Think differently, challenge tradition

The Midtown Big Ideas Exchange is London’s most dynamic series of debates, celebrating the eclectic innovation of Midtown and its people. Bringing together the brightest minds of the moment, this is our space to rebelliously rethink London’s business, economic and social future.

Get involved

The Big Ideas Exchange is more than a series of events. It’s a platform for us all to voice our thoughts, ideas, aspirations and concerns about the future of our city. So get involved, because your ideas matter.

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Do you think that the skills gap will widen, narrow or remain the same over the next few years?

Date & time

25 October 2017
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Location

Hosted by Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square,
London, WC1R 4RL

Panellists

Andrew Fraser
Previously CEO for Invest UK, Director of MCIE plc

Anthony Hilton
Finance Editor and Commentator, Evening Standard

David Noon
Deloitte’s UK & Global Brexit Lead

Kate Maltby
Political and Economic Critic, Columnist and Scholar


Chaired by

Jim Armitage
City Editor, London Evening Standard

Event overview

We launch with the biggest issue of the moment – Brexit. Looking at the legal, political and financial implications for London-based businesses, how can we navigate this changing landscape? Insightful and positive, our panel of economists and business gurus will advise on how your business can thrive in the post-Brexit economy. With an introduction by Elliot Moss - Partner and Director of Business Development Mishcon de Reya and Chair of Bee London

Date & time

29 November 2017
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Location

WeWork Waterhouse Square,
3 Waterhouse Square,
138 Holborn,
London,
EC1N 2SW

Panellists

Patrick Nelson
Executive Vice President of Real Estate for WeWork Europe

Monica Parker
Founder, Hatch Analytics

Alex Hirst
Founder and joint CEO, The Hoxby Collective

Emy Rumble-Mettle
Director of Talent for GroupM UK


Chaired by

Jonathan Prynn
Consumer Business Editor, London Evening Standard

Event overview

Is the office dead? Are cafes, makerspaces and co-working spaces the new forums for innovation? How will automation, artificial intelligence and the rise of the gig economy affect the places we work and the jobs we do? We look at how the workplace is being revolutionised and the opportunities and challenges for London, and specifically Midtown.

Date & time

24 January 2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Location

Pearson College
190 High Holborn
London WC1V 7BH

Panellists

Sir Vince Cable
Leader of the Liberal Democrat party

Roxanne Stockwell
Principal, Pearson College London

Lucas London
General Manager at Airtasker

Chaired by

TBC

Event overview

Is there a skills gap in London? What does our workforce need to be a pioneering, world-leading force in the global economy? We ask how higher education institutions are adapting to ensure tomorrow’s graduates are workplace-ready, how Brexit changes our talent pool, and how we ensure our city remains an attractive place to live and work.

Date & time

28 February 2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Location

Panellists

Chaired by


Event overview

Is corporate responsibility enough? We take it to the next level and explore how businesses can become truly integrated corporate citizens. As the needs of the UK population change and develop, we look at how the London business community can respond. How can we innovate, adapt and restore confidence in the social and commercial economy?

Date & time

14 March 2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

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Panellists

Chaired by


Event overview

Our city is changing. So how will the homes of the future meet London’s needs? We look at the shifting balance between rental, owned and mixed-use property, how climate change will affect transport, and the role of local government. As London takes on megacity status, we explore how to have it all: economic power, cultural clout and fit-for-purpose homes.

Date & time

04 April 2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Location

Panellists

Chaired by


Event overview

Do you feel a sense of belonging in your neighbourhood? We look at what makes a place or community welcoming – and how global migration and London’s efforts to remain open and prosperous affect social integration. Our speakers explore how businesses can promote closer communities and the benefits of belonging for us all.

Date & time

08 May 2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Location

British Museum, WC1B 3DG

Panellists

Chaired by


Event overview

We summarise the six debates and pull out the most pertinent, powerful and provocative points – and how we can make an impact on London and Londoners right now. Our final focus will be on the challenges and opportunities of 2018-19 and what will shape next year’s Midtown Big Ideas Exchange.

Talent

Meet our inspiring speakers from the worlds of business, architecture, law, technology journalism, culture and creativity. Each individual brings their own unique perspective to bear on our debates, flooding the floor with ideas, expertise and insight. Together they’re the ultimate hive mind.

Sir Vince Cable

Leader of the Liberal Democrat party

Panellist, Future Of Talent

The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable was Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade (2010-2015). He was Member of Parliament for Twickenham 1997-2015; deputy leader of the Lib Dems 2007-2010 and shadow chancellor 2003-2010. Vince is currently a professor in Practice at LSE.

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Roxanne Stockwell

Principal, Pearson College London

Panellist, Future Of Talent

As Principal, Roxanne has overall responsibility for strategic direction and management at Pearson College London. She is strongly committed to bringing together academic excellence and outstanding industry involvement, to give students the best of both worlds.

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Lucas London

General Manager at Airtasker

Panellist, Future Of Talent

Lucas is leading the Airtasker UK launch, the first country outside Australia. Airtasker serves as an online infrastructure that connects consumers and people offering a variety of services. The ‘odd job’ marketplace forms part of the growing gig economy that provides workers with a way to make an extra income.

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Tickets

Our tickets, like our ideas, are completely free of charge. As you’d expect, places at our debates fill up fast, so register for your free ticket now on our Eventbrite page.

Location

Midtown is a hub of history, innovation, technology and learning. So we’ve hand-picked the most vibrant venues to add another level of inspiration to our debates.

Future of talent

Pearson College London is a British private, not-for-profit degree provider based in London owned by Pearson PLC.

Pearson College
190 High Holborn
London WC1V 7BH