So far, our online conversations have been an online forum format - participants can post and reply to comments. Our conversations are asynchronous (so that timezones aren't a barrier to participation) and they are usually hosted for a scheduled amount of time (5 to 7 days). We try to find conversation partners and leaders to ensure that the discussion is active and fruitful. This approach has worked well for us - but we're ready to expirment with some other formats!
How could we utilize Google Hangout to discuss tactics? Do we also need a private space for members to discuss? What would that look like? Could we invite a special guest with a particular expertise to be available for an 'Ask the Expert' type of online event? Please share your ideas on conversation topics and new formats below!