The beauty of innovation is that there is no standard “DNA” of an innovator. In fact, the more unique your experiences, the more poised you are to innovate in remarkable ways.

The amazing inventor Sadie McCallum is no stranger to facing obstacles and inventing her way to revolutionary solutions.

At 11 years old, Sadie is innovating her way through the unique challenges she faces as she navigates the world with Cerebral Palsy; a condition the impacts her motor skills.

In her words,

“I’m not just the girl in the wheelchair… it’s not going to stop me from having fun.”

As an advocate and inventor, Sadie shines a spotlight on why we need to encourage and invite innovators from every background. So, let’s get to know her a little better with this phenomenal video from A Plus.

Via: A Plus 1

Inviting all voices to the table!

“By inventing things for myself, I know there are other people who can benefit from it too.” —Sadie McCallum

Being a great inventor or innovator doesn’t mean having the best Ph.D. or most accolades. It doesn’t even require state of the art laboratories. Great innovators take the unique problems they face and the experiences in their lives and fix them the way only they know how.

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This is why we need to empower all kinds of voices in a room. Why it’s important that we think about who sits around every brainstorming session. Because the more diverse the range of experiences is that we include in the process of innovation, the more problems we solve.

Adding more unique voices to the room doesn’t shrink the pie for others, it makes the pie bigger for us all.

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The Amazing Curb Climber on The Tonight Show

To leave you on another high note, here is Sadie and her sister Claire on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon demoing the Amazing Curb Climber!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

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Notes:

  1. “A Plus Heroes: The Amazing Sadie.” YouTube, A Plus, 28 Aug. 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBoq6Mgmf9w. Accessed 26 Sept. 2018.
  2. “GE Fallonventions: Amazing Curb Climber.” Facebook, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 28 Nov. 2016, www.facebook.com/FallonTonight/videos/10154785962298896/. Accessed 26 Sept. 2018.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

COO Ever Widening Circles

Liesl is a camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—yoga lover. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV