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The perils and pitfalls of averages | Interview with David Brown

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Truth and Myth: EVs and strata just don't mix | Interview with Amanda Farmer
In this episode, we sat down with Amanda Farmer - a property lawyer, dedicated to helping people who live in strata apartments, and the founder of Your Strata Property. What you'll learn: Common myths about Electric Vehicles in apartment buildings Resources to find out more about EVs, government incentives, and strata schemes Tips and advice for those who would like to start conversations within their strata or building committees about installing EV infrastructure.
September 26, 2022
A better place to live: Cultural equity and sustainability in urban design| Interview with Lui Violanti
How does a building's ‘skin’ make our cities better places to live? Today’s episode features Lui Violanti, the Regional Manger WA for Inhabit -  an innovative design-led consulting group exclusively focused on providing specialist engineering services. From algae green walls to carbon-capturing concrete and 3D printed biodegradable facades, this episode explores the parts of buildings we often take for granted and how they benefit smart cities. In this episode you’ll learn about: The role of facades in Smart City design The importance of cultural equity in urban design and buildings Trends in building facades How designers, architects, and construction can work together to deliver better outcomes
September 12, 2022
Why mistakes and built-in failure are critical for success | Interview with Josh Sattler
A dedicated global strategist, Joshua Sattler is the CEO of Dantia - Lake Macquarie City’s economic development company. He is an accomplished driver of economic development in destinations across the Asia Pacific, the Middle East and America. Josh is responsible for shaping the future of the City of Darwin through planning and delivery of growth and development opportunities that incorporate Smart Cities’ philosophies, digital transformation, economic and tourism development opportunities, climate change, international relations, resilience and environmental improvement opportunities. What you’ll learn: About Dantia and their role in Lake Macquarie What does ‘smart city’ mean anyway - demystifying terminology and cutting through the snake-oil The importance of public-private partnerships to get things done Why you need to build-in the capacity to make mistakes and Why they are essential to innovation
July 11, 2022
Dynamism and imagination: The secret to smarter cities | Interview with Morris Misel
Morris Misel unleashes possibilities for businesses by breaking with convention. For over 30 years he’s influenced the thinking of some of the world’s biggest organisations and brands to see what tomorrow might look like – long before they experience it. What you’ll learn: The future of the built environment and urban design Opportunities for digital twin technology How we can design more inclusive city spaces The difference between reinventing vs reimagining public spaces How you can adopt a futurist mindset
June 20, 2022
Is behaviour change the missing link in road safety? | Interview with Robyn Robertson
In this episode, we chat with Robyn Robertson, the President and CEO of The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) - a Canadian-based foundation that works with governments, communities, industries, and road safety organizations to make roads safer and reduce road deaths and injuries. TIRF has worked to improve road safety across Canada by generating and sharing knowledge on current and emerging issues and trends that affect road safety. What you’ll learn: Behavioural change, attitudes, and the hurdles facing road safety professionals Researchers VS practitioners and why partnerships are important Canadian road safety statistics and trends How to minimise your risk of injury and death as a driver, passenger, or road-side user
May 30, 2022
Car Usership vs Ownership and other trends | Interview with Paul Higgins
In this episode, we chat with Paul Higgins, the Co-founder of HelloCars - an all-inclusive car subscription service providing flexible access to different makes and models to suit the needs of Australian drivers.  In this episode, you'll learn about: Trends in car subscription services Consumer demands for flexibility and access to shared vehicles Shift away from traditional car ownership and into usership  How this relates to sustainability Where the future of the industry is going
April 11, 2022
Reclaiming space for women in mobility and urban spaces | Interview with Susie Kahlich & Rithika Punj
Our guests today are Susie and Ritz, the Founders of Singe Network - a Berlin-based company that is focused on gender equality, travel, integration and immigration. The team has developed a program called Pretty Deadly Self-Defense, which is a new forward-thinking take on women's self-defense programs.  In this episode you'll learn about: EmpowerWISM and the importance of programs that celebrate women in shared mobility Microaggressions - what are they and why we need to talk about them more. Why do we need to make self-defense for women boring? Trends about women's safety in cities and on public transport How can we improve the future of women's safety in urban spaces and transport?
March 28, 2022
How flexible work impacts corporate governance | Interview with Samuel Kanagaraj
Our guest today is Sam, the Founder of ProximalSpace - a Melbourne-based work near home solution for the remote and hybrid workforce that focuses on sustainability and strengthening ties in local communities. In this episode you'll hear about: How WFH affects corporate governance KPIs around sustainability and the environment Will the future of work impact the way we design and dedicate space for workers in CBDs? Hub and Spoke model of organisation, and how co-working spaces may be a solution to better productivity, efficiency, and community engagement
March 06, 2022
The importance of education in the EV debate | Interview with Riz Akhtar
Do we need an EV re-education? We sat down with Riz Akhtar, the Founder of Carloop, to discuss how an education gap may be what's keeping Australian consumers at bay when it comes to purchasing Electric Vehicles (and no, we don't just mean cars). You'll learn about: creating more inclusive EV debates that are inclusive of other forms of e-mobility, the myths and misconceptions about EVs, and how emerging tech and data sources can revolutionise your car-buying experiences.
December 13, 2021
How 5G could revolutionise Smart Cities | Interview with Louise Hyland
From safer spaces, cleaner streets, faster Zoom calls, and better network connectivity and stability, there's more to 5G than just better load times for your daily social media scroll. In this episode, Louise Hyland, the CEO of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (or AMTA for short), talks through all the ways that 5G is being utilised across different sectors of the economy. You'll learn about: what does '5G' actually mean, how it benefits businesses and individuals, and how local councils can (and already are) leveraging 5G for smarter cities.
November 29, 2021
Inequality and mobility: How do we make MaaS more equitable? | Interview with Venkatesh Gopal
Have you ever considered the hidden privilege in your ability to choose how you commute? Whether that be owning a private car, or something as simple as the distance between where you live and public transport or micro-mobility. Our conversation also raises a few questions: Why is mobility as a service important? Is the ideal of a 15 minute city still possible? and, importantly, How do we make mobility more equitable? Our guest today is Venkatesh Gopal, the Partnerships and Business Development Manager at movmi an award winning boutique agency specialising in Shared Mobility Architecture, in Vancouver.  From selling cars, to doing a career 360 and campaigning for shared mobility options, in Venkatesh's own words: It's not just about getting off the burning train, but figuring out how to stop it. Movmi's website:
November 08, 2021
Building community engagement into infrastructure projects | Interview with Micah Gabriels
Balancing negative impacts and disruption on people in the community is often a sticking point for many infrastructure projects. Regulations can make it difficult for project managers to navigate planning, strategy, and execution, often in projects that are designed to benefit the community in the first place. My guest today is Micah Gabriels, the Founder and CEO of Mooven. In this episode you'll learn about how Mooven is helping to 'create space' in infrastructure projects and delivery, consider the broader context when planning projects, the importance of community engagement, and why 10-15 year plans should might be a thing of the past.
October 25, 2021
Anyone Home: Is it time we disrupted the road freight industry? | Interview with Geoffroy Henry
Nothing strikes frustration into the hearts of Australians like a red Auspost collection letter. Particularly when you've been patiently mulling around at home waiting for your delivery, only to get the dreaded notification: Sorry, we missed you.  This week's guest is Geoffroy Henry, the CEO and Founder of Ofload, an Aussie logistics startup, discussing the disruption of one of our oldest and most manually-driven industries. Road freight is a particular facet of the transport industry that is going through some transformational change and disruption. The importance of the transport and logistics industry has been increasingly exposed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, in turn bringing focus to freight tech solutions, disruption, and opportunities. 
October 11, 2021
TL;DL - The myth of averages, Electric vehicles, and is more money always better?
Too Long; Didn't Listen - the best bits from our episodes in 15 minutes or less. In this episode, we break down the best bits of our interview with David Brown, including: The importance of diversity in data The myth of  the 'average' Electric Vehicle misconceptions Does more money always = better outcomes?
October 06, 2021
Trends and challenges in logistics | Interview with Jackson Meyer
From COVID-19, to political tensions impacting trading partners, to boats stuck sideways in major shipping channels, 2021 has been a difficult year for those in logistics and freight trades. In this episode, we chat with Jackson Meyer, the Managing Director at Verus and Fickle. A Forbes 30 under 30 Alumni, and an Australian Top 100 Young Entrepreneur winner (just to name a few achievements), Jackson highlights some of the challenges facing the shipping and logistics industry due to changing trends, as well as the ongoing pandemic. In this episode you'll learn about: Social and economic impacts of lockdowns  New trends in logistics and shipping to watch out for Challenges of operating an international business within closed borders Resilience in uncertainty
September 19, 2021
Electric Vehicles: Is Australia falling behind? | Interview with Paul Maric
The Electric and Net Zero Emissions Vehicle discussion has reached a fever pitch in Australia. Difference state governments are busy replacing their own diesel bus fleets with electric buses, new legislation continues to swirl around, but what does this all mean for you as a car owner or potential EV buyer? In this episode we chat with Paul Maric, the Managing Editor at CarExpert. Paul is a wealth of knowledge for all-things Electric Vehicle related. He has always had a passion for writing and learning about cars (and making sure you don't end up with a lemon) - after all, Paul started his first car website when he was just 17! He also provides a fairly unique  perspective, looking at the EV debate from an accessible consumer angle to explore how policy and choices affect ordinary Australians.  You'll hear about: Current Australian EV legislation  Some of the hurdles on the consumer-side of EVs The misconceptions, trends, and good-to-knows about EVs If you're looking to buy an EV, which one should you go for?
September 05, 2021
Taking a people-first approach to emerging technology | Interview with Rajesh Thangaraj
Meet Schneider Electric's Rajesh Thangaraj, responsible for the leading Edge business enablement in pacific region, within the Secure Power division. Rajesh is a wealth of knowledge of all-things emerging technology and Edge Computing across multiple sectors, including health, retail, and transport. But what Rajesh sees as the most important thing a company can do to stay ahead of the never ending curve is to invest in their people and leverage the power of humans natural adaptability skills.  In this episode you'll learn about: Rajesh's career journey Why should you care about edge computing? How emerging tech drives intelligent transport systems and smart city development Trends, including digitisation and human-centric approaches
August 23, 2021
TL;DL - What can we expect for the future of connected vehicles?
In this episode of TL;DL we share a snippet of our latest webinar "The Emergence of Connected Vehicles: Applications in the Transport Space", held on the 5th August, 2021. We asked our three panelists what they hoped the future of connected vehicles might look like, and what was their favourite emerging innovation. You'll hear from: Sam Gray, the Principal Manager of Traffic Network Optimisation at Transurban Edmund Cheung, the Principal Lead for Modelling and Data analytics at ASON Group Dr David Logan, Senior research fellow at the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC)
August 09, 2021
How to design more inclusive cities | Interview with Sue Boyce
In Australia, more than 4.4 million people live with some form of disability. That's roughly 1 in 5 people.  Often there is a stereotypical depict that a 'disability' is something more permanent or severe, such as blindness or wheelchair use. But a disability isn't necessarily something that is long-term. Quite often, you or someone you know has suffered an illness or an injury that impacts the ability to move freely and independently. Whether that be temporary use of crutches while navigating a busy train station, a cast for a broken arm that makes it difficult for you to stand on a bus, or anything that changes the way you interact with the city around you. On this episode, we sat down with Sue Boyce, the CEO of Ability Works Australia to discuss some of the challenges faced by people that live with disabilities in their daily lives. Everything to the accessibility options in a doctors office that impact your healthcare choices, whether the width of a tram station can actually accomodate a wheelchair, and the economic and social impacts on our society when we don't design with inclusivity for all people in mind. In this episode you'll hear about: Social Procurement and how to operate an inclusive supply chain User-centered design for city infrastructure Accessibility disparities between urban and rural centers The economic cost of unintentionally excluding people with either short-term or long-term disabilities. 
August 01, 2021
The perils and pitfalls of averages | Interview with David Brown
We've been inundated with data. In particular, the transport sector is having a data renaissance; it's everywhere and available for almost everything. But there can be too much of a good thing. We sat down with David Brown, Life Member and Past National President of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management (AITPM), to discuss some of the biggest trends in transport. David walks through the dangers of data and confirmation bias, and reinforces the importance that it is the data you DON'T have that is more important than the data in front of you. Aside from data, David also discusses some of the misconceptions around electric and zero net-emission vehicles. In this episode you'll learn about: The dangers of relying on averages How big data amplifies confirmation bias Misconceptions around electric vehicles 
July 19, 2021
Solving real problems, for real people, in real places | Interview with Rachel Smith
Transport has a marketing problem. Often we way we approach behavioural change is through fear, stressing the environmental consequences, or the health benefits of leaving the car at home in favour of a bike or public transport. But what if we were going about this the wrong way?  On this episode, Emily chats with Rachel Smith - Transport and urban planner, author, and 2x TEDx talk speaker - to discuss congestion and the concept of cycling super highways. Rachel discusses the need for transport planners to look at how we communicate congestion and frame our problems as solutions so they are relatable to the people they impact the most. In particular, she discusses how transport could learn a thing or two from good marketing, never underestimating personal connections and incentives, and the importance of agile solution-oriented thinking. Rachel's website:
July 04, 2021
TL;DL - Gender diversity and misconceptions
Too Long; Didn't Listen - the best bits from our episodes in 15 minutes or less. In this episode, we break down the best bits of our interview with Lauren Bourke, including: - Gender diversity in transport - Misconceptions from businesses and candidates - Practical tips for businesses to improve diversity
June 23, 2021
Using smart city technology to make parking sexy and seamless | Interview with Michael Doherty
Parking is probably the last on the list to be considered a sexy transport topic. For most of us, the drudgery of often blindly hunting for parking is an ugly necessity in our journey from A to B.  Michael Doherty, the Head of Business Development at Smarter City Solutions, wants to change this. He talks through the ways technology and smart sensors are improving the customer experience of parking; Michael also walks through the need for greater transparency in the parking industry, digitisation via park and pay apps, and the removal of friction for drivers. In this episode you'll learn about: Technology-led disruption The impact of the share economy  Why is parking so expensive? How to land yourself discounted inner-city parking Smarter city solutions website: 
June 21, 2021
The digitisation of road infrastructure and the importance of business partnerships | Interview with Jeff Sharp
The advent of new technology has opened the floodgates for people working within Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and general public alike. In the last 5 years, we've seen applications of IoT, Digital twin tech, connected vehicles, and smart sensors to our road networks when less than 10 years ago, such applications were deemed impossible.  Our guest today is Jeff Sharp, General Manager of Technology Partnerships and Innovation at Transurban. Jeff has over 20 years experience leading innovation, developing strategic technology partnerships and delivering innovation initiatives to support business growth. In particular, we talk about what this new technology means for road tolls, road safety, and the importance of partnerships in realising innovative solutions. In this episode you'll hear about: The technology disrupting toll roads How to future-proof our road infrastructure for the era of autonomous vehicles Applications of new ITS tech to improve safety and user experience The importance of partnerships for innovation What can we expect from transport infrastructure in the next 100 years?
June 06, 2021
Is more effective driver training the key to reducing road fatalities? | Interview with Gene Corbett
Driver training is a fairly overlooked and unregulated process. Many of us first learn to driver from our parents or guardians for a majority of the mandated hours under government L-plate schemes; but does the ability to drive automatically give you the ability to teach and pass on good driving behaviours? Not necessarily. In this episode we sit down with Gene Corbett, the Managing Director of Total Driver Australia, to discuss how driver training - for drivers and driving instructors alike - can be a preventative force in the fight against road fatalities. With over 15 years experience under his belt, Gene walks us through something called 'the default', the importance of practical behavioural changes even before a driver steps in the car, and how such changes to the way we teach drivers behind a wheel can decrease crash rates in some of our most vulnerable.  Total drivers website:
May 17, 2021
A culture of innovation: making cities safer and more user friendly | Interview with Dave Jones
Often when we consider innovations across transport, we think of AI, automation, and Big Data. But what if there are much simpler solutions that are right under our noses? Often we neglect to think about how we can augmented the infrastructure we've already got - improve road friction, or even the user experience of a pedestrian crossing.  On this episode, we chat with Dave Jones, External Affairs Director for Smarterlite Group - dedicated to making our roads, buildings, and infrastructure better, safer, and greener - about how something as small as improving the friction on our roads can decrease crash factors by up to 40%. Dave, who has over 25 years experience across public and private businesses in transport, is a strong advocate for spearheading a culture of innovation within government bodies and transport in general, and for improving the user experience of the built environment.  Fostering a culture of innovation within transport and infrastructure benefits all road and roadsiders users; so how do we make this the norm? Smarterlite's website:
April 19, 2021
The role of micro-mobility and shared mobility in the built environment | Interview with Monica Zarafu
Did you know that the term 'micro-mobility' didn't even exist until around 2012? Or that it was thought to be first used by a Romanian visionary, Horace Dediu? Neither did we until this week! Emily sits down with Monica Zarafu, the managing director of BYKKO to talk about mobility and micro-mobility in the built environment. In a world where one of the biggest fears we install in our children from a young age is a fear of cars, what might the future look like if we invest more into shared mobility infrastructure?  BYKKO's Website:
April 05, 2021
Breaking down barriers in logistics and business | Interview with Enrica Centorame
What would you do if suddenly you became totally unemployable? That's exactly what happened to today's guest when she came back to Australia after working in Europe for 10 years. On today's episode, we chat with Enrica Centorame, Managing Director of Global Forwarding, the the first certified women-owned logistics company in Australia. Enrica is an advocate for procurement diversity and connects with Indigenous and Veteran-owned businesses, utilising where possible diverse suppliers around the world. As a Certified Woman-Owned Business, Global Forwarding is an accredited, globally recognised Diverse Supplier. Global Forwarding is committed to supporting the Murra Indigenous Master Class at Melbourne Business School and the Asian Social Impact Centre. In the words of Enrica: "I'd rather have 80% of something good, than 100% of something bad" Global Forwardings website:
March 21, 2021
Gender diversity in the transport industry | Interview with Lauren Bourke
Did you know that women only make up 16.9% of all roles in the transport sector? That includes all drivers, admin, and office roles. It's no secret that the transport industry has long been dominated by men. New data is helping shed light on the severity of the imbalance we are facing, and the tangible benefits to a business' bottom line of addressing it. In celebration of NSW Womens Week (8th -14th March, 2021) Emily sat down with Lauren Bourke, the National Transport Manager at Randstad, to discuss the findings of their December 2020 Women in Transport report, detail practical advice for businesses to increase gender diversity, and the misconceptions surrounding women-at-work.  Link to download the full report:
March 07, 2021
Efficiency and integration across different transport systems | Interview with Dr Yale Z Wong
Emily sits down with Yale Z Wong, PhD, and Principal at Dr Transportation international transport advisory to discuss efficiency across our transport networks, and what can be done to address fragmentation across different transport and mobility systems. What can be done on a regulatory level? Is emotion-led decision making partially to blame for our fragmented transport network? Yale Z Wong is an international advisor and social entrepreneur in the public transport and intelligent transport systems (ITS) sectors. He holds positions as ANZ Market Lead at the Cities Forum and is an Honorary Associate at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS).  Yale is a thought leader, a strategic advisor, and a powerful industry advocate in the public transport and intelligent transport systems (ITS) sectors, having won the David Willis Prize (2018), ITLS Research Prize (2018), and selected by ITS Australia as Youth Ambassador to the World Congress (2019), and as recipient of the Young Professional Award (2019). Yale's website:
February 15, 2021
Applying data-driven methods to city planning | Interview with Tom Steal
What do Ferrari's and shopping centres have in common? We sat down with Tom Steal from McLaren Traffic Consultants to talk about how quantitative data can be applied to city planning processes to help generate more meaningful outcomes for different stakeholders. Learn more about how data can be used to improve city planning at
December 06, 2020
Traffic Impact Studies: Why are they important? | Interview with Nick Karahlis
We sit down with traffic engineer, Nick Karahlis - the owner and founder of Sydney-based consultancy NK Traffic - as we talk all-things related to traffic surveys, public transport, and the future of mobility.
September 04, 2020