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Influencer Eldrid Fos, Master Your Mind Platform Book session and this week tips

Posted on April 8, 2019 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (8th – 14th of April) an interview Eldrid Fos an Influencer in the world of cooperativism; we will invite you to our upcoming book presentations in the Master Your Mind-platform book session on the 16th of April on “self care”, a rare and scarce commodity these days. We will share with you some valuable personal video-links as tips. Every single day we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Influencer Eldrid Fos, Down-to-Earth and committed


Eldrid could you share with me some information of your family life?
My name is Eldrid Fos. I was born in Curaçao, I have 4 sisters and 4 brothers. My parents are still alive and in their eighties. I am happily married and I have 3 children. 

We became interested in interviewing you as we belief that the world is becoming flatter in the sense that organizations are becoming less hierarchical. In that sense we were very interested to know how cooperativism can play a role in being a serious option for the increasing number of small business owners.

Great, because I firmly belief that cooperativism can offer them a sustainable alternative. I teach the principles of cooperativism and I have this saying: “Think more out of the boss”, meaning be your own boss. As we already exist for over 50 years in Curaçao and are still growing, we constantly teach people “how to catch fish” instead of “begging to have someone give them fish”. Two of the cooperative principles at stake are, accepting your own responsability (autoresponsibility) and self help.


Eldrid could you share with us some of your educational background and past professional experiences?
I did my VWO at MIL; HEAO- Commercial Economy at the Hogeschool Enschede and Business Administration (Bedrijfswetenschappen) at Radboud University with a specialization in HR. I’m a certified information systems auditor(CISA) and certified information security manager (CISM).

As I was finalizing my studies at Radboud, I applied and entered the corporate world as a SAP Consultant at SAP Den Bosch in the Netherlands. I have always worked when I was a student, I was for example loader on a garbage truck for 3 years and operator at a recycling company. So before I started in the corporate world at SAP and going to work with a tie, I had learned to interact with all sorts of people either as colleagues or with people of the neighborhoods where I worked and this was a blessing of sorts, as it helped me to stay with my both legs on the ground. I also gave me valuable real life experiences, so that concepts I was studying at school and the university were more easily understood by me. I have no regret, working while I was doing my studies.

After SAP, I became a Consultant at Orgainfo; a senior Application Administrator at British American Tobacco and Senior Auditor at SOAB where I started working in 2003;

As a human being in an ever increasing complex world, you can’t excell in all areas, so a person has to choose one area and strive for excellence in that chosen area. So for myself I decided to dedicate myself over the last 12 to 13 years to cooperativism. My family background neither my professional background originated from cooperativism. I decided to apply for a function for ACU (the largest financial cooperative on the island), as I was working at that time at SOAB and started to study more deeply cooperativism in 2006 and in 2007 I started working at ACU, instead of staying a passive member, I decided to become more deeply involved in cooperativism. At ACU I was Human Resources Manager, Operations Manager and later on General Manager; After ACU I decided to continue as an independent consultant and interim manager.


Eldrid could you explain your formal position of Fekoskan and how long have you been holding this position? Have you always had a career in cooperativism?
I am now the general manager of Fekoskan and its subsidiary The Curaçao Cooperative Academy Foundation since 1 January 2018.

Could you describe more in detail what cooperativism is what are the 7 principles that it is based on?
Cooperatives are people-centred enterprises owned, controlled and run by and for their members to realise their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations.

Cooperatives bring people together in a democratic and equal way. Whether the members are the customers, employees, users or residents, cooperatives are democratically managed by the “one member, one vote”- rule. Members share equal voting rights regardless of the amount of capital they put into the enterprise.

As businesses driven by values, not just profit, cooperatives share internationally agreed principles and act together to build a better world through cooperation. Putting fairness, equality and social justice at the heart of the enterprise, cooperatives around the world are allowing people to work together to create sustainable enterprises that generate long-term jobs and prosperity.

Cooperatives allow people to take control of their economic future and, because they are not owned by shareholders, the economic and social benefits of their activity stay in the communities where they are established. Profits generated are either reinvested in the enterprise or returned to the members. Cooperatives thus increase the wealth and build the strength of the community.

Cooperativism in it’s modern form, started in 1844 in England in Rochdale and its philosophy and business model was tweaked and time tested as concept. The cooperative movement is far for being a marginal phenomenon, at least 12% of humanity is a cooperator of any of the 3 million cooperatives on earth. Cooperatives provide jobs or work opportunities to 10% of the employed population, and the three hundred top cooperatives or cooperative groups generate 2.2 trillion USD in turnover while providing the services and infrastructure society needs to thrive. What is remarkable is that the richest countries also have strong cooperatives. Even in countries like China you also have large cooperatives.

Cooperatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, cooperative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.The cooperative principles are guidelines by which cooperatives put their values into practice.
• Voluntary and Open Membership
• Democratic Member Control
• Member Economic Participation
• Autonomy and Independence
• Education, Training, and Information
• Cooperation among Cooperatives
• Concern for Community

People, values and principles, that is what it is all about. And it isn’t something that will be internalized just after attending one course. One has to go through a process of continously being confronted with what was learned and repeating it, to ultimately make it stick. When I was working as a consultant to SAP, I learned to value the importance of processes in organizations and learned to think in processes, as SAP was an instrument to make processes more efficient. If you love the process, in the end the results will come. This is also true for value education.

We can also notice that even in undemocratic countries cooperativism has been an ideal instrument to teach people to learn and apply democratic values. It becomes a breeding ground to learn these principles and in that sense it becomes an island within that country as it applies the “One man, One vote”- principle irrespective of how many money one person has invested.

Contrary to corporate companies based on the shareholders principle, where your investment determines ultimately your voting rights. And it has been proven, that in the end cooperativism also takes long term interests of the people and the community into account, which is not always the case in companies structured based on a share holders-principle.

Cooperative “checks and balances” has a build in system to cleanse, even though there have been instances where mistakes have been made. But still as the highest entity are the members, these members tend to go back to their basics, the cooperative values and principles and there is where the cleansing happens ultimately. Just by asking “Why” 5 times and based on equality and honesty discussing the issues involved.

What types of cooperatives exist? Could you expand on these different type’s of cooperatives?
One of the more universally accepted views in classifying cooperatives in the Caribbean and around the world is by its ownership structure, namely who are the members. Using this lens, cooperatives can be viewed as fitting into one of the following types:
1. Consumer – owned by consumers/customers who buy goods or services from the cooperative
2. Producer – owned by producers (also considered workers) of commodities or crafts who have joined forces to process and market their products
3. Worker – owned and democratically governed by employees (not necessarily Producers) who become co-op members
4. Multi-Stakeholder – owned by a combination of different types of members (e.g. consumer AND worker cooperative members)

Some of the more common cooperatives are for example:
• Financial Cooperatives
• Insurances
• Agricultural Cooperatives
• Fishery cooperatives
• Artisan Cooperatives
• Food Cooperatives
• Housing Cooperatives
• Utility Cooperatives
• Worker Cooperatives
• Retail cooperatives
• etc

The most common cooperatives in Curaçao are:
• Financial cooperatives (credit unions)
o ACU
o Utility Credit Union
o KEP
o Aviashon
o Kobata
o San Pedro
o Sta Famia

• Agricultural cooperatives
o Kooperativa Agrario Banda Bou
o Kooperativa Agrario Banda Ariba
o Kooperativa Agrario Hato
o AKV

• Fishery Cooperatives
o Kooperativa di Piskado Daaibooi
o Kooperativa di Piskado Kura di Buriku
o Kooperativa di Piskado Playa Kanoa
o Some others are being incorporated, Caracasbaai, Santa Cruz, Piskadera

In a world that is becoming flatter and where network organizations are gaining ground and hierachical organizations are loosing ground, what would be a business owner (a ZZP-er) their benefits, to be part of a production cooperative compared to other legal forms where business owners can team up?
A cooperative is a legal form with which independent entrepreneurs can achieve more by working together. By forming a collective, freelancers can benefit from various economies of scale and are more likely to be eligible for larger assignments that they cannot carry out alone. You come out as one company, only your cooperative will invoice clients. The profit is later distributed among the members.

The establishment of a cooperative makes it easier for the client because there is only one party to do business with. Invoicing also runs through one point of contact.With this legal form, the individual members can again benefit from economies of scale: marketing, purchasing, but also, for example, the sharing of costs of a business building. In addition, freelancers can mutually benefit from knowledge transfer and replaced of each other in the event of illness.

Other reasons businesses join cooperatives include:
• increase income
• increase bargaining power
• obtain products or services otherwise unavailable
• expand new and existing market opportunities
• improve product or service quality
• lower operating costs


Why would consumers join a consumer cooperative?
Cooperatives are member-owned corporations whose owners are also its customers. Thus, the members of cooperatives have a built-in incentive to work together and, in turn, with their cooperative’s staff to achieve better purchase prices, efficiencies, and value-added services.
In other words, a cooperative’s main advantage is that it exists and operates for the benefit of its patron members. At the same time, since the members are also the owners, they have a financial interest in the success of the cooperative which sways them toward giving it their full support and patronage. Afterall cooperative enterprises are based on transaction relationships with their members.

Cooperative members also have a voice in the control of the organization, and, within the limits of majority rule, it therefore supplies the kind of service they want. These advantages, which tend to tie the patrons to the organization by making them full partners, help build an assured volume of business. This in turn is favorable to efficient operation of the cooperative.

How are credit unions holding their ground as compliance guidelines of Central Banks are getting tighter and tighter and internet banking is taking a flight as they are not the typical banking organization?
First of all, I want to state that credit unions are not against regulations. The Central Bank regulations are intended to strengthened the regulatory framework for financial institutions inclusive of credit unions. These regulations will foster a safer stronger credit union sector, with greater protection of members’ funds, through an enhanced regulatory framework.

On the other hand, our credit unions are now looking to provide more services to their members and their local communities at fair and reasonable rates. Regulations must not restrict credit unions from offering real choices to their members. After all, the governance model in credit unions is member-focused.

Besides that, credit union boards have traditionally comprised of directors democratically elected by the members, but they are facing increased regulatory pressure to model their governance structures on those often seen in investor-owned banks. Questions have been raised about whether credit union boards are able to provide effective strategic direction and oversight of senior management and internal control syst

We believe that training and education is the cornerstone for the development of the Curaçao Cooperative sector. This was also one of the main reasons for establishing the Curaçao Cooperative Academy last year.ems. Some have suggested that credit unions should change their board selection processes to ensure that directors have the necessary competencies to appropriately manage increasingly complex financial institutions. One may argue that changing the grassroots approach to selecting board directors undermines the essence of a credit union, reduces responsiveness to members, and has the potential to lead to demutualization.

What role could cooperativism play considering the different challenges our island is going through right now?
Cooperatives are close to a democratic, people-centered economy and I believe that cooperatives can play an increasingly important role in balancing economic, social and environmental concerns, as well as in contributing to poverty prevention and reduction.

Historically cooperative businesses have been more resilient to the deepening global economic and jobs crises than other sectors. The fact that cooperative customers are at the same time cooperative owners is part of the answer since the surplus doesn’t go to shareholders, it stays within the company and benefits them all.

For this we will have to ensure that cooperatives in Curaçao have the modern legal frameworks they need for a sustainable development. I specifically call on the government to provide supportive policy and legal frameworks appropriate for the particular ownership structures and social values of cooperative businesses.

How come cooperativism in Latin America like a country like Costa Rica is so dominant in the whole economy?
The factors for cooperative success can be grouped into 13 categories:
• Supportive environment
• Sound advance planning
• Real economic benefits for members
• Skilled management
• Belief in cooperative concepts
• Grassroots development and leadership
• Financially self-sustaining
• Innovation and adaptation
• Effective structure and operations
• Networking with other cooperatives
• Communications
• Common member interests
• Education


Countries like Costa Rica and The Netherlands have developed and implemented the right policies to improve the sustainable development of cooperatives. According to the “Global Census on Co-operatives (2014)”, The Netherlands is in the top 10 countries with regards to Memberships & Clients/Population (6th place), Employment/Population (8th place) and Annual Gross Revenue/GDP (2nd place). Unfortunately, we as a country weren’t aware of this positioning of the Netherlands in order to make better use of this knowledge it in the past.

Do you belief that “konbibensha” is improved by cooperativism?
Yes, definitely. As member-controlled businesses cooperatives employ democratic principles that put people first. By placing human need at their centre, rather than profit, cooperatives overcome short-termism and introduce real choice in how business is done. Cooperatives promote the fullest possible participation in the economic and social development of all people, including women, youth, older persons and persons with disabilities.

Through self-help and empowerment, reinvesting in their communities and concern for the well-being of people and the world in which we live, cooperatives nurture a long-term vision for sustainable economic growth, social development and environmental responsibility. Co

operatives innovate to meet the needs of their members, and may offer new products or services—ahead of competing businesses—because members ask for it.


And how big a role thus education plays in educating members and keeping them in a continuous learning mode and thereby helping them to change their mindsets?
One of the cooperative principles is: Education, Training, and Information. Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so that they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public, particularly young people and opinion leaders, about the nature and benefits of cooperation.

So education is fundamental to the cooperative movement, not only to ensure the success of existing cooperatives with an informed membership and professional management, but also for future leaders of cooperative businesses. By educating emerging leaders about the advantages of the cooperative approach and how to run successful cooperatives, we make sure that future generations are able to empower themselves in their businesses and in their communities.


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be as passionate as you are to put so much time in promoting cooperativism in Curaçao?
People helping people. Cooperatives are the best business model on earth to do this with. Primarily as they are a force for tremendous social, economic and environmental impact the world over! Cooperatives are a perfect model to enable community members to self-organize and work towards common objectives. And secondly, cooperatives are enterprises based on ethics, values and principles that put the needs and aspirations of their members above the simple goal of maximizing profit. 


As Fekoskan is a Federation and as I have understood that ACU is one of the largest cooperatives in the Dutch Kingdom, is cooperativism as a way to align and collaborate on the rise here in Curaçao and what is happening in the Caribbean is it shriking?
The number of members of financial cooperatives in Curaçao is still increasing. By the end of 2018 more than 35,000 people were member of a financial cooperative. That’s a member-to-employed population-ratio of more than 58%. You can say that cooperatives play an important role in the Caribbean. Cooperatives are one of the most important types of indigenous-owned businesses in the Caribbean. In countries like Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago, cooperatives are prominent among the formally registered home-grown businesses. There have been failures but also many successes. Whereas cooperatives can be found operating in different sectors of the economy, e.g. retailing, crop and livestock farming, agro-processing, fisheries, artisanal trades, arts and crafts, the most dominant type is the financial cooperative, in particular the credit unions (also known as the savings and credit cooperatives in other parts of the world).

What skills and knowledge do members need to have to participate in a cooperative and is education a pre requisite to become and stay a member?
People in cooperatives come from every walk of life. Skills and knowledge are not prerequisites. The desire to serve and empower other people is more relevant while adhering to the cooperative values and principles is more relevant. But cooperatives have to provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperative. There should be a continuing effort to cultivate appropriate cooperative values.

What are the challenges that you are dealing as cooperative federation? And how are you dealing with the different challenges you confront?
One of the main challenges of cooperatives today is how to build and/ or retain their competitive advantages without giving up their ideological roots and their involvement with the development of activity and employment and establish their relevance in the changing global business environment. To be effective and successful, a cooperative federation must continuously achieve different interrelated goals:
a) strengthen the autonomy of its affiliates but maintaining social networks, enhance viability and improve ability to serve its members,
b) explore new ways of understanding and managing cooperatives,
c) help cultivate the required conditions to remain an innovative, economically viable and competitive enterprise.


How are you trying also to keep up with your personal skills? Do you like reading books, follow courses, invest in networks and people that might help you further your knowledge and skills level?
Yes, I enjoy reading, searching on the Internet and following (online) courses. As a matter of fact I recently obtained a certification in the strategic management of cooperatives field.

What are your (other) strengths?

I think I have a big picture perspective and a focus on practical ideas. I like to solve problems, envision opportunities, and recognize patterns.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
My hobbies are fishing and farming. You know, I also love watching science fiction movies and series. Like Netflix’ “Agents of Shield” as a prelude for things to come. How technology is being mingeld with bio-sciences, it triggers in me what the future might bring. But I am positive in the sense that in the end all these developments will bring humanity to function on a higher level.

If you as Eldrid, would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
Hi, I’m Eldrid from Curaçao. Would you like me to tell you more about Curaçao?

How would you describe Eldrid in one word or one sentence?
Down-to-Earth and committed.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
My wife. She is a great woman. And you know, I have to say, that standing right next to every great man there is a great woman.


Where they always positive role models or where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
I was inspired by different persons in my life, like the first manager I had when I started my career in the corporate world, the operations director of SAP Herman Lelieveld. He was a man with lots of experience whom was always focusing on how much more we as human beings can achieve, compared to what we were accomplishing till that moment.

My teacher of Physics at MIL was challenging me as he saw that I wasn’t too serious in doing my homework and paying attention in the class room, always telling me that I had value and I could do better. His interventions, put me back on the right track as I was at MIL.

I always try to identify with positive people so in that sense, Nelson Mandela is still one of my favorites.


What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts?
I would like to summerize it like this, “It's better to give than to receive” and “Never expect anything from anyone”.

Where do you want to be 10 to 15 years from now with your career?
I visualize and work on my goals. I have doing this during my whole life. When I was a child and wanted to learn to ride a byke, I imagine me doing this in my mind’s eye and then did it. I would like to be a regional cooperative leader. So I am on my way to become a regional relevant factor.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years years from now?
He is still doing it the cooperative way.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?

We are resilient and strong people, as we have experienced so many things in the past. I belief that “When the going gets tough the tough get going, no matter the challenges.” We have the power to fight back, the one has it more then the other. I also belief that cooperativism can play a significant role in this as an instrument to elevate ourselves, helping us to overcome the challenges as an instrument to create prosperity. The former prime minister of Singapore Lee-Kwan YEW in that sense showed us, how having a vision and leadership have led Singapore to overcome its challenges. Curaçao people are tough, in the sense of resilient, strong. We will overcome whatever challenges we are confronted with.

What I am saying is that we as a representative of cooperativism, in Curaçao we need to do our home work and take the lead based on one vision. Not only for the over 35.000 members at this moment, but also towards other stakeholders like policy makers. We have to share information and explain how cooperativism can help to deal with our present challenges. In the ILO recommendations number 193-2002, the ILO has identified areas where governments could work on to create more solid frameworks, like laws and incentives, for cooperativism to develop itself. A more sound development of cooperativism in the coming 20 years ahead of us will enable mindset changes that would promote more economic, cultural, social and financial development in these countries. The future is highly uncertain, change is inevitable and nothing is certain. But cooperativism can be helpful. Up to now the political interest in cooperativism has been fragmented and not sufficiently focused.

I truely belief that cooperativism, although not a magic formula, as a socio-economic system, can help lots of people come far. If we could introduce this concept in our educational system, our youth would come so much further in their lifes, as it is a people centrered approach and it is about people helping other people. And in the end it is all about people in this world and this world is changing fast. So it is ultimately people that will help other people to adjust and change, leaving no one behind so that all can prosper socially, emotionally, culturally, economically anf financially.

I like the concept of Share2Uplift btw, where by connecting 250 influencers in all walks of life in Curaçao and aliging efforts, we can enable Curaçao to change and transform. Just like a drop of water that dispurses itself. It makes me reflect back twenty some years ago, this was a marketing strategy used by SAP in those days.


For more info on cooperativism on Curaçao:
www.fekoskan.coop/

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Eldrid Fos, for the work he is doing as general manager of Fekoskan and its subsidiary The Curaçao Cooperative Academy Foundation since January 2018, underwriting the importance he and Fekoskan are giving now to education. We love his ambition to make “cooperativism” play a much bigger role in our society and in the Caribbean region. We love the 7 principles cooperativism stands for, as it has lots of alignment with share2uplift’s school of thought. We definitely consider him one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at influencing people’s mindsets for the better, in our society.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020


As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal 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.


The next Master Your Mind Platform session 16th of April
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 16th of April now at our new venue.
We will be presenting the books “Nooit meer te druk ”, by Tony Crabbe and “Rest, why you get more done when you work less”, by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang.


Both books give valuable tips on how to take better care of self. The lack of this is pandemic, internationally as well as in Curaçao, as the world is going through big transformative changes. Come and experience an interactive session where we will share tips and tops to enable you to manage your self care.
Venue: Chit Chat restaurant Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 - 9.00 pm sharp.

Entrance: Free
Click to attend.

Self help tips
In this week we focus on different video-links related to focusing on the process instead of on the results and goals, as personal tips. We will upload one of these video-links everyday on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Trust The Process - Motivational Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9chCv8Ighc

The Power of Trust – 2014 Bled Strategic Forum Short Film - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOdaqOTmFjg

Focus On The Process Not The Result - This Is WHY! - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AZOXIWglXk

Reggie Rivers| Focus on your behavior, not your goal (Key Points Talk) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jSzcW7EtQk

Focus On The PROCESS Not The OUTCOME (BEST MOTIVATIONAL SPEECH 2019) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHdfTQL402k

Focus on the Process, not the Goal - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=yn87fXb-76c

Influencer Janis Vinck, Master Your Mind Platform Book session and this week tips

Posted on April 1, 2019 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (1st – 7th of April) an interview Janis Vinck; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind-platform book presentations of 2 interesting books on self care, an increasingly scare good these days and we will also share with you, some motivational video links, on this subject matter. We will upload one of these video-links everyday on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page


Influencer Janis Vinck: Wonder woman, nice and caring

Janis could you share with me some information of your family life?
My name is Janis Vinck. I was born in Curaçao, I am the youngest of two. I come from a very tight knit and united family. My parents have always been very supportive of my choices in life, and I truly appreciate this.

Janis could you share with us some of your educational background? Can you share with us what were your past professional experiences?
After my graduation in Management, Economy and Law from Haagse Hoge school, I started following classes to achieve my Masters degree in Financial Law. Thankfully, I quickly realized it was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my career and decided to explore several different venues.

I started as an account manager at Banco di Caribe, but decided to choose a different career path by starting my own company “Cloudnine” in event and wedding planning decorations but also started working part time as project manager at Curaçao Cares. Working as an account manager at a bank, didn’t offer me the same satisfaction and fulfillment. This was a priceless experience that Curaçao Cares offered me, for example being project manager of the biggest volunteer project on the island “CURA DOET”. There were so many beautiful moments that took place with people and organizations, memories that money can’t buy. They still greet me when they casually meet me with so much affection and some tell me “we miss you”. This was by far a priceless experience, at my young age I was blessed with such fulfilling experiences I will never forget. I am happy to see now, that schools are paying more attention to volunteering, as it stimulates humanity, altruism and connection amongst people. At the end of the day our kids are our future and owe them the freedom to develop their skills into what they desire to become.

Janis we have met as you were involved in Hóben Òn in 2016 when Bianca Neman organized the first musical. So I know about how skilled you are. Janis, as event planner does organizing a carnival group of over 250 people is something different or are they comparable and where do you see these comparisons?
When I was involved in “Hóben Òn”, I was helping out on the day the event took place. I helped to guide the set up of that day, I ha

d no direct contact with the participating youth. I was dealing with vendors and technicians. Bianca Neman was the project manager for this event. For me it was more about the set up of the day than anything else.

In our carnival group “Hats off to Dreams” I had contact 24/7 with members of the group. It all started about 1 year ago, so throughout the year HOTD was a constant in my agenda. I can clearly remember my mother when organizing her Carnival group “Jumping Hats” for 37 years. When she decided it was time to let go of the carnival group, I was 28 years old and she told my brother and I, that it was time for our generation, to take over. That was 10 years ago.

As I decided to start with “Hats off to Dreams”, I became the center of attention when people had any questions and or requests. I had absolutely no problem with this. One of my strengths is bringing people together. I have the fortitude to make this happen everywhere where I am, either if it has to do with our family, friends or with colleagues. I am fortunate to address things that others don’t like to bring forward by bringing people together. A good friend always asks me, how I’m able to keep smiling and excited while being dead tired.

It does have a down side as sometimes it can be overwhelming but it is up to me to say enough is enough. Throughout time I’ve learned to say “no” more often but I have to admit there’s still room for improvement in that arena.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be as passionate as you are to put so much time in preparing for this year carnival parade?

After my studies I came back to Curaçao to pursue what I considered the right job for me at that time. I gained good experience and knowledge at the bank but still felt the lack to deliver and cater to a different sector on the island. I decided to pursue another field and left the bank and took a part-time job at Curaçao Cares. I have to admit I got question marks from certain friends and others were very supportive. All in all they all admired my courage to leave a “regular” job for one with less income. At the end of the day I can proudly say CURA DOET has filled me with joy and gratitude as I learned even more that making “enough” money is never as valuable as fulfilling others around you. CURA DOET has given me the opportunity to grow as a person while helping others.

In the meantime my creative self could not sit still and I established my event planning company named “Cloudnine”. This is where I can divulge my creative skills with every project as none will ever be the same. Here I get to practice most of my abilities at once. From organization, execution to after event meetings. I have had the opportunity to showcase my talents abroad as well and those experiences have enriched my senses tremendously.
Creating is my passion and I’m eager to leash out all my crazy ideas into reality. I belief 30 to 40 % of people are creative creatures. If we could influence those, that are less creative, more things in our lives and our society could flow better. Our carnival group is driven to belong to world of creating recycling and bringing innovative ideas to the people of our island. Creating new things could be a venue for people of all ages to channel their feelings and hopefully this will happen in positive and limitless ways.

My mother always thought me that as long as you challenge yourself and leave your comfort zone and take risks in life, change is possible. My mother carries within her numerous so called “hats”.

I will name just a few as they are far too many to list. She’s a super creative hairdresser, she makes all sort of delicious and beautifully crafted cakes, she’s a professional decorator, seamstress and theatrical dressmaker to name a few. It is with honor and homage that I look up to her and admire her will to pass on her creative self. I strongly believe I received her creative bug even before I was born, since she jumped the whole carnival route while pregnant with me.

So for the first year of HOTD I wanted to make my parents proud by giving them back the gift of their creative instincts into a group filled with new ambition, new visions and endless conceptions. When designing the costumes for the group I had a pressing feeling I had to break the regular mold, the common and usual designs we’ve been getting from the other groups for the past years. I absolutely love feathers and stones, but felt the need to deliver something completely divergent and out of the box. My head was spinning around trying to voice imagination and originality. I can give you a very nice example about my 5 years old twin nephews. They will both pick up a piece of wood and in their imaginative head they will convert this piece of wood into their instrument of choice. One of them created a trumpet and the other a guitar. And so they kept adding their own style of bits and pieces.

Both in of them extremely happy and proud of their own fabrication. Goes to show that all of us have the inner child in us that wants to create and get involved in one way or another. You just have to believe in yourself and stick to it even though it might be though in the beginning. The end result will always without a doubt be extraordinarily, because it came from the heart and soul.

Whom else was involved in the organization of the group? Does the group has a legal entity? And how is the group organized? What are the challenges that you are dealing with either among your members or with outside stakeholders, funding etc.. ? As you are very young of age, how are you dealing with the different challenges you confront?
We quickly became an affiliate of the Fundashon AGKK (Agrupashon di Gruponan Karnavalesko Korsou) by paying a membership fee. This gave us a legal entity and the necessary recognition and identification as a serious and dedicated group. In return we were able to look for example for sponsors and also get rebates from deferent suppliers as an established group.

Our board consists of 6 members Lysaye de Windt, Chiarra Lo-A-Njoe, Deva-dee Silie, Sadie Vinck and Liselle Pas (all ladies btw) and I am the chairman” with 2 voting seats instead of one. We decided based on each other’s strengths and wisdom whom would be in charge of the financial aspect, whom would do our communication sector, and I was in charge of the creative part and the overall helicopter view of things and the ultimate vote.

I am a very democratic person and also open to suggestions At the end I want people to explain and voice their point of view and come up with a solution to problems that might occur. But despite the stressful times, as mentioned before I kept open ears and eyes and the end result was just WOW. If the end result of what we achieved wasn’t WOW I would consider that I have failed. All of these elements made our team stronger. I had worked with all the other members before on previous projects, but they have never worked together with one another. I was the one connecting the dots and I was the most flexible of all.

It toke us a long time to try to figure out the best structure for our group, as we all work a full time job. There were moments when some of the members though it would be better to ask someone else who had more time to help us out. But in our group we don’t quit. We help each other out whenever one needs help. When its needed we motivate and encourage each other so we can better ourselves. This makes us a very unique and strong team.

Our main challenge was to assimilate the reaction of the people of Curaçao. As our vision was a bit different from the usual. Was the public going to understand our “out of the box” stance? Was the public going to accept our different strategies and innovative ideas? The colors and choice of material that we used were particular compared with what Curaçao is used to. As I’m a strong person I also have my moment when I break down. Thankfully I am blessed by the most comforting and understanding partner that would motivate me and reminded me that at the end everything is going to be alright.

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned that you have encountered by organizing a new carnival group? What was the defining moment in this period that was a setback and turned out the be a blessing?
I can mention a few challenges by starting with being able to find a good structure for our carinval group that would suit every board member. As this was our first time founding/organizing from scratch a carnival group. And secondly agreeing on the name “hats off to dreams” was also a big challenge. As my wish was to incorporate “jumping hats” my moms former carnival group in our new name. But still making it young, fresh and innovating. Even though we all have our differences we learned that true good communication we could overcome the challenges that presented.

The biggest setback was during the week of costume revealing when my father got a seizure and was hospitalized. So you can understand why this was a big setback, we as in my family and I got mugged a few weeks before my dad’s seizure. Everyone was overwhelmed but we kept cool and working towards the end result. But as my dad got sick that week that really broke us all down. We had to regroup, stay positive, support each other, push each other, to reach of our goal : costume revealing. I had to be strong, for my mom, my brother who was a brought, my dad but also the whole team. This was a very stressful and draining time, but we survived thanks to god. Through all this the costume reveal was very successful and made us stronger as a team and more determined to continue.

What was the philosophy you had when you started the group?
First of all it took me 10 years after my mother handed over her rein and coincidentally in the 10th year after she stopped I told myself it’s now or never. After walking around with this idea for years. I think it was meant to be and the rest is history. We wanted to create a culture amount group members, where the influence we would enable would spill over their children and spouses. At the beginning when we introduced the concept that members needed to do some work themselves on their costumes, we heard comments that this was like detention work (strafwerk), as they were not used to this. They were used to just pay the required fee, pickup the costumes and showed up during the parade in other groups. We had a different philosophy: We wanted to work deliberately on creating an opportunity among members to connect socially at a much deeper level. So, when they came to our headquarter they had a totally different experience as there was a lot of bonding going on and we formed sort of a family among each other, although the time isn’t long enough. Some took up vacation days, just to hang around at our headquarters. So I guess we were successful in creating a community of sorts on our way to the parades and during the parades this family feeling also celebrated the success we had as we won so many prices. You know at the end of all we all eat from the same plate and drink form the same cup and there were more than enough for all. Carnival is a powerful way to create whatever you want. We bring people together from Banda Ariba to Banda Abou, who otherwise would had never met and connect with each other.


What does “Hats off to dreams” stands for?
It has always been my mom’s dream to carry her tradition (Jumping Hats) on to the next generation of ‘karnavalistas’. This is where the name "Hats off to Dreams" originated, meaning “to express admiration for someone who has done something praiseworthy.” We take our hats off to her, but also we take our hats off to everyone who dares to dream and does pursuit their dreams.We showed courage, that we were able to do it and if you have courage everything is possible. But you have to work for it, it doesn’t fall off of the sky just like that. Our success is a living proof of this.

How are you trying also to keep up with your skills? Do you like reading books, follow courses, invest in networks and people that might help you further your knowledge and skills level?
I follow renowned event planners and decorators but also international carnival groups from all over the world on social media, to explore and stimulate my creativity. I’m working on the possibility to be able to attend a course/workshop/conference by these renowned people. And my ultimate dream would be to attend a samba school in Brazil to experience how and to master the their way of making costumes/roadpieces/floats. Cause when you are creating the sky is the limit, and that challenges me everyday to be better then yesterday.

What are your other strengths?
I’m a team player and I’m stress resistant. Thanks to this carnival experience I’ve come to realize that I am also a true leader with excellent people skills. In life things happen for a reason, sometimes you know why and most of the times you dont. I’ve come to realise that no matter what God never burdens you with something you can’t handle.

Do you have other hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Next to being creative my hobby is exercising. I Fitness with my partner, this is our way of de-stressing and re-energizing our self. I’m also very passionate about decorations and interior designing.

If you as Janis, 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 in one word or one sentence?
When I was preparing for this interview and read this question I found it very difficult to answer. So I asked a few friends how they would describe me, and they answered “you are a nice and caring person, open to help other people, patient, strong willed, very compassionate and you have a big heart”. According to them I’m a wonder women because there isn’t anything I can’t do.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
My parents! My father came from humble beginnings and went to Holland at the age of 16, to study. He finished his studies, came back to Curaçao worked hard for several years for the government. And has his own company for over 20 years. He was and still is a very disciplined and hardworking person. In her early 20’s my mom owned her own hair salon. Although she didn’t have the chance to finish school due to family matters. Besides being a hairdresser she kept learning and became a theater makeup artist, seamstress, designing and make dresses for the Miss Curaçao’s. I was raised in a creative, determined and positive family. My parents were very structured always stimulating us and a good role model to us.

Where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
No, I learn for every experience.

What were your lessons learned?
First of all I have learned that to me, family is very important. And therefore never forget to show them and tell them how important they are to me.
Secondly always listen to your body, make use of recovery time, set boundaries so that you don’t surpass your limits;
Thirdly once I decide to do something, my determination has no limits. I don’t give up and I am very much aware of the character treat that i have. Because it’s a strength when you are so determined but you also need to know when to give up. And accept the reality.

Where do you want to be 15 to 20 years from now with your career?
I dream to have a creative business of my own, as I love to decorate, create new ides but also would like to teach others how to use/trigger their creative side. As I continue with my personal journey and in the end leave behind a carnival group that my children and grandchildren would be proud offend would carry on till the end of time. I want “Cloudnine”, my company to grow in being one of the best decoration/eventplanning companies on the island. Doesn’t need to be big but would be nice for it to run by itself without me being present all of the time. I always aim to over deliver, not only because I’m a perfectionist but because I want my clients to experience something beyond their expectation.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 30 years from now?
Surprise me, cause I really haven’t thought about it un till now. I am already at this moment giving them my whole heart and love. Not for them to give me anything back but just because this is who I am. I hope to make a real difference/impact in their lives, so they can remember me as such.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
I would like to share my vision on the world in a creative way. By being creatively I want to influence the world in a creative way, as this has a positive effect on people.
First of all: On an individual level, the moment a person is involved in a creative activity, this triggers lots of positive hormones in that person’s body.
Secondly: The moment more than one person is involved in a creative activity, this makes them connect at a higher level.


My wish is, that I am able to enable more sound connections and sharing among our people, in the way we talk with each other, that is contrary to what I see at times happening, like not connecting and not sharing anything. There is so much art in our hands, like painting and tinkering whereby we have to use our hands instead of our brains, creating something makes you grow and creates union, brings people together. We are creative people we only need to stimulate this more and plant new seeds in the upcoming generations and youth so that they stay interested in Carnival. That is what makes me stay optimistic about our future.

To expand a little more on this, why not create schools comparable with Samba schools like in Brazil. There, the groups take a whole year to prepare for carnival and at these schools they teach the youth the crafts and skills needed. It is impossible that this doesn’t have a positive and more sustainable effect on the overall society preparing them to become the top of the line, in their branche. It gives employment and has a positive spin-off effect on the economy. I belief that there is more money to be earned in Carnival and that we can take our preparations in Curaçao to a next level.

We have come to understand that the number of your group is 250. That is the same number of Influencers that the Share2uplift movement wants to identify by 2020. How did you come to that number, as your target?
Well it is the number we estimated that would make the group at least break-even and leave it with at least some buffer for the coming year. Remember we were a new unknown group, so no one knew whom we were and knew what we were capable of doing. Now we have a luxury problem, right?

For more info on Janis's her work
Cloudnine 
Instagram: cloudnine_cur
Facebook: cloudnine.

Hats Off To Dreams
www.hotd.co
Instagram: hatsofftodreams
Facebook: hatsofftodreams

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Janis Vinck, for her creativity, her dynamic leadership style that is always looking for the common denominator and bonding of people. But also for her energy, the inspiring and caring person she is, her courage to follow her heart really is exemplary. We will definitely hear more of Janis in the future, as her ambitions to follow her passion and over deliver to her clients either as “Cloudnine” or “Hats of to Dreams” in the creative sector of Curaçao will continue to be game changing and that will not go unnoticed. We definitely consider her one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at influencing people’s mindsets for the better, in our society.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020


As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal 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.

The next Master Your Mind Platform session 16th of April
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 16th of April now at our new venue.

We will be presenting the books “Nooit meer te druk ”, by Tony Crabbe and “Rest, why you get more done when you work less”, by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang.

Both books give valuable tips on how to take better care of self. The lack of this is pandemic, internationally as well as in Curacao, as the world is going through big transformative changes. Come and experience an interactive session where we will share tips and tops to enable you to manage your self-care.

Venue: Chit Chat restaurant Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 - 9.00 pm sharp.
Entrance: Freel. Click to attend.

Self help tips
In this week we focus on different video-links related to self-care as personal tips. We will upload one of these video-links everyday on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Oprah Winfrey: Take Care of Yourself - YouTube personal tips
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfLGR0KYuys

How To Take Care of Yourself (while taking care of others) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0w8M4seLDE

How to Take Care of Yourself | Brian Tracy - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?viJr9ZN6fYc

Taking Good Care of Yourself - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIyVz7IskJM

Taking Care of Yourself - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9nXwIsBmPQ

Why You Should Put Yourself First | Oprah's Lifeclass | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhqokZF5OFU

Influencer Miles Mercera, Master Your Mind Platform Book session and this week tips

Posted on March 25, 2019 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (1)

In this week’s blog ( 25th – 31st of March) we will interview Miles Mercera, we will share with you our next upcoming events in April and we will share with you some personal motivational video links based on the school of thought of Dr. Brene Brown. Every day of the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Influencer Miles Mercera: Forever young

Miles could you share with me some information of your family life?
“My name is Miles Mercera. I was born in Holland in Amersfoort and grew up in Bonaire, studied in Aruba (2003 – 2007), studied in Curaçao, studied in Holland and the USA. I have one older brother and my parents are still alive and very supportive. Both my parents and my brother are now living in Curaçao. I am a what I call “an ABC-child”, I have lived in Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. My mother is from Curaçao and my father is from Bonaire with roots in Aruba.”

Miles could you share with us some of your educational background?
“After finishing my MAVO in Bonaire, I went to Aruba at age 16 years to do the Hotelschool (MBO) in Aruba (Bushiri). I chose for Aruba because the tourism and hotel sector in Aruba was more developed and I wanted to explore new things even at that age. After that, I came to Curaçao and in those days UNA had a collaboration with the Hotel School Den Haag (HBO) where it was possible to do certain modules here in Curaçao with the same academic standards as in Holland and I graduated with honors at the UNA. In Holland I did my internship at the Starwoods hotel chain (they own Westin and Sheraton chains for example) first at their main office, but then later as they have 4 hotels in Holland every single day I had to travel to a different city in Holland to be at one of these 4 hotels. Later I did my masters degree at the Rotterdam Business School at the Erasmus Campus in Entrepreneursship and Consultancy.”

Miles can you tell us somehting about your vast career at such a youn age and how did you become the CEO/President of CHATA at such a young age?
“After graduating from the UNA I applied to become the Online Marketing Products Executive in Bonaire and said to myself, let us shoot for the stars although I was only 21 years old and had little relevant experience as this was one of the requirements. I was hired and worked with Ronella Croes whom became my first boss whom already had a broad experience. As we speak, she is now the CEO of ATA in Aruba. I was lucky to have met her and she was a great mentor. But she moved further in her career and decided to leave Bonaire. Coincidentally during that same period she was leaving Bonaire, that same week I went back to Holland to finish my masters degree at the Rotterdam Business School at the Erasmus Campus in Entrepreneursship and Consultancy. During my 1 year stay in Rotterdam, it was my intention to go back to Bonaire, but then I saw that CHATA was looking for a marketing manager with 5 years of experience. Again I decided to shoot for the stars and applied and was hired and started working here when I was 23 years old.

The fact that I ended up and becoming CEO/President of Chata was in a sense like some invisible hand helping me. There were so many people here that could do this job. But in CHATA there was this vision that they needed to give a new generation opportunities, so they opened the doors for this new generation with university back grounds and modern skills and especially passion for the hospitality sector, to join the organization and maybe afterwards crash out in the sector.”

We have noticed that you are very young and your staff also seems very young, is this a deliberate policy of CHATA?
“Yes, CHATA is being a trendsetter in giving oppotunities for young professionals to get in the organization, we are also an exception in the region for that matter. It shows that CHATA had a vision and courage to embrace new developments. In this Liza Dindial as the former CEO/ President of Chata was also very instrumental in enabling this transformational change in becoming a more vibrant organization with a young mindset, after she joined CHATA in 2011.

As Tourism is a vibrant sector, CHATA also needed to reflect that spirit with a marketing team consisting of experienced experts, that know the market. This was a deliberate choice. 5 years before Liza would resign from this job (she stayed 5 years), I was fortunate to be mentored, coached and thus prepared by her to become her successor. This meant that I had 5 years of training and had the opportunity to get to know people relevant in the sector and I was well prepared before becoming the CEO and I am extremely grateful for this. It showed leadership from Liza and CHATA.”


Miles, I have come to know you via the way you profile yourself in the media as representative of the tourism sector. You energy is contagious. Where does that come from? What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be as passionate as you are?
“My passion for Tourism in the beginning came from curiosity since I was 12 to 13 years old and also it developed because the opportunities my parents gave me to take the lead in whenever we travelled. Like going to Disney World or when we were preparing to go on vacation, I was allowed to choose the hotels that we were going to stay and I was the first one entering the hotelroom. Or when we went to Maduro Travel to book our tickets, I felt good and all of this triggered and nourished my interest even more for this sector.

When I was 13 years old I was already very passionate about Tourism and knew that I wanted to work in this sector. Because of this passion and my talent, I was doing so well in my studies and exams, always graduating with honors. As I put my energy on what I wanted, that was “preparing myself for a career in Tourism, it was like the Universe opened up for me during my life’s journey and was and still is very friendly to me.

I was always dreaming and visualizing that I would become an executive in a hotel or a Tourism organization. Like when I was in Aruba, I was doing side jobs, like waitering, or as a cook or doing the front desk, this improved my CV so when I applied for a job when I was 22 years old, it would show that I already had 5 years of work floor experience. So at an early age I already knew specifically what I wanted to do and be in my life. You know, after I left the restaurant late at night after waitering of whatever work I had done, it felt so powerful to deposit money on my savings account. By then I knew that this is my field of work. This experience clearly gave me an edge compared with my peers, that after graduation couldn’t show any experience that they have accumulated until then. So I feel blessed for have taken some pro-active choices early on in my life.

Leaving home since I was 16 years old in living in Aruba also accelerated my personal development and maturity. As I didn’t had a drivers license, I had to move via public transport and I had to wash and iron my clothes myself. In hindsight I am happy, that I went through this school of life and matured at a young age. Every Friday and Saturday I would visit Aruba’s Hotel strip and observe what the different hotels were doing during showtime, I watched all their shows and looked at what was the ambiance that was created. This was also very helpful, It was all a confirmation of what I wanted to do.”

Do you have a strong premonition?
“You know, I can feel when something is good or bad. I also anticipate situations that might happen way in advance, months in advance. So when something happens a crisis or so, I have thought it through how this would affect the team and I would have already taken precautionary steps to deal with this situation. It helps to anticpate situations doing this.

I visualise with images, a visionboard, with my senses and I belief in the Law of aAttraction, but I am inclusive and I involve lots of other people of my inner circle in this vision so this prepares the whole team.”

In Curaçao, the tourism sector is one of the bright spots and in that sense CHATA is very important as an association of representatives of the hotel sector. As president and CEO of CHATA your youthfull dynamism is the reason we wanted to interview you. As CHATA you are dealing with different challenges either among your members or with the government to still be able to stay focused on representing this sector in the best possible ways. At your young age, this can be real channlenging, right? Can you expand on this a little? How do you deal with the at times conflicting interests in the sector?

“There is no such thing as just one formula. Every issue has to be dealt with differently. It all depends on whatever decision we need to take, but I will always include as many people as possible. As the CEO/President of CHATA I want to be a liaison and speaker of as many people as possible, I will always try to be inclusive and considering the role I am playing and when at times conflicting interests are involved, it is never only what I think. I will never talk about an issue where there is still disagreement among our members.”

Having the people skills is also an valuable skill. Where did that come from?
“In the hospitality business they teach you how to manage people and how to manage your team. Of course I had some talent in this area, but the focus was always on people skills, because of my training I became so much more aware of the importance of having people skills, of carefully observing people, observing my surroundings and my own self reflection skills. I have learned that having the right attitude, is much more important then having the right knowledge. In the end what you do, will influence your surroundings is so many ways.”

That is great to hear that self-reflection is so important as of becoming a professional in the hopitality business. Why are to so few people doing this?
“I belief that some people have fear and that they are afraid of looking at themselves in a mirror. You might see some parts of yourself that you will not like. This requires courage and it may be one of the most challenging things to do. But I am doing it anyway.”

How are you trying also to keep up with your skills? Do you like reading books, follow courses, invest in networks and people that might help you further your knowledge and skills level?
“I love learning, but I don’t like reading so much. I like to follow lots of people most of them international figures. Literally I would be looking at how they present themselves. What do they do, how do they present themselves, how do they speech, how do they manage themselves, all are for me food for thoughts. Like for example Barack Obama. I was living in the USA when he was first elected. I studied him and tried to discern what I could learn from him. But then in 2008 during the election campaign in that year, I went to a rally of late presidential candidate John McCain. And I was noticed in the audience because of my etnic background and members of the McCain team, approached me to come to the stage and I was put almost on the front row and I was on all the photo’s and camera shots of that campaign rally of McCain, while I was a big Obama fan.
In hind sight I understood what was happening, I was black and they wanted to profile McCain as being multi etnic. I was young and a little bit ignorant, but anyways I learned a lot.
I also love Oprah Winfrey as the Influencer that she is, on the screen and online etc.... I basically love human beings.”

What are your other strengths?
“I love to communicate and share a message in a presentation or any other means as a person individually or a team. I would never pass an opportunity to share a message.”

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

“Of course as I had said before Tourism is my number one passion and hobby.

Secondly, I am very interested in politics in general, international politics and especially in politics of the USA and how this all works and not so much in the local politics.

Thirdly, I love music and singing. I have made some CD’s and video clips in the past, when I use to live in Bonaire, you can still find it on You Tube. I now knew, that I was not going to make a living out of it, but music inspires me and I can now take it off my bucket list.”

If you as Miles, would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer? How would you describe Miles in one word or one sentence?
“Forever young. Miles is a person with a forever young mindset, that is taking on life, like an un-influenced and unbiased child. As we grow up, the society boxes you in. What I mean is that, when you are young you have so much more courage to undertake new things, you are more open and curious for newness (new things/developments). Like for example when it is week-end you are excited about all the nice things that you are going to do. When you are boxed in, you think about all your chores you will have to do. That is what I mean. I want to be forever young to always undertake and experience new things.”


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

“Liza Dindial because of the leadership skills that she obviously has;
Ronella Tjin a Tjoe-Croes whom is now CEO ATA in Aruba, she taught me business ethics and as a global leader Barack Obama. These are my most inspirational role models.”

Where they always positive role models or where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
“You know even the negative role models had an up-side, because it makes me become aware of what I didn’t want to be become and in that sense it had a positive effect on my personal development.”

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts? or What was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
“Well, when I was 16 years old, barely one month after I turned 16, I had to leave home and go to Aruba from Bonaire and go and study and live in Aruba. I considered that a big setback in my life. I had the feeling that life wasn’t fair to me. All my friends were still living with their parents and I felt alone in the world. It was as though and I was suddenly lifted out of my childhood and it meant that I would never go back to live at home with my parents. But, as it turned out it was also a blessing, as I discovered my passion and talents. I learned to appreciate that life was giving me big life lessons for my future.”
Photo: Miles and his mother.

Where do you want to be 10 to 15 years from now with your career?
“When I am 35 years old I want to be financially independent and retire. Meaning that life has so much more to offer and that once I retire and because I am financially independent, I could make so many other choices on what to do in my life. Working a “8 to 5 pm job” in our society boxes you in. I want to have freedom and be able to make other and different choices.”



What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years years from now?
“They would say: “Miles is a game changer and he has left a positive legacy behind where generations after this generation, they will still be inspired by his dreams. I want people to dream big, it is okay to dream big. Make the biggest goals for your life and go after them.”


What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
“I belief in our people. Even if at times we feel that nothing seems to be working wherever I go I meet people from top to bottom in our society, that have a fire in them and that there is so much more out of life get. I firmly belief, that whatever is happening now, is a prelude for an accelerated growth that we are going to experience, where ultimately there will be prosperity for all.”

Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
“Whatever we dream about right now, you should delete and push yourself to think bigger. We can do such much better.”

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Miles Mercera, for his inspiring, vibrant, energetic, collaborative and inclusive leadership style of the CHATA representing the Tourism sector, one of the bright spots of our economy in Curaçao at this moment. We will definitely hear more of Miles in the future as his ambitions to dream big and to stay “for ever young”-mindset, will impact people way beyond the tourism sector and way beyond Curaçao. We definitely consider him one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at influencing people’s mindsets for the better in our society.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020


As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal 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.


Subsribe for this course
As of the 1st of April during 5 weeks we Haydee Hermans from Soul Garden and Ivan Kuster from Uplifting will offer a new edition of: “Where will you be 5 years from now?”.

This course will trigger you to think about and define much more clearly on where you weant to be in your life 5 years from now.

You will be inspired to look at the different spokes of your wheel of life. Are you interested or committed to becoming your best, subscribe as soon as possible.

E-mail us at sixtaivan@gmail.com or call us 6986437 to subcribe.

E-mail Haydee at Haydee.hermans@gmail.com or call her 5639848

Find out more on this eventpage.



Master Your Mind Platform session 16th of April
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 16th of April.

We will be presenting the books “Nooit meer te druk ”, by Tony Crabbe and “Rest, why you get more done when you work less”, by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang.

We will address Self-Care, because of the lack of it seems to be pandemic. Come and experience an interactive session where we will helpful share tips and tops.
Venue: Chit Chat restaurant Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 - 9.00 pm sharp.
Entrance: Free.
Click to attend.




Self help tips
In this week we focus on different tips related to the school of thought of Dr. Brene Brown. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Brené Brown on Blame - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZWf2_2L2v8

Brené Brown on Empathy - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw

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

Brené Brown Breaks Down Common Types of Armor | Oprah's Lifeclass | Oprah WInfrey Network - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht5dDInnTzM

Author Brené Brown on why echo chambers breed loneliness - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNRbrCRbxk8

Dr. Brené Brown: "Shame Is Lethal" | SuperSoul Sunday | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEBjNv5M784


Influencer Sidney Genoveva, Master Your Mind Platform Book session and this week tips

Posted on March 18, 2019 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (18th – 24th of March) we will interview Sidney Genoveva, we will invite you to the upcoming Master Your Mind platform session on Tuesday the 19th of March at Chit Chat Cafe at Mensing’s Caminada and we will share some personal coaching tips as video links with you. Every single day we will upload one of these links on our Facebook page.


Sidney Genoveva: A son of God and a family man 


Sidney could you share with us some information of your family life?
My name is Sidney Genoveva. I was born in Curaçao, I have 7 sisters and I am the only son in our family. My father is still alive and is 96 years old and my mother is 90 years old. I am happily married for 26 years I have 2 daughters and 1 son. I also have 2 grandchildren.

Could you share with us some of your educational background?
I have a bachelor degree in social science; I have a degree as a head teacher ( fully credential ) that gives me the authority to teach at Hogeschools and Universities; I have a post Bachelor’s degree in Counseling and a master degree in Political Science at University of Amsterdam.

Sidney, I have come to know you over the years as a very knowledgeable strategic advisor and you have this keen ability to help executives take better deicisions which are in their own best interest. But you also have this ability to be blunt and ruthlessly honest.

 Where does that come from?
I would like to start with a quote: “That which you are afraid off, will have power over you. So, if you are afraid of doing something, do it afraid, but do it anyway.” My mother was and still is a very outspoken person. So I got this from home. I have learned this at a very early age. Then when you speak out your mind, people take your opinion into consideration, instead of compromising.

You have your own company and you don’t have employees? And you do collaborate with different professionals when faced with bigger assignments?
Yes, I have one employee and that is my wife. She doing our company’s administration. She used to work with children and youth at Huize Sint Jozef and works for my company now, combining this with her work as a missionary. In this way she is still very much involved with working with children and youth at the kindergardenlevel and in after school education.

I also collaborate with different other professionals on bigger assignments, as I have my limitations and don’t master everything that clients require. I know my strengths, I also know when and how to involve other people’s strengts to better serve the client’s needs. Most of those I collaborate with, used to work at KPMG Advisory ten (10) years ago. Depending on the assignment we propose a strong team, with the best fit of competencies, skills and expertise, in order to add value to the client. This has proven to be a succesformula. It is kind of a network organization and by working like this you share opportunities and complement each other. They say, that those whom can’t share, can’t multiply. That is why I give 10 % of my income to God, and because you share according to a biblical principle, God multiplies this.

You are a John Maxwell certified coach and you have been a managing partner at KPMG for some years. You have had different responsibilities in KPMG. Can you expand on this a little bit more?
I have worked for 12 yearts KPMG, 2 years as an advisor and 1 year as a director and about 9 years as managing partner untill 2008. I was partner in the US (KPMG Americas), when the consultancy department of KPMG Dutch Caribbean was sold to KPMG USA. I was partner in charge of Columbia, Venezuela and responsable for projects in Latin America, the Caribbean and the USA.

Sidney we also know you as a person with high ethical standards. Where does this come from?

The education I got through my parents played such an important role in my life. I have been taught that: “Right, is right even if nobody is doing it; wrong, is wrong even if everybody is doing it”. This formed the foundation for my integrity and my ethical standards. This upbringing from home forces me to make choices, even in conflicting situations, without comprimising. Either choose for how I was raised or go along with, to please friends. Especially on defining moments. Defining moments do not make character, but for sure they reveal character.

After I had finalzied my master in Political Science, I came back to Curaçao and started working with the Federal government in 1993. In 1996 I was asked to join the private sector. I was involved with institutional strengthening of public administrations (in the public sector), good corporate governance issues in the private sector and programs to ensure the compliance thereof. And this what I came to understand:” Corruption is something that is strongly related with the heart and soul of a person.” As the saying goes: “As the man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Integrity is not about compliyng with rules and regulations. Integrity is about the motivation and intention of the hearth. It is an inside feeling expressed on the outside. And this is what I was taught at home in my family surroundings. In our life, we will be constantly confronted with (conflicting) choices and dilemna’s and not all of these choices are straightforward right or wrong. So one’s moral compass is very important, that is the baken based on what you need to decide. Integrity is not what I do (complying with rules), it is who I am, and who I am determines what I do. We have, I guess, 14 laws regulating good public governance. We also have principles of good public governance and laws regarding corporate governance. And this is very important, especially for those who we trust with responsibility in public positions. The lack of integrity is expensive for every community: police, prison, secrurity etc. And still..

I firmly belief, that compliance to ethical standards and integrity, when the chips are down, it has less to do with rules & regulations, but everything to do with one’s moral (internal) compass.

Here is where the church comes in. The church works on the internal compass, on the heart and soul. And this is in alignment with what Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, did. So if you follow your heart according to the biblical principals, for sure you will act correctly. I can imagine that some people will say that they know someone going to church who doesnot behave correcty. Do not let that trouble you, that person knows what is waiting for him/her in this life and beyond. Working with the issues regarding good governance taught me, that this was in alignment with what I was taught by my parents. In the year 2004 I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I started going to the church and attended Bible studies and learned to know the word of GOD. Before I knew about God, but I didnot have a relationship with Him. This has helped me and still is helping me to become a better person on a daily basis. If I am on my way to the airport early in the morning and I have a red light, I respect this although others don’t. A very important question is:”who we are when nobody is watching’? And I know you have people attending church masses, whose behavior you may question. They know they are behaving wrongly. Do not let that behavior distract you or what you believe. But I choose to think and act differently and I do my utmost everyday to walk my talk and I can go to bed with a clean consciousness.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be as passionate as you are?
My BIG WHY is to enable people to have perspective in their lives. Becoming free of strongholds (thinking and behaviors) that may prevent them to become what God wants them to become. God wants us to have a purpose driven life. Knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life. We are made to have meaning. For me, without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope. Hope is essential to your life as air and water. You need hope to cope. Many peolpe are driven by resentment and anger. Many people are driven by fear. Many people are driven by materialism. Many people are driven by the need of approval. Nothing matters more than knowing God’s purpose for your life, and nothing can compensate for not knowing it. Not succes, wealth, fame, or pleasure. I have discover my identity and purpose through a relationship with Jesus Christ. God was thinking of me long before I was thinking of HIM!

I want to encourage them to serve others around them in their lives: purpose. The big question at stake is, “How to?” First of all, I walk my talk and try to be consistent in my behavior. I want to reach all of them with God’s help. I don’t want people to loose their bearings and waste their lives. That is why every Friday and Saturday afternoon, we go in the “barrios”and help people to become part of what we stand for, instead of just being around them. Like right now, we are involved in a projects in Gibraltar, Fuik, Seru Fortuna, Heintje Cool, Otrabanda,etc.

How are you trying also to keep up with your skills? Do you like reading books, follow courses, invest in networks and people that might help you further your knowledge and skills level?
I read a lot. I still buy lots of books. I have an ample library at home. And I read more books at the same time. Because at times I just look for a specific topic in a specific chapter in a certian book. And as I go along, I continue reading them and at times I am reading 3 books at the same time. I follow lots of Bible based teachings and I am gaining wisdom in a prudent manner. I travel a lot, like I just came back from Holland and was in New York last week. Within 3 weeks I will go to England and Scotland as part of a study. I travel with my wife sometimes with the children. I have coached a lot of executives in Curaçao, in the region and still do and I want to transfer this wisdom to my children. I recently shared three book titles with my son, whom works at KPN in Holland on teams and teambuilding and I feel honored and blessed to be able to do this and this gives me satisfaction. I am also following lots of teaching via You Tube. I am a great fan still of the late Miles Monroe, John Maxwell, Ravi Zacharias, TD Jakes and others. These teachings are 99 % bible based. And during my travels I meet so many interesting people, where we share so much wisdom with one another.


What are your other strengths?
Family is very important to me. The way I was raised played such an important role still in whom I am at this moment. My father used to be involved in our education and school assignments and my mother was a baken of wisdom. We were taugth to take care of one another for example with home work assignments. My mother also always taught me to treat my wife well. We came into this world with nothing and we will leave this world with nothing. It is God that gave us life and we are only one breathe away from dying. In between, in those moments take good care of your family. You cannot be succesful in the community without being succesful at home. If you cannot lead your home, you cannot lead anywhere else. Sooner or later you will fail. No matter how many degrees you have.

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
I take care of both my body and spirit. Lots of people spend so much time on the way they look and neglect their soul. Furthermore I live as healthy as I possibly can, so I eat and drink healthy. I swim every single day at least 1 kilomter because this is a sport where you can’t get injured, I hike regularly. Every saturday I hike 12 kilometers. It is ingrained in my lifestyle and I work in the garden. I have lots of fruit plants (Mango, papaja, coconuts etc) and some vegetables (ginger, peterselli..etc). We do have someone helping us with this. We use these for our own consumption mostly by blending them in a mixer with coconut water.

You are very much involved in the House of Worship church, what drives you to be that involved?

When I arrived at House of Worship 15 years ago, my body was tired. I needed to revalidate. I started hyking and eating healthy. My wife and youngest daugther were already visiting the church. One day a sister called and prayed for me and she invited me to attend church. After 3 times attending the church, House of Worship, I accepted Jesus Christ in my heart and soul. This was 15 years ago by now. My pastors took good care of me and are still guiding us spiritually. We are very greatful to God and to our pastors. Because of this I have grown so much over these years and I have managed and still managing to keep my ego balanced and things started to happen, it was like doors started opening for me. I am aware, that it is the grace and favor of GOD that is still with me. I have coached so many executives and leaders in the region. And I also started noticing the needs within our society. So I started to do what God wants me to do. God uses the body He wants, opening doors I was not able to open and that no man can shut. If you are willing and obedient. As there are so many distractions enticing us to misbehave, I feel so blessed to have been saved by Jesus Christ and continue to receive lots of blessings since I accepted Him. It is not my strenths, nor my degrees but the favor of God.

How would you describe Sidney in one word or one sentence?
A son of God, all the degrees are worldly things secundary of being a family man whom loves God.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
There were different people like my 8th grade french and spanish teacher when I was at the secunday school once told me: ”You are going to be an important person in our society one day.” That stayed in the back of my mind. I use to have a Track and Field trainer and he used to push us to the max and this helped when I went to Holland for my advanced education. When I use to go to the Social Academy for Social Work in Holland I met a Surinam teacher called Frits Corsen. This guy was awesome, because when we were doing an assignment he use to invite us to come to his house. And his living room was like a library full of books. He use to tell me, just like my father use to when we were kids (my father did his utmost to enable us to read a lot), that if I really want to be good, I should read books. Frits borrowed me books and I needed to promise him, that I would bring them back and when I had finished reading the books for my assignments or project, he would borrow me some other books. This really impacted me.

Then I met in my first job, Jan Veneman, born in Aruba working as the coordinator for the Stichting Progreso Antiano and this Jan really loved people and he did his utmost to enable Antillians to integrate in the Dutch society, his humanity really struck me.

And then in 1983, I went to work in Curaçao at Stichting Reclassering and the director there was the late Kees Grootens and he was passionate about serving others. He started Radio Curom and he did so much to help ex-prisoners to re-integrate in our society. He visited their homes and was very dedicated and we use to live in Groot Kwartier and I didn’t know about these kind of situations as I grew up. Then I went back to Holland and I met Fred Budicke, author and teacher in Amsterdam together with the late Brigita Cratz Meijer, whom was a top executive in her field. Brigita liked whom I was and what I wanted, so she enabled me to position me strongly among all those different diverse forces involved with dealing with immigrants, poitical agendas and government policies in Amsterdam. Through her, I became president of the movement of immigrants dealing with immigrants and we spend hours and hours analyzing situations, political developments and she has also inspired me.

Fred Budicke, who was a teacher, author and trainer, was always asking me to join him in different trainings, educational sessions, debates and dialogue sessions, that he was offering to for example Police Departments, he was very passionate and as he was all these things so I emulated some of the things that he was offering. He invited me up front and we discussed what he was going to offer in the training and he mentored, supervised and later coached me. That is how I got into mentoring and coaching btw. I also worked with Peter Grootens he is an entrepreneur in all his cells and vains. He is bright and has guts and he took over an international organization. After he moved to Florida, he used to invite me to come and visit him. And he inspired me also a lot.

 

Of late I have been inspired by Pastor Raimy Juliet because of his focus on the family, his tireless love to help people and his dedication to Jesus Christ and God. The church has a steady amount of visitors every mass of 1000 people attending the service and he invest all his time, love and money into in winning souls. He has a special focus on children. He doesn’t have a masters degree, has a proven track record of migthy achievements, a strong and effective leader, he is a man of integrity, consistent in well doing, a family man, he loves Jesus Christ, a man of wisdom and prudent in manners. He has such an enormous passion to serve. A man with drive, that God loves and does migthy things through him. We pray for him and his family. I am glad God connected me with him. We have a lot of good pastors in Curaçao doing an outstanding job. Do not be fooled by distractions!

Where they always positive role models or where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
You know regarding the negative role models, that is a good question, along the way I was priviledge to meet people that I looked up to and learned a lot from, but indeed I also met people that triggered me to say to myself, “no”, I don’t want to emulate them and they didn’t influence my life.

What was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
Defining moments don’t make character but they for sure reveal character. Your competencies may get you far, but character will make you stay. I was divorced from my first wife in 1988 and was re-married in 1992 an we are now 26 years happily married. The divorce btw, didn’t make me a bitter man. I decided to go back to Holland and took up studying at a Master Level “Political Science” (and public administration) at the University of Amsterdam. I also started my own company and then afterwards there were two other defining moments. In 2004 my body was tired, I was going to all sorts of places, flew lots of airmiles and then suddenly it hit me.

While sitting at home and reflecting on my life. I decided to leave the corporate life I was living up until that moment, one thing was sure,... I didn’t want to continue with the corporate life I had been living up until that moment, that in a sense was very successful according to lots of people, but enough was enough. I still have a huge network of people in the US, Europe and Latin America that I know from those days. I stepped down as a senior partner in 2006 and became a director. In 2008 I stopped working at KPMG. I trusted in God to guide me and on my way home after handing over my resignation letter, you (Ivan Kuster) as you were still working in government called me. This was for sure some kind of Divine intervention. I knew God was with me. You and Geomaly Martes then talked with me for some assignments in government and the rest is history.

Where do you want to be 10 to 15 years from now with your career?
Although it is difficult, I am noticing that slowly, but surely I am moving away from the corporate world and my significance in the spiritual world is growing, locally as well as in other countries. I am giving and sharing teachings to leaders, to youngsters etc... as an ambassador of Jesus Christ. God opens the doors and allow us to travel. As we travel, my wife accompanies me.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years years from now?
First of all, that I have added value to them and enabled them to live a purpose driven life, where they love God. That they know where they will go when they die;


Secondly, that they would say, that I am a family man and I deeply respect my home that I have spend lots of time with the family. I will turn 65 years old in April and I will celebrate it with my children and grandchildren in Holland. I still coach my children regularly and I take my time to serve them, to give and share my wisdom with them. That I am not perfect and that whatever I have achieved in life, that my children will take it over and continue doing what I do, that is to serve GOD. I have earned 6 degrees in the course of my studies. The most important title to me is, son of the most high God. I did lots of projects, I had the honor to contribute in equipping lots of leaders. I have given lots of training, was and still am present in many boardrooms today, but I also have served and am still serving GOD in lots of ways and I give teachings where ever I go when I am out of the country. And I am very passionate in what I do and there is nothing more beautiful and fullfilling than, enable people to develop themselves, to serve and be used by God.


What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
Arrogance and pride is all about selfishness and doing things for ourselves. I have come to understand the Biblical principles and values as I accepted Jesus Christ in my life and at the other hand I see our society is leaving these values behind. As we leave these values behind our challenges in the community become complexer. Once you accept Jesus, your meaning of life becomes different and you can understand the bigger picture. In our church, we offer day care, and after shool education. We offer school education, soon up to the 8th grade at the primary school level during daytime in this coming schoolyear.
Our venue, where we have our masses, is now being expanded with an additional 300 seats.

The Police and certain teachers that are confronted with youth that lost their footing, are referring these youth to our church. So there is hope, as we offer them the word of God.

And all what we offer through the Church is being financed by those members of our church community attending the church, giving their time and part of their income as they have found the meaning in life as it begins and ends with God. It is all written in the Bible. And those members of our church, like our youth, lots of them are blooming as professionals and enterpreneurs.

We see an increase in integrity among youth, because of the education that churches are offering them, where we work on their inner person.

For example, we reach out to children based on a Billy Graham initiative called “Samaritan’s Purse, International Disaster relief” aimed at disaster relief. This organization for example was the first to reach Sint Martin after the last hurricane. We aim our focus at youth from 4 to 14 years old. We, as volunteers, invite them for a so-called event of Operation Christmas Child. This is an course and when they attend we explain that we were created by God and in His image. We teach them about the creation, Adam and Eve, the Arch of Noah, God’s plan for their life and teach them Bible principles during a period of 12 weeks. They get a certificate and we offer them a party at their graduation with all the formalities surrounding such a graduation, because of their acceptance of Jesus Christ in their lives and we give them a present tailored at their age. For children and youth from Fuik, Boca Sami and Zapateer, they are so overwhelmed, because they don’t know what is happening to them.

They really transform during along the way and at the graduation party, the parents are also invited and as this course improves their children’s self esteem, parents at time cry to see how much their child has changed and they also open up for help. In Fuik there was party where in 12 weeks about 160 children particpated. In Seru Fortuna 60 participated. So this is really impactful. As we speak, every Friday, we go in the barrio’s and we pay for the use of the neighborhood centers, whom are happy to rent us their venue. It helps to give these youth perspective and keep them from doing bad things, on their way to becoming honest and respectful citizens.

The church is also growing in Holland, since we started 2 years ago. Most of the attendees are youth and they are performing very well in their studies and careers. So I see all this happening and I am myself pretty much involved in the work the church is doing. All this makes me optimistic about the future of Curaçao. To God all the glory.

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Sidney Genoveva, for his what he has done and still doing in the corporate world as one of the Dutch Caribbean’s most acclaimed strategic business advisors, a man who has a proven track record for delivering results. For his integrity, but of late also for the work he is doing as a missionary especially in our barrio’s. His passion and love of GOD, is making his every growing influence reach further then only in Curaçao.
We definitely consider him one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at influencing people’s mindsets for the better in our society.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020


As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal 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.

The next Master Your Mind Platform session 19th of March
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 19th of March now at our new venue.

Venue: Chit Chat restaurant Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 - 9.00 pm sharp.
We will be presenting the books “A short history of everything”, by the National Best seller Bill Bryson (to be presented by Michiel van der Veur) and “The gift of imperfection, Let go of who you think you’er supposed to be and embrace who you are”, by Brene Brown. (to be presented by Ivan Kuster).
Click to attend.




Self help tips

In this week we focuse on different tips related top self help. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Why you need a self-care list: manage your stress + enhance your well-being - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r2c2ExZoUM&feature=youtu.be

TOP BEING JUDGEMENTAL (Short Inspirational Video) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtQQ779vdQ0

Detachment (short film) on Vimeo
vimeo.com/22283448

Short Animated Film - Detachment - video dailymotion
www.dailymotion.com/video/x3505dy

Detachment - Short Film - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAXWJBLsNy0

Detachment (a short film) - YouTube
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Influencer Professor Dr. Ashley Duits, March Master Your Mind Platform Book session and this week helpful tips

Posted on March 11, 2019 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog ( 11th – 17th of March) we will interview Professor Dr. Ashley Duits; we will invite you for our next upcoming Master Your Mind Platform session on the 19th of March at Mensing Caminada and we will share some personal tips as video-links with you. Every single day during the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook page.

Influencer Professor Dr. Ashley Duits: passionate and in search of the beauty of life


Could you share with me some information of your family life?
My name is Ashley Duits. I was born in Curaçao, I have one sister and one brother and I am happily married.

We have come to know you over the years as a very passionate person and scholar in the health sector. You are now a professor from the University of Groningen, the director of the Red Cross Blood Bank foundation and your are the director of the department of Immunology of Curaçao. You were also the chairman of the Raad voor de Volksgezondheid till 2010 when it existed and during different moments represented the interests of SEHOS in talks and negotiations with the government. What other functions do you hold?
I am also an advisor to PAHO (Pan American Health Organization), as a professor I guide PhD students in their researchprojects and I am the educational coordinator of NASKHO.

What is your opinion on the info-biotech revolution that is underway in science?
Because of our ever enhancing capacity to analyse big data, we are improving our ability to recognise certain patterns out of more extensive data, like for instance thousands of birds flying in flocks, their flights can be predicted based on the data patterns that can be derived from how they fly individually. This is fascinating and achieving such knowledge is one of the most beautiful things there is in science. And I love it.


How does science deal with the way the media is now being used to at times sell fake stories?
In one of our seminars “Weerleggen van de grenzen” of last year we dedicated some attention to this phenomena. You can use these same media and two or three well followed internet figures (influencers) as tools, to sell the true story that is based on scientific truth, like for example the need for vaccination of children. We are now living in an totally new era compared to the 50-ies and as scientist we should leave our ivory towers and educate the people with tools and a language that they can relate to, as part of our social responsibility as scientists.

I was passionate at a young age about science and as I got more involved this passion only grew, also in the sense that as a scientist I am now also interested in the bigger picture specifically the philosophical part. Like Immunology that is my specialisation area and also my hobby. I do a lot of reading and researching in that area, but I am also interested in how a Theoretical Physicist perceives reality and I also keep track of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) endeavours , that is awesome. This is really also what I enjoy nowadays.


Did they ask you to become a professor or was this something that because of your interest in academia and science it naturally resulted from being a scientist and educator?
I was asked to become a Professor. It is not something that had never happened before, but it is rather unique to be a professor in another country while living on a Caribbean island.

You are also very much involved in NASKHO, what are the goals of NASKHO and what role do you play in enabling continuous education and learning of health care professionals?
SEHOS is an affiliate teaching hospital and it is one of the 8 affiliate teaching hospitals of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). So students in their second year of their masters for becoming medical doctors need for a whole year to continue their clinical rotations by going to work in an afilliate hospital.
SEHOS offers this opporuntiy and it is unique because it is the only affiliate hospital from the UMCG (and also from the Netherlands medical educational program), that is outside of Holland and I as the educational coordinator am ultimately responsable for this program in Curaçao.
I firmly belief that there is a link between education and quality improvement in healthcare, because it contributes to the improvement of processes being used and therefore structurally improves the quality of our healthcare. NASKHO is (and has been for more than 50 years) a partner with UMCG and SEHOS to maintian this link between education and quality improvement. The NASKHO goals are clearly defined as helping in assuring the clinical rotations, supporting continuous medical education and stimulating relevant medical science on the island.

Does CMC help to improve the quality of the health care?
The construction of a building doesn’t automatically mean that there is an improvement in the care, the people working in this new building are the crucial elements in this.
CMC can provide a framework for and also an opportunity to level up, if ...this proces is well managed and the professionals are respectfully involved and taken along.

How are you trying also to keep up with your skills? Do you like reading books, publish articles, follow courses, invest in networks and people that might help you further your knowledge and skills level?
Yes, I continuously do this.

As a scholar and scientist you still are very much into research and with lots of zest, where does this drive come from, did you always knew that you wanted to become a scientist?
I have this drive because I experience it as so much fun to do. Two weeks ago, I was in Dominica for an audit and I had an opportunity to experience how people there deal with problems they have. I preferred walking every day for 20 minutes to the venue where I was supposed to be for my visit, just to get a look and feel on how life is in Dominica. That is awesome and that fuels my drive and my joy for life.

How important are life style changes to prevent and lower the number of people getting chronic diseases?
Life style changes are very important, but complex and difficult, because there are no quick fixes. Just simply advocating life style changes via folders and stuff like that, isn’t sufficient. We have to start simply by really talking to people, know their culture, know their problems and understand how they think and based on that educate them to manage themselves. To effectively deal with cardiovascular diseases will require decades and decades, but it will still require that we start investing right away in things that will not give short term success and results. It requires being there for the long haul and better tuning in into a frequency, that you can effectively communicate with people, understanding them and knowing what works in their context.



Apart from regular exercises, healthy eating habits, self care (enough sleep) how important is the mastering of a person’s mind exercises, like mindfulness and meditation exercises, for the overall health of people?
I belief that the two extremes in science are meeting one another. In the past mindfulness and meditation was called esotheric, but of late its importance has increased. But also ethical issues like limits of treatment of patients based on their quality of life. Ethical discussionsquestions like when to stopstopping the treatment of patients based on their projected quality of life are becoming more relevant nowadays.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be as passionate as you are?
To learn and by doing that to be able to make things better.

What are your other strengths?

I am also a good listener and a reasonable good communicator. I respect people and I use these skills in my work as a scientist. There has always been a movement in science for searching for the beauty of life. Life is fantastic. I can read an article on Statistical Thermodynamics and appreciate its beauty. Like the Nobel Prize Winner Frank Wilczek, an American theoretical physicist. He wrote a book titled: ”A beautiful question: Finding Nature’s Deep Design” and this book so perfectly describes my own views on life. Or the author Rudyard Kipling whose moving (alas now very actual again) story “the White Seal” that begins with an opening poem “The Seal Lullaby”, put to music by the famous Eric Whitacre choire, all as part of an effort aimed at understanding the beauty of life. Or Eric Satie a french pianist, his music like the 4 minute “Gymnopedie” is so simple yet so powerful, because of its simplicity. As long as we as scientists and humans remain humble and not complicated you can achieve so much. That is the way to achieve results, that is how one can inspire people instead of an aggressive “in your face”- mentality. As long as you accept what you know and not know, you can inspire people. Funny thing is you can get inspired by science in many different ways. Like by a study on why zebra have a striped skin (to confuse mosquito’s) or that by studies that show that we as Homo Sapiniens have genes from another extinct human species Neanderthalers and that we survived compared to Neanderthalers because we had better communication skills as a group. The Neanderthaler couldn’t communicate so well because of their poorly developed vocal cords. So, emotional intelligence is so much more important than only IQ. It is better to be invited to sit at the table than just go and sit first, meaning being respectful and valueing others.

We interviewed Gwendeline Lanoy-Leuteria this last week and she has worked with young men at the Sociale Vormingsplicht, drop outs and they lack self reflection skills and EQ. What is your opnion on this?
We are clearly missing something that we had in the past and that is: We are missing a value system and mental framework that ignites self reflection and value education. As religion has lost ground in the modern times, these elements weren’t replaced in the education systems that are offered nowadays. I belief that every society needs these elements. The greeks used philosophy as a valuable tool in this matter whereas nowadays lots of people are only getting an overkill of external stimuli in their lives, becoming victims of streams of (mis)information.

In Health Care though, the preparation and education of future physicians, as part of their so- called professional education, has changed in the sense it isn’t about having exclusively the right professional knowlegde nowadays, but also the need to have the right competencies. CanMEDS for example is an educational framework, that describes the abilities (soft skills) physicians require to effectively meet the health care needs of the people they serve.


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are passionate about?
I adore reading, I love movies and music. As a sport I runjog, I just came in from Bonaire this morning and I woke up at 3 am to runjog, because it’s “Me-time” for me, it gives me time to think about things.


You are also chairperson of the roman Catholic schoolboard, what drives you to be involved in such an institution?
Because I see the importance that such an educational institution can have for our society and especially our children, as I value the education of every human being. RKCS has 60 % of all the schoolchildren attending some form of education, so...

If you as Ashley, would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Groningen-Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?

Passionate

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

Always in search of the beauty of life and in the human being.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
There wasn’t only one single person. I had several people that inspired me, not necessarily one person. As I believef that everybody is unique, this means being inspired by a role model doesn’t mean emulating this role model. I was inspired by things that people have achieved from f.i. Nelson Mandela and so also Frank Wilczek, tobut locally for example Rob Rojer because of his incredible knowledge and humbleness. I am so grateful that I have met so many inspiring people in my life, that I have learned bits and parts from and also learned from others how “not to do”- certain things.

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts?
A disbelief that it wouldn’t be possible to reach what I have reached up to now, meaning to produce and give input and a contribution to science through peer reviewed channels on a wordly scale, while not coming out of a more western centered culture and geographical area. I am from Curaçao and we are located in the Caribbean Basin.


What was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
 It wasn’t one moment, but different fragments of moments and I had the luck to bump into knowledgable and good people, whom made it possible for me to continue to grow.

Where do you want to be 10 to 15 years from now with your career?

I would like to be in a situation where because of my input, we have created frameworks or systems where there is sufficient guarantee of sustainability of scientific quality, education and health, that are not only dependent on individual effort.


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now?
That we are very happy, that we can celebrate life in the broadest sense of the word with you. That we have reached beauty together and that we are at a beautitful place in our relationships.











I would like to refer also to two quotes I used in my dissertation, one was from Miles Davies:

“I will play it first and tell you what it is later.” A perfect science metaphor by a master Jazz trompetist.

The other one is from Kahlil Gibran:

“ It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.”

That is true understanding at a much broader and deeper level. That is the beauty in science.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
Because it is all about human beings. If we can educate our people and understand them better, we are going to succeed, just like that.

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Professor Dr. Ashley Duits, whom as a Professor and educational coordinator of NASKHO is structurally helping to improve the quality of our health care for years now. His energy and drive is far beyond average and being a Professor of the University of Groningen living in Curaçao and as an advisor for PAHO has achieved quite a feat also internationally. We definitely consider him one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at influencing people’s mindsets for the better in our society.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020

As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal 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.

The next Master Your Mind Platform session 19th of March

Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 19th of March now at our new venue.

Venue: Chit Chat restaurant Mensing’s Caminada

Time: 7 - 9.00 pm sharp.

We will be presenting the books “A short history of everything”, by the National Best seller Bill Bryson (to be presented by Michiel van der Veur) and “The gift of imperfection, Let go of who you think you’er supposed to be and embrace who you are”, by Brene Brown. (to be presented by Ivan Kuster).
Click to attend.


Personal coaching tips
In this week we will share again some helpful motivational video links on self-esteem. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Animated Cartoon Short on Self-Esteem and Relationships - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=85oysKCSs8g

Self Esteem Short Film - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxZSRLwQHBs

Self Worth | Short Film - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NKxgf_RLlU

I'm Not Perfect - A short film on self worth - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRZ8a35uQ7w

What is Self Esteem? & Tips to Build Self Esteem | headspace - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQKY4_HwTqI

Self-Esteem/Body Image - Bridge the gAPP - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nl1mtZKFe4w

Influencer Gwendeline Lanoy-Leuteria and this week personal tips

Posted on March 4, 2019 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (4th – 10th of March) an interview with Gwendeline Lanoy-Leuteria, we will share some personal tips as video links with you. Every single day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplif page.

Gwendeline Lanoy-Leuteria: inspires, joyfully at peace

Gwen could you share some information of your family life?
My name is Gwendeline Lanoy-Leuteria. I was born and raised in Curaçao till I was 14 years old, then the family migrated, as one of my brothers because of complications during his birth, needed special care. My mother gave up everything to go and look for the best care possible for my brother whom later died. I still have one sister and one brother. When I was 5 years old my mother and father divorced. Going to live in Holland at that young age, was a big cultural shock for me. A new world opened up for me, as I needed to transform to be able to integrate in the Dutch society.

What was so different in Holland compared to Curaçao?

The way the students addressed the teachers, students were more out spoken and interactive compared to being more submissive in Curaçao; the tools available for students compared to what I was used to in Curaçao, like having limitless internet access and my school even had its own swimming pool; this triggered my curiosity greatly and I became an eager student. I felt free to explore and discover. So this is how migrating to Holland impacted me. As I was attending, what is called the VMBO, from the 3th grade and 4th grade on, I had to do all sorts of internships and I loved this experiential type of education. After the VMBO I went to the MBO and one of my internships was at a social security organization, where I had to attend with clients and learned how to deal with employees and employers and this uncovered my innate social intelligence abilities.

When I went on to attend the HBO, I choose for a specialization in social work. I had myriad of experiences from these internships, like one at the Salvation Army in my first grade; I had to deal with immigrants for Arabic descent, that don’t shake hands with woman; I experienced discrimination, but I was mentored very well and dealt with it well. During especially those years, I learned self reflection techniques, this was mandatory and it little bit uncomfortable at the beginning, but this became one of my basic foundations as a person and professional and it is helping me, until today.

Why is this so important?
Because as it was mandatory, you are forced to dig into your life, so you learn to become better aware of your strengths and weaknesses. In every report related to my interships, this was an essential part, so I got used to doing this, as it was required over and over again. For example you become better aware of your ego, you become better aware of knowing your real self by perceiving yourself as if you are a 3rd person observing yourself. This was awesome and you can also apply this in a group. Both my parents are still alive btw, my mother lives in Holland and I am happily married to Shurendly Lanoy. I have, after years, re-establish contact with my father when I came back to live in Curaçao. In the last 8 months we got much closer.

What are the services you offer and what else do you do for a living?
'Gwen inspires' is my company and it stands for Education and Training others. I am a Mindstyle Coach, trainer and facilitator. I offer workshops, training and coaching with the goal to empower the Man and families.I also work at ACU, one off the biggest credit unions in the Caribbean. I work at the Education department of ACU and working there I fell in love with the 7 principles of Cooperativism and as I firmly believe when people know, understand and live by these kinds of principles, the world would be a better place for us all. 

Do you have business partners?
I started to work as an entrepreneur with Militza Riedel. She gave me opportunities to grow by using the principle of “train the trainers” in the first year we started working together. She design the courses Family budgeting and we have been working together for 5 years now in different projects mostly on “budgetting”. Like the presentation at CITCO during lunch time for example, where she gave me the opportunity to manage the lectures with al the basics from her design with my own style. She has an abundance mentality, which means that she firmly beliefs that there is enough for everybody. She is also an Influencer, you should interview her btw.

My company 'Gwen Inspires' exists 4 years this year, and one of its goals is, to offer educational skills and mindset changes. And all I have been doing these years has to do with my goal. Furthermore I have been working with Ellemieke van Beek we offer outdoors as a trainer/facilitator in outdoor and indoor teambuildings.

Me and My coach and also business partner Elia Augustijn are finally going to start this year with NLP on Curaçao. We will start in March 2019. This practitioner course is for individuals and in the near future also available for companies. 


You inspire people and audiences, when did you noticed that you have this ability first, recently or at a young age?

I come from a family where my mother and my grandmother are very strong women. My grandmother had to raise 5 children all by herself after her divorce and at times had to work 2 jobs to raise them. She is 82 years old and I admire how strong willed she is and she has a great sense of humor. My mother decided to go to Holland when I was 14 years old and is also a strong willed person. She burned all her ships to start a new live in Holland to offer my brother in Holland a better life. So I was influenced at a young age by these wonderfull examples.

People started telling me at a young age about the impact I had on them and so I became aware that I had something special. Then of course, as I grew up in Holland with the educational system they have over there and all these different types of internships, that really shaped me. I once had to work with victims of the human slave trade and because of the color of my skin, as a lot were from Africa, they related easily with me, also proving to me, my inspirational talents.

Were you always interested in inspiring people?

Unconsciously yes, but after so many people told me how I inspire them, I became aware of my power and the name of my company came up 'Gwen Inspires.

Why is it that you spend so much time addressing our men’s and father’s role in our society? Where does this come from?
When I came back in Curaçao, I worked for 3 years at the Marine Kazerne of the Dutch Army stationed in Suffisant, Curaçao (that was the venue that was used) with drop outs of 16 to 24 years old, as part of the so-called “Sociale Vormingsplicht”. Working with these youth, really opened my eyes. During this one year course, I was their personal coach for 4 months working on their motivation, helping creating structure in their lives, stuff like that. What I noticed is, that they lacked a personal identity and they lacked role models in their lives. They distrusted everybody and it is there, that I worked for 3 years with Boys or Men exclusively. I used to discuss themes like menstruation, the importance of integrity, relationships with Women and how to deal with it and I became aware of the myths, dysfunctional perceptions, that they believed in. So I started doing my PG (Pedagogische Getuigschrift), which offers me the formal authority to teach and to develop curriculum. During an internship as subject matter and as a pilot at a school (MTS) during 8 weeks, I focused on the role of Men in our society and in our lives. It is there that I read and studied about the so-called “Boy-problem” and used UNESCO sources.

But I also consider living in Holland from age 14 till age 25 years very impactful, as I grew up fatherless, I got my formal education in Holland and I married when I was 18 years old and divorced 5 years later. Reflecting on my divorce taught me lots of lessons. So both these experiences triggered me to focus on the role of father’s and Men in our society.


What need we Men and Women in our society do differently to achieve more harmonious relationships that is for the good of all?
We need to understand where we come from historically. From the times of slavery up to today, broken families became the norm in Curaçao. Especially the relationships between father and son are challenging. We need to become aware of it (Recognize it) to be able to Release it through communication and other means. After this has happened the healing (Reframing) can start. Then Repeat this cycle. This is what I address in my presentations to audiences and this is also the course outline in my workshops aimed at both genders, Men and Women. If we want different outcomes in the future, we will have to address these issues now, all aimed at enabling mindset changes, so we can have more harmonious relationships.

I checked your facebook page and saw that you are also dedicating time on the need for people to have a personal budget. Where does this come from?
Well I short of roll into this at an early stage in my career and I am still doing this work as I mentioned before when Militza has more projects that  she cannot do alone. And also because it all roles in to other problems for example (relationship problems). Especially the psychological aspects of budgeting, really fascinates me.


How important are mindset changes to create sustainable changes in our behaviors? Are there other ways and means that you use to create support for your ideas?
An inadequate mindset as I mentioned before where lots of our Men unfortunately have to live with, affects their relationships. We are not being taught Emotional Intelligence, that is being aware of our own emotions and feelings, and based on that knowing how to relate with others in a caring and understanding way. That’s why I am a Mindstyle Coach and my motto is 'Bo mente >Bo Arma'. We need to understand that we are not enslaved anymore. We are free and that we can do anything we put our minds to.

What activities have you planned on doing this year?

 I will keep increasing people’s awareness; I will be more consistent on my Facebook page and share practical weekly tips and tools especially for Men and I will continue to offer workshops, breaking down what needs to be done into small palatable pieces. Like I already mentioned NLP activities like master classes with a focus on improving communication and self-awareness/ and celebrating international man’s day.


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be as passionate as you are?
Trying to be a better person every day and at the same time by being a better person, influence those around me. I sincerely want people to choose to live a more peaceful life in this hectic world and I am convinced that if you know better, you will choose better.


How are you trying also to keep up with your skills? Do you like reading books, watching you tubes, follow courses of island, invest in networks and people that might help you further your knowledge and skills level?
Yes I do. I read books and I am continuously following courses. Like right now, I am studying more advanced aspects of Cooperativism. And I have a few other courses planned for this year.

What are your other strengths?
My intuition, when it feels good, it is good. I believe in the God`s power and I am a very spiritual person. I am Roman Catholic by choice and feel in a meditative state during lapses of the day. And of course at the end of the day I selfreflect, all of which feed my intuition. Also I am a people lover. People get several chances in my world.


Do you have hobbies or interests that you are passionate about?
Yes, I love dancing, I love dancing salsa. Yes, I like Christian’s Kuster (and his team) salsa parties they are special they have a very relax atmosphere.


If you as Gwen, 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 joyful breeze entering a room.


How would you describe Gwen in one word or one sentence?
Joyfully full of peace and love.




Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career? Where they always positive role models or where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
Everybody that crossed my path has had an influence in my life ( good or bad). And I am grateful for that. If there would be one person I would say: Iyanla Vanzant, she addresses the men issues in USA. I use some of her videos to illustrate men-issues here in Curaçao. She is my big role model.

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts?
How to do business and develop a business mindset, How to make a living out of your passion. When you are talented you temd to lose focus so I am still learning this and my coach is helping me with this.

In one episode in my life’s journey for example I was “baby sitting” 2 american youth for a living and this opened a totally new world for me and I learned a lot. This happened after the place where I used to work Sociale Vormingsplicht, lost a big part of their subsidy and this really let me land at the brink of an almost burn out, I had health issues and I stopped working for the youth at Sociale Vormingsplicht, although it hurt. At the other hand, I couldn’t afford it to “not complying” with promises, I needed make to those I coached because I was not able to deliver because of lack of funds from goverment. Because of my self reflective lifestyle, I recognized what was going on with me, so I quit.

What was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
My first marriage after 5 years we divorced. I was very young. It was a blessing a truly awakening moment. My biggest lesson learned: “Be less judgemental.” It made me a more mature person. As I already explained, I am good at self reflection so I did selfreflect a lot on this. I asked myself, what could I have done differently. So I also ended up concluding that I shoud apply forgiveness, love without fear and love anyway. I can stiil have a normal conversation with my ex and that says a lot about forgiveness. 


Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now with your business(es)?
An even more powerful influencer, especially for my family, those close to me and especially Men.
That I have expanded my courses aimed at healing Men via my program / school.
As a coach, I am focused on families especially on Men, through empowerment coaching to trigger their mind to change continuously, enabling them to have a happier life, that is why I call my self a Mindstyle Coach.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 20 years years from now?
She has influenced me in such a way that I changed my life, she was the difference in my life.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
My faith and hope that we can do better. And we can’t simply continue doing the same we are doing now and expect another outcome. I firmly belief that people can be changed, if they are handed over the right tools.

Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
Addressing Men in our society is not an easy job, that is why I am pleading to others with the same vision, to let us join forces and team up to address this issue.

For more information Gwen Inspires go to:
Youtube channel:www.youtube.com/channel/UCmcHraWK-TdhhGF2Zna31hA/videos
FB fathers of Curaçao: www.facebook.com/fathersofCuraçao/
FB Gwen inspires: www.facebook.com/gweninspire/

"When your Mind is the weapon you are never unarmed!"

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Gwendeline Lanoy-Leuteria, whom as a strong woman is addressing one of the most challenging mindset issues in Curaçao, being: “enabling new empowered mindsets of men” in our society. We definitely consider her one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at influencing people’s mindsets for the better in our society.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020

As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal 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.



In this week we will share some personal motivational tips as video links. Every single day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplif page.

Iyanla Vanzant Has A Message That Every Woman Needs To Hear - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V0DSD0lvvo

PROBLEMS - Motivational video - YouTube
/www.youtube.com/watch?v14-5-JYtDM

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF - Motivational Video (ft. Jaret Grossman & Eric Thomas) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjZ0KbJcav0

Inspiring: Change the World by Making Your Bed - by Admiral William McRaven - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6OoCaGsz94

Student Motivational Speaker: Josh Shipp - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=QN60zq491VY

Jack Ma: Attitude is Everything (Best Motivational Speech) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v9mPtkVAoPQ

Influencer Wendell Prince and this week tips

Posted on February 24, 2019 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (25th – 3rd of March) an interview with Wendell Prince. We will also share some personal motivation tips as video-links with you. Every single day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Wendell Prince: a positive coach


Wendell can you share some information of your family life?
"My name is Wendell Prince. I was born in Curaçao , I have one sisters and 2 brothers. I have a son and he lives in Holland."

As a former athlete you have always been interested in track and field from a young age on.
"Yes, when I was 12 years old I started. I ran the 100, 200 and 400 meters and did the long jump."


Where did your drive come from?
"My dad was also an athlete and he used to be one of the top athletes of Netherlands Antilles. When I was about 12 years old my dad told me to come along with him with my sneakers and to go with him to the Rif Stadion. We were living at Roodeweg those days, so that was not so far from the stadium. A top trainer/coach from the Southern University of Illinois mr. John Stotlar an American came to Curaçao those days giving clinics in baseball, basketball, track and field. There is where I was introduced to track and field. As my dad was a member of the local sports organization he was very involved and he introduced me to Mr. Stotlar. And Mr.Stotlar asked me to run some 400 meter dash and that first time I was out of gas at the end of the training. That is how I got introduced to track and field. And Mr. Stotlar kept inviting me although I was one of the youngest back then in 1958, in those days OGEM now Aqualectra had chimney stacks sending smoke on the field, we were training in the sand with no starting blocks, so we had to dig holes in the sand to take off when we sprinted, so the conditions were not easy, but that didn’t stop us. In those days I also got help one of the top sprinters those days called Mr. Bloem, he also helped me with sprinting tips.

But it was hard at the beginning and we weren’t members of any club yet. So Anthony Miguel a friend of mine, a specialist in technical numbers as speer and disc, decided to start a club “Olympic”. He became president of the club and I became the vice-president and we got a lot of members from the local neighborhood that competed and the club kept growing and so did also our influence in the Local Track and Field Association, basically we re-activated the Curaçaosche Atletiek Bond, we organized courses to become jury members, and at a very early age I started to coach. The reason for this was, that I developed an interest in books my father had, so before I went to Holland for my higher education I learned a lot, simply by reading a lot on track and field. So I became aware that in other countries they didn’t dig holes as starting blocks. So I decided to import starting blocks, one from Great-Britain and I was unique because I was the only one that had one from aluminium that was very light btw. In 1960 my parents went to live in Santa Rosa, so to train I had to take the bus with my starting block under my arm. But then I also wanted spikes. I told myself that these had to be from a cow leather as via my father I knew that Addidas had these special spikes. They were lighter that other spikes, so I send a letter to Addidas making a request to order these spikes, but they told me that there was already an agent in Curaçao so I should approach the agent and he wanted to stop being an agent anyway, so he helped my approach Adidas to make me the sole agent in Curaçao of Adidas.

This happened and at the age of 16 year I ordered my own special spikes and but also ordered for other athletes their spikes and Adidas bags and I didn’t earn so much with this as I wasn’t commercially motivated. But by 1964, I had ordered so many goods from Adidas that they gave me a golden spike made from Kangoroo leather which became a collectors item as Adidas didn’t make a lot of these spikes. It is now exposed in the Sports Museum. So basically things just happened, I became an athlete via my father, then a coach after I started reading my father’s books and I became an importer of sports goods for athletes and this continued until I went for my higher education to Holland to earn a degree as a head-teacher."


Do you have or had any other hobbies?
"
You know, I was very involved in aviation also. When I was 13 years old I became member of JLB (Jeugd Lucht Briage) and within soon from assistant to sectie commander over 12 cadets. So we got lessons in different subject matters related to aviation like aero dynamics, air traffic controlling and after some years I even became an instructor of sorts because it was obvious that I had leadership talents and I was passionate and very active. Every week I was flying along in airplanes and I got so involved that I wanted to become a pilot myself and even applied to go to the Rijksluchtvaart school, but I failed the test because I was wearing spectacles and in those days you didn’t make the cut if you wore spectacles. But anyways as a teenager I was at JLB during the week-ends and doing track and field during the week until I went to Holland to study to become a headteacher in 1966.



My father was the one whom has mostly influenced me, he was my role model. He himself was a very active person, attending lots of courses like Dale Carnegie, the author of “How to win friends and influence people” And I used to follow these courses as he was following them, so this was very helpfull for me as a leader. So I grew up learning how best to approach people and stop worrying and start living and also evade negativity and focus on the positive side of things and this I passed over to my son also, but also to Churandy Martina, since he was 14 years old, as one of the athletes I had coached over the years, as he was living close to my house in Santa Rosa and we talked a lot in the car going to the training.

Recently I had a presentation for the organization for motor sport and as former Go Cart champion, I talked to a group of 16 drivers whom had passed an advanced driving course. And I elaborated on the mental part of being a go cart driver. I focused, on the mental part of driving, because I am a firm believer of training your mind and of having positive expectations. As a coach I teach self hypnosis as this is one of my other hobbies. At the age of 15 and 16 years old, I was interested in para-psychology and self hypnosis and on techniques on how to visualize better and calm your mind. Some of these athletes meditate, like Shurandy. When I was in Holland, I was once in a trainingcamp and I had to convince a sceptical teacher with some of my co-students as an example that hypnosis exists. This had such a big effect on my teacher, that he always was talking about how hypnosis, when used properly, can benefit people.

When I came back to Curaçao I started a new track and field club called Excelsior and this club also grew a lot. And as I was also interested in computers, I became a computer teacher."



When you were in Holland, did you continue to be an athlete?

"When I was in Holland, I continued doing track and field the 100, 200 and 400 meter dash and relay in The Hague were I lived and studied, but I also wanted to be a coach. So when I came back to Curaçao in 1968, I focused on becoming a better qualified coach and followed my first course in 1976 in Mexico. I was 31 years old and my son was 2 years old. In those days there were lots of trainers coaches from the Russian communist bloc, that went to live in Mexico after Cuba stopped being a communist country. With the help of translators me and Anthony Miguel stayed in Mexico for three months and we stayed in a student complex with very poor sanitary conditions. Lots of attendees left the venue, we stayed and survived these hellish conditions, because the trainers were top and the best of the world. And I really did my utmost to learn as much as possible and all my grades were 10. I was taught far jump, high jump, pole vaulting I even got private lessons so I learned a lot."


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be as passionate as you are still at age 74 to still be a coach?
"Well it started first from books and after that first year I went to more advanced courses in 1977 and 1978, so as I grew and I started teaching. In preparations for the Carifta games in Bahamas 1985, I gave my first international course, which included participants from the Caribbean but also from Canada and parts of Europe. But then I also taught at Puerto Rico and that was at the highest possible level there is, where the best meet the best."

What makes you different from other trainer/coaches?
"What makes the difference ultimately is my attitude. I have this drive within me, that I want to be the best. I want to do everything better then everybody else. So I won a medal as best instructor in Puerto Rico. In 1992 I became a lecturor, this is when you pass the practical and theoretical part of the course, and I became what is called director electorate. This is level 1 and gives you the authority to teach in other countries. My mentor until today is Loren Seagrave and he is one of the best in the world and at times we jointly give clinics especially in sprinting to international atletes. I am on the world list of Lecturors for the NACACTFCA (North American Central American and Carribean Coaching association), with Victor Lopez as president whom was the head coach of the USA during the Carifta games held in Curaçao in 2018. I am the vice-president of that association. So I still read, attend conferences, I still teach and have a life long subsciption for the New Studies in Atletics magazine."

What are your strengths?

"Mentally I always want to be the best. I am a perfectionist. I have developed a lot and I am still developing new techniques based on new insights on biomechanics of a human body.

Like in 2012 in Bahamas Frans Bos from Holland had a presentation and talked about “wip from the hip”-technique where athletes as Hussein Bolt and Shurandy Martina used their strength in an optimal form when they touched the ground and he told me that now he understands what drills were used to develop this technique which I called “fast clow” and I also developed and teach."

When would you stop as a trainer/coach in track and field?
"Well, as long I have life and health I will not stop, because I want to be the best I can be and this is what I tell all whom ask me this question."

So you did most of your coaching and training of different generations of athletes during after hours when you were still at work?
"I did almost all in after work hours until 1-8-2011 when I retired as a teacher. It was only once, when I was coach/trainer of Shurendy Martina together with Bob Kitchen from January till August in 2008, I was on leave from my work as we prepared in El Paso Texas were Shurandy was studying until after the Beijing Olympics. So I am passionate about track and field it is such a big part of my life, so that is why I could do most of the coaching during after school hours."

Can you mention some of the athletes that you have coached, trained and mentored?

"Jairo Duzant, Nathanael Esprit, Churandy Martina, Athwinson Luis, Brian Mariano, Curtis kock, Rachmil Van Lamone, Hensley Pualina, Kim Rossen, Dimitir Julie, Aldrich Jack, Nasya Ramirez, Dominique Zwiep, Dudly Boeldak, Nargelis Statia and so many other younsgters that I don’t even remember their names, but they always greet me when they see me and I am proud and they are proud that they have been to my training in the past."

Could you tell us about go-carting and how important that has been as a hobby or interests that you are passionate about?
"This hobby started small. I went to a demonstration of skelters or go carts, that was announced via newspapers when Arie Mulder and Leo Van Veen from Aruba came to promote this sport in Curaçao . I was already very much in speed. I love it. I had a Toyota Sports car that was speedy, so I went for a test drive and this caught my attention. I bought a go cart myself in february 1974, that I loved so much that I kept it in my living room and I bought a station wagon especially to transport my skelter. Those days Koral Tabak had a small race track and I always studied how to best to take the curves and drove rather slowly. By the mid of 1975 we had our first race in Curaçao and there where two distances one sprint and the other one an endurance race. In the spint I came number two behing Pedro Maria from Aruba in those days the best of the best and in the endurance race I even beat Pedro Maria and it was my first race that I won.

We started Curaçao Carting club, but then we were not always able to access Koral Tabak, so we look for a new venue and found one close to the ariport, which was convenient because of the noise these skelters make. It was 38 acres big and we, after approaching the government had to start a foundation “Stichting ter bevordering cart sport” and the government gave us the lease over this property and we build with the help of Curaçao sche Wegenbouw, one of our board members worked at CWM, a race piste that complied with international standards for go-carts. We build a cantine and in the cantine I had long talks with Arie Mulder a go-cart driver that had competed in Europe and I learned so many things from him. He taught me lots of tips and tricks and the rest was history because I became champion 5 years in a row and competed internationally Aruba, Venezuela and Mexico. Later on I used my experience to share it with others pro-bono. What is often forgotten is that the sports requires technical driving skills especially in the curves and it requires a very good conditioning of the body because it requires endurance to become a winner. But as we speak the go-cart or skelter sports has fallen deeply. If there is one thing I would have done differently in this sports, it would be to design more clear and strict rules and what is and what is not allowed to do with the skelters to create a level playing field. Those with money can get an advantage that can’t be bridged by drivers with a less solid financial backing."

Do you still practice the sport?

"Yes, especially when I am in Holland I go with my son in an indoor cart piste."

If you as Wendell, 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?
"
Sport, I am a sports and life coach, I love communicating with other people."


How would you describe Wendell in one word or one sentence?
"Positive, a positive thinker and I always have positive expectations and can keep this feeling up during the whole day."

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
"My farther as I mentioned before. My father knew so many people if I picked him up and bring him to the bank for example people would pass by especially to greet him, he was liked and respected. My humanity and my loving kindness towards other people, I have from my mother, she had such a great heart where she knew so many people and she could relate with so many different kinds of people. But she also always commended me on “me being a technical genius”, because whatever technical challenge came up at home, she would call me and I would fix it, always. So I was fortunate and blessed to have my father and mother as role models.
In track and field my role model and mentor till today is Loren Seagrave. He is one of the most knowledgeable persons internationally and for him to accept me to work with him, I consider a priviledge and great honor. I once, when I was at the beginners level, gave him a small hint during a clinic of a mistake he made and he accepted that feedback and as of that day he invited me to give clinics together with him. He once even trusted my with the responsibility to train a top sprinter from Nigeria in Puerto Rico. This proves to me how much confidence he has in my abilities as a coach/trainer and as a person and also that what I am doing, is appreciated."

Where they always positive role models or where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
"
I am a positive and also a honest person. I once had to disqualify as a member of the jury at one of the relay post, my own 5 X 200 meters team during a Waaigat run. No body else was there and I still did it. Integrity is important to me and not every one is like that. I have also experienced trainers, luring athletes away from me. I am in this for athletes, so it do feel sorry for these atheles when I see that their performance dimishes. After Olympic, I started another track and field club Excelsior especially focused on youth and we became so succesfull that we could represent Curaçao with athletes from Excelsior only. But this didn’t happen so we decided to start a new track and field federation and I was suspended as a coach. So I stopped as a coach for a while until an athlete, Nathaneal Esprit approached me to train him and as I am a coach for athletes, I put my pride aside, got over it and decided to become an active coach again. My intentions are always positive and I hold no bad feeling towards no one. I keep smiling and greet also those that might have played some tricks on me."


What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts?
"Well, that what we just discussed when people try to trick me, I use it as a stepping stone to grow and stay on the high road."


What was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
Thas was when Nathanael Esprit asked me to coach him. He wasn’t making any progress at the trainer coach that was coaching him. That was a defining moment. You know, I used to train and coach his mother. I had introduced weight training for woman athletes, which was unusual in those days, but as I was studying the international developments I knew that in other countries this was happening. So once during Games of the Kingdom of the Nehterlands (Koninkrijkspelen) in Holland, Maurina won from a dutch athlete that was competing at the European level and that was a big surpise and a great moment in her career and my career as a coach."


Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now with your life?
"A better coach at an even higher level. You are never to old to learn. I read books, visit conferences and I have a subscrition for live of a track and field magazine. But I also develop my own techniques and drills and I want to keep sharing my knowlegde and skill with others."

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 15 years years from now?
"When we meet, they feel great. For example once I was in Santo Domingo for the center american championships in track and field, the head coach of the Jamaican delegation came up to me and told me the following: “One thing I never told you, you changed my life.” I had given him a clinic in Puerto Rico.

Another atlhete from Dominica also told me the same. And after one of our joint clinics with Loren Seagrave and a instructor from Nigeria, in the feedback forms the participants told Loren that I came out as the best instructor, while I know for sure that Loren is more knowledgeable then me. But that is the way I am, I love to Uplift my students and hope to impact their attitudes that is very helpful also in other areas of their life."

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
"Stay optimistic because in the end optimism wins. I love helping people to stay optimistic."

Anything else?
"Yes, I am a member of the Hall of Fame for Sports in Curaçao and I have a condecoration as Officer in the Order of Oranje Nassau. I want to be a role model inspiring others to also get these same types of recognitions."

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Wendell Prince, whom as an international renowned track and field coach has been and still is so influential in the past generations of athletes whom he has trained and coached. We definitely consider him one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at influencing people’s mindsets for the better in our society.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020

As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal 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.|


Personal coaching tips
In this week we will share again some helpful motivational video links. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Before you overthink, watch this - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ICREZm9CtE

How To STOP Negative/Stressful Thinking Once and For All - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=diRQiarlWJc

Working to Live or Living to Work? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNRldP18bH8

What is the Happiness Advantage? by Shawn Achor - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBRy3QrRGFI

Motivational: The Leaders - short film for a great leader - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=B365giypZmw

Thought provoking video by Jim Carrey | Alan Watts - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG7Bgxn2Ysw

Influencer Karel Tujeehut, Master Your Mind Platform Book session and this week tips

Posted on February 17, 2019 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog ( 18th – 24th of February) an interview with influencer Karel Tujeehut. We will invite you to our next Master Your Mind-platform session on the 19th of February at our new venue Mensing’s Caminada from 7 – 9 pm and we will share with you some personal coaching tips based on Dr.Joe Dispenza’s school of thought, as video-links. Every day in the week we will upload one of these links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Influencer Karel Tujeehut: self-assured, innovative, creator of his future

Can you tell us something about your family background?
"My name is Karel Tujeehut and I was born in Curaçao, I have 5 sisters; one recently past away and 5 brothers. I am married to my lovely wife Lorraine and I am a father of one daughter."


We have come to know you as a very committed person, socially involved and dedicated person focused on sustainable development. We know each other since the early 2004 when you worked at Aqualectra, but we met in the Curaçao Leadership Forum activities we used to organize from 2004 till 2012. You were always interested in energy issues and I belief you are still involved in that, right?
"Yes that’s the case ...at this moment I am helping Government with energy policy and implementation here of. I am busy at this moment specifically with three projects. 1) Developing a new energy law, 2) Chairing a deepsea water industry platform to develop this new potential on the island and 3) I am also chairing a Waste management team, in finding a sustainable solution for our waste issues."


You are now involved at the Ministry of Economic Affairs with the designing off or updating of the energy policy as the world is rapidly changing because of global warming issues. Can you expand a little on that?
"I was responsible for realizing a sustainable energy policy for Curaçao. The policy has been accepted by the government and stakeholder and is now in effect. I am now helping the government to implement the policy, execute necessary projects and set-up institutional structures to sustain the policy objectives."

How do you help people?"
Helping people is not about me, but it is about them. You can only help people if they want to be helped. You can share knowledge and ideas, but if people are not open to receive it is worthless. So the essence of helping others is trying to get them into a state to want to receive."


I have met someone an entrepreneur who calls you an Influential Innovative Coach? Can you resonate with this?
"It’s nice to hear that, but I have never considered myself an innovative coach. What I try to do is to inspire people to make use of their own potential.


Are you in some way or the other involved in the Blue Economy, if so what is this Blue Economy and how does this correlated with your involvement in the three projects you have mentioned were you are involved in??
"Yes, I am involved. Blue economy started as sustainable use of marine ecosystems to support economic development, but has evolved over the years as people realized that sustainable use of the marine ecosystems is not possible without being sustainable in a broader sense, for example also on land. People tend to confuse “Blue economy” with cradle to cradle concepts within communities. I am committed to sustainable development in general and in this respect, we have a long way to go on this island. Every way I can contribute to move our living environment to a more sustainable state is one more step in the correct direction. Each step counts.

We can learn a lot from nature with respect to sustainability ….. Nature itself is very sustainable. I glad to see that more and more people start to realize that we need to change our ways. But regretfully we still have a long way to go."


As an engineer you have always been interested in alternative and more sustainable energy, innovation in general and leadership issues. Where does your drive comes from?
"
Innovation and energy has always fascinated me, but it also triggers me to want to know and do more. If you really understand the energy cycle you realize that the beauty of nature and live itself and the way it sustains itself. Sustainability is a logical choice, it’s a pity that many people still do not see that."

You have worked for 28 years at Aqualectra, In what department you used to work or still work?
"I have mostly been active in innovation for Aqualectra and have also occupied different management positions. For example, I was the driver for the implementation of personal computers in Aqualectra, wind energy and solar energy developments, prepaid meters, water bottling and much more."


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
"My father inspired me to develop my technical skills which allowed me to convert thoughts in to physical things and it also inspired me to do sports. I was always good in all kind of sports due to the fact that I understood the technical reason why and the energy fact behind everything.

My general driving force and passion for everything I do is obtained from the lessons I learn from nature and my environment. Nature contains a higher energy source that directs my passion and know-how. Some people call this source God."


Is your thinking and how you deal with your environment as an advisor and translating policy into tangible outputs, based on Quantum Physics? If so were you educated as an engineer in Quantum physics when you were majoring as an engineer? If you later on evolved in your thinking in terms of Quantum Physics can you expand on this a little bit, because this school of thought is rather new…?
"No, this is not based on Quantum Physics (QP), I did not major in QP and no I do not act on the basis of QP. All these kind of theories like Relativity, Quantum, Newton’s law etc. all describe the reaction to an action, but not really describe the reason for the action. I was talking about the reason, the why, of taking certain actions."

You are trying also to keep up with your skills? Do you like reading books?
"Yes I do keep up my skills. I don't like reading books. I only read books if it’s necessary, most knowledge you get from your surrounding just be open for this information. I like to watch informative films and love following courses, invest in networks and people that might help me further to share my messages either of energy topics or other topics. People are in this world because we need each other and we are stronger and better together. Yes networking, in my own way, is one of my main activities."


What are your other strengths?
"One of my greatest strengths is that I know what my weaknesses are. Furthermore, I think another great strength is that I can visualize the future and have the skills to convert this vision were necessary into a tangible reality."


Do you have other hobbies or interests that you are passionate about?
"
I am a nature lover, like to watch golf and love to help people to develop."

If you as Karel, would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
"Hi, I am Karel Tujeehut and I would wait to see how they would react. Based on their reaction I would engage in a conversation."

How would you describe Karel in one word or one sentence?
"Self-assured"

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
"Nobody really. It seems like I always knew what I wanted and most of the time, somehow I created it. I have met different people in my live from whom I have learned a lot, and I really appreciate what they have done for me."


What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strengths?
"Everything happens for a reason. Don’t worry, be happy, it will be fine. Bad does not exist only the opposite. Opportunities are everywhere around you, you just need to open your eyes to see them.

What was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
"My career at Shell international was the most defining period in my live. I learned a lot, it shape me for the future and during this period my daughter was also born. It’s what they call a miracle, the transformation I experienced. And at the end of this interesting development period, I also learned that everything that looks like a setback is actually an opportunity in disguise."

What was exactly the defining moment in your life, or the miracle when your daughter was born? If I may ask that?
"The combination of the birth of my daughter and the experiences around this, my career developments at that moment and my experience shortly afterwards enlightened me to realize that we are taken care of, we have everything surrounding us, we just need to open up to receive."

Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now with your business(es)?
"I hope that I have helped and can still help people to develop themselves."

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 30 years years from now?
"We loved him, may he rest in peace."

If to predict your reality, you have to create your reality as you said and you mention the importance of visualization, have you always had this mindset or is it something that evolved and you mastered during the course of your career?
"
When meditating and reflecting back on my live, I realized that this was always a part of my being, but I only realized this during that defining moment in my life. I do not see this as something special. Everybody has it, but not everybody realizes it. It’s part of being a human being."


What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
"
Why not? Everything that looks like a setback is actually an opportunity in disguise."


Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
"
I see more and more people who are really negative and do not believe in the future. Please understand that the best way to predict the future is to create it. If you predict a negative future you are in fact creating it. So be positive to create a positive one for you and all surrounding you.

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Karel Tujeehut, whom as an engineer has always been and still is influencing, implementing and enabling the implementation of innovative energy policy. We definitely consider him one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at influencing people’s mindsets in our society aimed at achieving sustainable development in general.

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 and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal 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.



Master Your Mind Platform book presentation


This will be on the 19th of February 2019 at a new venue, Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada

Venue: Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada

Time: 7 – 9.00 pm sharp.

Entrance: Free!

We will be presenting the book 'Becoming Supernatural, how common people are doing the Uncommon', by Joe Dispenza (to be presented by Ivan Kuster). Click to attend!





Personal coaching tips

This week’s tips are centered around some personal tips focused on the school of thought of Joe Dispenza as we are presenting Joe Dispenza’s book Becoming Supernatural. Every single day during the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Do this for 7 days and you will see encredible results – YouTube Joe Dispenza
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbmDPLqwWqQ&t=82s

You Can Change - Dr. Joe Dispenza - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8Mo4S-AtUo

5 Steps to Change Your Life - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDbqsgMwxR8

How to apply The Law of Attraction - Dr. Joe Dispenza - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ningM3XIoTg

Dr Joe Dispenza: The Big Three To Create Change and Why It Can be Difficult. - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFleZ7oYMYM

DR JOE DISPENZA - POSITIVE ENERGY | London Real - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVYQ0JeKZy8

 

Influencer Raygen Zuiverloon, Master Your Mind Platform Book session and this week tips

Posted on February 11, 2019 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (11th – 17th of February) an interview with Influencer Raygen Zuiverloon. We will invite you to our next Master Your Mind event on the 19th of February at Mensing’s Caminada and we will share some video-links with you as personal coaching tips on the teachings of LynneMcTaggert. Every single day of the week we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Influencer Raygen Zuiverloon: chill, intense and forward going


Can you share something about your family background?
“I am a father and with my significant other Soraya, we have 2 wonderful daughters of which youngest, Solange, was born very recently. My father and mother are still alive and I was raised by my mother and my grandmother. I was born in Curaçao and I have 3 sisters and 1 brother.”

You were very involved in the Downtown Management Organization (DMO), there is where most people know you from and recently made a career switch and started as an entrepreneur, you are now an event organizer. What else do you do?
"
I have been organizing events for almost 20 years now, including the ones I did while I worked at DMO e.g. Punda Vibes, Ban Topa’s, and Noche De Kompras. So starting Enrich is the natural continuation of my passion to create concepts that bring people together and to build platforms to promote creative talent. Next to my own events, the objective of Enrich is to give creative support to other people’s dreams. In more practical terms, I add value to other people’s endeavors by developing concepts, by doing the marketing and by having the relevant experience and network to make these events/projects happen."

We have come to know you as a very dynamic, talented, entrepreneurial and optimistic person and in that sense you are an Influencer in our society since we met when you were director of DMO. What caught our attention was you someway somehow have re-oriented yourself and as an event organizer, you are involved with Kaya Kaya and The Lounge and I am not sure of other events. Whom are the other partners in Kaya Kaya and can you expand a little bit on what the goals are of this event as this event caught a lot of positive attention? How do you explain the success of this event?
"I think the positive reactions to Kaya Kaya come from our bottom up organic approach, although I have to say we were surprised by the amount of attention it generated as well. One of my Kaya Kaya partners, Kurt Schoop, has been involved in the development of Ser’i Otrobanda for over 10 years. He has been relentlessly working on building social cohesion and on beautification of the neighborhood. This laid a strong groundwork for our Kaya Kaya - event. Our other partner, Clayton Lasten, brings his business savvy and innovative way of thinking, to the table.

What helped is that we all bring a positive mindset and that we prefer doing over talking. With our motto “Leave it better behind” we have committed ourselves to achieve lasting improvements for the neighborhood and its inhabitants. And you know, the inhabitants were more than willing to collaborate with us on this. During the preparations of the venue for the Kaya Kaya- event, for example, they helped us with the beautification of the area by painting their houses and with the clean-up. The inhabitants also actively participated as food vendors, and supported us with the production of the street party. Another aspect of Kaya Kaya is that we’re able to create a platform to showcase our talented local artists. We are very grateful that so many people supported our events. This surely motivates us to continue with this concept going forward."

As an event organizer you need to be very connected and be very able to deal with different types of personalities. In that sense you are influencing a lot of people in a good sense because Kaya Kaya was also a community building project. When did you start getting interested in becoming an entrepreneur? Where does it come from? This question makes me reflect way back to when I was living and studying in Rotterdam in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. When I was in my mid-twenties, I noticed that parties with the music genres Hip Hop, R&B, (Neo) Soul and dancehall were mostly on the outskirts venues of the city and the crowd was not as mixed as it is nowadays. I wanted to bring change to that. During that time, Rotterdam was the cultural capital of Europe. The city council stimulated creative hubs, for example by promoting the use of empty buildings as an incubator for creative talent. As an island boy, I walked around in awe of all that was happening there at the time. After helping other people on their projects, I decided to throw my 25th birthday party in an old abandoned insurance building downtown Rotterdam. We had the top-floor of the building full with open-minded people from all kinds of racial and social backgrounds and we had a great time! Fueled by this, I took the leap and together with a group of friends started throwing events commercially. Every few months we had up to 1000 – 1500 guests that came to our events in different venues in Rotterdam, usually in the OffCorso.
I still love bringing people together and let them have a good time, while also providing a platform to hone the skills of young musicians, DJ’s and other talents. So when I moved back to Curaçao , one of the first concepts I developed was Groove Lounge. Groove Lounge brings my friends and the friends of my friends together for a hip-hop/R&B/Eclectic party that hosts some of the best DJ’s of the island. We celebrated our 10-year anniversary last November. We all got older and many of us need to arrange a babysitter or recuperate for a couple of days after the party now, but I’m happy to say that the vibe was still there. 


Video: After movie: The Lounge @ Papagayo Curacao.

I sometimes jokingly say, that I’m in the ‘memory creation’ business. I hope that people who visit my events take the positive memories and connections they made during the event with them in other aspects of their lives as well."

Are you a full-time entrepreneur?
"Yes, I am doing this full time now. So next to the organization of my own events, I provide creative support for other people and also coach other entrepreneurs in the implementation, marketing and branding of their businesses."

Where does your drive comes from? What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
"When is I was a kid I used to play a lot with Lego building cities and also spend time drawing imaginary countries on a A4 paper. Back in those days there was no SIMS computer game. By living and actively participating in the social growth of Rotterdam I’ve noticed that what truly interest me is ‘creating stages’ for positive change, especially in an urban environment. In short, I just feel an urge to create and to see things improve. When you know me, you know I’m someone that has a lot of energy and has a hard time to sit still."

In what ways are you trying to keep up with your skills?
"Mostly by researching the internet on topics that I need to learn more about. Perhaps even more important is that I regularly hit the streets to connect with people in my branch so I can experience what’s going on." 

As an entrepreneur, you should possess lots of courage, you do this easily. Where does this come from?
"Who said it was easy? We all have days that it is not easy to get up or face a challenge, and that’s ok. As long as I’m making steps, as tiny as they may be, I get there eventually while enjoying the journey."

What are your other strengths?

"I can visualize how I want to experience an event and then work back from that to make it happen. In other words, I can “visualize to realize”. I also thrive under pressure and am highly adaptable to change, which comes in handy as an event organizer."

Do you have other hobbies or interests that you are passionate about?
"When I was young, I loved playing with Lego. Now I share that hobby with my four-year old daughter Jazmine. We are building an awesome Lego city together, even with her Elsa and Moana and other Disney Lego’s that seem to keep appearing. Besides my family, I love sports, basketball especially. Next to watching the games, I’m interested in the ways teams function, the plays behind the scenes and the development of talents. I also like learning about city development and the history of the world, especially why and how things have happened."

If you as Raygen, 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?
"Hey, I am Raygen. Where is the party at?"


How do you see the future of Willemstad?

"The best way to predict the future is to create it. Willemstad has a hardware and a software side. The hardware consists of its buildings, its harbor, its streets and its parks. The software part is what I love to do, by giving the hardware “taste” with the right events and encourage a good mix of functions, so that people like to visit the area and feel connected to it. There are currently many developments in the Willemstad area that runs from “Bapor Kibra” to “Piscadera”. I am optimistic that with continued focus and effort, we can make great improvements in that area in the short term."

Someone once told me that “Curaçao is the island of the future, and it will always be that way”. This triggers me, because I refuse to believe that we cannot achieve better things for our island. I prefer to think that the best way to predict the future is to create it ourselves. This is absolutely possible. We have so many creative and capable people on this island.

Do you have another subject matter that you are passionate about?
"
Another subject I naturally gravitate towards has to do with youth. During my time at Luna Blou, together with Angela Roe, we brought young talent together to guide them and to give them a stage through the Luna Yen Open Podium event. In a broader sense, we need to hone the skills of our youth, for example through better education and afterschool programs. Not only for their own development, but for the development of our community as well. Currently, we are not doing that sufficiently, at least not in a way that is feasible for people with lower incomes."

How would you describe Raygen in one word or one sentence?
“Chill, but also intense, with a perspective of going forward and making things happen."

Who is a positive role model in your life?
“My mother. She had me when she was 15 years old. Nonetheless, she raised me and started her own company. She is very good in what she does. I’m really proud of her and hope to have inherited some of her determination and strength."

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, defining moment that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strengths and turned out to be a blessing?
"
That was back in Rotterdam, when I decided to come back to Curaçao . I was still organizing events, but noticed that times had changed. Friends moved away, had babies, my relationship ended, and my events were less successful. After some self-reflection, and a good talk with my mother, I came to the conclusion that the cheese that I’ve been eating had moved and I decided it was time to come back to Curaçao .

My time in Rotterdam taught me how to be an active participant in a time that the city was booming. I took this mindset back with me when I came back to Curaçao in 2005. I gave myself 10 years to prove to myself that I could be successful in bringing together city development, culture, night life, youth and art. Those 10 years have passed already, and I am happy to see the results of the projects that I was able to work on and I’m now blessed to be involved in Kaya Kaya.

Where do you want to be 10 years from now?
"A couple of years ago, I stood at the Plaza Fort outlook at the Punda side of the harbor enjoying the view with an American that comes regularly to the island. Standing there the American said: “Curaçao is the most developed underdeveloped island I have seen in the Caribbean”. In my opinion he nailed that remark. We have one of the most beautiful Islands in the world and an UNESCO World Heritage city full of potential. But still we haven’t succeeded harnessing its social, physical and economic power.

In 10 years’ time I’d like to stand on that same spot, look out on the city and enjoy how far we have come.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 30 years from now?
“He did it his way.”

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao ?
"
We have everything that is needed to make the island thrive. I meet and work with a lot of young people that are focused on making their communities better. Overall, we just need to be more critical of ourselves, not by bashing one another or by pointing fingers, but by setting higher expectations for ourselves and the people around us."

Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
"Well, one last thing I will say: be careful what you wish for because you can be overwhelmed with opportunities. The question you have to ask yourself is when to say “Yes” and when to say “No”. I’m still learning to say “no” to myself and I’m hopefully getting there soon, because by saying “yes” on too many opportunities, can overwhelm and stray you from the path to reach your goals. What I’m learning myself is to work together and to share opportunities, considering that one person can’t do everything in one lifetime. By sharing, others can take on the opportunities as well and together we can make the pie called “Curaçao ” bigger and more fruitful for all."

For more information on what Enrich offers, go to:
www.facebook.com/Kayakayaparty/
www.facebook.com/GrooveLoungeEvents/

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Raygen Zuiverloon, whom as an event organizer is creatively connecting people in a positive way and helping them to create a positive memory, modeling through his actions positive societal changes. We definitely consider him one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at influencing people’s mindsets in our society.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2020

As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 has been to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal 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.


Master Your Mind Platform book presentation

This will be on the 19th of February 2019 at a new venue, Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada

Venue: Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 – 9.00 pm sharp.
Entrance: Free!

We will be presenting the book 'Becoming Supernatural, how common people are doing the Uncommon', by Joe Dispenza (to be presented by Ivan Kuster). Click to attend!




Personal coaching tips
In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share some Uplifting video links related to the book “The power of 8”, by Lynn Mctaggart. Every day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Lynne McTaggart - The Power of Eight - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FYGRztyR24

Lynne McTaggart - How to do intention: Useful Tips - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKJMZKZNiJc&feature=youtu.be

Lynne McTaggart- Highlights of The Middle East Peace Intention Experiment - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Abvdw1NLo8&feature=youtu.be

Lynne McTaggart: How to conduct a Power of Eight group - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTORJd3s3Ws&feature=youtu.be

Lynne McTaggart and Dr Dacher Keltner discuss the vagus nerve - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-1HhWRcIyQ&feature=youtu.be

Lynne McTaggart and Wes Chapman: How a Power of Eight group session transformed his life – YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=33QduyIeb8w How he overcame his depression?


Influencer Tamira La Cuz, Master Your Mind Platform Book session and this week tips

Posted on February 2, 2019 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (4th – 10th of February) an interview with influencer Tamira LaCruz, we will invite you for our next Master Your Mind-platform session now at Mensing’s Caminada and we will share with you some personal coaching tips as video-links. Every day during the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Tamira La Cruz: a bridge-builder, diverse and global

Tamira could you share with us some of your family back ground?
“My name is Tamira La Cruz, I was born in Curaçao and I have one brother Marco and a very large and dear extended family in Curaçao, the Netherlands, the US and the Dominican Republic. My parents are still alive and have been very supportive in my career. “

Have you ever worked for an employer?

“Yes, I worked for Maduro & Curiel's Bank (MCB) for 4 years at the start of my career. I received a scholarship from them. We have maintained in contact over the years especially with Ron Gomes Casseres and we try to connect and talk to one another every 90 days. About three years ago I went through a transformational phase re-inventing my “niche” as a professional and I am grateful for having been able to talk with him. Ron is a kind of an accountability partner for me and on top of that his more experienced and analytical mind and his quick answers to my questions, where only a few words are enough, that challenges me. There is wisdom in age.“

How long have you now been an entrepreneur and what are the services that you offer to your clients?
“Since 1995 I am offering two things to companies. MarkStra Caribbean helps companies grow their market and therefore their company by looking into new opportunities and help them turn this into reality. Nowadays, most of my clients are international clients; they have a larger business strategy and research system. In the last three years, I diversified from private sector clients to also multi -lateral international agencies that give advice to governments. We help economies and the companies within them to become more competitive, innovative and more export oriented. I also work as an export coach for the Kingdom of the Netherlands.”


When we first met, you were a member of Rotary Club, so you are in that sense also giving to the society.
“I am fortunate as a person, first of all to have the parents that I have. When I was 14 years old back in 1979 and I read in the magazine Seventeen that there was a summer camp in New York I really dearly wanted to go to this summer camp. I am grateful my parents’ courage, because at the age of 14 years, they put me on an airplane and I went to New York. This was 40 years ago in New York and the USA, where just some years after the abolishment of the segregation and only 11 years after Martin Luther King had been murdered. They never took me to Disney World, but they had a lot of courage to send their 14 year old daughter to a summer camp in New York. It was life-changing.

I was also fortunate to get a scholarship from MCB to attend Boston University, after I finalized my secondary school. In that sense MCB recognized my talents, which our system doesn’t necessarily do. I later got my MBA from to the Wharton College in the USA... I did an exchange at IESE Business School in Barcelona, worked in Chile (still under a dictatorship) and volunteered in Colombia and Guatemala (both with internal strife). Al these experiences were life-changing.

I appreciate this so much that I am now, as we speak today, very passionate about offering young adolescents (16 to 17 years old) the opportunity to go to exchange programs, or participate in any international opportunity available to them. I consider it a way to pay it forward.”


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
“I try to pay it forward what I got and I am passionate about that. “

You are trying also to keep up with your skills?

“I do lots of reading, always with a special focus on companies and international agencies, their methodology, identifying best practices. I love meeting new people, new behaviors and new ways of looking at things."

I have always perceived you as an opinionated woman and you are not a shy person, right?
“I try to speak based on data, logic and evidence based. It sometimes comes across as ‘critical’.”





We have heard that you are very innovative in what you do, where does that come from?

“In Curaçao, for historic reasons, we value and listen to opinions of professionals working in rather conservative sectors like accountancy, lawyers, tax lawyers, civil servants. They are wired to think in terms of ‘maintaining what there is’ and to ‘group think’. In my profession, I am constantly looking for new developments and opportunities and see if I can create value for my clients. And after doing this for over 30 years, adding international insights, it becomes ‘automatic’ and I have gotten increasingly better at it. This skill stands out as unique amid the sea of conventional thinking, based on the same premise, in Curaçao. Working outside of Curaçao, I also realized that we can be more transparent, opening opportunities for people with different expertise. To me it is obvious that people with my mindset are not valued.“

What are your other strengths?
“I have always been ‘the bridge’, everywhere I am, and also in Curaçao.”


Do you have other hobbies or interests that you are passionate about?

“I am very much involved in organic perma culture and natural farming. I lived in Spain in 1993 and saw that they were growing things in a very arid climate comparable with Curaçao. This inspired me. So after I came to Curaçao and I talked to my father to join me in setting up a project. He said: ‘Go read this book first’. After some ‘debate’ and hesitancy I did read the book and have been reading and experimenting with organic gardening ever since. I am now also on the board of Soltuna, Agricultural Marketing Foundation.”

If you as Tamira 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?
“That is tough; I would ask them first about themselves and then tell them that part about myself that fits the conversation and context.“


How would you describe Tamira in one word or one sentence?
“A bridge, diverse and global.”





Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
“My mother is the daughter of immigrants and an extremely very pro-active woman. When she was 28 years old she started the first club for women in Curaçao back in 1963 by passing the articles of law at a notary to formalize it, during a time when woman couldn’t even sign certain legal documents. She is a big role model for me. My father used to be a civil servant, but still had lots of initiatives like he started a chicken farm back in 1970-ies and later sold it. When I met the new owner some time ago he told me that this farm, when he bought is, was way ahead of its time and still is. So both my parents are out of box thinkers, way ahead of their time. I respect them dearly.
Ron Gomes Casseres as my former boss and also Orlando Cuales. I worked for Radio Curom Z-86 when he started to localize radio and transformed radio in Curaçao in the beginning of the eighties. I think both are 20 years older than I. I have a few more mentors of that same age difference. It’s the sweet spot, I think.”

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strengths?
“I am a business economist by profession and when I came back I started my company in 1995. Although I was helping companies in their growth strategy as part of their marketing strategy, many people thought I was doing the creative and design part of it. That is why I started 10 years ago to re-positioning myself to a business strategist and am now a recognized economic and private sector development expert for SIDS. It took a lot of effort because Curaçao is not known by multilateral agencies or countries for economic development programs and experts, and because my experience on the national policy level in Curaçao was and continues to be limited. It is often required to ‘break through’ internationally. I cannot tell you how many times I got rejected in Curaçao, for the simplest things. However, I had invested in acquiring current knowledge about competitiveness (Global Competitiveness Index) and red carpet (World Bank Doing Business), both of which proved to be perfectly timed. I am, after all, well-versed in finding new opportunities and building bridges. All the work I have done in economic development is with international consulting agencies because I built the bridge.The lessons learned: invest, be more responsive than your competitors, show off your uniqueness and diversity.“

What was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?

“When my significant other died 2,5 years ago. I started to look at things differently because I received a warm bath of empathy not only from friends, but also from relative strangers because I could sense their humanity. I became more empathic and I now deliberately connect with people on a different level now. Also, I deliberately try to be ‘diplomatic’. I omit and delete phrases, word choices, that are unnecessarily suggestive. That was a great lesson."

Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now with your businesses?
“Retired.”

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 25 years from now?
“She lived her life and she was fortunate to have a great one.”

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
“We still have great areas of strength to uncover and to learn to put to use to the growth of our country. If all had been discovered and uncovered, there would be no way forward. I also know that we still have Spirit to fight. I wrote that article ‘A dozen and four reasons to choose Curaçao for business’ a few weeks ago. Check this link: 16 sterktes van Curaçao voor zaken en privé.
Tamira La Cruz | Jan 17, 2019.
It was published by several local papers to coincide with the BB4B Forum (Bon Bini for Business). The greatest reward was how Yu Di Kòrsou reacted. It gave everybody a much-needed ‘aliento’. I realized we were not emotionless about our country and circumstance. That is a great thing!”

Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
“We need to appreciate whom we are and not “waltz over” our diversity that has created whom we are on this moment in time, but recognize this as our strength that adds value to our country.”

As the core group of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Tamira LaCruz, whom as an entrepreneur is modeling to other entrepreneurs how a local entrepreneur can work and thrive by working mostly in foreign markets. We definitely consider her one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at influencing people’s mindsets in our society by her example.

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 and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. This goal has only been partially met. We now want to reach this goal 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.

The first Master Your Mind Platform book presentation
This will be on the 19th of February 2019 at a new venue, Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada
Venue: Chit Chat Café at Mensing’s Caminada
Time: 7 – 9.00 pm sharp.
Entrance: Free!

We will be presenting the books 'Becoming Supernatural, how common people are doing the Uncommon', by Joe Dispenza (to be presented by Ivan Kuster) and 'A short history of nearly everything', by Bill Bryson (to be presented by Michiel van der Veur).

Personal coaching tips
In this week we will share some helpful motivational video links. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

What Is Synchronicity? Ask Deepak Chopra! - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Pb1NC-Tcbw

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

Tony Robbins on the Best Piece of Advice He Ever Got - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=if1AeoHbZ8k

Tony Robbins - Best Story Ever - Inspired a Pimp! - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8KQ7egNyYU

Tony Robbins - Life's Too SHORT - #BelieveBites - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKRW3K_N-Tw

Purpose and Meaning | Dr Wayne Dyer (The Shift) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b53A1cBlPk


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