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June 2020

Monocle’s worldly-wise June issue is a special issue for special times. We hand over our pages to 50 leading voices and ask what’s next for our cities, our homes, our businesses and much more. We have contributions from leading figures across the board; you’ll want to know what they say. Elsewhere, we’ve amassed the ultimate cultural to-do list, including films, design finds, books and recipes. Plus: five talented photographers capture the essence of their cities in a state of flux. Curious? Then dive right in.

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The opener

Whether it’s a cosy corner shop or a well-delivered joke, there’s plenty to write home about even when we’re confined to our ’hoods. Plus: our correspondents check in from afar.

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1. Taming the beast

When faced with unexpected and unfamiliar situations, our instinct might force us to panic. But as Alain de Botton explains, there is another option: keep calm and carry on.

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2. Bedding in

How Daniel Libeskind rediscovered his home.

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3. Think different

Nobel Memorial prize-winner Daniel Kahneman understands our behaviour better than most. So has our response to coronavirus been at all rational?

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5. We will still be social

We might be physically far-flung but our community ties are stronger than ever – and this could be an opportune time to seek even more robust connections.

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Hope: It’s for the best

‘Hope’ – the theme of the 2019 Prix Pictet – comes in as many forms as there are people breathing air. These photos by the shortlisted nominees capture life in places that are remote and perhaps forsaken – but that contain…

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7. Plus point

It’s not all doom and gloom. We should ensure that enforced behaviours can bring on positive changes to the ways we interact.

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8. There goes the neighbourhood

Across garden fences and from open front doors, the new community connections being forged during lockdown must endure.

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9. No more denial

In the US, the dogma of individual freedom is too often accompanied by disdain for expert opinion. Coronavirus should teach us that this mindset just isn’t worth the risk.

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10. Missing in action

The current suspension of global sport only highlights the values that it brings us: camaraderie, team spirit – and how being a supporter for life is a form of life support.

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12. Guiding light

At a time when everyone is seeking unwavering leadership, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I explains how the Orthodox Church has the sway to mobilise, inspire and guide believers into positive action.

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13. After sun

What could soothe our weary minds? Gazing at the stars can be a tonic.

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15. Rise again

Despite the upheaval, Italy will get back on its feet.

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14. Know thine enemy

By quickly and decisively acting on the lessons of previous outbreaks, three East Asian nations have dodged the worst of the pandemic. The west must take heed.

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16. Keep the door open

Roberto Azevêdo, chief of the World Trade Organization, is urging nations to reject the lure of self-sufficiency. It’s bad for everyone, he insists.

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17. What’s in your basket?

The pandemic has made us all think more about where our food comes from and how it is grown. Canadian farmer and educator Jean-Martin Fortier explains why we should all be feeding the hands that feed us.

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18. Altered states

Former UN ambassador Samantha Power on why the Trump administration has got it all wrong.

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19. Trust the doctor

Health officers and medical advisers have become the unlikely star performers of the pandemic.

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