This page gives a special shoutout to those attempting livestreaming and recorded video from the event organizers, educators, tour guides, artisans, academics, and others featured and linked from

For all of us, this page is a DIY (do it yourself) guide to making the most of free video services. It also acknowledges the more polished videos that have a small-to-large budget.

We know many people who will check out this page with absolutely zero interest in appearing on camera. That’s fine. This page and our entire web training ethos is to encourage people to develop their digital presence, but on their own time table and within their own comfort zone. That said, thanks to COVID19, zoom rooms and other online conversations are more popular than ever.

That said, when it comes to using digital technology, we are our own guinea pigs, offering live video for the past 10+ years and working with others to document surroundings, soundscapes, policy meetings, and other events.

Live news disasters receive around-the-clock video coverage on multiple channels. Example: 2019’s burning of Notre Dame Cathedral. Paris quickly disappeared from headline news and it was challenging to keep track of the renovations. On our wishlist, slow tv-type coverage of World Heritage maintenance, and when possible, connections with responsible, slow, conscious travel.

Behind the scenes we have our challenges – digitizing old video tapes, movies, slides and presentations, and weaving participant-made videos in following and recapping live events and conferences.


  • What live and recorded videos would you like to see from formal events? = ¿Qué videos en vivo y grabado te gustaría ver de eventos formales?
  • Who do you watch on Periscope, FacebookLive and YouTube? Are you following or subscribed to their channels? = ¿A quién ves en Periscope, FacebookLive y YouTube? ¿Estás siguiendo o suscrito a sus canales?

Responses and other comments are welcome.

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.’

Want to have a private, behind-closed-doors meeting, a members-only conference? Fine, we understand. But don’t expect others (people not in the room) to feel engaged.

Those not in the room — potential 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 for portions of the event?

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. (Source) Examples



Social Web Challenge
We encourage the creation of viewing parties.

Spotlight on New Zealand

New Zealand takes the gold when it comes to live video streaming, making conferences accessible to the world.

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. The 2017 NetHui takes place in November with its schedule being developed.

Look for other notable NZ examples with participation from Internet New Zealand, including Food and the Internet and Democracy and the Internet.


Stray Notes
When I was in high school (the Jimmy Carter-Ronald Reagan years), friends and I created our own TV show. Back in the 70s TV production was very expensive and inaccessible to most. We made our AV-Room series (something I wanted to call Summit Up in reference to the Summit City), we turned out ‘shows’ on what I remember as suitcase-sized cassettes. These were modern times.

Cut to the 80s and 90s when video cameras became inexpensive. We could produce our own television.

And the discount in sharing – webcasting – continues.

We have at our hands a tool that is very engaging and cheap. Bueno y barato

The ‘Livestreaming’ presentation is available for download and embedding (sharing) on other websites. It has a Creative Commons attribution-sharealike license.

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

Embedded Tweets

Other examples of livestreaming
Las Vegas:
Mexico City:

Elsewhere on the Web

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