This afternoon, live, you could listen to a conversation among National Geographic Explorers on seven continents. You could ask questions and post comments along the way. Some explorers brought their dogs, and Jane Goodall may have been bothered by a video light shining in her face, as it is a very human and personal production.
This is the way of the future, live digital communication and interaction with scientists in real time global communication.
“Meet Explorers on All 7 Continents
Join some of National Geographic’s biggest names in exploration and innovation January 13th for our most epic Google+ Hangout to date. Be part of the conversation with a diverse group of explorers, including such legends as Robert Ballard and Jane Goodall. We’ll also chat with cave diver Kenny Broad, Crittercam engineers Greg Marshall and Kyler Abernathy in Antarctica, wildlife conservationist Paula Kahumbu in Kenya, archaeologist Cecilia Mauricio in Peru, paleontologist Mike Archer in Australia, conflict resolution specialist Aziz Abu Sarah in Israel, biologist Krithi Karanth in India, research engineer Albert Lin in California, and NG Weekend host Boyd Matson (view map of the explorers and key locations from their adventures).
For 125 years, National Geographic has been at the leading edge of exploration, conservation, and scientific research. Now technology is allowing us to go places and make discoveries not possible before. This is a new age of exploration. We invite you to join us on the journey–and get closer to our explorers along the way.
Think of the possibilities for this type of communications, engaging the world populations in community information sharing, problem solving, and sense making. The possibilities seem endless as we contemplate our sustainable future on our share planet. Now, more than ever, our connectedness is ever present and our challenges and opportunities up close and personal.
There will be another netcast event like this in February and I will let you know in advance as I get more information.