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SCP E312 Ask Zoe Anything!

Hi #smartcommunity friends! In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast host Zoe Eather is back in the hot seat! 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 over 312 episodes and now over 162,000 downloads. It’s been just over 4 years of the show and thank you so much for all of you tuning in! Zoe answers 5 questions today from the many that were sent through via LinkedIn. Thank you to those of you who submitted questions! As always, we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it!

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Questions we cover in this episode:

  1. Brook Dixon – what is your favourite Smart Community app? 
  2. Oliver Locke – what is the smartest community?
  3. Gaya Gounder – what is the most rewarding project that you have worked on? 
  4. Ellen Ronalds Keene – what are you most excited about in the Smart Communities space at the moment? 
  5. Ellen Ronalds Keene – where to next for the Smart Community Podcast? 


“What we often talk about in Smart Communities is [that] it’s not about that final end use of technology. But it has to be a part of it when we’re thinking about taking data and building our Smart Communities. Because the whole point is that we can’t keep doing it the way we’ve always done it. So it’s about moving forward.”

“What I look at when I think about Smart Communities is when I’m talking to governments, councils, community groups and leaders, that they feel empowered that they can actually do something differently. And that, to me, makes a Smart Community.” 

“The conversations are maturing on the podcast, which is a signal of the times and that we are in, and those conversations are shifting everywhere. So the podcast is the centre of the universe of my communities.”

“What’s been really rewarding [about doing the Smart Community Podcast] is how many people I get to meet and then the conversations I get to have, and the impact that we’re able to make.”

“The other impact of doing this work in Smart Communities is you don’t necessarily see the impact [when] writing that strategy, or implementing that project, but that impact ripples out. And I think that’s the most rewarding thing about what I get to do, and I feel very privileged to be able to do that as well, and work in this way.”

“The other thing I’m really excited about is, I guess the change in the way of working that we have. I worked remotely for a long time, it was always kind of ‘abnormal’. And now it’s kind of normalised.”

“I think if we can, in the Smart Community space, continue to build that lens of, ‘we can do this differently, and we are doing it differently’. And I think then we can input into the future, [shape the future] and [create] empowerment. And I know people don’t like that word, but when people can get excited about what they can input into and what they can change or what they can impact. I think that’s really exciting.”

Links mentioned in this episode: 

Episode 140 with David Cataloski  

Episode 10 with Brook Dixon

Episode 41 and Episode 222 with Oliver Locke 

Episode 310 with Gaya Gounder 


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


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