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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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Open season

Our editor in chief makes the case for a clearly signposted return to longed-for summer joys.

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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 the Stoic philosophers of Rome explained, there is another option: keep calm and carry on.

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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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7. Plus point

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

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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 temporary 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

Tilting your chin up and away from your phone gives time and space to reflect.

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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. Altered states

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

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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. 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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19. Trust the doctor

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

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20. Was it China’s fault?

Experts weigh in on the narrative suggesting that China misled the world – and what that means for the future balance of power between east and west.

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