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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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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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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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