17th November 2018 / Alan Moore

Dieter Rams: better human, better leader, better maker

“The time of thoughtless design for thoughtless consumption is over” — Dieter Rams. Gary Hustwit writes, “For over fifty years, Dieter Rams has left an indelible mark on the field of product design and the world at large with his iconic work at Braun and Vitsoe. The objects Dieter has designed have touched the lives of millions […]

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5th November 2018 / Alan Moore

What can Morihei Ueshiba creator of Akido teach us about purpose

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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21st October 2018 / Alan Moore

Living Beautifully Compendium No.4

Beautiful things are prepared with love. Beautiful experiences lift the human spirit. They say, optimistically, life is worthwhile. If we can be more beautiful in our thoughts and in our actions, we can learn to live and work more beautifully. We’ve all had enough of ugly. This is the fourth ‘Living Beautifully Compendium’. It shows […]

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16th October 2018 / Alan Moore

The only business model you need: responsibility for The Total

There is a concept called The Total; based around what we take, make and waste. All businesses are faced with costs associated to all three. The Total encompasses ethics, business, production process, products and the world we inhabit. We have an unlimited responsibility for The Total, a responsibility that we try but do not always […]

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14th October 2018 / Alan Moore

Why the practice of craft makes a meaningful life

I was trained both as a typographer, and as a book designer. Both these practices are steeped in craft. So much knowledge required of materials (don’t get me started on paper – colour, transparency, weight, texture – to this today every piece of paper I touch is evaluated – receipts mostly), production processes, typefaces, and, […]

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10th October 2018 / Alan Moore

Why we need a restorative economy

‘Capitalists are capitalism’s worst enemy’, wrote economist John Kay – ‘and particularly the market fundamentalist tendency which has been in the ascendant for the last 20 years.’ Kay adds: ‘Once we appreciate the historical anomaly of the post-war moment, we might see the capitalism of our own day in a proper light. With its imperious […]

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2nd October 2018 / Alan Moore

Millennials. They want the cool thing, and, the right thing.

I asked Dame Fiona Reynolds, a Master at Cambridge University, UK and author of ‘The Fight for Beauty’ – ‘what gives you hope?’ Her answer; “The reason I feel optimistic is because I think young people are amazing and they get this stuff. This is a generation that has got no ticket to the future, […]

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