20/20 Vision: Blind Spots and Bright Spots in the Field of Family Enterprise
20/20 is traditionally used as an index to measure the acuity and sharpness of vision— “perfect vision.” We use surgery, glasses, contacts as corrective measures to bring our sight to as close to 20/20 as possible. We use phrases such as “seeing is believing” or “I’ll believe it when I see it,” and yet the famous magician, Harry Houdini, was able to fool the eyes into believing an elephant had disappeared.

In Choosing 20/20 Vision as the theme of our 2020 FFI Global conference in NYC, we want to consider the ways in which this metaphor might be used in our work with and research of families in business and families of wealth.

How clearly do we “see”?
Where are the blind spots and bright spots? And how are they created?
How do we become more adept at recognizing impediments or anomalies in our field of vision?
Do “rose colored glasses” serve any purpose or is 20/20 “perfect” vision always the goal?
Do we share a common vision of blind spots/bright spots with our clients, in our multidisciplinary work, in combining research and practice?
How do we address the blind spots we recognize and embrace the bright spots that may have been overlooked?
How can we be sure that our “perfect vision” is indeed accurate?
How is technology continuing to impact our field of vision? Is our natural sense of sight impaired or enhanced by the digital technology? How do family businesses navigate the waters of the (virtual) technology?
How do we train ourselves to see things in a new way (innovation, entrepreneurship)?
What are the different types of blind spots/bright spots that each of the individuals within the different segments of the Three-Circle model have to be aware of?
Is money a potential blind spot?
How do we share a more common vision over time (next gen engagement, longevity, impact investing)
As a field, where are the blind spots/bright spots in government policies, media, etc.?