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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Are businesses doing enough to restore confidence in the social and commercial economy?

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

28 February 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

Joy Lo Dico
Editor of Londoner's Diary

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

Starcom
63 Turnmill Street
London
EC1M 5RR

Panellists

To be confirmed
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Chaired by

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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

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

Location

Google
1-13 St Giles High Street
London
WC2H 8LG

Panellists

To be confirmed
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Chaired by

To be confirmed
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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

The British Museum
London
WC1B 3DG

Panellists

To be confirmed
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Chaired by

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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 meaning of value, looking at how we create and assess value, the challenges and opportunities of 2018-19 and what will shape next year’s Midtown Big Ideas Exchange. How do we “create” value?

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.

Joy Lo Dico

Chair

Editor of Londoner's Diary

Editor of Londoner's Diary on the Evening Standard, a column that observes and asks questions of the capitals political, social and arts worlds. Joy is also a contributor to the Standard's comment section and an occasional feature writer. For extra-curricular, she runs The Trouble Club, a group for professional women with high profile speakers.

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Steve Woerner

Corporate Coms & Sustainability

Mitsubishi Corporation Int. (Europe)

Based in Mitsubishi's headquarters in Tokyo, Steve is currently on assignment to London managing PR and sustainability for the Europe and Africa region. His current responsibilities include developing Mitsubishi's Integrated Report as well as helping to promote sustainability initiatives internally.

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Jacques Peretti

Investigative reporter

Investigative reporter, writer, BBC presenter and documentary producer, Jacques, a graduate from London School of Economics (LSE), also writes for The Guardian, Huffington Post and Wired.

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Mike Bonner

Director of Sales & Marketing

Rosewood London

Mike has over 23 years of experience in the luxury hospitality industry.
Most recently, he served as vice president of global marketing for One&Only Resorts at the global head office in Dubai. His extensive experience also includes five years at the Maybourne Hotel Group and 10 years at Silversea Cruises.

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Nancy Lengthorn

Head of Inclusion

MediaCom

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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.

Business values

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

Mitsubishi Corporation
71 High Holborn
London
WC1V 6BA