The Smart Community Podcast

The Smart Community Podcast

Smart Health in Regional Areas, with Bruce Winzar
Jan 19, 2020 22:00

Smart Health in Regional Areas, with Bruce Winzar

In this episode I had a really fascinating conversation with Bruce Winzar, the Executive Director of Innovation & Digital Services and Chief Information Officer responsible for Information Technology, Architectures and Applications, Innovation & Research at Bendigo Health. As part of our spotlight on the regions this month, I wanted to speak with Bruce specifically about his experiences fostering Smart Health initiatives in the Bendigo region of Victoria. In this episode, Bruce and I discuss how as visit to Amsterdam in 2007 sparked his interest in Smart Cities and Smart Community concepts, and why he believes it's so important for the economic and community development in regional areas. Bruce explains the power of the strengths-based approach to Smart Communities in regional areas, which for Bendigo means a focus on Smart Health initiatives. He shares a bit about the projects he's working on, including the new Bendigo Hospital ICT and ePR project, with its focus on data and innovation via a Startup Centre. He tells us how having a mix of key players and regional champions is important for integration, as is creating an intentional ecosystem and environment of collaboration. We finish our chat talking bout the emerging trend of refocusing on change management when building Smart Communities, and why glossing over the change management process in the past has been detrimental. A quick warning that there are a couple of audio glitches in this episode however I think you will find this conversation fascinating and enjoy the insights Bruce shares into Smart Regional Health. 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 Bruce via email [email protected] or @cio_bh on Twitter and follow Bendigo Health via the Facebook Page Connect with me via email: [email protected] Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @SmartCommHQ The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital.
Resourcefulness and Resilience in Smart Regions, with Julia Spicer
Jan 12, 2020 46:09

Resourcefulness and Resilience in Smart Regions, with Julia Spicer

In this episode I had a brilliant chat with Julia Spicer, Founder of two regional businesses based in Goondiwindi, Qld - Engage & Create Consulting and the Goondiwindi Business Hub. Julia and I met recently at the QRRRWN conference where I did a workshop, but actually we know each other from way back when I was living in Roma. Julia's mission is to contribute to the vibrancy and viability of rural and regional Australia by helping businesses grow so she was an obvious choice to interview for our 'Spotlight on the Regions' series. In this episode Julia tells us about her background in regional Queensland, what sparked her interest Smart concepts and how they can provide real opportunities for small communities in regional areas. We discuss the concepts of resourcefulness and resilience as objectives for Smart Regions, how the social fabric of a small town can be a blessing and a curse, and why it's so important for communities to have a sense of control over their own destiny. Julia shares a bit about the opportunities and challenges that face regional communities to do with leadership, integration, and narrow funding models that can limit the ability to solve problems quickly. We talk about supporting regional employment through drought, and the Townsville Flood Recovery Centre as a great example of effective integration of many different disciplines, industries, governments and community groups. We cover the need for digital connectivity and the divide that still exists between regional and metro areas in accessing it. Julia tells us about the emerging trend of women in agribusiness and their role in regional economic development, and she shares a quote about women changing the world but she can't remember the author. It's actually from the Dalai Lama at the 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit, and the correct quote is that 'The World will be saved by the Western Woman.' So, keep an ear out for that. We finish our chat with Julia telling us about some of the projects she's currently working on in her own regional community. 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 Julia via email [email protected] Connect with Engage and Create Consulting on Facebook and Instagram @engageandcreate Connect with me via email: [email protected] Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @SmartCommHQ The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital.
BONUS | Where to next for Smart Cities and Communities? (Part 7)
Jan 08, 2020 22:29

BONUS | Where to next for Smart Cities and Communities? (Part 7)

I'm back with another bonus episode of the podcast that brings together multiple guests answers to the question "Where to next with Smart Cities and Communities?" And this time I'm sharing with you the answers from December guests, plus a number of our guests from earlier in 2019: • Heath Raftery from Episode 113 • Vitor Pereira from Episode 106 • Cornelia Levy-Bencheton and MIke Barlow from Episodes 114 and 115 • Chad Renando from Episode 145 • James Peet from Episode 146 • Karen Corr from Episode 147 • Paolo Galelli from E148 • Nathaniel Mason from E149 Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community Connect with me via email: [email protected] Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @smartcommpod The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital.
Episode 150 Celebration: Ask Zoe Anything
Jan 05, 2020 03:23

Episode 150 Celebration: Ask Zoe Anything

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. Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community Connect with me via email: [email protected] Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @SmartCommHQ The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital.
Information Sharing in Smart Communities, with Nathaniel Mason
Dec 29, 2019 38:11

Information Sharing in Smart Communities, with Nathaniel Mason

In this episode I have a really great conversation with Nathaniel Mason, the Team Leader of Business Solutions at the City fo Tea Tree Gully in South Australia. This episode is personal opinion only and does not represent any government or agency. Nathaniel is a member of LGITSA, the Local Government IT Association of South Australia. Nathaniel and I met at the LGITSA conference in 2019 where I spoke about my Churchill Fellowship and shared learnings for local government. In this episode, Nathaniel tells us about his varied background beginning in customer service and hospitality but ending up in IT and local government. He shares with us his passion for volunteering and why he believes getting involved in contribution and collaboration is so important to our Smart Communities. Nathaniel tells us what a Smart Community is to him and why he feels it is so important in this ever-changing world. We discuss the impact of policy and the concept of Continuous Improvement, and how this is not new but is finding new focus in the Smart City movement. We also talk about the fact that awareness is still growing and the concept of Smart Communities is still gaining traction in the general population. Nathaniel then tells us about some of the projects he's currently working on and why information sharing is the real key to integrating across disciplines, industries and agencies, as well as how important it is for regional areas in order to continue to be creative, resilient and resourceful. We finish our chat discussing the emerging trend of changing local government models where information sharing is more supported and expected. As you know, this month has been all about regional perspectives, and it's such a big topic that we're extending this into January as well so stay tuned for more conversations from local government and regional champions soon! I also want to say Happy New Year and stay tuned for a special episode next week, being that it will be our 150th episode! 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 via LinkedIn Connect with me via email: [email protected] Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @SmartCommHQ The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital.
Engaging Young People in Regional Communities, with Paolo Galelli
Dec 22, 2019 18:14

Engaging Young People in Regional Communities, with Paolo Galelli

In this episode, I have a great chat with Paolo Galelli, Building Energy Efficiency Engineer at BuildTech s.r.l. and Research fellow at the University of Genoa in Italy. Paolo shares with us what sparked his interest in Smart Community concepts and why he feels they are so important, especially for engaging with young people. Paolo tells us about how he sees Italy embracing Smart concepts, and the reason he thinks his town, Sestri Levante, is a great example of a Smart Community. We then discuss the ways that proactive participatory approaches to engagement are even more important in small and regional towns than in metro areas. Paolo tells us about the app he is working on called Nassa that helps engage young people and how they've integrated across governments and disciplines. We finish our chat discussing the emerging trend of the different and often technologically-driven ways young people engage in community and civic life, and how Paolo and his team have used that to their advantage. This episode is part of my spotlight on the regions in December, so we hope you enjoy this perspective from a regional town in Italy. 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 Paolo on LinkedIn or via email [email protected] Connect with Nassa Sestri on Instagram @nassa_sestri , Facebook @nassasestri or LinkedIn Connect with me via email: [email protected] Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @SmartCommHQ The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital
Liveability, Resilience and Engagement in Regional Communities, with Karen Corr
Dec 15, 2019 31:54

Liveability, Resilience and Engagement in Regional Communities, with Karen Corr

In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, I have a great chat with Karen Corr, a Community Engagement and Development Specialist and the Founder and Executive Director of Make a Change Australia. Karen and I met when we were on a panel together. We were talking about liveability at the Bendigo Invention and Innovation Festival earlier in 2019. In this episode, Karen shares with us her journey from being a Water Engineer to becoming passionate about culture change and how that led to her work with Make a Change Australia. We discuss the power of engaging with the "Smartness" of people that live in regional communities and harnessing their local knowledge for ownership of Smart solutions. Karen and I chat about why liveability is so important, and the need for equity of access to liveability, connectivity and accessibility solutions in small towns and regional areas. Karen tells us about the Ramp Up Resilience project that she's been working on, and it is just a brilliant example of how to integrate across disciplines, industries and sectors. Karen explains how much time and energy authentic integration and engagement actually takes, and why she should be investing in that more. We finish our chat discussing the emerging trends of changing the language we use to engage with currently unheard voices in our communities, and also of flipping the engagement conversation on its head so that it's community-led not government-led. This episode is part of the Spotlight on the Regions that we're focusing on for December. 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 Karen via LinkedIn, or with Make a Change www.makeachange.org.au or @MakeaChangeAus on Facebook and Instagram Connect with me via email: [email protected] Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @SmartCommHQ The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital.
Using Smart Technology in Local Government, James Peet
Dec 08, 2019 36:14

Using Smart Technology in Local Government, James Peet

In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, I have a great chat with James Peet, the Chief Digital Officer at Moreton Bay Regional Council in South East Queensland. James tells us about his background in architecture and passion for using technology to help make things better, and how that has led him to his role in local government. James and I discuss what really sparked his interest in the Smart Community space and why he sees the concept as so important, firstly because digital disruption is happening and we need to keep up, but also because of the benefits and efficiencies it can provide in local council for things like asset maintenance. James then shares how he sees his region embracing these concepts, and a number of the projects he is currently working on. James and I then talk about the importance of having both an OT (operational technology) as well as an IT team, and why councils need to be planning for those skillsets now. We finish our chat discussing the big opportunities to further integrate across levels of government and the private sector, as well as the emerging trend of data standards and whether they're even necessary. This episode is part of MOVE-ember, as we move from old ways of doing things to new ways, particularly in local government. 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 James via email [email protected] Connect with me via email: [email protected] Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @smartcommpod The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital.
Entrepreneur Ecosystems and Community Resilience, with Chad Renando
Dec 01, 2019 31:28

Entrepreneur Ecosystems and Community Resilience, with Chad Renando

In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, I have a brilliant conversation with Chad Randando, director for the not for profit Startup Status, Managing Director Australia for the Global Entrepreneurship network, and current PhD researcher exploring the connection between entrepreneur ecosystems and community resilience. Chad and I discuss his varied background that spans the US Navy, manufacturing, innovation hubs and a stint as a radio DJ, and how some of those experiences sparked his interest in the Smart Regions and Smart Communities space. We talk about the different types of resilience that communities, especially regional communities, need in this ever changing world and the importance of asking the question 'Who is not in the room?' When it comes to Smart initiatives. Chad tells us how he sees Australia currently embracing Smart concepts, and the need for bottom up approaches driven by the regions rather than top down solutions handed to them. Chad shares with us a bit about the projects he's working on, including his PhD into the role of innovation ecosystems in developing community resilience. We finish our chat discussing why collaboration over competition should be an emerging trend. This month, in December, we are shining a spotlight on the regions. As always we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it! Connect with Chad via LinkedIn, visit the Startup Status website or email [email protected] Connect with me via email: [email protected] Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @SmartCommHQ The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital.
Where to next for Smart Cities and Communities? (Part 6)
Nov 27, 2019 14:06

Where to next for Smart Cities and Communities? (Part 6)

I'm back with another bonus episode of the podcast that brings together multiple guests answers to the question "Where to next with Smart Cities and Communities?" And this time I'm sharing with you the answers from MOVE-ember guests, plus a number of our guests from earlier this year: Scott Shepherd in Episode 139 Rachel De Sain in Episode 142 Samson Williams from way back in Episode 107 Kylie Nixon in Episode 97 Prugya Maini 109 And David Catalovski from Episode 140. The theme of the month, MOVE-ember has been about moving from old ways of doing things to new, in healthcare, in local government, in transport and mobility and in human behaviour. The themes in this mix of guest answers are similar. Whether it's in data governance and privacy, or investment in infrastructure and new frameworks and policies for government and how they interact with citizens and private companies, these guests agree that we need to be considering the opportunities and the dangers of this hyperconnected society we now live in, and then re-imagining how we do things in response. Ultimately, its about making the places we live, work and play more accessible, liveable and sustainable for all, and isn't that what we wall want? I hope you enjoy these guests' reflections on where they see Smart Cities and Communities heading in the future, and as always we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as I enjoyed making it. Find the full show notes at: www.mysmart.community Connect with me via email: [email protected] Connect via LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook @SmartCommHQ The Smart Community Podcast is produced by Perk Digital.