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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14th September 2018 / Alan Moore

Is responsABility asset management the Luke Skywalker of investing?

Yesterday I was in Zurich to interview the President of the ethical Asset Management Co. responsABility. We were in the pump room of an old brewery. Somewhat fitting to discuss capital flows of money, and what is required in creating the necessary conditions of a restorative economy – for all. in today’s world. The chairs […]

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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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29th July 2018 / Alan Moore

Why is our world so beautiful? Asks Franck Wilczek

I have a question and it might be the most beautiful question in the world. And it is this — is the world a work of art? Not just the obviously beautiful things, not just the stuff other people have labelled art. But all of it, every piece of the fabric of our lives and relationships. The […]

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18th July 2018 / Alan Moore

My path in practical leadership

When I was in my late 20’s, I was invited to work with a Nordic communications company. This business would, over time, become notorious, famous and very successful. Their original flag the Skull & Crossbones. It said it all. I had spoken to the founder on the phone, “come for a month, see what happens” […]

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4th July 2018 / Alan Moore

Do Design: 14 practices to create enduring beauty

Because beauty and great design appear to be so effortless, we mistake it to be easy. Or, that genius was bestowed upon its creators by some divine spirit. There is no doubt we all have gifts. But it is only when we practise daily that we develop the capacity to see, design and create work […]

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12th June 2018 / Alan Moore

Can Businesses be Beautiful and Profitable?

The lens of beauty enables more thoughtful design. It inspires the crafting of more meaningful products and services. It creates a resilient business, with a more committed workforce. Beautiful leadership brings out the very best in people so they feel inspired to do their best work. Beauty is not a soft option, it takes hard […]

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16th May 2018 / Alan Moore

Tashi Mannox, how stillness enhances creativity

In my book “Do Design. Why beauty is key to everything“, I write about Tashi Mannox and the importance of stillness as a key role in how we work. A concept that can be applied to our daily life, I believe. Tashi Mannox had become a Tibetan monk at the age of 22, spending 17 […]

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22nd April 2018 / Alan Moore

Everyone has a shingle beach. A story about time and perseverance

On the last 100 metres of the English coast before it falls into the ocean is a garden of unique beauty. It existsin an inhospitable place. It’s a garden that lives on the edge of the world. Nature is at her most ferocious — wind blasting the landscape, beating at the shore with salty fists, roasting everything […]

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13th April 2018 / Alan Moore

A quest for truth is always core to the purpose of a poet. Remembering Seamus Heaney

The poet Seamus Heaney was a master craftsman of the English language. He embodied the other important characteristics of craftsmanship: a granite-like integrity and a deep empathy for the world around him. A quest for truth is always core to the purpose of a poet, to seek that which others do not see and to […]

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