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SCP E253 The Value of Human-Centred Data in Smart Communities, with Kylie Legge

Hi #smartcommunity friends! In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast I have a wonderful conversation with Kylie Legge. Kylie is the founder of Place Score which is an organisation offering human-centric data and you may remember Kylie from her previous episode all the way back in episode 15. Kylie tells us about her background in architecture originally and her current work in Place Making, her passion for human-centric cities and making places better for people, what a Smart Community is to her before we discuss the importance of inclusion and human-centric focus in Smart Communities. We then discuss some of the learnings from the Covid-19 pandemic, Kylie tells us about her company Place Score and the liveability census they are currently running before we discuss the value of data and how it can be used to better the community. We finish our chat discussing the emerging trends of the positive and potential challenges of technology, the need for more contextualised data and to be more strategic about the use of data. As always, we hope you enjoyed listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it! 

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What we cover in this episode:

  • Kylie’s background in architecture originally and her current work in Place Making
  • Her passion for human-centric cities and how to make places better for people
  • What a Smart Community is to Kylie
  • The importance of inclusivity and human-centric focus in Smart Communities 
  • Some learnings from the Covid-19 pandemic
  • The liveability census Kylie’s company is currently running and what is involved 
  • Kylie’s company Place Score and what they do 
  • The value of data, how it can and should be used 
  • The emerging trends of the positive and potential challenges of technology, the need for more contextualised data and to be more strategic about the use of data

Quotes: 

“[Smart Communities] is about systematic change and making sure that we’re creating the right structural decisions that will lead to healthier and happier people.”

“I think I’ve got a different perspective from other people that are involved in the whole Smart City and smart technology side. So I’m doing technology, but I’m doing [technology] with what I call warm data. So for me anything to do with technology still comes back to my mission, which is to make places that are better for people.”

“Making sure that we are thinking about how to solve problems that we get, or that are starting to emerge, regardless of the topology of the built environment, I think is really important.”

“I still don’t have the internet at home. So I’m tethering from my phone now, weird for somebody who owns a tech company, but I just don’t want that kind of access. For me, home is home.”

“[Place Score] is measuring place, which is the relationship between humans and their environment. So that space between the people and the physical space and what that feels like for them and how it’s impacting them.”

“[Recycling data] for me is one of the big shifts that need to happen in terms of how we work with our communities, and being smarter about that, for me, is really key.”

“I was looking at some data the other day, and I was like, ‘Oh, that looks fun. I really want to get into that.’ And then I was like, ‘Yeah, but how would I use it? What would what would be the value?’”

“I’ve got my own lens on things. And so that is going to influence my prioritisation of different investments, or what I recommend to the people that we work with.”

“We definitely need to contextualise data, and make sure we remember that we’re all really, really different. And if we [do not consider] those differences, then we are making assumptions that everyone is the same, which we’re certainly not.”

Links:

SCP E15 with Kylie Legge 

SCP E37 with Zubin Pratap

SCP E04 and SCP E230 with Marcus Foth

Connect:

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

Connect with Kylie via LinkedIn or the PlaceScore website 

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

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