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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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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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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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