9

December 2007 / January 2008

A forecast for 2008+: Monocle reports on the people, policies, trends, states and genres that will shape the year ahead.

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Window of opportunity

If you’re entering 2008 with a handsome bonus, a generous inheritance or a fat payoff, *Monocle* has identified 10 business opportunities worthy of investment. A mixture of fresh ideas and proven concepts ready for other…

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Taking account

*Monocle* asked three influential economists for their predictions for 2008: Christian Gattiker-Ericsson, head of equity and strategy research at Bank Julius Baer, sees more pressure for economies reliant on ageing workf…

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Techno tradition

Kyoto is the traditional home of Japanese artisans who make highly detailed ceramics and perfectly woven silks. That same set of skills has also helped it become the country’s hi-tech heartland.

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Gift guide

Amanda phones, Tretorn shoes, Leica cameras, iPod Touch, must-have books and magazines, plus wooden skis - our holiday gift guide has it all.

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Arte & Craft

The future of television is pin-sharp, pitch-perfect and high-definition. As broad-casters struggle to brush up their sets, soap stars and news anchors to shine under HD’s critical spotlight, the new technology is also set…

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Uniform approach

Outsourcing has a bad name – a way of cutting labour costs by employing people in India and China (over three million US jobs will be lost to this trend by 2015). But there’s also a growing move for nations to outsource…

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Art corps

Looking forward to 2008, we asked five creative contenders to peer into their cultural crystal balls and explain what they see. From a web guru with designs for life to an established art collector going out on a wing in…

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The long view

Jonathan Raban, Raúl Abreu Lastra and Ferruccio de Bortoli tell Monocle who they would like to hear less about next year.

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Fresh start

Austria is reinvigorating its brand and stealing some of Switzerland’s reputation for being the home of Alpine modernity and great healthcare. Nowhere epitomises the trend more than the Lanserhof.

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A very civil service

From the ancient Greeks onwards, wise governments have seen the benefits of outsourcing. But what would a modern state look like if it put all of its ministries out to tender, employing the best foreign governments and…

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Skill set

Our design talents to watch for 2008 and beyond run the gamut from the creators of a new regional jet to the designer of great office-cum-daywear. All seem united by a passion for simple, pared-down good looks.

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Five alive

Which territories and nations are due their turn in the international spotlight? Monocle reveals five areas – from an EU island nation to a sprawling South American state – that will be in the headlines for all the right…

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Off the rails

Victor La Fleur’s unique approach to sourcing brands from across the world has enabled him to build a miniature clothing empire in his home town of Verbania – and to predict what is going to sell in 2008.

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The way ahead

Global forecasting requires an expert view, so we called on four leading thinkers for a considered analysis of the future: Michael Axworthy, former head of the Iran section at the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office,…

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Roots finder

Provenance is set to become key as we turn our backs on products made at dodgy factories in who-knows-where. Consumers want authenticity and, as many companies have found, they’re happy to pay for it.

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Shaking it up

Are you familiar with all of these leaders? Monocle profiles three whose influence will continue to grow and grooms two necessary leaders of its own.

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Natural by design

Those wishing to follow the growing global trend for simple, ecologically sound living could have no better example than Professor Yoshifumi Nakamura and his weekend haven, tucked away in the hills of Japan’s Nagano region…

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Time is everything

Japan may not be the first country that springs to mind when you think of the best traditional mechanical watches, but the Grand Seiko series, relaunched in 1998, has found a loyal following in Asia.

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Iron in zion

They cost just €70 to make, but Hezbollah rockets have forced some Israeli towns to be abandoned. So Israel is building Iron Dome, an anti-missile shield. If it works, it could change the pace of diplomacy in the region and…

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Nimmanhaemin

Around 700km north of Bangkok, Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second largest city, and its increasingly metropolitan air is acting as a magnet for those in the creative industries. The neighbourhood of Nimmanhaemin, in the north…

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