Lynda Hovens (40+), is married and a mother of two daughters.

While she was working during the day as a caretaker, Lynda completed her degree, at the age of 40, as an Interior Designer and Color Consultant and started her own company .

As a freelance writer she provides inspiration on a daily basis for many interior websites. In her day job, as well with her online readers, Lynda tries to make the world a better place. She believes that, the way to make a difference, positive interaction between people is needed.

She is the initiator and organizer of Instaswap, the largest online feel-good event in The Netherlands. Spreading more kindness is the key motivator behind Instaswap and this has moved hundreds of people to invest time and consideration in a complete stranger.

Why? Because they can!

Social media impersonal? Not in her corner of the World!

Her Ted Talk:

Well, that was my first boundary I broke today. Getting on this stage is way out of my comfort zone. Social media does not have to be impersonal as long as you invest a bit of time and just be you. I can’t change the entire world but I can change my own world and maybe yours a bit. I organized an event with a few other bloggers. No matter what you are or what your life is like, kindness, we all appreciate it. A former queen once said that social media made us impersonal. I am sorry but that is not true as long as you put some time in it.

The Instaswap is the reason why I am here. Insta stands for Instagram and swap to exchange. How does it work? You send me an email with your Instagram account. I collect the emails and I random choose a partner for you. Than what? You don’t know the person, what are you going to do? Go to the Instagram account and look at the pictures of the person that was assigned to you. Than you can see what this person is about, you can also see what this person likes, nature, clothes, shoes. Find out whom you are going to send your swap to. You start to make, create or buy something to give to this person. Still you don’t know the person but you can still make them feel special and make them smile. There are no budget rules. The cliché is that it is all about the quality not the quantity. A date will be send on which we all send out our swaps. When you receive it you open it. You make a picture and you post it on your Instagram account. Than you see that giving is so much easier that receiving. You receive, you are exchanging kindness.

That is a harder part, to receive. I speak for all the participants as I say that it was really amazing to receive something, a feeling that you keep for a few days. And there were a lot of beautiful pictures. People took the time to make something for you and that makes it very special. Instagram was filled with beautiful pictures with heart-warming gifts. The first time I organized it on Instagram was in 2013 with a lot of people that wanted to join. It grew so much in the second editions. In that sponsors donated goods and I received more and more emails. The third edition was amazing. I had to hire volunteers. Normally I want to do things myself but I could not do this by my self. I made a website. But I did not have a lot of money but it worked to communicate. I introduced an idea but it does not work when no one wants to join. I did not earn any money, I did not invest and I did not bring in world peace. But I gave 800 the chance to make someone smile. I had 800 emails in my inbox, 800 that wanted do something for someone else, 800 donating their time to this.

Well, what can I say? No world peace as I said. I can’t change the world, but my world, and maybe your world a bit if you swap along.  

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Msemaji hodari Lynda Hoven’s atazungumza kuhusu ‘wema ni lugha ambayo kila mtu anaweza zungumza’ Lynda mwenye umri wa miaka arobaini na juu (40+), ameolewa na ana binti wawili.

Alipata shahada katika kozi ya ‘interior design and colour consultant’ wakati huo huo pia alikuwa anafanya kazi ya caretaker.Alianzisha biashara yake kuhusu kozi hii.

katika kazi yake ya uandishi, anawapa watu kila siku msukumo wa tovuti wa ‘interior design’. kwa kazi zake zote nilizotaja hapo mbele, anajaribu kufanya dunia mahali bora. Anaamini kwamba kuboresha maisha, lazima kuwe na mwingiliano wa watu.

alianzisha na huandaa instaswap, ambayo ni sherehe ya kufurahisha huku holland. kueneza wema ni muhimu kwa kuhamasisha kwenye Instawap na imevuta watu kuwekeza wakati na kuzigatia mtu hatujui.

kwa nini? kwa kuwa wanaweza

social media kutoathiriwa na hisia? si katika sekta yake ya dunia

katika mazungumzo yake ya Ted atafafanua.

‘Social media’ inaweza kuwa chochote unataka ikiwa unawekeza muda yako na unajijua na unajitambua. Haijalishi wewe ni nani,unahitaji wema.

Instaswap ni neno inayounganisha ‘instagram’ na ‘kubalisha’. Kimsingi, kujiunga na kampuni hii, unatumia Lynda barua pepe ikiwa na jina lako kwenye mtandao wa instagram na jina lako kamili.Lyndia kisha huchanganya jina hizi na kuwagawanya ili kila mtu apate jina ya mtu mwingine. Basi, baada ya kupata jina, unafaa kumnunulia mtu huyu mgeni zawadi au kutengeneza zawadi. Kwa kudadisi picha zake kwenye instagram unaweza pata wazo ya vitu anazopenda.

Lynda hisisitiza umuhimu wa kuzingatia hisia na ubora wa zawadi badala ya hela utakazotumia au nambari ya zawadi. Isitoshe, anafafanua hisia anazopata anapopokea zawadi hizi. Kuona kwamba mtu asiyekujua anaweza kukujali na kukutumia uwema kutoka kona yoyote ya dunia inafurahisha. Kisa hii ikiendeleza, watu wanaweza kueneza hii uwema kwenye mtandao wa instagram. Watu hujitolea kusaidia hii kampuni kwa kuwa wameongozwa na wema unaoendelezwa kwa mtandao huu.

Lynda huwapa wasaidizi pongezi kwani bila msaada wao bado hii ingekuwa wazo tu. Sasa kuna watu mia nane wanaohusika kwa wazo hili na kusambaza wema duniani na bado wanazidi.