Live from Kabul with a Google Hangout

We worked with Peter Lems, a Program Director for the AFSC Middle East Region, to produce Live from Kabul: an Afghan Conversation. This project was intended to share a conversation, both audio and video, with a wide audience. The problem was to provide access that would not require tech support. Fitz brought forward the idea of using a Google Hangout, which could be configured to stream to a YouTube channel where attendees could both see and hear the conversation – and send their questions to questions @ afsc.org. The YouTube channel also serves as a full recording of the event. After extensive testing and a dry run with two endpoints in Kabul and two in Philadelphia – the live event worked like a charm. Seventy people attended and Peter received a stream of positive feedback. This was groundbreaking and provided a new way to reach out to an audience that extended beyond the close AFSC Family – and went beyond the traditional activist’s conference call.

For more about the logistics and thinking that went on behind the scenes, see these posts from our eJournal:

Live from Kabul | and Afghan Conversation – post 1 of 3

Live from Kabul | and Afghan Conversation – post 2 of 3

Live from Kabul | and Afghan Conversation – post 3 of 3

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