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"Making Smart Communities that are Accessible, Liveable and Sustainable for All"​

The Smart Community Podcast is a hub where Smart and exciting people from all around the world come to discuss all things Smart City, Smart Town, Smart Region - anything that makes a place more liveable. Together we can create the Smart Community Collective.

Disclaimer: All content is representative of personal opinion only and is not associated with any company, organisation or government agency.

The Smart Community Podcast Zoe Eather

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"Making Smart Communities that are Accessible, Liveable and Sustainable for All"​

The Smart Community Podcast is a hub where Smart and exciting people from all around the world come to discuss all things Smart City, Smart Town, Smart Region - anything that makes a place more liveable. Together we can create the Smart Community Collective.

Disclaimer: All content is representative of personal opinion only and is not associated with any company, organisation or government agency.

    Smart Health in Regional Areas, with Bruce Winzar

    Smart Health in Regional Areas, with Bruce Winzar

    In this episode I had a really fascinating conversation with Bruce Winzar, the Executive Director of Innovation & Digital Services and Chief Information Officer responsible for Information Technology, Architectures and Applications, Innovation & Research at Bendigo Health. As part of our spotlight on the regions this month, I wanted to speak with Bruce specifically about his experiences fostering Smart Health initiatives in the Bendigo region of Victoria. In this episode, Bruce and I discuss how as visit to Amsterdam in 2007 sparked his interest in Smart Cities and Smart Community concepts, and why he believes it's so important for the economic and community development in regional areas.

    Bruce explains the power of the strengths-based approach to Smart Communities in regional areas, which for Bendigo means a focus on Smart Health initiatives. He shares a bit about the projects he's working on, including the new Bendigo Hospital ICT and ePR project, with its focus on data and innovation via a Startup Centre. He tells us how having a mix of key players and regional champions is important for integration, as is creating an intentional ecosystem and environment of collaboration.
    We finish our chat talking bout the emerging trend of refocusing on change management when building Smart Communities, and why glossing over the change management process in the past has been detrimental.

    A quick warning that there are a couple of audio glitches in this episode however I think you will find this conversation fascinating and enjoy the insights Bruce shares into Smart Regional Health. As always, we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it!

    Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community

    Connect with Bruce via email bwinzar@bendigohealth.org.au or @cio_bh on Twitter and follow Bendigo Health via the Facebook Page

    Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community

    Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @SmartCommHQ

    The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital.

    • 22 min
    Resourcefulness and Resilience in Smart Regions, with Julia Spicer

    Resourcefulness and Resilience in Smart Regions, with Julia Spicer

    In this episode I had a brilliant chat with Julia Spicer, Founder of two regional businesses based in Goondiwindi, Qld - Engage & Create Consulting and the Goondiwindi Business Hub. Julia and I met recently at the QRRRWN conference where I did a workshop, but actually we know each other from way back when I was living in Roma. Julia's mission is to contribute to the vibrancy and viability of rural and regional Australia by helping businesses grow so she was an obvious choice to interview for our 'Spotlight on the Regions' series.

    In this episode Julia tells us about her background in regional Queensland, what sparked her interest Smart concepts and how they can provide real opportunities for small communities in regional areas. We discuss the concepts of resourcefulness and resilience as objectives for Smart Regions, how the social fabric of a small town can be a blessing and a curse, and why it's so important for communities to have a sense of control over their own destiny. Julia shares a bit about the opportunities and challenges that face regional communities to do with leadership, integration, and narrow funding models that can limit the ability to solve problems quickly. We talk about supporting regional employment through drought, and the Townsville Flood Recovery Centre as a great example of effective integration of many different disciplines, industries, governments and community groups. We cover the need for digital connectivity and the divide that still exists between regional and metro areas in accessing it. Julia tells us about the emerging trend of women in agribusiness and their role in regional economic development, and she shares a quote about women changing the world but she can't remember the author. It's actually from the Dalai Lama at the 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit, and the correct quote is that 'The World will be saved by the Western Woman.' So, keep an ear out for that.

    We finish our chat with Julia telling us about some of the projects she's currently working on in her own regional community. As always we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it!

    Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community

    Connect with Julia via email julia@engageandcreateconsulting.com.au

    Connect with Engage and Create Consulting on Facebook and Instagram @engageandcreate

    Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community

    Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @SmartCommHQ

    The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital.

    • 46 min
    BONUS | Where to next for Smart Cities and Communities? (Part 7)

    BONUS | Where to next for Smart Cities and Communities? (Part 7)

    I'm back with another bonus episode of the podcast that brings together multiple guests answers to the question "Where to next with Smart Cities and Communities?" And this time I'm sharing with you the answers from December guests, plus a number of our guests from earlier in 2019:

    • Heath Raftery from Episode 113
    • Vitor Pereira from Episode 106
    • Cornelia Levy-Bencheton and MIke Barlow from Episodes 114 and 115
    • Chad Renando from Episode 145
    • James Peet from Episode 146
    • Karen Corr from Episode 147
    • Paolo Galelli from E148
    • Nathaniel Mason from E149

    Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community

    Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community

    Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @smartcommpod

    The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital.

    • 22 min
    Episode 150 Celebration: Ask Zoe Anything

    Episode 150 Celebration: Ask Zoe Anything

    In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, host Zoe Eather is back in the hot seat! In celebration of this being episode 150, Zoe and producer Ellen Ronalds Keene sat down for a chat where she answers questions from you, the audience of the Smart Community Podcast.

    We can't believe we're at 150 episode and it's fitting that this celebratory episode is the first episode of 2020. 2019 was a whirlwind year and 2020 is shaping up to be just as exciting.

    Zoe answers 3 questions today from the many that were sent through via LinkedIn and email. Thank you to those of you who submitted questions! We will be doing more 'AZA' episodes this year so we can answer more of your questions throughout the year.

    As always, we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it.

    Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community

    Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community

    Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @SmartCommHQ

    The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Information Sharing in Smart Communities, with Nathaniel Mason

    Information Sharing in Smart Communities, with Nathaniel Mason

    In this episode I have a really great conversation with Nathaniel Mason, the Team Leader of Business Solutions at the City fo Tea Tree Gully in South Australia. This episode is personal opinion only and does not represent any government or agency. Nathaniel is a member of LGITSA, the Local Government IT Association of South Australia. Nathaniel and I met at the LGITSA conference in 2019 where I spoke about my Churchill Fellowship and shared learnings for local government.

    In this episode, Nathaniel tells us about his varied background beginning in customer service and hospitality but ending up in IT and local government. He shares with us his passion for volunteering and why he believes getting involved in contribution and collaboration is so important to our Smart Communities. Nathaniel tells us what a Smart Community is to him and why he feels it is so important in this ever-changing world.

    We discuss the impact of policy and the concept of Continuous Improvement, and how this is not new but is finding new focus in the Smart City movement. We also talk about the fact that awareness is still growing and the concept of Smart Communities is still gaining traction in the general population. Nathaniel then tells us about some of the projects he's currently working on and why information sharing is the real key to integrating across disciplines, industries and agencies, as well as how important it is for regional areas in order to continue to be creative, resilient and resourceful.

    We finish our chat discussing the emerging trend of changing local government models where information sharing is more supported and expected. As you know, this month has been all about regional perspectives, and it's such a big topic that we're extending this into January as well so stay tuned for more conversations from local government and regional champions soon! I also want to say Happy New Year and stay tuned for a special episode next week, being that it will be our 150th episode!

    As always, we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it!

    Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community

    Connect with Nathaniel via LinkedIn

    Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community

    Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @SmartCommHQ

    The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital.

    • 38 min
    Engaging Young People in Regional Communities, with Paolo Galelli

    Engaging Young People in Regional Communities, with Paolo Galelli

    In this episode, I have a great chat with Paolo Galelli, Building Energy Efficiency Engineer at BuildTech s.r.l. and Research fellow at the University of Genoa in Italy. Paolo shares with us what sparked his interest in Smart Community concepts and why he feels they are so important, especially for engaging with young people. Paolo tells us about how he sees Italy embracing Smart concepts, and the reason he thinks his town, Sestri Levante, is a great example of a Smart Community. We then discuss the ways that proactive participatory approaches to engagement are even more important in small and regional towns than in metro areas. Paolo tells us about the app he is working on called Nassa that helps engage young people and how they've integrated across governments and disciplines. We finish our chat discussing the emerging trend of the different and often technologically-driven ways young people engage in community and civic life, and how Paolo and his team have used that to their advantage. This episode is part of my spotlight on the regions in December, so we hope you enjoy this perspective from a regional town in Italy. As always, we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it!

    Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community

    Connect with Paolo on LinkedIn or via email paologalelli@gmail.com

    Connect with Nassa Sestri on Instagram @nassa_sestri , Facebook @nassasestri or LinkedIn

    Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community

    Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @SmartCommHQ

    The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital

    • 18 min

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