Hi Tommy, Great question! In supporting Scott's sentiments, I do think the industry will bounce back once the "shelter-in-place" orders are lifted. I think that we need to be preparing NOW for when the orders come and take advantage of this time to figure out how to shift gears in a meaningful way. One example that comes to mind is how the SAMPE HQ team ramped up the completion of the SAMPE's Thermoplastic Tutorial Series in order to get it out to our audiences now when they were at home, and/or telecommuting, and might find the content to be a useful and productive diversion from the news of the pandemic. Our members can do the same . . . shift gears to embrace the times, and if that means taking risks, then so be it. In the case of the videos, it would have been nice to have a little more time to give a bit more polish to the content, but alas, the time was right, so off it went. And guess what? Our viewers love it! Now, we're re-arranging projects and ramping up even more content to get out to our audiences . . . it might not be as highly produced, but it's good content, and we know you'll love it. We are also now scrambling to get more content to you via other channels as well . . . webinars, papers from our fellows, etc. So developing responses to a crisis is paramount to the survival of any organization; there will be winners and losers when this is all said and done, and the ones who come out on top are the organizations that are able to shift gears quickly and respond effectively to the needs and wants of the economy. I also think this is a time when leadership counts. Not everyone has to be a boss/supervisor/manager or in a position to make decisions in order to make an impact. Being the "boss" of your areas of responsibilities is just as important these days. If you see a problem, provide the solution and/or suggest it to the powers that be. They're busy too and having teammates who not only identify problems but have thought through different solutions and have a recommendation is probably very welcome right now. Step up . . . step up in your job, in your industry, but more importantly, in your family and community. That is what's going to get us through to the other side of this pandemic.
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