18th May 2019 / Alan Moore

The weave of beauty and design in building a beautiful business

Sometimes you need to step away. We gathered at a place called Porthean right on the Cornish Coast. You can taste the salty air, where the land, sea and sky interconnect. Over the last few days I have been working with a fabulous group of people from Poland, India, United Kingdom, Brazil, Estonia that make […]

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31st January 2019 / Alan Moore

To Larry Fink of BlackRock, Beauty not purpose is the ultimate metric

At the beginning of 2019 Larry Fink CEO of Blackrock Investments wrote his yearly letter to CEO’s, Purpose and Profit. He argued that there is an urgent need to take the long-term view, but that short termism to protect legacy businesses, and monopolistic powerbases is detrimental to what happens next. Fink believes that ‘Purpose Will […]

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7th January 2019 / Alan Moore

A call to Beautiful Leaders and Makers 2019

The Business Case for Beautiful Business Every morning I walk in the countryside, during which I reflect on the many aspects of beauty, what beauty means to me as an individual, and, what beauty means for the work I do. What beauty means were we to use it as a frame and practice for ‘living’ […]

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30th December 2018 / Alan Moore

John O’Donohue on beauty as a human calling

“Beauty isn’t all about just nice loveliness, like. Beauty is about more rounded, substantial becoming. So I think beauty, in that sense, is about an emerging fullness, a greater sense of grace and elegance, a deeper sense of depth, and also a kind of homecoming for the enriched memory of your unfolding life”, says John […]

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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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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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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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30th August 2018 / Alan Moore

Beauty recalibrating how we make things and why we make them

In 2013 I gave a talk in Holland about the need to redesign the organisations that we use, inhabit and support us, that drive our economies. I spoke for beautifully designed organisations, beautiful workplaces and work cultures, beautifully designed products, stuff. I asked for a return to what I termed the Human-OS. Where the sovereignty […]

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24th August 2018 / Alan Moore

Hack the Root: from waste to living building materials

Hack the Root, is a piece of installation artwork by architectural technologist Mae-Ling Lokko, whose passion is to crate value from materials that otherwise would have been discarded or forgotten. The installation was commissioned by Liverpool Biennale and RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) North, the core pieces of which are ‘growing trays’ in the […]

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