Contributors / Venetia Rainey

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Rip up the business plan

The start-up landscape is always shifting and the latest crop of business owners will surprise you. We meet the people who are changing the game and look at the countries, age groups and sectors reshaping business.


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Office politics

The way we work is changing – and fast. This is leaving business owners and managers with more questions than answers. Does flexible working pay off? How much leave is too much? And how important is sustainability? We speak…

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All in a days work

From paying your bills to finding your calling, work means many things to many people. But it’s the manner of your approach to the daily grind – your ambitions, your colleagues and your routine – that will define your…

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Connected thinking

The business of getting from A to B has rarely been such a contentious issue, whether the debate is about environmental impact, regional rivalry or the influence of powerful nations. Our round-up of the most exciting tra…

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Tall stories

Are you sitting comfortably? It’s time for Monocle’s annual property survey, where we start with five distinguished developments.

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Not changing tack

Modern technology has little place at Rivierre, France’s last working nail factory. Workers here have faith in traditional ways – and their century-old machines.

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Making a stand

Roadside kiosks are a fixture of everyday life in Greece – and a trusty source of gossip. But these charming outposts have a history that takes them beyond the fleeting concerns of the day.

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The new rebels

Tunisia’s tumult battered its fashion factories. But the country’s designers have cut (and sewn) a new direction that’s selling from Paris to Japan.

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My last meal: Anissa Helou

The author initially saw the cookbook as a manual and nothing more. But once she started writing about food – and discovered the importance of preserving her heritage – she couldn’t stop.

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Park my ride

Ride-sharing and the threat of driverless cars could challenge the future of the movie staple – the valet parker. But there’s hope...

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High hopes

Happiness is up, stability is back but political divisions and crime concerns cloud Dutch skies.

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Clean slate

What does it take to breathe life into a neglected district in a long-lasting and meaningful way? We look in on an area in Amsterdam that is doing it right.

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Made with care

Venetia Rainey reporting from the Netherlands: Got a civic project that not only needs to look smart but also have people’s best interests at heart? You need a Dutch architect.

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Theatre of the absurd

From Christian radio to the first televised breasts, VPRO has navigated an obscure path to become a broadcaster with a clear vision of adventure, surrealism and optimism in its programming.

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Moving stories

Unpack what it means to travel and to arrive with our global tour from cab to departure lounge, hotel desk to airborne presidential suite.

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Home away from home

Residents of Lebanon’s mountainous Chouf region meet each week in the Moukhtara Palace in Beirut. There, greeted with hot Turkish coffee, Arab hospitality makes them feel right at home.

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The Interview Series: Nadine Moussa

Amid the many problems facing Lebanon's political landscape – gender inequality, in-fighting and vested financial interests - lawyer and activist Nadine Moussa may just be what the country needs.

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Silver lining

After the 1915 Armenian genocide, the nation’s artisans sought asylum in Lebanon – and there, with nothing but the skills their forefathers had taught them, they created a glistening jewellery industry.


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