There are brilliant ideas, expressed everyday, in public discussions and events, all over the world.
Don’t miss them.
FORA delivers discourse, discussion, and debates on the world's most interesting political, social, and cultural issues, and enables viewers to join the conversation. It provides deep, unfiltered video content, tools for self-expression, and a place for the interactive community to gather online. In addition to the video presentation in our own Flash-based Fora Player, featured programs offer a complete transcript synced with the video through the addition of metadata to the file. This innovation keeps the long-form content unedited, yet easily searchable and accessible. Users are also able to isolate individual chapters within the full-length programs, making it easy for users to send these specific clips to others or to embed them on their sites.
edit Featured Partners
FORA is presenting and producing content from the world's leading public forums. Our constantly growing library of programs offers a wide variety of topics and represents views spanning the entire political spectrum. The esteemed organizations that are working with us to build the FORA vision include (partial list):
- The Long Now Foundation
- The Brookings Institution
- Cambridge University
- Americans for Informed Democracy
- The Hoover Institution
- The New School
- The Truman National Security Project
- The New America Foundation
- The Heritage Foundation
- The Magnes Museum
- The Cato Institute
- Link TV
- Chatham House in London
- The Transatlantic Institute in Brussels
- Egmont: The Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels
- World Affairs Councils in several US cities
- The Commonwealth Club of California
- The Global Philanthropy Forum
- Independent bookstores across the country
edit Notable Speakers
FORA features experts from the fields of politics, science, literature, business, diplomacy, and the arts. Some of the more notable speakers featured include: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, Richard Dawkins, George Lakoff, Henry Kissinger, Jon Stewart, Lou Dobbs, Pat Buchanan, Harry Shearer, Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter, Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem, David Brooks, Barbara Boxer, Thom Hartmann, Amy Tan, Rudy Giuliani, Malcolm Gladwell, Ralph Nader, and Markos “Kos” Moulitsas.
FORA features hundreds fascinating programs on topics such as: The Future of the Plug-In Hybrid Car, North Korea's Nuclear Program, The Prospect of Democracy in China, The AIDS Epidemic in Africa, The World of Hollywood Screenwriting, The New Frontiers of Neuroscience, as well as several takes on the 2008 Run for the White House.
FORA also features a great deal of engaging tech programming, including speeches by Jimmy Wales, Will Wright, Steve Wozniak, and Chris Anderson, as well as engaging panel discussions on Net Neutrality and Social Networking.
edit Who is FORA?
Founder and CEO Brian Gruber has twenty years experience successfully building and marketing media enterprises. As the senior marketing officer for a range of respected media institutions, he has managed billion dollar revenue budgets and large and small marketing teams. As the first marketing director for C-SPAN, he built its affiliate sales and marketing organization, launching C-SPAN II with the largest subscriber base ever for a cable network at launch. As director of marketing for News Corp's FOXTEL, he helped build the most successful cable television brand in Australia, going from number three to number one in cable subscriptions, brand equity and consumer awareness.
FORA's leading investor is William R. Hearst III. Will currently serves on the boards of Akimbo, Applied Minds, Juniper Networks, Oblix, OnFiber, and RGB Networks. In addition to his portfolio company boards, he is also a director of the Hearst Corporation and Hearst-Argyle Television. Hearst is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a trustee of: The Hearst Foundation, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, California Academy of Sciences, and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.
edit FORA Player Features
To see the FORA.tv embeddable player in action, check this out.
Be sure to click on the "Open Tools" button in the bottom left corner of the player. The transcript feature in Tools is fully searchable and each sentence is connected to the video’s time code.
For example, try searching "spore." All hits will be highlighted in red. Since we use a streaming FLV file, users are then able to select the highlighted word(s) and can be transported to the beginning of the particular sentence that includes the searched word, in this case "spore."
A description of our tools can be found here here:
More info coming soon
edit The Future of FORA
FORA continues to grow and innovate, constantly adding new features and content partners from around the world. We have recently released a new version of the site and are currently working towards Round A funding.
edit Featured Page Nomination
- First nominated on 10:44, 30 March 2007 (PDT)
- This look perfect. I'm going to add to the queue to be featured. -- TakKendrick | Talk 15:08, 31 March 2007 (PDT)
- I've now added quite a bit of WikiLinks.
- FORA.tv was picked as a featured wiki page on 31-March-2007.
edit External Links
edit FORA in the News
- CNET News: The YouTube for Thinkers
- The New York Times: On One YouTube Competitor, All Joking Aside
- Voice of America News: Website of the Week
- Huffington Post: Release 0.9: Compare and contrast (video)
- The Washington Times: FORA Offers News For Thinkers
31 March 2007
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