The first meeting of the Business Continuity Institute's new 2020 Group was held on the 22nd April at Credit Suisse's offices in Canary Wharf in London. The 2020 Group is a new Think Tank set up by the BCI to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Institute and to provide thought leadership to the industry as it prepares to face the challenges of the future.
Chaired by Lyndon Bird FBCI, the BCI’s Technical Director, and made up of senior figures from the industry, the purpose of the 2020 Group is to debate key issues relating to business continuity under the wider umbrella of resilience and produce high quality publications or academic journal articles that will provide value to those working within the industry. The 2020 Group will provide visionary insight into challenges facing business continuity practitioners, how the discipline is positioned in the risk landscape, and examine emerging trends.
In order to provide focus to the work of the group, it was decided to concentrate on trying to answer the question "What will BCM look like in 2020?" This question complements this year’s BCI Executive Forum in Amsterdam where discussion will centre on possible future business, political and cultural changes that will impact BCM as a discipline.
Speaking at the launch of the group, Lyndon Bird commented: "There is a need to think about the direction business continuity is taking. It may be the BCI's 20th anniversary, but instead of just celebrating the past, we thought it more appropriate to focus on the future and take stock of what is happening in an evolving discipline."