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Former BCI Technical Director Lyndon Bird to lead DRI Future Strategic Vision Committee.

Bringing together a global community of subject matter experts, DRI International has convened the Future Strategic Vision Committee, which aims to be the leading global think tank on matters of operational resilience, discipline integration, and the future role of resilience professionals.

This interdisciplinary group seeks to unite the profession by establishing meaningful and productive links among other professional bodies, higher education, and membership organizations.

DRI has appointed former Business Continuity Institute Technical Director Lyndon Bird to lead this effort, naming him Committee Chair.

“This is an ideas-led program and we’re trying to get out in front of it, get ahead of the game,” said Lyndon. “As a profession, we are at a crossroads. Traditionally, we had areas such as business continuity, risk, and security operations in isolated areas, and we need to bring those together. We also need to bring together leading thinkers in these fields to see where the individual disciplines are going and how we can work together to expand our knowledge. ”

Lyndon, who was BCI’s Technical Director from 2006 to early 2015 and Chairman from 2000 until 2003, said he believes DRI’s “excellent reputation, global reach, and status as a not-for-profit” combine to make DRI “uniquely positioned to succeed.”

“I do not underestimate the difficulty of this undertaking,” Lyndon said. “There are deeply held intellectual views at play here, not just professional defensiveness, and it is going to be a challenge to break down 20 years of resistance, boundaries and frameworks.”

What will the Future Strategic Vision Committee do?

The goals of the Future Strategic Vision Committee are as follows:

  • Create the leading global ‘Think Tank’ on matters of operational resilience, discipline integration and the future role of resilience professionals.
  • Work with other professional bodies and membership organizations on an international basis to share knowledge, develop common strategic frameworks and promote resilience concepts to as wide an audience as possible using existing and new promotional channels.
  • Provide input into other committees (in particular the Professional Development and Global Infrastructure Committees) to ensure their development activities are consistent with the future directions of the resilience community as a whole.
  • Keep the DRI at the forefront of innovative thinking; influencing governments, regulators, standards bodies and academic institutions – and ensure it is recognized internationally as the thought leader.

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