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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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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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Crossing the line

They might not make headlines, but there are numerous border disputes that could spark a crisis at any time (although we hope Canada and the US would avoid war over their quarrel regarding lobster-rich waters). Monocle…

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Design dialogue

In the first edition of Monocle’s Design Dialogues, an intimate series of discussions on key design issues, we throw the spotlight on the future of the workplace. You can also listen to the full discussion at [monocle.com]…

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Peter Pan pensioners

Japan has the fastest ageing population in the world, and businesses are quick to provide architect-designed care homes and grandchild robots for the elderly. Other nations need to take note of opportunities in this booming…

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Box of delights

Daniel Fügenschuh’s simple white house in Tyrolean capital Innsbruck is a chalet for the 21st century and a great foil for the city’s grand architecture. Its modernist proportions and interiors are tempered with warm wooden…

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The smart money

The world recession, climate change and volatile oil prices will take their toll on businesses, but they also herald new opportunities. Monocle looks at the migration of wealth and the changing face of the business lands…

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Inventory No.19

As 2008 draws to a close and many of our long-term wishes have already come true, there is still the diplomatic issue of gift giving to consider. What do you give family, friends and colleagues who expect high standards…

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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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