I agree with the podcast idea or webcast.
I see no reason that members need to "talk". If we have an issue we should go to a BOD member before and get it put on the agenda. If the BOD would like the person to explain his/her idea then they could supply a teleconference connection for that person for that subject.
I also agree with open meetings. If the BOD wants to have a closed meeting then they can but not as part of the general meeting. Executive sessions are generally held outside the meetings and are meant to be private. But all decisions should be made and voted on at a regular meeting.
Retired competition cook. BBQ mentor.