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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.

    The Nexus of Technology, Human Behaviour and Public Policy, with Susan Shaheen

    The Nexus of Technology, Human Behaviour and Public Policy, with Susan Shaheen

    In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, I have a fascinating chat with Susan Shaheen, Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Co-Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Susan and I chat about her interest in the nexus of technology, human behaviour and public policy, and how the US Smart Cities Challenge sparked her interest in the space, when she was involved with San Francisco's application. We discuss how pivotal and galvanising that grant was for many cities around America, and how the community engagement framework they used for the San Francisco application really valued a co-creation model between public, private and community. Susan then tells us about some of the projects she's been working on, including some research documenting the learnings from the cities of their experience of the Smart Cities Challenge. She tells us some of the takeaways from that research, including the four categories of Smart Cities or Communities they uncovered, plus the importance of not relying solely on champions for the long term sustainability of Smart projects. We finish our chat discussing the emerging focus of social equity and social justice in Smart Communities to help solve systemic problems, plus some of Susan's favourite resources. 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 Susan on LinkedIn or Twitter @SusanShaheen1

    Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community

    Connect with My Smart Community via LinkedIn or Twitter and watch on YouTube

    The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital.

    • 48 min
    Smart Local Government and Engaged Communities, with Nathaniel Bavinton

    Smart Local Government and Engaged Communities, with Nathaniel Bavinton

    In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, I had a brilliant chat with Dr. Nathaniel Bavinton, the Innovation and Futures Manager at the City of Newcastle in NSW. Nathaniel and I discuss his background as an urban sociologist and social researcher and how his interest how cities impact cultures and societies has led to his work as a city strategist and sparked his interest in the Smart Community space. Nathaniel tells us about the Newcastle, including the revitalisation that is happening there, and how the community came up with their own 3-part definition for what a Smart City means to them. We discuss how Nathaniel sees Australia embracing Smart concepts, and the opportunities, outcomes and obstacles of knowledge sharing and collaborating with neighbouring cities and local governments. We talk about the way the City of Newcastle has responded to COVID, and how the digital transformation and behavioural changes that were already underway in the local government really enabled those responses. Nathaniel then tells us about Lean In New, the city app that is helping not only engage and support the community, but also providing economic stimulus to local businesses too. We finish our chat discussing the emerging trends of planning for future city needs with shared digital architecture and going beyond open data to open algorithms and open analytics. 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 on LinkedIn

    Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community

    Connect with My Smart Community via LinkedIn or Twitter and watch on YouTube

    The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital.

    • 45 min
    BONUS! Where to Next for Smart Cities and Communities (Part 8)

    BONUS! Where to Next for Smart Cities and Communities (Part 8)

    Hello #smartcommunityfriends, I'm back with another bonus episode of the Smart Community podcast that brings together multiple guest answers to the question, 'Where to next with Smart Cities and Communities?" And this time I'm sharing with you the answers from a range of our guests this year:

    • Jennifer Sanders from Episode 170
    • Andrew Funk from Episode 157
    • Melissa Dark from Episode 169
    • Marco Marechal from Episode 165
    • And finally Joy Taylor from Episode 154

    The themes that come through in all of the guest answers are around inclusive local communities, community engagement and knowledge sharing in our Smart Communities. Several guests make the point that we need to be having real conversation about what people want and need, and inviting them to be involved in designing the solutions for their local communities. Bringing people along the journey is not easy, and of course this is all easier said than done. It's easy to say we need better community engagement but to make it happen is another thing. As Marco says, it can't just be an email survey, we have to go further than that and work harder than that.

    Those of us involved in these types of conversations and in the Smart Community space all the time aren't always aware how much the general public doesn't know about these kids of projects going on in their local area. But as we know, it's about the humans at the centre, not the technology, so if the humans aren't engaged then can we say the project is a success?

    Melissa Dark says, "you're never going to get the perfect solution that is 100% perfect for every person. But...we need to work out how we're going to best involve people in the process of creating those [solutions]."

    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 with My Smart Community via LinkedIn or Twitter and watch on YouTube

    The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital.

    • 22 min
    Mobility that Serves Smart Communities, with Courtney Ehrlichman

    Mobility that Serves Smart Communities, with Courtney Ehrlichman

    In this episode, I have a brilliant conversation with Courtney Ehrlichman, the CEO at The Ehrlichman Group & Co-founder of RoadBotics. We recorded this interview in early June 2020. Courtney tells us about her background in urban studies, planning and transport and her passions for community, mobility and solving problems across industries. We talk about the concept of Universal Basic Mobility, and what a Smart Community means to Courtney, and why it's so important that technology is used as a tool to decrease divides and serve human needs. Courtney and I discuss how data can build wealthier communities and why efficiency is so important both from a local government economic development perspective, and from a citizen user perspective. We have a great chat about autonomous vehicle shuttles, and some of the moral, ethical and labour issues associated with them, as well as the other complex pieces of the mobility conversation, such as urban density, land use, housing affordability, employment options and lower-tech mobility solutions like active transport. Courtney tells us how she sees America embracing Smart Community concepts, the pothole detecting tech startup she co-founded, RoadBotics, and how she works with people. We finish our conversation discussing the emerging trends people aren't talking about of the food supply chain, and educating citizens on their privacy rights, as well as some of Courtney's favourite Smart Community resources. As always, we hope you enjoyed listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it.

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

    Connect with Courtney via her website, LinkedIn or on Twitter

    Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community

    Connect with My Smart Community via LinkedIn or Twitter and watch on YouTube

    The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital.

    • 45 min
    Systems Thinking in Smart Communities, with Zaheer Allam

    Systems Thinking in Smart Communities, with Zaheer Allam

    In this episode of the Smart Community podcast, I have a great conversation with Urban Strategist Zaheer Allam. You might remember I spoke with Zaheer earlier in the year in Episode 158 and when COVID-19 broke out I knew I wanted to catch up with him again. So this podcast episode is another audio from the YouTube series I've been doing catching up with previous podcast guests during the pandemic. We recorded this chat on the 4th of May, and since then Zaheer tells me he's doing fine, he's still doing lots of writing because borders are still closed, but work is slowly resuming.

    In this conversation, Zaheer tells us what the situation is like in Mauritius at the time of recording, what's changed such as working from home, flexible work options in general and the disruptions for Zaheer personally. We cover a big range of things all along the themes of how COVID has impacted every industry and brought to the forefront a lot of Smart concepts, such as the importance of data, digital literacy, community engagement and cross-disciplinary approaches. Zaheer tells us why systems thinking is so important in Smart Communities, always but now especially as we move into a post-COVID world. We discuss the opportunities and challenges of transitioning to a digital economy, of localising supply chains, investing in resilient infrastructure and the democratisation of data. We finish our chat discussing the ways Smart Cities and Communities, including the 15 minute city concept, can help us build more sustainable, resilient, human-centred places to live, work and play. As always we hope you enjoyed listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it.

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

    Connect with Zaheer on LinkedIn and find him on Facebook

    Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community

    Connect with My Smart Community via LinkedIn or Twitter and watch on YouTube

    The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital.

    • 47 min
    Community as the Next Metric in Smart Economies, with Sabrina Chakori

    Community as the Next Metric in Smart Economies, with Sabrina Chakori

    In this episode of the Smart Community podcast, I have a brilliant chat with Sabrina Chakori, the founder of the Brisbane Tool Library. Sabrina tells us about her background in environmental economics and her passion for creating a sustainable society, as well as what sparked her interest in Smart Community concepts. We discuss why democratising the economy is so important and the need for other economic models and using metrics other than just GDP. Sabrina tells us about the Brisbane Tool Library and how it fits in the sharing economy, as well as what she's learned through the process. We explore the concepts of access versus ownership, abundance versus scarcity and the balance between localisation and globalisation. We finish our chat discussing the emerging trends of alternative economic models and ways to structure our communities. As always, we hope you enjoyed listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it!

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

    Connect with Sabrina on Facebook or Twitter @SabrinaChakori or the Brisbane Tool Library website, Facebook and Twitter @BrizToolLibrary

    Connect with me via email: hello@mysmart.community

    Connect with My Smart Community via LinkedIn or Twitter and watch on YouTube

    The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital.

    • 39 min

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