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Joining the Monocle Quality of Life

In a busy summer full of engagements, meet-ups and creative fusions, there is one gathering we don’t like to miss. The Monocle Quality of Life Conference, now in its eighth year, is in the diary for a spot of inspiration, meeting of minds and old-fashioned socialising, headed up by our favourite media brand Monocle, founded by Tyler Brûlé of Winkreative.

Late August (Thursday 31 Aug to Saturday 02 Sept 2023) sees the conference kick-off in Munich, the dynamic yet traditional Bavarian capital being the perfect backdrop to the international get-together. Like all good conferences, The Monocle Quality of Life shindig is a thoughtfully curated mix of inspirational speakers, Monocle editors and delegates who join forces to enjoy content on a range of subjects from business and culture to urbanism and current affairs.

There is plenty to take on board from thought-provoking talks, engaging interviews and interactive panel conversations, which tend to spill over into networking time, usually with a glass of crisp German white in hand: this is chance to chat life with your fellow comrades and bright minds.

The Monocle Quality of Life Conference draws a creative crowd, who are open-minded and ready to hear new ideas, discuss innovative trends and enjoy gentle debate. There are normally around 200 delegates in attendance and there are always ribbons of positivity running through it, creating a sense of uplift and energy which you can then feel free to sprinkle within your own businesses and communities.

A joyful thing, The Monocle Quality of Life is spread over three days, starting with a glam cocktail reception to break the ice, followed by a full day of talks and in-depth interviews. You’ll be ready to get your dirndl on for the evening’s Bavarian hospitality before a last day of specially curated Monocle experiences.

This year’s speakers include a fascinating blend of commerce, fashion, architecture and hospitality – we’re looking forward to hearing from architect Sadie Morgan, from RIBA Stirling Prize-winning architecture studio dRMM, former graffiti artist Mirko Borsche who now runs his own graphic design studio in Munich, as well as Lufthansa's CEO Carsten Spohr, Bergos Bank’s creative director Aurelia Rauch, Charles Schumann of legendary Schumann’s, Michael Kilger Mytheresa CEO, Oliver Bäte CEO and chairman Allianz SE, Eleni Myrivili - Global chief heat officer UN Habitat and Arsht-Rock, Matúš Vallo -Mayor of Bratislava and Olaide Oboh -Executive director at Socius.

As well as the big hitters, often the magic happens with smaller interactions that occur with a like-minded soul, a kindred friendship forged or a new idea germinated from a seedling. We expect all this and more from The Monocle Quality of Life gathering this summer.


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