Jan. 1, 2021
After meeting almost weekly for about 40 years, the Forum suspended in-person meetings in March 2020, to follow state health rules, protect its members from COVID-19 and to avoid becoming a superspreader of the coronavirus.
For about three years before the shutdown, a lively internal discussion had been occurring about how to revamp Forum practices to make Forum information accessible to young people. The 1980s Forum met at 7:30 a.m. so that participants could get to their jobs. By 2020, meetings began at 8:30 or later. Livestreaming Forum meetings beginning in 2015 brought more people into the room, but the information itself depended on holding the meetings. The internal discussion never achieved consensus.
While much of the world quickly went remote in March and April 2020, Forum leaders declined, preferring the social engagement of in-person gatherings and choosing to wait until that would again be possible.
Co-founder Sarah Stevenson, whose boundless energy kept the Forum on track for most of those 40 years, opened the year 2021 in a residential care facility where she could get the daily care she needed. Updates on her are here.
Stevenson had leaned on a long list of facilitators over the years to help her program and facilitate the Forum’s meetings. Facilitators as of March 2020 are here.
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