Yes, it’s time to start planning for IP Inclusive Week 2019.
This year it runs from 11-17 November,
and as in 2018, the idea is for all of our supporters to do one thing – however small – to promote diversity and inclusion in the IP professions.
#ipinclusiveweek aims to get people talking, to catalyse improvements in diversity and inclusivity, and generally to foster a sense of involvement among IP Inclusive supporters. It’s also a great way to raise awareness of the work we’re doing and widen our reach. This is a project where “grass roots” involvement is key, and one which all IP professionals – whatever their role and career level – should feel part of.
Please let us know what you’re planning to do to mark the event: it could be anything from a small internal get-together to a larger project; from coffee and cake and a chat about mental wellbeing to a whole-team training session on unconscious bias. You could use one of our webinar recordings as the basis for a discussion (see our Resources page).
And why not commit to something longer-term, for example by establishing a D&I committee or forum to keep diversity and inclusion on the agenda all year round; by starting to collect D&I data (we’re planning a December event on this – more details soon); or by getting involved in one of our regional networks – if there isn’t one yet in your area, we’d love it if you could help us set one up. And let us know if you’d like to sponsor some IP Inclusive pin badges to give to your teams during IP Inclusive Week (we have lanyards and magnets too).
This year we want even more people to join in, sharing their ideas and memories and photos on social media. We’ll be posting some more suggestions and supporting resources soon, so keep an eye on our IP Inclusive Week page, where you can also be inspired by some of the things that went on last year. An awful lot of them seemed to involve cake…
Whatever you’re planning, please share it with us using the tag #ipinclusiveweek.