Meet Jacques DM Gimeno

"This may sound odd and ironic but what inspires me most is the negativity that is so prevalent everywhere. I've heard so much about how people think there's really very little we can do to change the world and this inspires me to prove something; that something real could only be ideal and unattainable when we choose to limit our selves to what we see at the present moment and refuse to go against the tide of selfishness and hope for something better and... actually do something about it."

What inspires you?

This may sound odd and ironic but what inspires me most is the negativity that is so prevalent everywhere. I've heard so much about how people think there's really very little we can do to change the world and this inspires me to prove something; that something real could only be ideal and unattainable when we choose to limit our selves to what we see at the present moment and refuse to go against the tide of selfishness and hope for something better and... actually do something about it.

Tell us about an issue that matters to you and how you became aware and involved.

Genocide. I came to know about it shortly before the devastating event in Rwanda back in 1994. I'm very passionate about fighting for human rights and during those days, when most of the world was tuned in to the elections in South Africa and the ethnic cleansing in Yugoslavia, I believe humanity failed the Rwandan people. This matters a lot to me because it was a total waste of human life ... something the rest of the world could have easily stopped if not prevented.

Share your perspectives on what makes a good leader.

In simple words, a good leader has to have a heart that's bigger than his or her ego. Experience, skills, and intelligence can be developed over time, but if a leader does not feel for the people then there is not a single reason for him or her to be in the position to start with. I look up to the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Teresa, and Mahatma Gandhi for putting their people first.

Do you think TakingITGlobal can help you achieve some of your goals? Have we already?

Absolutely because it's a good platform for people to come together and work on something that's really substantial. The Internet has opened so many doors to people and has been instrumental in both good and bad situations. TIG's edge is being different, but not out of touch; basic but significant. What TIG needs to do is be more aggressive because people are being enticed by less educational and less relevant social networking sites. As a result, we see the likes of YouTube and Facebook raking in millions of users.


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