We’ve already posted some ideas for what you could do during IP Inclusive Week. They range from organising an event to reviewing your in-house D&I policies.
But if none of those quite floats your boat, how about one of these…?
- Doing something to make use of our excellent Careers in Ideas resources (see www.careersinideas.org.uk): you could perhaps give a careers talk in a local school, college or university; run an open day or other careers-related event; or commit to offering work experience opportunities
- Organising a fund-raising activity for a D&I-related charity
- Writing something for the IP Inclusive website blog
Or you could designate an “Everyone’s Special” day when everyone in your organisation brings in a small gift for somebody else – something good to eat or drink, perhaps, or a “cheer-up” bunch of flowers. Special days can be great for celebrating diversity and inclusion, if you encourage people to bring in something unique to their own culture or religion or childhood background, or that relates to their interests outside of work.
We’d love to hear what you’re planning to do, and to post your photos on the day. If you tweet about it using the hashtag #ipinclusiveweek, we’ll retweet and share with others in the IP Inclusive community.
At the very least, you and your colleagues could attend one of the IP Inclusive events that are being organised in and around IP Inclusive Week. We have two so far, and others in the pipeline:
- On Monday 5 November there’s an IP Out event, with a talk by Lord Chris Smith (the new Chair of IPReg) reflecting on a lifetime of progress in LGBT+ equality. Register via the IP Out section of our website.
- On Thursday 22 November our annual Women in IP event will focus on flexible working arrangements. Register via the Women in IP section of the site.
Both these events are free and open to all IP professionals, regardless of gender or sexuality.
Do keep an eye on this blog for details of other events. And don’t forget to sign up to the IP Inclusive Updates mailing list for regular reports on the things we’re doing and our future events.