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December 2008 / January 2009

The 2009 Global Forecast: The faces, forces, policies and products that will shape the world in the year ahead.

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Dream machines

From robotic nurses to submersible aircraft, the stuff of science fiction is close to becoming a reality. Monocle tracks down five innovative high-tech firms that are on the brink of achieving great things in 2009.

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Vive la révolution

There is change in the air on the Left Bank. On rue de Seine, fashion boutiques, top-notch restaurants and independent food outlets have breathed new life along the narrow pavements and into the tree-lined courtyards. The…

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Service included

In the developed world, the service industry is a fast-growing driver of the economy, so it pays to have well-trained, highly skilled staff. While the MBA can boost your credentials in the business arena, Monocle asks…

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Observation

As we enter the New Year, we have a new president heading for the Oval Office, and a chance to reflect on the meaning of happiness and wealth in 2009 and beyond. And there are developments at Monocle HQ: an audio show and…

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Brand stand

The companies that will stand out in the next year are the ones that are driven by high standards, innovation, creativity and a desire to make a difference. From a small Nigerian publisher to a Danish IT firm staffed mainly…

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Expo 19: The good life

From micro to macro, we celebrate three close-knit communities where we would happily see out 2009. These are places that because of design, history or geography have what it takes for an easy going and cosy way of life.…

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The watch word

Traditional media brands have been infected by the web’s ‘publish now, worry about the facts later’ ethic and as their standards slip, readers vanish. But now there’s a crop of journalists who can mix old-school standards…

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Writing history

Leading up to the US elections, Monocle spoke to reporters from around the globe based in America about their take on the proceedings for our series ‘From their own correspondent’. With Obama storming to victory, they tell…

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Yes they can

Aside from helping to elect Barack Obama, voters in California passed historic legislation to approve the nation’s first high-speed rail network. If the US wants to get back to work, investing in all its transport is key…

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Rip up the rulebook

The media industries are evolving and morphing extremely quickly and the old ways of doing things are becoming redundant. To help you keep up, Monocle identifies the pioneers, technologies and trends of the future.

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20 new heroes

Monocle has drawn up a shortlist of 20 people – from politics, business, music and design – who we want to hear more of in 2009. By overcoming the odds, finding gaps in the market and thinking creatively, they’ve already…

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Agents of change

The print media market is in a right old mess and half the problem is the way magazines and newspapers are sold. Mass brands and grocery stores have reinvented themselves – now newsagents and kiosks must do the same.

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Infamous five

For every politician who thinks before speaking, there are more who charge ahead regardless. And for every firm that embarks on intelligent design or innovative commerce, there are numerous others littering landscapes with…

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Cultural gathering

Let Monocle entertain you with its selection of art shows, films, albums and books. The sun rises on 2009 with hot new artists, musicians and directors coming to the fore. Enjoy.

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Be here next year

From a southern African state that has gone from hungry nation to food exporter, to a vast new port in Mexico and a sea of trouble in Europe, we pinpoint the places that will make the headlines – for good and bad reasons…

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We bring you joy

Every new year needs a fresh manifesto, so while you’re kicked back, lying low, chasing the sun or even hard at it, we’ve developed a pick and mix of ideas to create your own to-do list for a happy 2009. If you’re partic…

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Try this at home

The most brilliantly effective ideas are usually the most simple. Trams to deliver goods, field tests for aid programmes, and free access to contraception in Africa – these are some examples that Monocle believes will have…

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Power of three

When you think of a design city, Copenhagen (hosting studios for Nokia and Samsung) or Barcelona (home to a number of design studios) might spring to mind. But we predict three lesser-known metropolises set to become design…

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Here's to the future

There’s a real sense that we are entering a new era, with a fresh, sharp president in the White House and an economy in flux. Here five leading thinkers, writers and academics – Alain de Botton, Paula Scher, Andrew J Bac…

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Our top design firms

The firm that's found space to park its buildings, a natural talent from Austria and John Maeda of the Rhode Island School of Design gives his new year predictions.

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2009 forecast

The Copenhagen Climate Conference, upcoming elections in rogue states and expert opinion on a new presidency in South Africa.

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