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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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
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Location

Pearson College
190 High Holborn
London WC1V 7BH

Panellists

Sir Vince Cable
Leader of the Liberal Democrat party and MP for Twickenham

Roxanne Stockwell
Principal, Pearson College London

Gillian Nissim
Founder of workingmums.co.uk

Jack Parsons
Digital Entrepreneur

Tim Campbell
Head of Emerging Talent, Alexander Mann Solutions

Chaired by

James Ashton
Business writer, Media consultant

Event overview

Exploring subjects such as the impact of Brexit on the UK labour force, how employers are managing the widening skills gap, the increase in London’s workforce, the Mayor’s apprenticeship targets, the growth of automation and AI, and whether universities are creating workplace ready graduates.

Date & time

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

Location

Mitsubishi Corporation
71 High Holborn
London
WC1V 6BA

Panellists

Steve Woerner
Corporate Coms & Sustainability at Mitsubishi Corporation International (Europe)

Jacques Peretti
Investigative reporter, writer, BBC presenter & documentary producer.

Mike Bonner
Director of Sales & Marketing for Rosewood London

Nancy Lengthorn
Head of Inclusion, MediaCom

Chaired by

Will Moore
Arts Editor, The Evening Standard

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

Location

wallacespace
18 Clerkenwell Green
London
EC1R 0DP

Panellists

Georgia LA
Journalist and influencer, Google

James McClure
GM Northern Europe, Airbnb

Lee Mallett
Director, Urbik

Maribel Mantecon
Associate, CZWG Architects LLP

Martyn Saunders
Regeneration and Spatial Planning Director, GVA

Chaired by

Oli Barrett
Social Influencer and Director of The Connector Unit

Event overview

How is London is adapting for the future? With demand for extra office space, new homes and the advent of new infrastructure such as Crossrail, we take a look at how London is changing to meet these needs and specifically how EC1 and WC1 has become the best connected postcodes, in terms of quality of life.

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.

 

 

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.

Business values

Mitsubishi Corporation International (Europe) Plc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation.

Mitsubishi Corporation
71 High Holborn
London
WC1V 6BA