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.
The questions we cover in this episode:
- Terry Lee Williams asked: Has anyone who has invested in a particular Smart City scheme or project measured the real, direct financial benefits in savings?
- Chris Cooper (who was on Episode 92!) asked: Do you know of any places out there using open data to change the political discourse between citizens and decision makers, to change opinions and shift measurement of ‘what good looks like’? At the moment the data is not necessarily trusted and therefore is not actively used in decision making.
- Kerry Miles asked: What are the characteristics of a Smart City? Is it just a utopian concept? If it isn’t just a utopian concept, what are the top five things that make a city Smart?
“Over the short term, we can definitely look at those direct savings but only if we set up the measuring and monitoring at the get go.”
“What I realised in the increasing maturity of this Smart
City space is that when we can actually show numbers we can get the engineers and the accountants in the room.
[Because we need] not just the people that have vision, which is really important, but pragmatic people…we need to have those steps taken as well.”
“It’s no longer good enough to be wasting money just because we couldn’t keep up to date or change our process or the way we’re thinking.”
“We’re not just talking about [you or me, because] we’re doing okay, but people with the most at stake. We owe it to people to actually use the richest data sets that we have…What is the point of having all this data if we’re not using it to make important decisions for the public good?”
Links Zoe mentions in this episode:
- Report from Orlando, Chris Castro’s council:
- Articles about Barcelona:
- Stats on Charlotte in South Carolina
- Jonathan Rechental’s courses on Lynda
- Bee Smart City
- Open Data Day – March 7 2020 http://opendataday.org
- ISO Standards https://www.iso.org/publication/PUB100423.html
- Smart Cities World https://www.smartcitiesworld.net
- Smart Cities Dive https://www.smartcitiesdive.com
- ASCA https://www.australiansmartcommunities.org.au
- The post on LinkedIn with other links in the comments
Previous episodes mentioned in this episode:
- Episode 13 with Chris Castro
- Episode 38 with Andrew Grill
- Episode 69 with Nicole Stephensen
- Episode 77 with Jonathan Reichental
- Episode 78 with Frank Burns
- Episode 83 with Jack Barton
- Episode 86 with Joaquim Alvarez
- Episode 89 with Amen Ra Mashariki
- Episode 92 with Chris Cooper
- Episode 100 Ask Zoe Anything
- Episode 108 with Abel Immaraj
- Episode 122 with Emily Royall
- Episode 123 with Matt Schultz
- Episode 124 with Sean Audain
- Episode 125 with Marissa Racomelara
- Health and Wellbeing Month: September
- Episode 146 with James Peet
- Joy Taylor (coming soon)
- Debbie Reynolds (coming soon)
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