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In the Heart of Mexico City: Love Rediscovered 28000 days on love

by Hector H. Lopez

In the vibrant streets of Mexico City, I found more than just the cultural heartbeat of Latin America—I rediscovered love and redefined my entrepreneurial ambitions. This is my story, a deeply personal narrative that explores the transformative power of relationships in shaping our destinies. Join me as I share the journey that reshaped not just my personal life but also my vision for social entrepreneurship.

The Catalyst of Change

It all started with a chance encounter that seemed almost fated. Meeting someone so unexpectedly who not only challenged but complemented my worldview, sparked a journey filled with passion and profound revelations. This experience taught me how deeply personal connections can influence our paths, pushing us to explore beyond the familiar boundaries and redefine what truly matters.

Emotional Rollercoaster

Navigating through the...

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AI in Latin America: a Delicate Dance of Progress & Peril 28000 days on tech

by Hector H. Lopez

In today's world, artificial intelligence (AI) is a double-edged sword—both a harbinger of massive potential and a bearer of significant risks. In my latest vlog, I explore this delicate balance through the lens of Mexico City, a vibrant and complex metropolis that exemplifies the diverse applications and implications of AI in Latin America.

AI as an Everyday Ally

Mexico City, with its blend of ancient culture and bustling modernity, is an ideal backdrop to demonstrate AI’s integration into daily life. In the vlog, I share how AI has seamlessly become part of the urban fabric—helping me navigate the city on an electric skateboard, enhancing public transport with smart buses, and connecting me with the city's deep cultural heritage in innovative ways. These examples show AI's potential to make life more efficient and enjoyable, illustrating its...

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Visión de BeNeXT Global para una Educación Transformadora y Accesible 28000 days futuro las americas next global scholars on education

by Hector H. Lopez

En 2013, BeNeXT Global se embarcó en una misión para empoderar a individuos a convertirse en las mejores versiones de sí mismos a través de oportunidades educativas innovadoras. Hoy, mientras navegamos a través de importantes cambios demográficos y los desafíos de la educación global, BeNeXT se encuentra en un punto crucial, liderando un movimiento transformador hacia el espacio edtech para democratizar el acceso a una educación de alta calidad para los 79 millones de latinos en edad universitaria en las Américas.

Cambios Demográficos y Oportunidades Educativas

Discusiones recientes han resaltado una tendencia demográfica convincente: mientras que la matrícula universitaria en general está disminuyendo, la comunidad latina experimenta un crecimiento robusto en la...

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A Tale of Love, Adventure & Entrepreneurship 28000 days on love

by Hector H. Lopez

Today, I'm excited to share a deeply personal story from my own life—a tale of love, adventure, and entrepreneurship that began in the vibrant heart of Ciudad de Mexico.

Finding Love Amidst Entrepreneurial Struggles

As many of you know, entrepreneurship isn't just about the bright moments; it's also about overcoming challenges and pushing through tough times. My journey in Ciudad de Mexico was filled with such challenges. After seven relentless years of building my venture, I found myself questioning everything. The financial strains were immense, and the personal sacrifices were even greater. Despite loving what I do, I reached a point where I nearly gave up.

It was during this period of doubt that something unexpected happened. I met someone—an amazing doctor and surgeon, who was as accomplished in her field as she was understanding of the...

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Fuerza Bruta: A Journey of Transformation in Buenos Aires 28000 days on the arts

by Hector H. Lopez

Today, we draw inspiration from an extraordinary experience — the Fuerza Bruta show in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a spectacle that reminds us of the urgency and beauty of living life to the fullest.

Experiencing Fuerza Bruta

Fuerza Bruta, translating to 'Brute Force,' is more than just a performance; it's an immersive theatrical experience that challenges the senses and perceptions of its audience. The show combines dynamic music, aerial displays, and innovative use of space to create a visceral experience that captivates and moves its viewers. This powerful performance metaphorically reflects life's unpredictable twists and the relentless passage of time, pushing us to consider the intensity with which we pursue our own lives.

Lessons on Life's Urgency

The core message of Fuerza Bruta resonates deeply with BeNeXT Global's mission to empower individuals to live...

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Resilience in Entrepreneurship: Lessons from BeNeXT Global's Journey 28000 days next global scholars

 

At BeNeXT Global, we understand that the path to success is often paved with challenges. Entrepreneurship is not just about having a groundbreaking idea or exceptional skills; it’s equally about resilience—the ability to bounce back from failures. A recent video shared by our founder vividly illustrates this point, offering a personal glimpse into the trials and tribulations faced while trying to make a meaningful impact on the Latin American community.

The Role of Failure in Growth

Failure is a formidable teacher. In the realm of entrepreneurship, setbacks are not merely obstacles; they are opportunities for growth and learning. Our founder's story during the challenging times of the pandemic highlights how personal and professional hurdles were pivotal in learning to adapt and persevere. This narrative aligns with BeNeXT Global’s ethos that every setback...

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Launching from LATAM: Why Mexico City is the Entrepreneur's Dream 28000 days

by Hector H. Lopez

Mexico City is not just the vibrant heart of Latin America but also a burgeoning hub for entrepreneurs. At BeNeXT Global, our mission is to empower individuals through innovative educational opportunities, and Mexico City's dynamic environment exemplifies the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship we strive to foster.

A Personal Connection to Mexico's Rich History

For many, including our own community members, Mexico holds a personal and historical significance that enriches their entrepreneurial journey. The deep familial and cultural connections to Mexico inspire a profound commitment to the region, driving many to relocate and invest in the bustling metropolis of Mexico City.

The Allure of Mexico City for Entrepreneurs

Mexico City offers a unique blend of modern facilities, rich culture, and accessible opportunities that make it an ideal launchpad for...

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BeNeXT Global's Vision for Transformative, Accessible Education 28000 days benext global
 

In 2013, BeNeXT Global embarked on a mission to empower individuals to become the best versions of themselves through innovative educational opportunities. Today, as we navigate through significant demographic shifts and the challenges of global education, BeNeXT stands at a pivotal juncture, spearheading a transformative move into the edtech space to democratize access to high-quality education for the 79 million college-aged Latinos in the Americas.

Demographic Shifts and Educational Opportunities

Recent discussions have highlighted a compelling demographic trend: while overall college enrollment is declining, the Latino community is experiencing robust growth in higher education. Currently, there are 7 million college-aged Latinos in the United States and an additional 72 million in Latin America, poised to redefine the academic landscape. Despite these numbers, this...

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I'm Not Lost, I'm Exploring 28000 days benext global

In a world still grappling with the challenges of a pandemic, the notion of feeling 'lost' can often overshadow the spirit of exploration. Yet, as BeNeXT Global continues to navigate these uncertain times, our journey reflects a profound commitment to discovery, innovation, and the pursuit of meaningful societal impact. The podcast episode "I'm Not Lost, I'm Exploring" encapsulates this ethos, illustrating how our paths, though seemingly meandering, are integral to our mission and vision.

Exploration as a Pathway to Innovation

Traveling through various cities during a pandemic might seem daunting to many, yet for BeNeXT Global, it represents a unique opportunity to redefine how we operate and engage with the world. The pandemic has imposed significant constraints on traditional business and community activities, prompting us to explore new avenues for our organization's growth and...

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Empowering Growth: Kamala Harris & the Path Forward for Latino Entrepreneurs 28000 days benext global
 

In an era where dialogue and action are crucial for economic recovery and growth, Vice President Kamala Harris's involvement with the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) signifies a pivotal moment for Latino entrepreneurs across the nation. The discussions held with the USHCC and various government officials highlight a profound commitment to leveraging the vital role that Latino businesses play in the revitalization of the American economy. At BeNeXT Global, these developments resonate deeply with our mission to foster entrepreneurship and community leadership.

A Focus on Inclusive Economic Recovery

Vice President Harris's remarks at the USHCC legislative summit underscore the Biden administration’s dedication to supporting Latino businesses, particularly through the American Rescue Plan. This plan allocates significant resources, including $15 billion...

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Presidential Dialogue: Biden & the US Hispanic Chamber on Empowering Latino Businesses 28000 days benext global
 

In a pivotal moment for Latino entrepreneurship across the United States, President Joe Biden, Secretary Yellen, and key figures from the Small Business Administration joined forces with the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) to address the pressing challenges and potential of Hispanic businesses. This gathering wasn't just a meeting; it was a vibrant dialogue on empowering one of the fastest-growing segments of the American economy. At BeNeXT Global, where our mission is to foster entrepreneurial growth and community development, this dialogue resonates deeply with our core values.

A Commitment to Latino Business Success

During this landmark session, the USHCC outlined the profound impact Hispanic businesses have on the national economy—contributing an astonishing $800 billion annually. With over 4.7 million Hispanic-owned businesses that span every...

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Beyond Boundaries: BeNeXT's Global Odyssey of Social Innovation & Community Leadership 28000 days benext global futuro las americas next global scholars

Embarking on a journey that spans continents and cultures, BeNeXT Global is pioneering an odyssey of social innovation and community leadership that transcends traditional limitations. Recently, I boarded a flight that marked the beginning of an exhilarating chapter in our mission—connecting bright minds across the Americas to foster groundbreaking projects on a global stage.

A Convergence of Visionaries

From the vibrant streets of San Jose, Panama, to the bustling energy of Mexico, and ultimately, the historic corridors of Washington, D.C., our path has been anything but ordinary. The culmination of our efforts was a series of discussions before world leaders and multinational organizations, such as the Organization of American States, highlighting the exceptional contributions of our NeXT Global Scholars.

These young visionaries, hailing from diverse backgrounds and...

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United by Spirit: Celebrating Resilience & Latino Community Values 28000 days

by Hector H. Lopez

In the face of adversity, the strength of a community is not just tested but also displayed in the most inspiring ways. My journey through 2020, a year fraught with global crises and personal challenges, has underscored the profound resilience and unwavering spirit of the Latino community, a cornerstone of BeNeXT Global’s mission.

The Power of Community in Tough Times

"Todo mundo everybody," a phrase my friend Leroy often used, encapsulates the essence of our collective struggle and triumph. During my toughest moments—facing a global pandemic, family health issues, and personal uncertainties—I witnessed the incredible strength that comes from community support. It’s a strength that turns adversity into opportunity, hardship into unity.

At BeNeXT Global, we are driven by the belief that our communities are not just groups of people living...

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Spirit of Innovation: An Entrepreneurial Journey & the Art of Tequila 28000 days

by Hector H. Lopez

In the heart of Mexico, where tradition and innovation ferment together in harmony, lies the spirited journey of Juan Antonio Alvarez Borjas, the visionary behind Licores Morin. Our encounter with Juan Antonio not only offered a taste of exquisite tequila but also provided profound insights into the entrepreneurial spirit that drives Mexico’s beloved tequila industry. At BeNeXT Global, where innovation meets tradition, Juan Antonio’s story resonates deeply with our mission to support entrepreneurial ventures that embody both heritage and innovation.

The Art of Tequila and Entrepreneurship

Tequila is more than just a beverage in Mexico; it is a craft, a culture, and a catalyst for community and economic development. Juan Antonio Alvarez Borjas, through his leadership at Licores Morin, has transformed this traditional craft into a global phenomenon by...

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Canvas of Dreams: Germán Barbosa's Journey of Art & Resilience in Bogotá 28000 days

by Hector H. Lopez

In the heart of Bogotá, amid its vibrant clash of cultures and bustling streets, lies a story of resilience and dreams—this is the story of Germán Barbosa and the GEBA Art Gallery. As part of BeNeXT Global's commitment to spotlighting transformative journeys worldwide, we dive into Germán's narrative, which encapsulates our mission of fostering creativity and resilience through social entrepreneurship.

A Tale of Artistic Resilience

Germán's journey began with a vision, much like many endeavors do. In Colombia, a country rich with tradition and bursting with artistic potential, he saw a glaring need: artists had no space to showcase their work. The art scene was gated, a fortress held by the elite, inaccessible to many talented individuals simply due to their backgrounds or lack of connections. Germán's response was to create...

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Flavors of the Future: Chef Jorge Davalos & Guadalajara’s Next Generation 28000 days benext global

by Hector H. Lopez

In the vibrant streets of Guadalajara, amidst the bustling markets and historic plazas, a culinary revolution is taking place, led by one of the city’s most innovative chefs, Jorge Elvin Davalos Ruiz. This revolution is about more than just food; it’s about dreams, aspirations, and the future of an entire generation. At BeNeXT Global, where our mission is to empower and inspire, Chef Jorge's story resonates deeply with our core values.

Culinary Dreams as a Catalyst for Change

Chef Jorge Davalos has transformed the act of dining into an inspirational experience, proving that food is a powerful medium for storytelling and cultural expression. As we shared a meal and discussed the power of dreams, it became evident that Chef Jorge's kitchen is a classroom where lessons in resilience, creativity, and innovation are served alongside delectable dishes.

Our...

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Bogotá Dreamscapes: Harold Higuera & the Power of Artistic Alliances 28000 days

by Hector H. Lopez

Visiting Colombia is an experience that ignites the senses and the spirit. From the pulsating beats of Carlos Vives to the profound strokes of Fernando Botero, Colombia’s rich tapestry of culture and tradition isn’t just observed; it’s deeply felt. This vibrant cultural milieu forms the perfect backdrop for our latest venture with BeNeXT Global, where we explore the transformative power of artistic alliances in achieving big dreams on the international stage.

During my recent journey through Bogotá, I had the privilege of being guided by Harold Ernesto Higuera, a visionary in Colombia’s art scene. As we navigated the bustling streets, the city’s dynamic energy—infused with a rich history and burgeoning modernity—served as a vivid reminder of the potential that creative collaboration holds.

The Heartbeat of...

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Paths of Inspiration: Tapping into the Soul of Latin America 28000 days benext global

by Hector H. Lopez

The allure of Latin America is not merely in its picturesque landscapes or its rich history; it's embedded deeply in the spirit of its people and the vibrancy of its cultures. At BeNeXT Global, we believe that to truly understand the soul of a region, you must immerse yourself within its communities, embracing both the beauty and the challenges. This philosophy drives our mission as we traverse the continent, engaging with diverse groups to fuel our initiatives centered on creativity, innovation, and social entrepreneurship.

Journey Into the Heart of Innovation

Traveling through Latin America offers more than just a change of scenery. It fills our creative tanks and pushes us towards the uncomfortable, sparking transformational ideas. Each stop on our journey is an opportunity to connect with local visionaries—artists, scientists, educators, and entrepreneurs...

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Empowering Change: How Social Entrepreneurship Defines BeNeXT Global 28000 days benext global

by Hector H. Lopez

At the core of BeNeXT Global lies a commitment to social entrepreneurship, a mission that drives our every action and inspires our every project. Through this recent episode of our vlog we delve deeper into what it truly means to be a social entrepreneur and how this approach is not just a part of our work—it is our work.

A few years ago, I embraced the path of social entrepreneurship with a vision to build a movement of thinkers, creators, artists and entrepreneurs dedicated to crafting innovative projects with a purpose. This decision was born from a realization that the traditional corporate pursuit of profit does not fulfill the deeper human need to make a positive impact in the world. Instead, at BeNeXT Global, we place purpose at the forefront of our efforts, believing that the true measure of success is the difference we make in the lives of people and...

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Dreaming Big: The Essence of Innovation at BeNeXT Global 28000 days benext global

by Hector H. Lopez

In this episode we delve deep into the concept of pursuing ambitious dreams against all odds—a theme that resonates closely with the heart and soul of BeNeXT Global. As I reflect on my journey and the significant milestones along the way, from being an underdog at Georgetown University to challenging the political establishment, I'm reminded of the power of unwavering determination and the importance of dreaming with purpose.

Throughout my life, each dream, whether realized or deferred, taught invaluable lessons. These experiences, especially my academic years at Georgetown, instilled a profound understanding of service and its impact on humanity. It's not about monumental acts of heroism; it's about making a difference within your sphere, however small it may seem. This philosophy is central to BeNeXT Global's mission.

A Journey of Impact

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Building a Legacy: Lessons from the Past to Shape the Future of BeNeXT Global 28000 days benext global

by Hector H. Lopez

The story of my grandfather, a man of remarkable tenacity and vision, offers not just a personal family tale but also a guiding light for what we aspire to build at BeNeXT Global. As we continue our "28,000 Days" series, this second episode, prompts us to reflect deeply on the legacies we inherit and the ones we wish to leave behind.

My grandfather began his journey with little more than courage and a relentless drive. Dropping out of school in the sixth grade to become a traveling salesman across Mexico, he laid the groundwork for what would become a thriving tire business in Coahuila, Mexico. His leap into becoming a radio executive further exemplifies that necessity indeed breeds creativity—a belief deeply embedded in the ethos of BeNeXT Global.

At BeNeXT Global, we draw inspiration from such pioneering spirits—individuals who see potential where...

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Living Each Day with Purpose: The Core of BeNeXT Global 28000 days benext global

This is the inaugural episode my vlog, where we explore a profound question: With only about 28,000 days in a lifetime, what will we do with each one? This reflection is not just a philosophical musing but a call to action that lies at the heart of everything we do at BeNeXT Global.

Life, as I see it, is an extraordinary adventure—a series of opportunities to chase dreams, collaborate creatively, and build meaningful relationships. This perspective drove me to embrace social entrepreneurship and establish a movement dedicated to cultivating thinkers, creators, leaders, artists & entrepreneurs. These are individuals who not only aspire to innovate but are committed to projects with a profound purpose.

For the past five years, my journey has taken me across the globe, from bustling cities to secluded natural wonders, meeting people from all walks of life. Each person's...

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