Adoption Hangouts on Air

So this isn’t a very well thought out, yet, consider this post a bit of a brainstorm…one I want you to participate in.

Yesterday during my day job I attended a webinar that featured Guy Kawasaki (famous for among many other things). During his talk he mentioned Google Hangouts on Air (he also mentioned Alltop/Adoption!). I must admit to a general avoidance of Google Plus and nearly all other Google thingees (other than the search engine, of course). I wont go into the reasons for my avoidance (at least not in this post). The reasons are not relevant. What is relevant is that as a result of my avoidance, I was not familiar with Google Hangouts On Air. First, for reference, a “Hangout” is where you start a video chat with up to 9 people with Hangouts on Google+. Think, say, instant messenger chat with 8 of your friends all chatting together only with the added benefit of video and audio.  Now, to Hangouts on Air. From their page:

Hangouts On Air lets you:

  • Broadcast a hangout: Invite circles or individual people to join you in a hangout, then broadcast it to the world. A live player of your hangout will be posted to your Google+ Home page and YouTube channel.
  • Edit and share the recorded hangout: Your hangout will be recorded as a public video and will be available on your Home page once your hangout has ended. You’ll also be able to edit the recording when the hangout is over. If you edit your video, your post (including the video URL) will automatically be updated to show the edited version.

So, with that in mind, I am thinking…perhaps a roundtable discussion type of hangout? Maybe on a monthly basis? I would be happy to “moderate” or schedule and communicate.  I am firm believer in the idea that we must use all channels possible – written, verbal, face to face, audio, video, etc. as part of our efforts to make change in adoption. What I like about the idea of Hangouts on Air is that the video/audio portion HUMANIZES us.  We will not be words on a blog but a voice, a face, a live human being. 

Some possible topics:

  • Navigating the Non-Reunion: How to Keep Your Heart Open When The Door Has Been Closed
  • Adoption Reunion Search Tips
  • Going Grey: Stories from Individuals Separated by Grey Market Baby Brokers (I see this as some of my friends from ehbabes)
  • Special Guest Interviews – Adoption Bloggers, Authors, Movie Producers
  • Informed or Deformed Consent: Can a Mother Really Make an Informed Decision?
  • Voice Of Collateral Damage: Partners of Adoption Effected Individuals Share

To participate, you likely need to be a bit more technical than the average bear. What I mean by this is that you need to have something that can record audio and video. Say an iPad or a desktop with a web cam and audio.


Please ask questions, suggest a format or approach, and more importantly, if you might be willing to participate. (I have already planted a seed with Claud and I am fairly certain I can get her on board for at least one hangout!) If I get some interest, I will send a private email to interested parties and we will plan more thoroughly together!

Thanks for considering.

15 Thoughts.

  1. I think it sounds great! I am NOT a technical person and have never used Google plus at all, however, I am not opposed to learning something for a cause! I do have a web cam. Could you add a little more insight to the “hangout” term? I am assuming you mean just the round table discussion? I’ve never heard of any of it before but it seems pretty awesome!

    • Jennie – Yes, we will work with, educate, test run with anyone that is interested. Think of a hangout of a max of nine people all in a video/audio chat. Old school chat room taken to new level to include audio and video. And then the conversation is saved to youtube for broadcasting and viewing. See the links I posted. If you have a device (ipad, iphone, computer with audio/video ability) you can likely participate. We would pick a topic, I would ask questions and facilitate and people would share their thoughts and be captured as part of the ;”hangout” in a video piece.

  2. I’d be interested in being a part of the hangouts if you’d ever want a social worker involved! I have some personal connections to adoption, but my main connection is as an adoption social worker. I’m sure I wouldn’t be helpful in all topics, but I offer myself for whichever topics you think I might be helpful to have aboard. Especially if you do one about adoption in the movies 🙂

    • Awesome Addison. I def welcome your participation. Will put you on list for reaching out to as I flesh this out further. Thanks!

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  4. I think it’s a great idea Suz!! We become real with the videos 🙂 I’d participate too, depending on topics.


  5. I am interested, but put me in the column of technically challenged. Don’t have a web cam but i’m sure we can get one and get it operational. The next challenge for me is to get over my fear of being on camera…ugh…i look hideous on camera, but am willing to give it a go.

    In the words of Alan Grayson, “COURAGE!”

  6. Hi!
    Been a lurker here but I would also be interested. Im a first mom from the 80’s with a very open adoption (visits about 2 times a month starting when she was 6).

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