6th December 2018 / Alan Moore

Living off the coast of Utopia

Emerson said beauty gets us out of surfaces and into the foundation of things. The Shakers, Doug Engelbart (the designer of the mouse and video conferencing), the inventor of Aikido, and tech company Raspberry Pi all share a common theme — they have all brought the new into the world, increasing our social, spiritual and economic potential. […]

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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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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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3rd June 2018 / Alan Moore

Anselm Kiefer, beauty in art and learning to wait

In the 1980’s I worked on an Anselm Kiefer project with the Anthony d’Offay Gallery called Zweistromland, or The High Priestesss. Two massive steel bookcases furnished with books made from one of Kiefer’s favourite materials, lead. They made for an incredible installation. Why were they made? ‘I suspect that the human species – the unique […]

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27th February 2018 / Alan Moore

The Beautiful Leaders Programme

Over the last year, I have been prototyping ‘The Beautiful Leaders Programme’. I have spent time looking at a range of businesses that inspire a different way of looking at the world. I went in search of profitable businesses across the globe that are enduringly beautiful. From that inspiring journey came an extensive record of […]

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10th January 2018 / Alan Moore

50 Beautiful Businesses

Compiled from The Beautiful Business Newsletters and Compendiums. This is the first list of 50 Beautiful Businesses. These businesses inspire a different way of looking at the world. We celebrate people who explore beauty beyond the superficial and strive to deliver truth, meaning and authenticity through beautiful products, experiences and solutions: Things beautifully made with […]

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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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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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