Humancentric design! I appreciate the discussion here about doing live video. I hope, over time, we can develop the platform to provide a range of lower to higher intensity ‘spaces’—textual, audio, video, virtual—so one could go wherever one feels most attuned and find dialogue there, with fluidity in moving between different mediums.
One of the issues with audio is that it’s hard to know who is going to speak next, once you have more than 3 or 4 people in a call. It can be awkward on video, too, but it’s even worse in an audio-only conference. Video is good, in my opinion, with up to around 12 people. Beyond that only a small percentage can speak. 5-8 is a good range for an intimate yet dynamic talk. 2-4 is feasible for audio-only.
Text is nice because it allows for asynchronous magic and also more pure form—aka Real-Idea, logos—potentially transmitting something distinctly of the spirit, especially with a good writer.
I envision weaving all these modes together in some elegant, functional way—so one could record a small audio event (like a podcast) or a larger group using video, as well as incorporating audio or video (optionally) into replies.
But video is definitely a matter of practice, too. The more I’ve done it, the easier it’s become…