15th December 2017 / Alan Moore

Beautiful business conversations Fiona Reynolds author the fight for beauty

Fiona Reynolds, Director General for the National Trust, now Master at Emmanuel College and a campaigner for protecting our natural environment for many years. Fiona is the author of The Fight for Beauty. Our path to a better future. I found the book a revelation. Fiona argued that we live in a world where the […]

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12th December 2017 / Alan Moore

How poetry can help us make better things

In 1988 I was asked to design an exhibition catalogue for Cecil Collins the artist. My client The Anthony d’Offay Gallery gave me a brief, ‘could I design a catalogue that would look and feel like a jewel?’ How to make a jewel-like catalogue? I loved Cecil’s work, very English and spiritual. My thoughts turned […]

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10th December 2017 / Alan Moore

Do Design why beauty is key to everything audio book

I am pleased to announce that Do Design. Why beauty is key to everything is available now as ‘the spoken word’ via @audible.com or from the @dobookco website. I have always been fascinated by beautiful things: architecture, furniture, books. Beautiful things are prepared with love. The act of creating something of beauty is a way […]

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8th December 2017 / Alan Moore

Shaker furniture and Doug Englebert what do they have in common?

A while back, I was sitting in the Shaker rocking chair I’ve owned for over 30 years along with some other Shaker furniture, boxes, a chest of drawers. The thought came to me that the Shakers somehow took common objects, a tin box, a bonnet, a house, a kitchen garden and turned them into works […]

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6th December 2017 / Alan Moore

Beautiful business conversations with Menno van Doorn Sogeti

Menno van Doorn is Director of the Sogeti Research Institute for the Analysis of New Technology (VINT). Menno shares his views on emerging technologies, Facebook anxiety, Robotic optimism, ‘machinefulness’, how AI might save us from ourselves, self driving transportation, why we need an approach to technological design that is beautiful creating happiness. Centre stage is […]

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5th December 2017 / Alan Moore

The business case for purposeful leadership

The great master of martial arts Morihei Ueshiba became deeply troubled as to his true defining purpose. So he retired into the mountains with a Zen philosopher to reflect upon his work and life. He gave up the practice of martial arts as a form of violence and created the graceful non-violent martial art of […]

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2nd December 2017 / Alan Moore

China 2025 Why Post Brexit Britain Needs Beautiful Businesses

This week I talked to a friend who is working in China. Having just come back from a three day learning journey he shared his insight “Astoundingly, beautiful craftsmanship is recognised and supported by the government at a very high level”. In fact, the government is seriously supporting this the idea – the latest PRC […]

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1st December 2017 / Alan Moore

Brunello Cucinelli the business case for purpose

Brunello Cucinelli has been making clothes very successfully since 1978. Cucinelli pays his staff more than the average wage for their jobs, insists they work no longer than eight-and-a-half hours a day, and spends around 20% of his profits on what he calls “the gift”. He also runs a oversubscribed craft school craft school, where […]

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30th November 2017 / Alan Moore

Kasegigashira Japanese Sake  beautifully made

稼ぎ頭 日本酒 Kasegigashira Japanese Sake — If you want a beautiful hedge invest in good roots, don’t go for ‘the quick fix’. I was told this as a young man, by a wise man. Some things can take the time they need. Not the time you think they need. Time, like the hedge, is earthed. Take your […]

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22nd November 2017 / Alan Moore

Beautiful Business conversations with Xero CEO Rod Drury

I talk to Rod Drury CEO of Xero, an accountancy software company. We discuss the idea of legacy, beautifully written code, why beautiful businesses are the future, and why craftsmanship plays such a key role in Xero’s enterprise design and customer experience; how that relates to automation and AI. Can you scale beauty? Its a […]

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