While early naysayers were comparing ‘Google + Hangouts’ with Facebook chat and Skype, Intelligence2 has utilised it in a unique way that will see millions of people have their say in a round of debates.
Intelligence2 was founded in London in 2002, and hosts some of the worlds most celebrated debates. With esteemed speakers which include former US Presidents, Scientists and popular celebrities such as Stephen Fry and Richard Dawkins, Intelligence2 seeks to air out the major and minor issues that concern the world. Formerly screened live via their website, and then screened on YouTube, these debates are now open to participants like you and me, through Google + Hangouts.
How can I participate?
Simply by adding the ‘Versus’ page to your Google + circles, you can watch these debates either as they happen via video, or in text on the wall posts, if you are lucky to secure a Hangout spot (Limited places) you can actually converse and interact with the debaters. Real-time voting on each speaker’s argument is also available so that they will know how they are doing with their audience.
If you have already joined Google +, then you can join in the debate here: https://plus.google.com/107841648304854245302/posts ; the next public debate will be on March 13th about the war on drugs, with Richard Branson, Julian Assange and the former Presidents of Mexico and Brazil weighing in.
What are 'Hangouts?'
Hangouts are a way to connect with people or businesses in your Google + 'Circles'. In order to use Hangouts, you need to install the Hangout plugin to your browser from here http://www.google.com/tools/dlpage/res/talkvideo/hangouts/ . Watch this video from Versus for more information on the live debates.