In this episode of the Smart City Podcast, I cover some of the key themes from the recent Future Cities, Future Leaders delegation to Japan, led by the Minister of Tourism, Trade and Investment, Steven Ciobo. I share 11 of my insights from the trip, and talk a little bit about the Churchill Fellowship I’ve applied for as well.
I also share an anecdote of what happened just after the delegation when I got evacuated from Kyoto and how I realised I was alone in the world except for Siri and Google!
My 11 insights are:
- A delegation with diverse work backgrounds made for great conversations
- Relationship building is key
- Japan is focusing on the 3 Ps: people, production/productivity and participation.
- Australia can offer a lot in the global Smart Cities conversation
- There are peaks and troughs of technology use in Japan
- Three days was not long enough! This is only the beginning
- There are similarities between my experience in Japan and Korea
- There are some fantastic people working the Smart City space in Australia
- Toll booths!
- The differences between the Australian and Japanese approach to innovation
- The similar challenges of an ageing population, declining population and urban migration
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The Smart City Podcasts is produced by Ellen Ronalds Keene.