Designing a Smart, Equitable Brisbane

UTC: 28 October, 2021  (08:00)
EST : 28 October, 2021
CET : 28 October, 2021
IST : 28 October, 2021
ACST : 28 October, 2021

As Brisbane prepares to host the 2032 Olympics, it is important that we consider not only "smart city"-related digital concepts but also experiences that support Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (JEDI) concepts, enhance citizen well-being, respectfully acknowledge and apply diverse takes on knowledge, and value non-human perspectives. In this session, industry and academic speakers will provide short presentations on these important topics and consider related questions for future development.

Agenda (all times mentioned in AEST):

  • 6:00 pm: Welcome; Acknowledgement of Country; Intro to Brisbane; Intro to the Speakers; Agenda (Jenna Mikus)
  • 6:10 pm: The Force of the JEDI - From Smart to Just, Equitable, Diverse, & Inclusive Cities (Marcus Foth)
  • 6:22 pm: Care-full Smart Cities for Ethical & Sustainable Futures (Jess McLean)
  • 6:34 pm: Creating Healthy Community Connections for All Ages (Louise Baldwin)
  • 6:46 pm: Consciously Designing Platform Technology for Better Places (Sarah Barns)
  • 6:58 pm: Neighbourhoods for Everyone? Or Enclaves for the Rich?: Putting People before Profit (Jonathan Sri)
  • 7:10 pm: Q&A (All)
  • 7:25 pm: Wrap-up (Jenna Mikus)

Featured Speakers

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Jenna Mikus

QUT (Brisbane, Australia) & Eudae Group, LLC (Washington, DC)

Jenna Mikus is a strategic advisor, specializing in experiential design and digital transformation that facilitates health in the built environment. She leverages her background in engineering, sustainable architecture, and building intelligence to assist building owners/operators and design firms in anticipating and preparing for market trends. These include but are not limited to crafting pragmatic solutions that balance smart & connected portfolios, engaging environments & experiences, and health & wellness-focused designs. Jenna’s primary objective is to design for flourishing health and well-being using a concept she has adopted (from philosophy and psychology) and an approach she has engineered (for the built environment)—Eudaemonic Design.

She is currently pursuing a PhD and teaching capstone design courses across faculties of design, engineering, and business as a sessional academic at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia. Her research builds on 20+ years of advisory work conducted with public/private clients across North America, Europe, and Australasia. Before joining QUT, Jenna founded the consultancy firm Eudae Group to advise clients on how best to curate flourishing environments that enhance occupant health and precipitate organizational success. She continues to consult on designing for health and well-being with clients and certification bodies across North America, Europe, and Australasia.

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Marcus Foth

The Force of the JEDI--From Smart to Just, Equitable, Diverse & Inclusive Cities

Marcus Foth is Professor of Urban Informatics in the QUT Design Lab, Faculty of Creative Industries, Education, and Social Justice, at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. He is also an Honorary Professor in the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University, Denmark. Marcus’ research brings together people, place, and technology. His current research foci include: urban media and geoprivacydata care in smart citiesdigital inclusion and participationblockchain and food supply chains, and; sustainability and more-than-human futures.

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Jess McLean

Care-full Smart Cities for Ethical and Sustainable Futures

Dr Jessica McLean does research on how humans, more-than-humans, environments and technologies interact to produce geographies of change. Her research focuses on digital technologies, water politics, climate action and activism. She is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at Macquarie University where she teaches smart urbanism, Anthropocene politics, and environmental justice. In 2020, her book Changing Digital Geographies: Technologies, Environments and People was published and she is co-Editor-in-Chief of the open access Digital Geography and Society journal.

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Sarah Barns

Consciously Designing Platform Technology for Better Places

Sarah is a strategic designer, researcher and creative producer, with a two-decade career forging policies, programs and engagement strategies to nurture citizen-focused digital media, creativity and community. She is co-founder of experiential arts and media practice Esem Projects, founder of and author of Platform Urbanism: Negotiating Platform Ecosystems for Connected Cities  (Palgrave, 2020). 

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Louise Baldwin

Creating Healthy Community Connections for All Ages

Louise is an innovative leader in health and social programs and services with a focus on wellbeing communities, system change, transformation and social impact. She is known for her ‘out of the box’ approaches to social impact evaluation and sustaining programs and services for improved health outcomes. With over two decades of leadership, practice and research experience she is a successful private health and social impact consultant and Visiting Fellow at QUT in Brisbane. Louise has won several awards for her commitment to building healthy communities in Queensland including her leadership in shade creation research and policy. She is co-editor of Health Promotion in the 21st Century: New approaches to achieving health for all (Fleming and Baldwin, 2020).

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Jonathan Sri

Neighbourhoods for everyone? Or enclaves for the rich?: Putting People before Profit

Councillor Jonathan Sri is a writer, musician and community worker who was elected in March 2016 as Brisbane's first ever Greens city councillor, representing the Gabba Ward. Jonno campaigned on a bold platform focussed on making our city more sustainable, equitable and democratic, and addressing the negative impacts of gentrification and speculative property investment. He is firmly opposed to unsustainable, profit-oriented over-development, and believes that residents should have more say over how their city changes and evolves. Jonathan was successfully re-elected in March 2020 and is prioritising local issues such as housing affordability and economic justice, improving public transport, creating more walkable pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods, greening our city, greater support for the arts and community events, and greater transparency and democratic accountability in local government.