Influencer Kenneth Hooten: educator and enabler

In this week’s blog (10th of January – 16th of January 2022), we will interview Kenneth Hooten; we will invite you to our next MYM Book presentation on the 18th of January; also we invite you to our next Personal Journey – 11 that will start on the 22nd of January 2022. We will also share some short videos on ‘Fundashon Splikami’; “Equality-Equity-Inclusion-Ubuntu” and we will upload one of these videos every day on our page.

An enabler of fellow citizens in the


Could you share with us some information about your family life?
My parents came from Surinam and I nowadays represent the family Hooten in Curaçao. They established themselves in the 1940s/50s in Curaçao. My father and mother had three sons and one daughter, she is the youngest of the children. We were all born in Curaçao. I am the third son, married and blessed with a son and daughter. In 1976, I went to the Netherlands to study and I returned back in 1992 as a Technical Chemist.

Could you share something about your educational background and your experience?
Back in Curaçao in 1992, I started working at the ‘Antilliaanse Verffabriek’. They recruited me. I started working as an Assistant-Manager. On a personal level, my journey started with this crucial question I was asking myself: “How to bring the Curaçao (neighborhood) society to a higher development standard”. Using my basic knowledge and practical experiences in the field of Chemistry, Automation, Technology, and Education.

We know you to be the founder of Splikami. Can you expand a little on this?The “What”?
A foundation aimed at Knowledge transfer, which includes knowledge & practical experience that is necessary to bring the individual to a higher development level.

International, national, and the Island its own social-economic developments don’t stand still and they show an unequal pace of growth compared to what is happening in the (neighborhood) society on Curaçao.

By making an educational environment available for everyone in the neighborhood(s), where effective knowledge & practical transfer at the neighborhood level can be achieved, with a low-threshold approach.

Emphatically, where it is the most necessary, especially in neighborhoods with lesser socio-economic status.  We here refer to our neighborhood Marchena and other close-by neighborhoods.

For whom?
It is intended for the (neighborhood) society, with priority for those with lower socio-economic status and/or development.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be who you are right now?
During my student years, I acquired the necessary knowledge and practical experience, that I want to make available for the development of our fellow citizens in order to achieve a better and prosperous Curaçao.

What are your plans for the coming years and when do you consider that you have been successful in your personal and business/professional life, let us say 5 years from now?
I have undertaken different actions, from the early stages on from 2006 up until now. I now have Splikami completely at my disposal to work on our goals, and it is 100% operational. The aim for the coming 5 years is, to make this operational component available at a higher level, but now also at more locations on the island level, aiming to reach a larger group within our society.

What are the challenges that you are dealing with? And how are you dealing with these different challenges you confront?
Our challenges are three-fold:

The organization and structure> Necessary for effective implementation of the objective is to have and maintain a Dynamic Organization, an NGO with its own governance.  We have our organizational structure.

Location > Our own technical and practical location is in the middle of the district of our target group. We have our own location in Marchena/Wishi.

Slikami location in Marchena/Wishi

Finance > Being financially sufficiently stable to be able to maintain the operations in a sustainable manner. We put in our own resources and we work based on donations and subsidies.

Do you use your inner voice to evaluate when dilemmas show up? How does that work for you?
Based on my own gut feeling and with the team’s knowledge we took actions, implemented what we thought was right and it worked and resulted superbly, and it has been effective for us to this day.

How are you trying also to keep up with your knowledge and skills levels?
By constantly following new developments and including them in our program and making this available to the target groups after evaluation for relevance.

What are your strengths?
Having a good and solid technical basis. This has resulted in our ROI being on the positive. These strengths, in combination with a dynamic and well-functioning operational organization, explain how far we have come until now.  

Do you have hobbies or interests that you are also passionate about?
Having one’s own good and a solid technical foundation has not come out of the blue, being a researcher since my birth, being a critical person, always curious about the new, only convinced when I implemented something myself, brought me to engage in – Digitization/Automation – Chemistry/Physics/Mathematics, Technical Agriculture including Alternative & Sustainable Energy and Sustainable Developments using the medium EDUCATION.

If you as Kenneth would meet a stranger on the bus (let say in New York or Bogota Columbia) and they would ask you to introduce yourself, what would you answer?
A simple person, hungry and curious about learning new technical developments, and open to sharing this knowledge and experience with others.

Who are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
My blessed Pap and Mom. Both passed away.

What is a trait that is still a work in progress?
Answering requests for help (our objective and drive) if this is always relevant, if it is still up-to-date and how to keep this feasible.

What was a defining moment in your life?
The moment I studied in the Netherlands, where I decided to do what I liked as a part of my nature. The addition of Digitization/Education in my curriculum and studies.

Where do you want to be 10 years from now with your career?
Looking back with satisfaction at my achievements for the good of Curaçao society.

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends, and others to say about you let’s say 20 years from now? That they would talk with satisfaction of what I have accomplished for the good of the Curaçao society.

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, recession, and in the middle of growing environmental challenges because of the global warming consequences?
There is an ancient Chinese proverb that goes: “When the wind of change blows, some people are building shelters, others build windmills.” My (our) vision, my drive, is the same as building windmills. This combined with action that is empowered by others with whom we talk, discuss and share our thinking. By doing this we constantly recalibrate our starting points to set out our path and then we take action. That makes me stay optimistic.

Contact information:
Fundashon Instituto Splikami (FISP)
Schottegatweg West 52, Marchena

Website: www.splikami.or
Phone: +599 9 465-6767
Cell.: +599 9 510-5201
WA:+599 9 560-3028

One of the 250 Influencers of Curaçao

Kenneth Hooten is a curious, idealistic, passionate, social entrepreneur and educator with a focus on bringing the Curaçao (neighborhood) society to a higher development standard. A researcher since his birth, always curious about the new, has made him a broad multi disciplinarian, which includes Digitization/Automation – Chemistry/Physics/Mathematics, Technical Agriculture including Alternative & Sustainable Energy and Sustainable Developments. By deliberately choosing to focus his attention on those living in neighborhoods with lesser socio-economic status, made him start Splikami in 2006 and establish the Splikami offices in Marchena. Splikami has been active since then and aims to expand their wings to other neighborhoods, with an infectious enthusiasm. For all this, we deeply love and respect Kenneth, and we consider him one of the 250 influencers of the islands representing the “not for profit”- sector, focused on neighborhood development. Look at the list of the Influencers we have interviewed or reported on, up to now.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2021

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

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 the delivery of the vision;
– Coach and build a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values 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.

Next MYM-platform session via Zoom

Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 18th of January (the 3rd Tuesday of the month) via Zoom, where we will present the next two chapters of the book “Think and Grow Rich” and the book “Radical Forgiveness”.

Think and Grow Rich
Chapters 11 and 12 of ‘Think and Grow Rich’ will be presented Sidayene Van Tys-Senora. This book has been called the “Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature.”

It was the first book to boldly ask, “What makes a winner?” The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world’s winners himself. The most famous of all teachers of success spent “a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort” to produce the “Law of Success” philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one. In the original Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles. In the updated version, Arthur R. Pell, Ph.D., a nationally known author, lecturer, and consultant in human resources management and an expert in applying Hill’s thought, deftly interweaves anecdotes of how contemporary millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, achieved their wealth. Outmoded or arcane terminology and examples are faithfully refreshed to preclude any stumbling blocks to a new generation of readers.

Radical Forgiveness: A revolutionary Five-Stage Process to: Heal relationships; Let go of anger & Blame; Find peace in any situation.  By Colin Tipping.
Experience the Liberating Power of “Radical Forgiveness”Is there a divine purpose behind everything that happens? If you’re willing to embrace that possibility, every aspect of your life can change. This is the theory behind Colin Tipping’s revolutionary method for experiencing the freedom, peace, and renewed energy that come with Radical Forgiveness. Radical Forgiveness gives us step-by-step instruction in what begins as a healing process, and culminates in an entirely new way of living in the world.Radical Forgiveness with more than a dozen tools that can help us find peace in a difficult work situation or let go of painful events from the past, this book offers quick, easy-to-use practices and clear insights for exploring the transformative Radical Forgiveness process. Topics covered include:
• How to transform difficult emotions like anger, fear, and shame into unconditional love, gratitude, and peace
• The five essential stages of Radical Forgiveness, and how they help us transcend the victim archetype and embrace the inherent perfection of life
• The Radical Forgiveness Worksheet―an effective and easy-to-use tool for tapping into your “spiritual intelligence” to resolve grievances.
“Radical Forgiveness is much more than the mere letting go of the past,” writes Colin. “It is the key to creating the life that we want and the world that we want.” With Radical Forgiveness, he puts that key in our hands. “Radical Forgiveness” will be presented by Ivan Kuster.

Date: 18th of JanuaryTime: 7.00 – 9.00 PM
Entrance fee: Free

Subscribe by emailing us: and we will send you the Zoom link so that you can participate in our presentation of this book. 

New workshop of 15 weeks in Papiamentu on Emotions starts on the 22nd of January 2022

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

Nos ke yudabo den desarojá esaki, dor di ofresé bo un “personal journey” di 15 siman: 
• maestría di bo emoshonan;
• kon di deshasí di emoshonan atrapá;• biba un bida mas intenshonalmente;
• skucha bo intuishon mas mihó pa asina bo por ta mas kreativo i
• kon di laga loke bo a sinja bira un kustumber i transformabo komo persona.

Personal Coaching tips

This week we will share some short videos videos on “Fundashon Splikami”; “Equality-Equity-Inclusion-Ubuntu” and we will upload one of these video every day on our page.


Equality, Equity, and Social Justice – YouTube

Equity and Equality – YouTube

Inclusion Makes the World More Vibrant – YouTube

What is social inclusion? – YouTube

Michael Tellinger: Ubuntu Village, South Africa, Anunnaki – Short Documentary – YouTube

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