“Livestreaming video or it’s not happening” has usurped “Pictures or it didn't happen.”

Live Streaming

related: events, periscope, webinar, wi-fi, nethui
slideshare: making the most of live and archived videos
youtube: conversations
editing: How to make the most of live and archived video

Live video is a must-have for mainstreaming topical and timely issues, including biodiversity conservation (more about this later) and regional and topical tourism. It used to be 'pictures or it didn't happen.' Now it's "Livestreaming video or it’s not happening."

Those not in the room -- remote participants -- need to see as much as possible of what's going on and contribute to the dialogue. Livestreaming combined with video archives is useful to participants who were in the room and now have the option of later viewing and sharing with friends and colleagues. Journalists and bloggers can easily embed the highlights for summaries. Event organizers need to ask: why not offer livestreaming video?

We are spoiled for choice, says Alastair Hogg.

When it comes to formal tourism events and seminars, imagine the impact if the organizers embraced livestreaming video and encouraged their participants to share. If the discussion is important enough, then invite remote participants to join the conversation. Closed room discussions simply are no longer responsible. (Comment)

Our current choice of a benchmark event is New Zealand's NetHui which since 2010 has made the most of face-to-face networking and online interaction. In 2015 NetHui improved on its own record by providing real-time captions and in 2016 NetHui took its show on the road, visiting three cities in one week and continuing to stream the video from each location.

We understand that not everything needs to be webcast.

We also understand that some event organizers are concerned that livestreaming might cut into registrations. That said, is the content something that gains from live, public access. Remote viewers might not help with monetization but seeing it live made it easy to tweet/retweet. Bloggers and journalists can use what they see in reporting. Can there be mainstreaming without livestreaming?

Periscope Question

How do we get more than one person on the screen?

Google/YouTube Hangouts

How to Host a Hangout on Air (05.2017)
1) Go to create a live event and add basic info and adjust advanced settings
On this page, make sure that 'Quick using Google Hangouts on Air' is chosen
2) Click 'Go Live' which opens a second screen that lets you set up the hangout. You will be able to invite others to participate on camera. Participants each have the screenshare option if you want to show slides, websites, movies

3) When you are ready, you can start the webcast. It will take a few seconds to start
4) After the hangout, you can return to your Creator Studio -
https://www.youtube.com/dashboard?o=U - and edit the video, trimming the start or end
Comments: I'm having problems with scheduling hangouts in the future. I'm not sure if there's an easy way to share the web link once the video goes live. That said, as a platform for recorded conversations, presentations and webinars, this option offers a lot. - Ron

Live Streaming Applications

Some of the most accessible live streaming applications:
Instagram (New)


Have you viewed a live video?

Have you streamed a live video?

Can videos be embedded?

Can videos be downloaded?



Advantages of Live Streaming

It allows remote participants to watch the event in a similar manner to the on-site audience effectively amplifying the audience.
It can allow comments and questions from remote participants to be addressed in the same session as those of the event attendees, again amplifying the audience as well as increasing the range of feedback.
Remote participant questions can be read before providing answers thus giving the respondents some forewarning and enabling considered answers.
Live streaming gives remote participants a feeling of being included in the event and thus they become more engaged than those watching an archived video.


The live streaming is dependent upon the technical specifications of the live streaming equipment and internet infrastructure. That said there are applications able to create an effective live stream using just a smartphone. A reliable, fast, free WiFi network can aid event attendees to participate in the event live see the campaign for free wi-fi
There are sometimes valid technical and social reasons for not showing events as they happen.

The Future of Live Streaming
Mainstreaming is livestreaming. We have all been to events where the presenters engaged their audience and got the audience to learn through taking part in the learning or discovery. The possibilities for engaging remote participants are endless and have barely been utilized at present. It is possible to include quizzes to test the audience both remote and onsite's understanding of a topic, to add online surveys and to get feedback on the session. It is also possible to include these responses in the live presentation with comparisons between the on-site audience and remote participants' replies.

Suggestions for Organizers
Encourage the participants to hack your event and show them how. Example
The cost to livestream can be free (!) or developed in a more sophisticated (and costly) manner. Think freemium. If you cannot afford to pay for professional video services/transmission, can you make the event available from an ordinary laptop using free and easy to use services (examples include LiveStream and Ustream and youtube live).

Ask yourselves.
1) What benefits do locals receive? Perhaps it's the opportunity to deliver a 'pitch' to those in the room and to everyone else around the world (in real time or viewed later on).
2) How are online viewers invited to interact?
3) Do you have people prepared to receive questions via Twitter?

Whichever method you use, test it out ahead of time.

We recommend that most official events -- trade events, press conferences, official congresses incorporate livestreaming video. That said, organizers need to give the 'live streaming' option a good think beforehand. Don't let this be an afterthought!

Translating: Live Sream

Maori: Pāho mataora

Artwork / Cue Yourself

Buzzword Bingo: live video

You don't miss your water until your livestream goes dry #socialweb


1) Test out the service first. Put this into practice for something important.
2) Use a microphone if you want viewers to hear people who are more than three feet from the computer
3) Announce a twitter hashtag to be used in tandem with the live streaming
4) Encourage those attending events to use smartphones and laptops to broadcast live

Old School
Remote participation is almost
New School
Ask questions.
Get them answered at the event.
Give feedback and vote +1
#TBU Rottterdam 2013
Livestream Q&A Interaction

Tips for Remote Participants

Look up the event in advance and learn which applications will be needed to view and participate in the event. This may entail installing specialist applications
Test any new applications before using them for a live streaming event.
Follow some Social media streams using the event hashtags.
Due to the nature of live events, you may need to reload the player page, press the play button to start the video feed or wait a few moments until the video begins.


You know the familiar real-time coverage of an event, be it political or sports or theater or music. These events are broadcast live, streamed live. Events are unfolding in realtime and we're part of the story, as a fan, a spectator or an informed acquaintance.

Another usage is becoming more familiar: equally real-time coverage of events, including conference panels, workshops and presentations. Open up a laptop and with a livestreaming service anything can be made live. This is going on now and we're showing it to you. Live streaming.

The major difference between the two (and this will gradually diminish as well) is the number of viewers. The Superbowl and World Cup sporting matches are among the most viewed events in the world. What about events that are a bit smaller? In the sports world Australia's Baseball League is streaming games live on YouTube.

Live streaming is a critical step in developing engaging events. Good practices include soliciting questions from remote participants and interacting via other social web channels such as Twitter. It's a shame that many official events - climatecop19 - webcast press conferences but do not field questions from remote participants.

Livestreaming video or it's not happening

“Pictures or it didn't happen" has been usurped by “Livestreaming video or it’s not happening.”

“Pictures or it didn't happen" has been usurped by “Livestreaming video or it’s not happening.”




slideshare: making the most of live and archived videos, engaging events

What is Live Streaming?

Live streaming is multimedia content delivered live over the internet. The source can be video cameras, microphones, laptops, tablets, smartphones and other devices connected to the internet. More and more live streaming events allow remote participants to interact with the event being live streamed. - RN Future Tense

Researching: What is a Live Streaming Encoder? (also see: youtube live)



Australia wins gold when it comes to livestreaming. The country's public broadcaster is the best in the world. Not that it does have faults, but its breath and depth and accessibility all receive top marks. Radio National is accessible around the world without many pesky geolocation blocks.

Two other favorites,

It's not TV, it's Dot TV.
Come for the rugby, stay for the real estate. It's all Wagga Wagga and much of it live.
http://waggawagga.tv - https://twitter.com/WaggaWaggaTV



Rating the top live video apps - USA Today
You can now live stream directly from the Twitter app - Mashable


The great advantage of streaming is that it is eminently sustainable, has little carbon footprint and grants access to many who can contribute but may not afford to attend - in other words it is socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.
- Valere Tjolle, UNESCO Conference on remote access to World Heritage Sites

More Examples

The 2011 Responsible Tourism in Cities Conference and the 2010 European Ecotourism Conference had about 100 viewers each in real-time and then double and triple that number immediately afterwards via archived videos. Unfortunately, followup events have not included live video.

Live streaming can also be used at zero cost for events with a tight budget. Examples include presentations Ron Mader has facilitated such as the 2012 Global Workshop for Indigenous and Local Communities. The video for the workshop was shot using an ipod touch. The video quality was certainly not the best, but it was good enough so that colleagues could watch the session from around the world. We had about 20 people watching live, including colleagues who could not attend the event in person. It was difficult to promote because of the uncertainty of the web signal strength, but the experiment proved to me that it was well worth the effort. The video (including the embarrassing first few minutes recorded upside down!) is archived on YouTube:

In 2012 for the first time UNESCO's World Heritage Committee proceedings were available via live streaming from the World Heritage Centre's website. Also available were real-time videos (and later archives) from IUCN's World Conservation Congress. Amalavida.tv was the hub for live transmission of Ecuador's Turismo Consciente (Conscious Tourism) Conference and the OAS Tourism Congress.

Ron's Blog

Questions for this year’s #StateOfVegas
Las Vegas Green Drinks Toasts Ecotourism and Conscious Travel
RTD6 and The Failure of Old School Events
A call for live streaming
Event Upgrade: Estonia Case Study

Ron's Live Video
Saturday I will be video streaming some of the slow adventures in downtown Las Vegas - bike share, street art, walking and eating - as part of this week's Sustainable Travel Summit. Please keep an eye on the my YouTube channel

Additionally live videos will be transmitted via Twitter/Periscope
https://www.pscp.tv/ronmader and Facebook

Let me know which services work best!


livestreaming - Google News

Organisations employing LiveSteaming

International Space Station

Live video from the International Space Station includes internal views when the crew is on-duty and Earth views at other times. The video is accompanied by audio of conversations between the crew and Mission Control. This video is only available when the space station is in contact with the ground. During "loss of signal" periods, viewers will see a blue screen. Since the station orbits the Earth once every 90 minutes, it experiences a sunrise or a sunset about every 45 minutes. When the station is in darkness, external camera video may appear black, but can sometimes provide spectacular views of lightning or city lights below.


RSA Events include over 100 free public lectures, talks, debates and screenings a year. More about the RSA

TEDx Sydney 2013


World Conservation Congress 2012

Has tourism become more sustainable?

City Council Meetings

Henderson, Nevada


Benchmark for tourism events
All tourism conferences should have free wi-fi and live-streaming of the event

Buzzword Bingo: Live Streaming

Recommended Reading

Responsible Tourism Week: An Unconference - Cynthia Ord



More Tools


A simple but powerful app that allows you to stream directly to your own YouTube channel.


http://nethui.org.nz and http://nethui.org.nz/video
Brand Journeys in Social Media
Forest Day December 2010
Swedish Tourism Awards
Swedish Eco Conference
Enter 2011 (Austria)

Oaxaca, Mexico

Tuesday, November 1, 6pm, Day of the Dead Altar
more info: http://oaxaca.wikispaces.com/muertos



Suggested Tweets

Streaming Old School http://flic.kr/p/6eoM48 + New School http://flic.kr/p/9EZThH


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Embedded Tweets


November 23-24 Edinburgh, Scotland, I Know where I'm Going
Comments welcome on Ron's blog
Live video
Hashtag: #ikwig

Background: At a time of economic crisis and environmental threat, countries everywhere are seeking to address the dual challenges of maximising the economic value of their natural and cultural heritage while protecting and preserving that heritage. This international conference will focus on the potential created by new technologies for creating high-quality, remote-access visitor experiences for World Heritage Sites and other sites of cultural, historical and natural significance where physical access must be restricted.


Our heritage is much more than our collective memory, it is our collective treasure. Ben Kacyra

Some events do not have livestreaming
Executive Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism in Los Cabos, Mexico!:
"I’ll be monitoring comments and questions on YouTube"


Buzzword Bingo: Live Streaming = Transferring data such that it can be processed as a steady and continuous stream #buzzwordbingo


At the 2010 World Travel Market, Wifi was only available in the central walkways (unless the exhibitor had paid an extraordinary price to install on site); and there were no plugs to charge phones. I don't blame the WTM folks necessarily - just don't understand why Excel doesn't invest in WIMAX and provide blanket coverage and amortize the cost over all exhibitions organisers. As we don't seem to be able to run a decent train service to cope with the crowds trying to visit - perhaps we could encourage virtual participation.
- Anna Pembridge, Thank You Todd - why places and businesses need to allow their customers to communicate!

The reality is that very few conferences have got anywhere near to managing a transition to a digital environment. And thus are missing out on a substantial, virtual audience. A few tweets here and there, or even a blog, still go nowhere towards satisfying this larger audience that may be interested in the information on hand, or the proportional opportunities. Most conferences are “non-inclusive” (to varying degrees) by the very nature of their geographical and registration constraints.Digital conferencing is more inclusive, but has as many (different) “problems”, as analogue. Inevitably however digital is going to replace a proportion (how large is the debate) of physical conferences. Except for one element, networking. Sure, social networking exists; but personal, face-to-face networking is hard to beat. You can do a lot of business over a cup of coffee or glass of wine that can’t happen online.I go to many conferences, speaking and attending, yet also participate in many virtual ones. One could argue I learn as much, or more from virtual sources. No, I won’t even argue that. I do. Will I still go to “real” conferences? Yes. Most conference organisers need to get far more digitally savvy yet and appeal to far more widespread audiences, thus offering greater value to participants.
- Lawrence Smith, Would you engage in a conference?

Buzzword Bingo

Livestreaming - Satellite Event - Viewing Party - WiFi


wikipedia: Streaming media

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