people you talk to, induce new insights and wisdom when you talk to them.

 

Where do you want to be 20 years from now with your career?
I want to embody more truth, be more me.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
We are glad she exists.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
I am optimistic, because we have the power and we can create a Curaçao as amazing as we want.

 


Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Own your strength, live it, use it and be it. Furthermore we need each other to create impactful transformations in all walks of life. Nobody can do it alone, so work together, learn together and support one another.

 

For more information of Kamlawatie de Haas, Certified Holistic Life Coach & Certified TIFF Provider go to:
E: splendidcoaching@gmail.com

W: www.kamlacoach.com * Honor the wisdom inside yourself *

Whatsapp-+5999-5117871 whatsapp only

• She has launched 45 episodes in 2 podcasts. Curious go to

soundcloud.com/user-407713971 and soundcloud.com/user-189443244

• She has an excellent tool to give you more insight in your own behavior, making it possible to safe energy and become your own self and communicate more effectively. If you want to know more call and make an appointment to make you TIFF profile.

• If you are interested in a system approach regarding your family in January 2020 send Kamlawatie an email splendidcoaching@gmail.com and just mention Yes I am willing.

 


Kamlawatie de Haas is a Holistic life coach and much more than that. She uses her life and professional experiences, to enable as many people as possible to be their truth, speak their truth and live their own truth. Using her vast life experiences and ever increasing tools she has mastered over the years, she is able to teach her clients to become their own self and communicate more effectively. Her emotional and spiritual intelligence makes her unique. As CEO of “Splendid Coaching” we consider her a representative of the business sector. Her work is totally aligned with the Share2uplift goals as she firmly believes in collaboration as she concludes our interview saying: “We need each other to create impactful transformations in all walks of life. Nobody can do it alone, so work together, learn together and support one another.” We have a close collaboration with Kamla and we definitely love and respect her and consider her one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao.

 

 

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020
The goal of the Share2Uplift movement is now to: “Identify 250 ethical leaders from all walks of life to connect, align and create impactful changes in all walks of life, which includes intergenerational collaboration.” We want to reach our target of 250 Influencers by the end of 2020. We will use interviewing Influencers, 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 this virtual platform, we will accelerate the possibilities to connect the diaspora and others elsewhere in the world and on the island willing to constructively create impactful changes in Curaçao, to join. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.

 

Workshop Emoshon: Kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?

On the 2nd of Febraury 2020 we will be repeating the workshop “Emoshon kiko e ta? Ki efekto e tin?”

Do you want to know more on the mysteries of mastery over “Emotions”?

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

Place: Avila Beach Hotel

Time: 2 pm - 7 pm.

Entrance fee: Ang 150,-

Presenters: Haydee Hermans, Soul Garden | O’dennis Daal, Master Your Mind | Ivan Kuster, Uplifting BV.

Find out more.

 

 

 

 

Tips
This week we will share with you some inspirational video links on the “Peace of Mind”. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

How to Find Peace of Mind - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi6vvhXfScU

 

Peace of Mind - Inspirational Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoFKyPV4de8

 

How can I get real peace? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vReWdfg2cM8

 

DANDAPANI : How To Control Your Mind (USE THIS to Brainwash Yourself) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYfYmYbp7C4

 

Eckhart Tolle's Exercise to Find True Inner Peace | A New Earth | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyQqYJHnyq8

 

Finding Inner Peace In a Fearful World | Oprah's Life You Want Weekend | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKFxbI-lxEs

 

 

Influencer Adrie Williams and this week tips

Posted on December 9, 2019 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (9th – 15th of december) we will interview Adrie Williams. We will also share with you some videolinks on the “Soul” as inspirational videos. Every day we will upload one on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer: Adrie Williams a multi-facetted leader and communicator

 

 

 


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

I am married and I have three children of which one is living in Holland. I come from a family where I have 3 brothers and 2 sisters. My parents even though they have passed away, were very supportive in whom I have become right now. Their influence is still there.

I was raised by a mother that was a highly ethical and strong woman. She came from Banda Abou. As I was the oldest child, me and my mother got along very well. We were so well connected that we could communicate without talking, just by looking at each other. I call that, communicating at a subjective level. She thought me to be specific and decide where do I want to go and develop strategies and other ways and means to get there. All these efforts will pay off in the end. It doesn’t just happen, you will have to work for it she taught us. She also taught us to be respectfull and she was an excellent communicator, she would have good relations with our neighbors. In those days when there were no cell-phones, if we as her children would cross a boundary, any kind of boundary, before I was home, she already would know this. That is how well the neighborhood was connected and kept an eye on our wellbeing.

My father used to work as an administrator at different bakeries and even now after all these years, I would at times meet people whom had worked with my father and expressed themselves very respectfull towards my father. My grandfather was from Saint Martin and my grandmother was from San Pedro de Macoris (Santa Domingo). So he knew as the son of a migrant, that only hard work can make you prosper in our society. I didn’t grow up with my father, but we met regurlay and in that sense, he also played a role in whom I have become now.

My grandmother from my mother’s side, lived in Willibrordus and when I was a child, I use to sit on her feeth as she would lend people money. She also sold goat meat and some herbs. She had a strong 6th sense, that I also developed. She would say, that a certain person was due on her payments and within soon this person would come and hug and greet her, and discretely handed her the outstanding money. Things were not easy in those days and she would say, I haven’t heard from my brother for a long time, my uncle, living in New York. And within short she would get either money or groceries that he send to her. After his sailing career, he stayed and lived in New York. He would send either money or groceries and in the groceries would come some money. So this 6th sense I also have. Just as a side step, my grandmother was from Willibrordus and back in the old days, Willibrordus was the center of Banda Abou as it had a school. So many youngsters from Westpunt would go to Willibrordus for their education. Willibrordus had different plantations surrounding it like Landhuis Hermanus, Jan Kock, Sebastian, Port Marie, Cas Abou, and in the days where there was slavery, the slaves that weren’t very obedient, were send to Willibrordus and it was expected that they wouldn’t survive the harsh environment in Willibrordus. But they did survive, as they were very resilient and strong minded people. And I come from this heritage.

 

You consider your self a world leader, where does this come from?
At a very young, I was 14 or 15 years old, as I was taught by my mother, I projected what I wanted to be. I would become “A World Leader” as I really believed that I was a born leader. During my career as president of Initiativa Particular Korsou, I attended international conferences and bumped into a book by Jose Silva, a self taught para psychologist. That made an impact on me, because what I was taught by my grandmother, I could now validate by reading it in this book.

I went to follow a course in Venezuela of union leaders once and I met Eduardo Garcia Moure. He told me that I was unique, because I was multi-facetted. This after he saw how I handled a soldier guarding the Panteon in Caracas Venezuela and this was just after Hugo Chavez was first removed and then later liberated by some parts of the army again. As at first the soldier was not willing to allow us to visit the Panteon, I told him that I had to compliment them, because without a lot of bloodshed they have re-instated Chavez. Just by saying that, all doors were opened and we and other union leaders from different countries of Latin America got a royal treatment as they guided us through the Panteon. As part of my leadership abilities, I am able to typify people based on their dominant personality and this would give me an idea on how to let certain people fit in any kind of collaboration, while using their strengths. I am also an excellent communicator and connect easily with other people as I am an extravert.

 

You have a daughter you told me that is a serial entreprenuer, how did that come to pass?
When my daugther was 14 years old, I told her that I would not going to let her get herself into a debt because of her studies like most youth that finance their studies via loans. After they have finished their studies, they are indebted while they still have to earn their first salary. So I told her that she would have to pay her studies herself by starting a business. At first she wasn’t happy with this, but now she considers this to be “the best thing that ever happened”.

When they were young I allowed my children to open up there electronic toys, as long as they would close it back aterwards and that it would still work. So she did just that, and she build lots of experiences “hands on” with computers and cell-phones. She wanted to sell cell-phones, so I borrowed her money via my creditcard and this first Black Berry that was already sold to a customer, was stolen. So I let her buy a second one on my creditcard again, because I thought if I can not trust my daughter whom else would trust her. The rest was history. She sold cell-phones, computers, was involved in the repair of computers and cell-phone, she would refurbish used cell-phones that would look like there were brand new. When she was 17 years old, she bought her first car, and now she is 24 years old, she has a car rental company that has 24 cars. She is the owner of 4 companies and as a serial entrepreneur, she is making big waves. She started getting involved in the BNB-business after she took over the management of the house my mother use to live in when she died in 2015. And she is also a motivational speaker, sharing with others the power of being a master of your own destiny.


What about your son?
My son has a musical ear and he can discern easily when someone is misque-ing a note. I can’t hear that. As I was travelling a lot, I would buy souvenirs for my children and my daughter was able to get some reasonable sounds out of some of these souvernirs, like a souvenir “kuarta” I once brought home. My son also could do this and he was more like playing the percussion though. So my son once went to his music teacher at his school and he asked him why they couldn’t start a brass-band at their school. His teacher told him, that he tried and there was not enough interest. So my son, as he was new at the school went and after some recruitment on the school yard got 40 names of youngsters willing to participate in a brass-band. But then came the challenges, there were not enough instruments, so my son told the teacher he would consult me as his father on this. I suggested them to be specific as my mother taught me, to always be specific in your wants. After making a list of the specific instruments we needed, they googled and got some prices on what these instruments would cost. So as there was no budget to buy instruments, we scanned locally and found a store that was able to deliver the instruments at a much lower prices. So I suggested to my son as the next step to visualize the succesful attainment of these instruments within the group interested to form a brass-band and they are now right in the middle of doing this visualization. I am confident that they will succeed.

Why are you confident that they will succeed?
Because I am a living example, that at a very young age I visualized that I would be a “World Leader”. I am in the board of international organization of civil servants and I have even been a guest of Hosni Mubarak on a trip on the river Nile where Susan Mubarak was in a project aimed at improving literacy among women in Egypt. What I mean to say is, that I am living this visualization right now as I am travelling the world as a leader of the world, now as a union representative in the past as representative of other organizations where I was part of, manifesting what I had visualized at a very young age. I meditate and visualize every day.

You have also been a leader in your neighborhood, Marie Pampoen, right? What was this project all about?
25 years ago, when the government was finalizing a deal between with the Van der Valk-group whom bought the Plaza Hotel, they promised them a beach, first in Punda, but that turned out not to be a good option and then the beach of Marie Pampoen was suggested. We knew that this beach was one of the last public beaches available, so we protested against this. We had also protested against plans to close the free passage from Marie Pampoen up till the inland waters of Jan Thiel by Dutch Schiers, as we considered this important, as a principle, for the coming generations. As president of the Initiativa Particular Korsou (IPK) I had visited lake “Strobold” in Austria before stepping down as the president and I could compare the development of that area in Austria with Marie Pampoen and I was convinced that we had so much more to offer.

So we started a foundation, all involved paid Ang 25,- per person for expenses and we had no office building so we met under some trees in the beginning as our slogan was: “The goal is much more important that an office.” After sometime we got a location via the former director from Sedreko, Lipo Elhage, that we used as an office, but we would have to pay the utility bills ourselves for 15 years without any subsidy from no one, which we did. We visualized the reconstruction of our venue and MCB adopted the project and even mr. Chicu Capriles came to help paint our venue. Now after 25 years everybody can take notice of how Marie Pampoen, the beach area is now developing as a public area open for whom ever. This is what we saw early on and this is another example of how through defining what we want and through visualization, we were able to manifest our outcome. It is a process and you have to be consistent.

In 2016, we were one of the organizations that almost won the “Appeltje van Oranje”. But Willem Alexander was so impressed by our Marie Pampoen project, that they send me a ticket to be present at the ceremony honoring the winner of the “Appeltje van Oranje” in 2016. I went to Holland and came back in 3 days.


 

What is your Big Why?
First of all, I want to be able to empower those that have the least opportunities in our society. As I came from parents my mother from Banda Abou and my father from Saint Martin born, I had a “double trouble”, as I was discriminated severely by people living in the middle of the island. But I overcame that completely. Therefore, those with the least opportunities I want to help, empower them, those are the ones. In those days when I grew up, discrimination was harsher than nowadays. Like myself, I don’t want those people to fall prey to a victim mindset and I want them to survive and flourish just like I did.


An empowered mindset is much more important than having material wealth, that you might have inherited for example. An empowered mindset is a guarantee for having better and more positive outcomes in your life. Like Saturday the 7th of December, I will give a course to 6 women, aimed at empowering them. I love doing this.

Secondly, I want to maintain my mother’s legacy. She thought me to decide where do I want to go and develop strategies and other ways and means to get there. All these efforts will pay off in the end.

 

What does success look like for you?
Success is to decide where you want to go and pursue this with your planning, strategies, tactics and actions.

At times, I can see things not going well, based on the way people express themselves like some politicians. I know that they are on a failure path, but don’t listen but then again at times, mistakes have to take place before people are willing to change their course of action. The down side is, we all lose lots of time and energy, but it is as it is. There is only so much we can do and I am at peace with my consciousness.

My grandmother use to say: “Nobody is your enemy. Your biggest enemy is your own consciousness.” She is so right.


Where do you want to be 15 years from now?
Curaçao is a room of my house I would say my house is the whole world. I will have become one of the most inspirational speakers on “Earth” by that time.

 

If you would celebrate your birthday let us say 20 years from now. What would you want your loved ones, friends and others say about you?
That is a good question. I address this differently when I am giving a course. I ask people how would you want to be remembered if you would die today? Most people have no clue and that is sad to say.

I would want my loved ones and others to say that: “Adrie has helped lots of people, to develop themselves emotionally and spiritually.” This is priceless and feels better than any amount of material compensation, really.

Like, I once introduced a new intervention tactic to teach some youngsters back then when “Bos di Hubentut” started. This was to teach the group, but especially a youngster, to discipline himself before he spoke and interrupted others while they were talking. Which he often did, as he was yearning for attention from his peers. This was disrupting the group dynamics, so I asked my intuition “What to do?”. So, this idea came up. We would stare at the person that was not disciplined enough to let others finish their thoughts, when they spoke. If that happened anyways, all others would stare at the one that interrupted the conversation. So, we did that and it stopped. The other day, remember this happened years ago, I met this youngster again at a gasoline station and after checking if I would still remember him, he shared with me that this intervention tactic was a defining moment in his life and this changed his life.

Or the other time at Brakkeput, when I was doing a workshop as speaker and I also played R. Kelly “The storm is over”. One youngster after our session, he was sort of the leader of the group, came to me and told me he would change his life, because I told him that my grandmother had taught me that: “If you mistreat your parents now, your children would double the pain they would cause on you when you become of age.” This youth came up to me afterwards and told me – after he was unwilling to be responsive in the beginning - that he would change his live, because he had children and he didn’t want this to happen to him.

 

What are your strengths?
My ability to visualize the things I want to manifest; I am a good organizer; I am good at earning my living with “the sweat of the use of my tongue”.

 

Do you use your intuition/ inner voice?
Yes, I do this constantly. It works 24/7 and when I am puzzled I just ask questions and I do get the answers, as I been doing this from a very young age. I meditate at times to get my answers, but I always get my answers.

 

As a leader you were also involved in sports, can you expand on this a little?
Yes, in Marie Pampoen there were lots of youngsters practicing free style bycicling. Which was something constructive to do in our neighborhood, right. My brother in law managed to get lots of youngsters involved and became their trainer and combined this with acrobatic acts. They even manage to, during a long period of time, give a show during breakfast on Sundays to tourists at Princess Beach Hotel together with a steelband. That was great. They also competed in Aruba, they competed internationally in Venezuela - estado Aragua, in 1986. In 1988, we earned the right to organize an international competition in Curaçao in the Suffisant-stadium. Our biggest challenge back then was, we had enough money to build a cross runway for the free style bycling event, but not enough to break it down again. But we succeeded in doing that anyways, building it up according to the required standards and breaking it down after the event and we won 5 medals. My brother in law is now living in Apeldoorn Holland and because of his experiences in Curaçao, he is the trainer of a cross bike club in Holland, which is unique, because as trainer normally you have to be certified in Holland to be allowed to do this. So, this proves to me, that we had reach a high international level. As we were achieving results in competitions and the sport was booming, I was a board member of CSF and because of the positive support I got from Junior Millerson, we were able to reach these international heights in bycling.

 


How do you survive amidst a rather complex, slippery political environment, as a union leader of ABVO the biggest union on the island?
Well I have learned from my grandmother, that: “Don’t let nobody touch your tomatoes and advocado’s or dry their hands unauthorized on your hand towel”. Meaning draw clear boundaries in how far you allow people to breach your privacy. And I have become very good at this. Meaning, you have to be close to people at times, but still away from them at a safe distance. That is to survive.

But I am also a creator, I can speak out strongly on our opinions as representative of the union for example, but never disrespectful. Furthermore, I am also very aware of the content of what I want to communicate. I am a forward thinker. In both sense, I am a little un-orthodox. I am able to do this because of my emotional and spiritual upbringing and development.

 

Why are you optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
Because I use the gifts given to me by GOD and my upbringing, I respond to my environment, I don’t react on it. I teach this and empower others to be likewise, that is why I am optimistic about our future. I am aware that colonialism has created mindsets that are totally dysfunctional, hampering the colonized countries more than the countries that colonized. I firmly believe that we can overcome that. We can create our own future, every one of us, can. I am always creating, I am a creator and setting the tone for 75 % and leaving to others to finish the rest of the 25 %. And as Eduardo Garcia Moure once told me long time ago in Venezuela, I am unique because I am a multi-facetted leader. And this talent I want to use to disseminate empowerment among others. And I am eternally grateful for my upbringing, especially via my grandmother and mother.

 

Adrie Williams is a motivational speaker that has used the sweat of his tongue, to earn his living. Adrie is also a leader, now a “World leader” as he visualized when he was 15 years old, representing the civil service union internationally. But as a multi-facetted person he is also a neighborhood leader, a sports leader, very un-orthodox in the upbringing of his children and also the chairman of the biggest union in Curaçao, ABVO. Because of his emotional and spiritual upbringing and development, he is very capable to be close to people at times, but still away from them at a safe distance, for survival reasons given the slippery environment he - as a union leader - has to operate in. But he is also a creator, that can speak out strongly of his opinions as representative of the union or any other role he has, but never disrespectful and at the same be very aware of the content of what he wants to communicate as a forward thinker. His ability to visualize and manifest the things he wants and using his other talents to disseminate empowerment among those whom have a disadvantage in our society, makes him and his contributions to our society unique. As a representative of the government sector, his efforts are aligned with the Share2uplift goals and we definitely love and respect him and consider him one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao.

 

 

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

 

 

 

This week tips
This week we will share with you some inspirational video links on the “Soul”. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Treasure Your Intuition, It’s More Than You Could Imagine - YouTube

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gyD6UXM9S4

 

The Power of Intention | SuperSoul Sunday | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iaqs4_xePk

 

Trust Will Change Your Life, but How? - YouTube

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=152GOzW26NU

 

Shifting Your Attention Inward for Answers - YouTube

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUQ04xlFLB4

 

A Simple Exercise That Tells You How You Really Feel | The Oprah Winfrey Show | OWN - YouTube

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNRzr-C3rpE

 

Psychology – Healing A Shattered Soul - YouTube

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2Jd6JIokls

 

 

Influencer David Levy Maduro and this week tips

Posted on December 1, 2019 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (2nd – 8th of December) we will interview David Levy Maduro; And we will share with you some inspirational video links on the “Soul”. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

Influencer David Levy Maduro: Open Minded

 

Could you share with us some information of your family life?
I am married and have 2 boys, Nathan and Daniel. I have 1 sister. My parents are still alive. My father is a “Life” member of the Lions club, so in that sense I was inspired by him to become a Lion myself. When you are a child of a Lion, you are a Cub. I was a Cub for many years, whereafter I joined the LEO Club. I believe, that the fact that I am into leadership development, has everything to do with my father.

 

Could you tell me some more about LEO and LIONS Club?
We have two LEO clubs, one is from the age group 13 to 18 years (an Alpha LEO Club called Willemstad) and the other is from the age group 18 – 30 years old (an Omega LEO Club called Curaçao). The Alpha youngsters are still finding their indentity and are dealing mostly with their schoolwork. When they are an Omega, they are involved in different issues, their jobs or businesses, their families that they want to start, in any case different things that they are concerned about. After you turn 30, you can become a LION. I started when I was about 16 years old and participated in the LEO club until I was 19 years. Back then, it was called LEO Club Peter Stuyvesant and was a “School-based” Club. 10 years years ago, I joined the LIONS Club. This is my 6th year appointed as a LEO Advisor.

 

Could you share with us your educational and professional background?
I have worked different jobs, as I didn’t finish my high school, but became a person learning on the job and that is how I acquired my knowledge and skills, by doing lots of different things. I started as a 14 year old working several vacation and part time jobs as a busperson, barboy, which kind of initiated my passion for Food & Beverage. At the age of 17 I could start as a part- time Bartender and Waiter. I have this attitude that you need to show me and prove it to me, in that sense I am very unorthodox. I started my professional carreer at the Sonesta, where at 21 I was part of the opening management and staff of the Hotel in Curaçao. I started as a Room Service and Mini-Bar Supervisor. In my 2nd year, I won an award through Feffyk (in charge of vocational training in Curaçao), which paid for a summer school at “Hotelvakschool” in the Hague, Holland. Here I also learned Menu Engineering and Manipulation, which I guess was the start of my analytical mind. This very much helped me look at things in a complete different way, where I would have costed out the menu and it’s recipes and could manipulate the cost and sale of the items. This mindset, makes me quite succesful in the analytics of Marketing and also Social Media for a couple of years now, where I would have a completely different eye and feeling of things compared to others. I have also worked in the ICT-sector. The Sportsbetting industry with it’s online gambling gave me many more opportunities and knowledge and is imperative to what I do at the moment. I was even a Telecom Auditor in New York and Denver and for the last 14 years, I have done Sales & Marketing. When I was 21 years old, I left home to live on my own.

As of September, I have my own company called “Open Minded Solutions & Management” as I love to think out-of-the-box. I can quite easily adapt to rapid changing situations. Being able to make decisions and changes to plans “On the Fly” is quite a norm for me. I am also a partner in CX Pay, a FinTech company. We specialize in ePayment solutions, bringing international payment options to the local market. I am an entrepreneur and am open for new things. One thing you do not hear very often, is being “open for coaching”. I am never to old to learn more or something new. I firmly believe in synergy. The collaboration between people and companies which is based on each others strengths. Together we can achieve so much more. I also offer training and consultancy in the 7 industries I have worked and am working in currently. An example is, that I offer services to “mistery shop” for companies to check their customer service, phone etiquette and other services. I even advice clients on their menu cards, breaking it down completely, including the cost of the ingredients in their receipes all the way to the prices on the menu and sales mix thereafrer. So I have been and am involved in lots ot things.

 

It seems that you are a very curious person, right?
Yes, I am. I am eager to know , learn more. Also .......you can’t keep a secret from me for long. When I do something, I do it with passion, this is how sometimes, I can go from 6 am and still be completing tasks or meeting deadlines till 3 am in the morning. I don’t need much to be able to go long hours. The passion or the perfectionist I am, can motivate long hours! I remember having worked a 28 hour day on the 2nd of January 1994, where I started work at 3pm and left the next night at 7pm.

 

The other day I was talking to Lysette Van Lamoen-Garmers and she was mentioning how passionate you were working with youth in the LEO Club. I also know Sherlyne Eisden who had mentioned you before as her youngest son was also a LEO Club member. How long have you been working in this area that is Youth leadership development? What does the LEO Club members exactly do, how do they contribute to the local society? 
At 15 I was in another Club (BBYO), where I participated in a Chapter Leadership course in Wisounsin, USA, which impacted me greatly. I was brought up that there is more to it, than just growing up and playing around with my friends. I was enticed to get involed in the LEO Club and with Leadership Development. In 1989 we organized a big regional LEO Club Convention for Latin America and the Caribbean. There were 300 guests and we used the UNA now UoC campus as venue for attendees to stay and for the conference. My father the Convention Advisor, and my Sister, who also joined the LEO Club, the Covention Director, we just did it and it went well. So it is a way to develop leadership among youth and it is important to mention, that some of these youngsters are now respected citizens in our society. So it is very important to develop leadership among our youth.

 

What does being the LEO mean for the participants?
It stands for Leadership Experience Opportunity. Basically in the LEO Club, you are being taught how to enter in the society in the best possible way. Being a LEO means serving the community at the one hand, but also doing the hard work in committees, at times falling down and standing up again and those are the best lessons you learn. You have to go through all the hassle with people not acting according to what is promised and needed, find out-of-the-box ways and means sometimes to get the group going, it requires lots of communication, but in the end, when they succeed it is such a big satisfaction for all involved, me included.

 

What is you exact function in the LIONS Club?
The LIONs club sponsors / fosters a LEO Club. The LEO Club program falls directly under the LIONS Club as a community project to create opportunity and leaders. Currently I am the 1st Vice President. In the past, I was a 3rd Vice President, 2nd Vice President and even a 1st Vice President, but skipped becoming President the year thereafter. In principle, I should become the President next July. Staying on as LEO Advisor and even of both clubs (Willemstad and Curaçao) as it is right now, will not be a tough one. My greatest fear is to leave a void when I need to take over the function of President and while I really love doing this kind of work and will need to start grooming another LION to take over for me. This task requires constant and consistent effort. And this requires passion......lots of passion. You can’t do this differently. It is at least 2 hours of meeting with 1 of the Boards, another 2 hours of a General Meeting and this is not counting the many messages and calls during the week with short questions and follow ups per club.

 

Where would you want to be, let us say 10 or 15 years from now?
I want to be Financial independent so that I can do what I want and when I want.

 

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
My purpose is to give the LEOs a chance to become better than they ever planned to be.

Last March we decided to select a LEO of the year in Curaçao. So I approached another LION, who used to be a LEO many years ago as well as a LEO Advisor some years ago and we set up a list with criteria to make a selection between the LEOs for this LEO of the Year Award. The criteria included not only attendance, compliance to tasks and responsibilities given, always responds to requests.....but also excell in other things next to your duties...and we selected Zamir Narveaz.



As LEO of the Year, LEO Zamir received an all-expense-paid trip the the 3rd LEO Leadership Forum in Arizona Last July. As we are part of District 35-N, which consists of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Bahamas and South Florida, we were not aware that they selected LEO Zamir as the LEO of the Year for the the Muliple District 35, which also covers the rest of Florida. Then in August, we were suprisingly informed, that he was even selected as the LEO of the Year INTERNATIONALLY by LIONS International. LEO Zamir is a simple guy, but he is a very, very active guy who doesn’t like to say no and always wants to help everyone. Another great surprise was, that our District had more then 5 LEO Clubs and was eligible to start it’s own LEO District board. We were honored by our District Governor to appoint one of our LEOs for District President, to merrit our activities of the previous year and how active the LEO Club program has been in Curaçao. As LEO Sheeney Magdalena (the previous LEO President) left to study abroad, we chose LEO Nathaniel Yzer, who is currently also the Alpha Club president. Both of these actions, made us, Curaçao, the members and familes so proud.

I am a very humble person and at the same time so proud of these achievements. We as Curaçao are something else, aren’t we? I love to empower our youth, I create opportunities and enable them to grow. This is what makes me tick. Other then the growing up my sons.......this gives me purpose.

 

The 24th of November, you sent me a link where all the LEO Clubs (of the world) were requested to send in a video of 3 minutes showing off the projects that they are doing in their respective communities. LEO Club Willemstad also sent in their 3 minute video, showing off their Club and activities! What are the chances that they could be one of the winners is this competition?
I have shown you the video (see the YouTube video) and we only enabled them to do their own thing. They do almost all the work. I just look over the script and if there is not something really wrong.....I let it go! It is awesome to see how much talent is shown with Curaçao as the overall theme and this makes we feel very proud. We were just informed, that they were voted as the #3 of the world and this going up against much bigger countries like Japan, India, Colombia and many more.

 

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Staying consistent in my effort to have a participative leadership style, as I firmly believe that groups come up with better results, than individuals working on their own (solo). This is not always easy if you take into consideration the youngsters, adults in the other Club. But this is what I believe in.

 

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemma’s show up? How does that work for you?
I always doubt myself and I overthink myself many times. I aim for perfection and I always try to improve myself. As mentioned before....I am also a perfectionist.

 

What are your strengths?
I have lots of stamina, when I do something that I am passionate about, I am unstoppabble. I am ethical (high integrity). You can count on me and I am trustworthy.

 

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Well....strangely enough, I am a Practical Shooter. I am a member of the oldest Practical Shooters Club in Curaçao and am a member of the International Organization ruling over our sport. I am also on the board of the Synagogue (in Punda), where in a certain way, I try to follow in the foodsteps of my father. I am currently responsible for funerals, which in our tradition is treated with great reverence. I used to be well toned and even participated in 3 triathlons, but.......I chose a busier lifestyle, where I will need to change my “flohera” and start sports again SOON!

When I want to get “back into my zone”, I like to download some TV series and movies and am able to complety zoom out to reset and be ready for a long day or week.

I like to brainstorm with younger LEOs. This is where I am inspired or shocked of how the youth thinks and acts. I love spending quality time with my family. Most weekends we try to do things together. I say most of the time, since I do get rolling eyes when there is a meeting or activity.

 

If you as David would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself, what would you answer?
Oef...if they would ask what do you do? I would most likely tell them...... what are the things that I don’t do (yet), ha, ha, ha.

I love to engage in discussions. Even the ones which can become quite heated. Like, don’t start a discussion with me on FinTech. The is merely, because I am a very curious guy and I would challenge you to have a discussion, exploring the boundaries of the subject matter that we are discussing. I even tell many.....I love to be proven wrong....this is when I can learn! The other day for example I went to Bonaire for the installation of the LIONS Club Board of Directors. After the event, I got engaged in a discussion with some mothers and their children for only 4 hours. I learned a lot from discussing some issues with the youngsters (and mothers) and how they live or act in certain situations and handle and resolve others. It’s awesome really. You get a good insight on how youngsters react, how they deal with technology, school, work and social media.

 

How would you describe David in one word or one sentence?
Open minded.

 

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your life?
I have had a tough life, I have gone through some hardships and it is not always easy. I am an extravert but at the same time a very humble person. What I would like to do is, not to become indispensable. I look up to my father at the way he directed a meeting and his vast knowledge on many subjects.

 

What is a trait that you want to work on and improve?
To improve my ability to sell myself better, as I am very good at selling everybody else but myself. I need to work on this. But also, towards myself, I never stop trying to prove to myself, that I can do better. But then again, when I look back after having achieved something, I often will tell myself, That I couldn’t have done it better. I am not easily satisfied and I had to teach myself to “lower this bar”. When I am recognized or receive a praise for the work I do, I often tell myself that I didn’t deserve this and there were other people, who better deserve this. But on the other side, I am quite an emotional guy when I look at my LEOs - they are like my extended family - achieving their goals or on their way to achieve their goals, it touches me and sometimes catches me by surprise.

 

What was a defining moment in your life?
The birth of my 1st son Nathan, as it was a mixed feeling, happy because of the birth, but also a reality check for the feeling of responsability that comes along with his birth. This was the most planned event of my life (next to my wedding). The same happened when I asked my wife to start a relationship and to engage 5 years thereafter, it was planned. Also coming to terms with my wife to conceive our boys, but even though it was planned, when he was born it really hit me, that there was more responsability involved now for both us, my wife and myself. Definitely a defining moment.

 

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 30 years from now as they are celebrating your birthday?
You are in your own comfort zone, you are doing what you love and you have found your self.

 

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
I am from this island. We have to succeed on this island and I firmly believe that together we will progress and succeed.

 

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I don’t like talking about myself. I prefer to enjoy how other people achieve successes. We have a big and noble task in front of us and our challenge is to make our progresses stick. I am happy on how things are moving and this is the way we should prepare our youth for the future, even tough it is a never ending process.

I am really appreciative of my wife. Through thick and thin. If she was not and is the person who she is......I could have kissed this whole LEO Club and bringing the Clubs to what they are right now.....goodbye. She is the Ying or the Yang, I am the other one...... When you hear that the wife is the one who supports the husband to become succesfull, guess what....it is so true! While she is accepting and supporting my actions, she is achieving and elavating herself at the same time at her workplace as well.

Off course I appreciate both Nathan and Daniel, my two sons, for accepting when I can’t be there for them all the time, when I am either working long hours or in a meeting or other activity, preventing us to be able to do something together.

 

More info:
Curaçao Lions
LEO Club


David Levy Maduro is an entrepreneur owner “Open Minded”, co-owner of CX Pay, he is a trainer and consultant, but most of all a person with a Big Heart in terms of community service. As the upcoming next President of the LIONS Service club, he is actively preparing to prevent a void, as it will not be easy to find his replacement as an advisor to both the Alpha (Willemstad) and Omega (Curaçao) clubs that are so actively into developing leadership skills among the youth for 6 years now. David is a humble man, but the results speak for themselves as of late a representative from LEO Club Willemstad (Zamir Narveaz) was chosen as International LEO of the Year by LIONS Club International. By their District Governor they were honoured to appoint a LEO District President, to merrit their activities of the previous year and because of how active the LEO Club program in Curaçao has been. For this LEO Nathaniel Yzer was chosen, who is currently also the Alpha Club president. This week they heard that the video LEO Club Willemstad sent in to the video competitions of LIONS Club international among many LEO Clubs form different countries, was voted as the #3 of the world and this going up against much bigger countries like Japan, India, Colombia and many more. David firmly believes that groups come up with better results, than individuals working on their own (solo) and in that sense he also represents a collaborative mindset creating impactful changes in our society and is therefore, as a representative of the business sector, 100 % aligned with the Share2uplift goals and definitely one of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao.


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

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

 

Tips

This week we will share with you some inspirational video links on the “Soul”. Every day during the week we will upload one of these links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

 

3 Steps to Cultivating Your Authentic Power | SuperSoul Sunday | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSrTh-xNUDs

 

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

 

The Power of Intention | SuperSoul Sunday | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iaqs4_xePk

 

Creating the Life That You Want of Love, Fulfillment, and Joy - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWhmGw_kVpU

 

Gary Zukav: How to Fulfill Your Purpose | The Oprah Winfrey Show | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE4csr0IyoY

 

Spiritual Growth Requires Relationships - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vig4Keqmv4c

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

Influencer Clark Russell: positive and patient



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

 

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

 

 

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

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

 


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

 

 


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 



 

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

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

 


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


 

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

 

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

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

Stay tuned and have a blessed years end.


 


Tips: The importance of Emotional Intelligence

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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

 



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

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

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Entrance fee: Free

 




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


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

 

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

 

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

www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWAKgef3Ytk

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


 

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

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

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

Influencer Yithza Davelaar: Passionately making a difference

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



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


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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

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

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

 


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

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

 

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

 

What are your strengths?
My ability to transform people.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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



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

 www.facebook.com/Islandessa-Foundation

Some interviews:
RealTalk 2.0 part 1 
RealTalk 2.0 part 2

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

 

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


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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.

 

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

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

Place: Avila Beach Hotel

Time: 8 am - 12 pm.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Entrance fee: Free

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Influencer Rose Mary Allen: Sharing and resilient



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

 

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

 


Is there anything else that you would like to add?

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

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




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

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.



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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Influencer Richenel Asano, MYM Book Session and this week tips

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

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

 

Influencer Richenel Ansano: eternally curious

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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


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

 


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

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

 


 

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

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

 

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


 

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

 

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


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

 



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

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

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

 

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

• stating and regularly evaluating your life goals

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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


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

 

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

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



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

Website: www.alimatransformations.com/

Some articles: independent.academia.edu/RichenelAnsano

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

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

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

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

 

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


 

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

 

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Visit the website for more information.

 

Our next MYM-platform session in November

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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



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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


What was a defining moment in your life?

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


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


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

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

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


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


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

 

More info on 'Ripple':

Facebook: www.facebook.com/theripplesocial

Instagram: www.instagram.com/theripplesocial

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

Website: www.theripple.website

Mail: info@theripple.website


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


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

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

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

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

These criteria are now being polished.

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

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

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

Our next MYM-platform session in November

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

Place: Chit Chat Cafe Mensing’s Caminada

Time: 7 - 9 pm.

Entrance fee: Free

Click to attend!


 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


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