“I’m not thinking ‘smart city’ in the context of a smarter building delivering a better work experience – which is all good and I want that – but I’m thinking of the whole city as a system and how the employee and their employer can access that information to transform the work itself.”
– Gordon Feller, Meeting of the Minds
Smart cities are popping up all over the world – tackling various issues: cutting crime; reducing traffic congestion; relieving pollution levels. And while the initiatives may vary, every smart city has the same goal – to improve the lives of its citizens.
The smart city at the centre of our podcast is Kansas City, winner of the Edison Award (Gold) for “Collective Disruption” and civic innovation in 2017. We talk to Bob Bennett, Chief Innovation Officer of Kansas City, and Gordon Feller, founder of the highly influential smart city program, Meeting of the Minds, both of whom are tasked with harnessing the power of data and technology for the greater good. Bob and Gordon outline the definition of a smart city; what it takes to make a success of it; and what it means to live in a smart city.
Follow the conversation as Paul Miller asks how smart cities are changing the way we work, whether there can ever be a “smart rural” and what we can expect from our future smart cities.
Show notes, links and resources for this episode:
Meeting of the Minds
Kansas City: Edison Award (Gold) for “Collective Disruption” and civic innovation in 2017
How did Kansas City create the largest connected city block in the world? (Video)
John Snow and the cholera outbreak of 1854
Digital Workplace Impact: How the World Bank digitally empowers the young in developing nations