A view beyond the horizon

With cutting-edge commentary, long-form articles and fresh thinking from the monocle editorial team, the forecast is a new annual packed with key insights into the year ahead. We’ve commissioned a range of correspondents, business minds, historians, urbanists and diplomats to offer their views on everything from balance-shifting defence systems to fresh benchmarks in city planning.

Developed to fill a gap in our publishing schedule (currently standing at 10 magazines and two newspapers a year) during the extended global holiday period, the forecast is also a response to a hole we found on newsstands stretching from Hamburg to Seattle to Sydney.

As a shift into a new year forces us to rethink how we want to run our businesses, cities, households and lives, the forecast casts its eye well beyond the horizon. It introduces you to the politicians and entrepreneurs worth inviting out for a drink p20 and tours the neighbourhoods where you may want to set up shop and start a new life. p195 Our correspondents and editors report from the labs and workshops of businesses you might want to invest in and meet the firms and creative forces worth commissioning to overhaul your company or design your next HQ. p156

Rather than just focusing on the newly minted and box-fresh, we’ve also taken a more lateral view to consider existing businesses that point to unique opportunities for reinvention and expansion. On the streets of Ginza our Tokyo bureau chief explains why Japan’s old-school coffee houses might suggest a new future for this corner of the f&b sector. p179 In Bangkok our correspondent reports from a new retail and service precinct designed exclusively for Thailand’s most pampered hounds. p112 And in Calgary we meet the students and professors at the world’s leading institute devoted to designing the materials and products to make us run faster and further – and in a less fatigued fashion. p96

On the geopolitical front our foreign editor travelled to Astana and Almaty to assess what fate Kazakhstan p67 has in the face of a shrunken Ukraine; from the port of Bremen we board Germany’s soon-to-sail scientific-research ship p28 that is set to be the envy of the high seas. We also find safe harbour and a few enlightening ideas from Rotterdam’s outspoken and sharp-thinking mayor. p20 As this is a monocle creation we have also taken to the studio to offer up an array of handsome-looking gear and garments for either your own wardrobe or the rails of your retail venture. p211

Finally, we’ve designed the forecast to accompany you for a few weeks or months on the road and its book-ish form is meant to slide comfortably onto your office sideboard or bedside bookshelf for quick access across the rest of the year. You’ll also be able to tune in to some of the key features and interviews via a special forecast strand on our radio service Monocle 24.

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