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Learning is important—now more than ever. How do you equip yourself for changing times? How do you deepen and broaden your knowledge? Here is an informal place to find out what we’re doing, what we’re planning, and how we’re listening to you. Dr. Susan Nash, AAPG’s Director of Education and Professional Development, shares the new territory she’s introducing to AAPG with courses and dynamic new workshops. She is also planning more interactive, Web 2.0 offerings. So, give her your input about the best and worst of the wild and woolly world of webinars, Web-based training, and open courseware.

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Case studies and biographies of successful companies and individuals often reveal that they made their biggest gains during downturns. When times were good, they were too busy, and there was no incentive for them to innovate. In contrast, a downturn opened up new avenues, with significant rewards. Many people who were successful during a downturn did not have a choice. So, they rose to the challenge, changed directions, and enjoyed the fruits of their efforts. Continue reading to examine six ways to survive and even prosper during a downturn.

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In times of political, economic, social, and supply chain instability, it's tempting to pull back and retreat into your comfort zone and to wait for the storm to pass. While a conservative approach is advisable when you're tempted to do something rash, it is not a viable long-term strategy. Survival may mean retooling yourself and your skills, to the point of reinventing yourself. For your business, it may mean exploring new ventures, or making dramatic changes to what you've been doing in the past. In each case, survival hinges on innovation. AAPG encourages you to attend the DPA Reserves Forum | Feb 26-27 in Houston, and also the AAPG-EAGE Carbonates Workshop, Feb 4-5 in New Orleans. Don't miss Reservoir Optimization for Times with Low Oil Prices | Oklahoma City, Feb 19.

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