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September 2013

From the best schools for useful degrees to tips from leaders who've lived it, Monocle meets the people shifting fresh products, services and experiences.

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Modern times

A slice of US-style modernism deep in the heart of the Caribbean, Puerto Rico’s El Monte provokes an almost messianic zeal among its adherents. To them, El Monte is not simply a home but an experiment in how to live.

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Life cycle

A master who was making Tour de France bikes in the 1980s and an apprentice with a background in skateboarding – together they are ensuring that the renowned Zullo name lives on for cycling aficionados around the world.

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Let's talk

When it comes to peace treaties, where there’s a will there’s a Norway. The peace and reconciliation unit in Oslo is involved in 20 such projects around the world – and one of the most prominent has brought the Colombian…

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Observation

A trip to the shops sells editor-in-chief Tyler Brûlé on the notion that the future of retail lies at the heart of communities.

Global

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Out on his own

John Jay helped make the Portland-based advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy a global creative force through work for Nike, Uniqlo and others. With his own spin-off, GX, he plans even bigger coups – by starting small.

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Asia Briefing

The airline setting up in China's second cities, Seoul's push for greener transport and Japan's tourism drive.

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Glazing a trail

The enamelware coming out of the Noda Horo factory in the Kanto region of Japan hardly has time to sit on the shelves before it flies off them again. Meet the family firm that has forged a reputation for quality and crea…

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Changing times

The MBA has always been a target for executives looking to rise up the ranks. But be it globalisation, economic instability or the tech boom, the business world is constantly shifting in both its fortunes and its focus. How…

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Home movie

Monocle gets behind the scenes of Brunei’s first-ever commercial feature film as local artists look to establish an indigenous movie industry to rival their Asian neighbours and make a splash on the international stage.

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Total hotel

The new Ace Hotel in east London is intended to not only meet the usual criteria of offering rooms for guests but also provide non-paying local-neighbourhood residents with a place to gather and creative businesses with…

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Korea change

South Korea’s Ministry of Unification is adamant that not only would the reunification of the Korean peninsula be a positive step but that it’s also a realistic goal. Monocle paid a visit to try and establish the source of…

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Border of Business

Despite being heavily patrolled, business across the US-Mexican border is more fluid than it appears. Monocle visits companies making all the right waves.

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Inventory No. 66

Eye-catching crockery and gadgets for the oenophile to help you wine and dine are just some of our specially chosen products this month.

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Living for the city

Our relationship with cities is symbiotic – and as we evolve, they do too. Today companies can take a proactive approach to their home towns and transform them into places to serve their communities, help the environment…

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Monocle travel guide

Restaurant firm Monsoon Group is busy turning Iran’s capital into a feast for the senses – with an emphasis on taste. Its latest effort is Divan, where creativity can be found on the menu and on the walls. Elsewhere, dis…

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