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Professional Bodies Digital Summit at 199 Gloucester Terrace

FODO host one in a series of Professional Bodies Leadership Summits organised by the consultancy Atmosphere

The breakfast event was attended by FODO, other optical colleagues and also by representative and professional bodies from the worlds of accountancy, engineering, technology, public relations, project management, the Institute of Directors,  and physiotherapy. 

The theme of the discussion was “the purpose of representative organisations in the post digital world”.  Specific discussion points were how to prepare our memberships to operate in a post digital world (ie where digital is ubiquitous), the specific needs of the millennial generation and how we engage our memberships in achieving purposeful outcomes in their professional lives. 

David Hewlett, FODO Chief Executive said:  “Hosting this seminar for Atmosphere is part of our commitment to leadership in digital technology in the post-digital age.  We know that digitalisation is going to have a tremendous effect on the optical sector as the Foresight Project report has shown but it will also affect how we, as membership organisations, operate and interact with our members. 

"The purpose of these events is not to reach conclusions but to share perspectives and to trigger thinking about new ideas.  I certainly came away with several I will feed back into the Optical Confederation and wider optical sector.” 

Fiona Anderson, ABDO President, who was present said: “It is great to hear that so many of us in representative and professional organisations are facing similar challenges and addressing them in different ways.  We can always learn from one another and when we do that, we are all stronger for .our members.”

Catherine Bithell from the College of Optometrists said:  “We are about to review our guidance for optometrists and update our website taking account of precisely the sorts of issues we discussed at the seminar. It was great to be able to share perspectives.”