20th November, 2019

The Midtown Big Ideas Exchange (MBIE) is a dynamic programme of events, digital content, podcasts and online analysis. Overall, MBIE is focused around encouraging debate, interaction and involvement, both within our member businesses and with external businesses and experts from whom we can learn. 

This year’s MBIE looks at four of the UN SDGs, focusing on reducing inequalities; working in partnerships; reducing waste; and sustainable cities and communities. It examines the increasing pressure on businesses to take an active role in dealing with the urgent challenges that the SDGs respond to; and gives practical, current guidance as to how this can be done.

With the third event, focusing on SDG 10, Reduced Inequalities, scheduled for 27 November at University of the Arts, Midtown BID is publishing a myriad of other content for those who cannot make the live events. 

The first podcast in the series, a conversation with Peter Murray of New London Architecture, is now live and will be of interest to those focused on the development, or use of cities; and the ways in which cities can be made more pleasant and sustainable for their workers and visitors. The podcast can be accessed here: (link required) 

The next podcast, to be published in late November, will feature Tony Langham, Chief Executive of Lansons, who will talk about how SDG 10 works in context, and what an effect it has on commercial and reputational impact. Tony is regularly cited as one of the most influential PR professionals in the country, and has recently published his first book: Reputation Management: the Future of Corporate Communications and Public Relations. 

Alongside the podcasts, we will shortly be launching a series of short videos, filmed by media partner the Evening Standard, that pick up on different aspects of the UN SDGs, using Midtown businesses and partners for comment.

The first three videos will feature Chief Economist and Midtown BID Chair Alex Jan; Mark Sainsbury of Zetter Hotels; and Graham McClements, Principal, South Region Chair, at architects BDP. 

The publication of podcasts and other digital content will continue until March 2020, when the programme concludes. 

For more information, visit our dedicated MBIE website, here