Ever since Monocle launched in 2007, we’ve championed a roll-your-sleeves-up, put on your overalls, attitude to problems and possibilities. It’s easy to write a scathing story but what would you do to fix the problem? Even as 2008 hit and the global economy crumbled, we introduced readers to entrepreneurs and business leaders who saw this as their chance to do something simpler, more tangible, more rewarding. We took you to countries with challenged economies but where there were people happy to go back to their roots, to start making things again…
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