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This in me in holiday mode in Nicaragua The ThinkingShift blog gives me an opportunity to indulge in topics that interest me or keep me awake at night – particularly the erosion of our civil liberties in today’s surveillance obsessed society.

I also explore topics such as sustainability and global climate change; politics and social issues; endangered species; knowledge and information management; and anything that is just plain weird, bizarre, disturbing, wonderful or curious. For those who want to know if I know what I’m talking about (which is highly unlikely!) I have degrees in History (US History); Law; Education; and Chaos and Complexity.

I’m a keen amateur photographer so the ThinkingShift blog is liberally peppered with my efforts. But I post most of photographic work on my photo blog –Ā  ChinchillaBluePhotography. For those who want to put a face to a name, here’s a picture of me (Kim Sbarcea) in Nicaragua (I don’t live there, I was visiting). I live in New Zealand. I blog about about my life in New Zealand, so come over and visit this blog if you’re interested. You can contact me by leaving a comment on the ThinkingShift blog or you can email me at

25 Comments Add your own

  • 1. John Daly  |  April 15, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    Why is your photo labeled “in Nicaragua” if you are in Australia? Why are you interested in libraries?

  • 2. thinkingshift  |  April 15, 2007 at 8:24 pm

    Hi John

    I travel to interesting places in the world as much as I can. I very much liked Nicaragua, hence a lot of my photos are from there (also Namibia, Brazil and Portugal). I’m a former librarian and maintain my interest in the library world as it’s pretty exciting stuff!
    Thx for visiting ThinkingShift.
    Kim Sbarcea

  • 3. kennedy kiptoo  |  May 3, 2007 at 8:45 am

    we are so glad that you are reconsidering kenya among those places to visit.despite the flamingos kenya posses alot of beauty in terms of the flora & the fauna.kindly let us know when you will be interested to visit so that we can make your safari a memorable one.
    thank and hope to hear from you soon.

  • 4. Arvind  |  August 4, 2007 at 10:27 am

    Hi Kim, Arvind here from India. I stumbled upon this page looking for online presence of Peter Checkland! Saw one of your posts. I should check out your posts your other as well now. Am interested in Information representation !
    It would be nice to exchange notes


  • 5. Margaret Greenberg  |  October 30, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    Hi Kim – I stumbled across your blog while searching for the nexus of Pos. Psyhcology & Servant Leadership – what a find! I love how you think and how you write! I am fascinated in your Knowledge Management concept and tapping into the strengths of the aging workforce — love the engineer story, too.

    If you haven’t already, checkout — a group of fellow alumns from the first-ever Masters in Applied Positive Psychology at The University of Pennsylvania write columns each month on applications of PP in the workplace, medicine, education, life, etc. Warm regards, Margaret

  • 6. thinkingshift  |  October 30, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    Hi Margaret
    Thank you so much for your kind comments and welcome to the ThinkingShift blog! I will most certainly be checking out the link you provided. I know of the Masters at Uni of Penn – it sounds fabulous. I am very keen to further my explorations into the power of PP, particularly to my area of expertise, which is knowledge management. I hope to do many future posts on my thoughts and will welcome your feedback.

  • 7. Jules  |  February 19, 2008 at 4:03 am

    Hi Kim,

    Great entry on Europe — I know France well, as I was brought up there and lived there for about 30 yrs. now Working in Aus. and have no intention to return….

    The psychological impact of unemployement, low wages, low opportunities is terrible – across all classes in France. And the immigrant violence is appaling. I was sickened by the anti-war stance in Irak, which amounted to bolstering Saddam and his psycopaths. Europe is wallowing in leftist group think, suicidal pacifism and a beleif in big govmt. Steven Den beste had a great website covering this, with French engineers and such writing in .

    very sad, considering the refined culture that is dissapearing.

    Keep up the good work.

  • 8. Noel Jenkins  |  June 22, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Hi Kim. I enjoyed looking through your blog that mirrors a lot of my own interests (which eventually find their way into teaching materials for the geography classroom.

    best wishes


  • 9. Joanne Kim  |  November 26, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Hi Kim,

    Your blogs about the surveillanced society and the art world is amazing.
    The concepts and the perspective on surveillance in todays society is actually something
    am i exploring for my artwork. I have just completed my gradshow, but it was encouraging
    to find that someone was in the sam mind frame as me and the concerns on this surveillance
    culture we are sort-of embracing? anyways love your blog.



  • 10. thinkingshift  |  November 26, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    thx Joanne šŸ™‚ would love to know more about your artwork. Do you have a blog?

  • 11. hamshik  |  March 21, 2009 at 5:30 am

    Dear Kim!
    Iā€™m a student at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh. I am taking a class about blogs and have created one called Climate Surprise. The focus of my blog is about the causes and effects of incredible climate changes, my perceptions about them and how they lead to the extinction of the earth. I found your blog and it relates to mine and I plan on adding a link to your blog.
    If you have a few minutes, you can check my blog at: If you would like, I would really appreciate it if you can also link my blog.

    Thanks for reading.

  • 12. Murali  |  April 7, 2009 at 7:08 am

    Hi Kim
    As I could not find a way to send a message to you using this mode.

    2 serious happenings from EU and China. Hope they have hit your feeds.

    What is your perspective on the following

    Looking forward for your comments on the above.


  • 13. thinkingshift  |  April 7, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Hi Murali

    You can always email me on – many readers do that if they have something to tell me or discuss and would rather not leave a comment. But leaving a comment on the blog will also get me!!

    I came across the issue of ISPs and the EU yesterday and am yet to recover frankly! I will blog on this issue. The second URL you gave me – I didn’t know of this so thx. I will do a spot of research and be back soon with a blog post.

    Thx Murali!

  • 14. Andrew Hill  |  July 21, 2009 at 6:15 am

    Thought you might like to check out this little privacy gem…

    Look forward to reading your blog on this one

  • 15. thinkingshift  |  July 21, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Hi Andrew

    Let me look into it and no doubt a post will be forthcoming. Thx for the sharing! Kim

  • 16. Kangnamgu  |  August 12, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Thought you’d find this interesting. A new law passed forcing South Africans to register their cellphones to include their personal details: full names, identity number, address. With this information every person in South Africa (as practically every person owns a cellphone), is walking with a tracking beacon in his pocket.

    News article:

  • 17. thinkingshift  |  August 12, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    WHAT??? Prophet Kangnamgu – thx for the tip. I will look into & do a post. I was too busy looking this week at proposals in the EU that would threaten civil liberties, so South Africa escaped my attention.

  • 18. Lammy Junior  |  September 16, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Hi Kim,
    I have a site which is related to one of your post. Do you want to do a link exchange? Let me know if you do. I already sent you an email.

  • 19. Peyton Farquhar  |  December 11, 2009 at 4:04 am

    Hi Kim,

    Stumbled upon your blog when one of your posts re: online privacy was suggested by wordpress on my blog – complementary blogging!

    Keep up the good work.


  • 20. thinkingshift  |  December 11, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Hi there Peyton

    Great to see you on the TS blog – are you interested in online privacy too?

  • 21. Sharifah Raudhah Alqudsy  |  October 10, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Hi Kim!
    I just heard of your name as the trainer for an upcoming KM certification workshop in Kuala Lumpur.
    I thought I say hi firsthand before we actually meet face to face next week.
    Enjoyed your writings and delighted to find David Gurteen and your name appeared together in my Google search.

    Look forward to your visit.


    • 22. thinkingshift  |  October 12, 2011 at 2:33 am

      Hello Sharifah

      Yes, I’ll be there next week and looking forward to meeting you all and spending a few days together. I’ve known David for a few years now – I believe he’s due in NZ very soon actually.


  • 23. VeniVidiVici  |  June 4, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I have to say I’m thoroughly enjoying your blogging, it’s inspirational stuff for someone who just writes as a hobby. I really have to put the energy in and make my own blog one day.

    Keep up the good work.

    • 24. thinkingshift  |  June 4, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      Thank you VeniVidivici – my mind is sometimes completely muddled and drained – but the blog is my attempt to bring clarity, even if I don’t answer all the questions I raise šŸ™‚

  • 25. Erika Kinetz  |  February 4, 2015 at 7:55 am

    I’m the Shanghai correspondent for the Associated Press and I saw your blog about tiffany outlet. I’m working on a story about online counterfeiting and would like to speak with you about your experience with the site. Please email at
    My best regards,
    Erika Kinetz


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