My name is Glorymar Hernandez, but I prefer to be called “Glory”. I was born in the capital of Venezuela, Caracas, and grew up amid the crowds of the city, the tranquility of the Andean mountains and the joy of the Caribbean coast. A mixture that has taught me to enjoy wherever I am, that aroused my curiosity to know the world, and that has helped me to adapt, with relative ease, to changes. I have a degree in Philosophy, my research works are in Philosophy of Language. Since 2019 I have been working as a Spanish teacher. I decided to start teaching my mother tongue thanks to my experience learning other languages. I had the opportunity to live for a year in Ireland, where I went to learn English and, currently, I am in Italy, where I have had the opportunity to learn Italian. These experiences allowed me to realize that, although seeking perfection when trying to “speak like a native” is the ideal, what really matters is being able to communicate, make ourselves understood and be open to the experience of knowing other cultures and understand that there are many different points of view. Professionally, I have had the opportunity to work in different contexts such as banking, outsourcing consular procedures, and teaching at university level. The biggest lesson I learned from these experiences is that I am not an office person. I prefer to own my time and have the freedom to work wherever I am. For this reason, I have decided to dedicate myself to teaching Spanish online and to enter the digital world. I consider myself a very curious and versatile person, that is why in my free time I enjoy handcrafting (such as sewing or knitting), volunteering, being in contact with nature, and trying to learn new things, like playing the guitar. Regarding my geographical preferences, the beach and the mountains are my main refuges, because I can escape from the noise of the city and connect with myself. That is why I would like to be able to live with my husband on a mountain, not far from the sea.
My name is Luis Guillermo Castro Martin. I am a philosopher specialized in philosophy of mind and language. In particular, I am interested in the nature of consciousness, and the way in which we experience and interpret the world. I started my studies at the Central University of Venezuela in 2006, where I obtained a bachelor’s degree in philosophy (2011) and a master’s degree in logic and philosophy of science (2015). In 2012, the university offered me a position as a professor of philosophy and I taught several courses there until 2017, when I enrolled in a PhD program at the University of Genoa, Italy. I have also published several papers in philosophy journals and participated in various international events. In 2020, while writing my PhD thesis, I realized that I had been immersed in philosophy for too long and decided to use my experience to rejoin the real world. In my years studying philosophy, I have learned many things, but the most important is that the world is what we make of it, there is no ultimate truth, no final word. We create our reality. Knowledge has somehow separated us from others and nature, perhaps it can also reunite us. Although I was born in Venezuela, my family is a blending of different nationalities and traditions. I have lived and studied in different countries, which are all part of who I am and what I want to be. My actions define me, not my nationality or my origins. I do not believe in borders or limits; they are only in our minds. The sensation of not belonging can be liberating, once we realize that, by not belonging somewhere, we belong everywhere. I speak three languages (Spanish, English, and Italian) and I enjoy learning from other cultures, as well as transmitting the values of my own. I also enjoy music, sports and nature. I am the author of “Fragments of Mind” on Substack. A space for thinking outside the box, while discussing philosophical matters.
Mandy Shrimpton is the quintessential people’s person. Mandy believes that success is measured by the quality of our human-relationships rather than the results we manifest through sheer will. Mandy firmly established herself as the heart of the non-profit organisation that she co-founded and ran with her adoring husband for 17 years. Mandy loves walking in nature with her family, hugging trees, and preserving the environment. She also enjoys being creative and is particularly fond of painting flowers. As a very happily married and devoted mother to four children, Mandy has cultivated a deep appreciation for the culinary arts and relishes the spare moments she gets to watch her favourite cooking shows. This initiative reflects how Mandy sees the world, helping to create positive synergy. Fostering unity and courteous community, building partner relationships and motivating affiliates. Born and bred in Africa, Mandy understands the concept of Ubuntu. I am, because we are. Together we can make the world a better place. Using her skills and experience to make a difference. Helping others see through the fog of new technologies, avoid common marketing mistakes and develop better business strategies. With a subtle blend of motherhood and effective project management, Mandy is the perfect professional partner, to show others the merits of this initiative. Shining a light on the path to prosperity, while not losing our footing in family values and humble humanity. Sharing is caring, while enriching ourselves spiritually and materially. We cannot give freely, if we don't have. "Sometimes the world makes more sense, through the eyes of a mother. Using protective instinct and family fortitude, to help one another." ~ Mandy Shrimpton
Taking our past into the future with Carolina Reviglio! Carolina enjoyed a carefree childhood in the Piedmont countryside. With many cousins and friends, the passion for culture was instilled from an early age. Surrounded by beauty and art in the family mansion Cimena, expertly curated by her grandmother namesake, Carolina. On the paternal side of the family, her Venetian grandmother was equally influential. The unique character and rich culture of Venice, epitomizes Carolina. While travelling often, she feels most at home, in the isles of Venice. Schooled in Italy and the United States, lived in provinces throughout the length of Italy, Carolina considers herself truly Italian, with an international vision. “My country is rich in heritage, but poor in the pocket to keep it so. It saddens me to see so many buildings in a state of disrepair.” She has honed the skills of renovation and interiors of historic buildings, since 1987. Learning by trial and error, spurned on by failure and ultimate success, Carolina has grown and prospered. Now is the time to give back. Helping artisans of all disciplines to find work and ply their trade with pride. Matching projects to professionals and vice versa. As Heritage Doyenne, Carolina’s primary contribution to this unique initiative, is to encourage the participation of Heritage Ambassadors. This cause is yet another open avenue, to take our past into the future. By intertwining culture and heritage, to create more synergy. “Only once we fully understand where we come from… and truly appreciate our heritage… can we imagine a fabulous future filled with the richness of our past. Life is ours to design!” ~ Carolina Reviglio
Been there, done that... doing it all over again! A product of South Africa. Born in 1963. Childhood was black and white, but soon turned to colour. The terrestrial globe was an object of fascination. Listening to shortwave radio since the age of six. New languages, cultures, interesting places. Travelling the world from 1986, and still going strong. Digital nomad. Can travel ~ live ~ work ~ anywhere. Home is where the heart is. Finally found love. TECHIE Tripping out the house electricity, since the age of 7. Disassembling anything with internal wires. Built first computer in 1977. Started coding in BASIC, and eventually 13 programming languages. Capable on 15 hardware platforms, 10 operating systems, from mainframes to personal computer. Database administrator in 12 flavours, and 4 CAD packages. Still on the leading edge of technology. INTERNAUT Discovered the information highway in 1982. Learned early that an IP address, was not a place to pee. Fortunate to be working near C.E.R.N. in 1989, and listening to WWW talks, directly from Tim Berners-Lee. Opened an Internet Café in Geneva, circa 1993. Provided Internet training, consulting for many years, watching (with dismay) the commercialization of the Web. Greed, power, monopoly. AFFILIATE MARKETER Devoid of obtrusive advertising, this was an attractive alternative. A great way to monetize the Web, without adverts, spam, nor MLM. Keeping it fair in revenue share, has been the author’s obsession since 1996. Creating the Internet Affiliate Marketing Association in 1999. Failed. It’s easier to herd a thousand cats. Never losing hope, iAfma.org has been resurrected, and the mission is to teach, the perceived mystery of residual revenue. It’s not difficult. Most people use it every day. Companies like Amazon were built on the revenue share business model. Anyone, anywhere can participate & earn. MENTOR & PHILANTHROPIST Now retired, but never busier, the author is keen to give back. Helping others, find their way towards financial freedom. Success is not all about money, but money is what makes the world go round. To that end, there are now 45 initiatives in place, that enable anyone, anywhere to generate residual revenue, while caring for the world around us. Herby is fully disposed to those who wish to help change the status quo. Together we can create more synergy, foster community, and generate revenue, for everyone concerned. Rather teach how to fish. Charity begins at the cash register. CONSERVATIONIST Many of the initiatives in this book, reflect various concerns of the author. There is no Planet B. Having learned how to pick up plastic, from an early age, Herby has continued that trend going on seven decades. Getting involved with every conservation project, within conceivable reach. Walking countless dogs, trapped in animal shelters, and catching feral cats for sterilization. He has the scars. The hardest task of all, was walking anti-rhino patrols in South Africa, for three years. A tragic, first-hand experience, of just how fudged up we are, as a supposedly humane society. Shame on us. YACHTSMAN An accomplished nautical navigator, keen adventurer, the author finds sanctuary on the high seas. Currently putting together plans for a 170 foot explorer yacht. The readers of this book are invited to come along, virtually and/or in person. We are looking for capable crew members/readers to enlist. AVIATOR Commercial MEL IFR pilot, and head always in the skies, this skill is being put to good use. Several of the initiatives in this book, use wings to further the cause. Flying abandoned pets from kill to no-kill shelters, food, and vet bills. Herby hopes this will off-set carbon footprint sins, and begs forgiveness.