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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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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22nd November 2017 / Alan Moore

Beautiful business conversations with David Hieatt The Do Lectures

Why do we need more beauty in this world? And why do we need more beauty is business? Founder of The Do Lectures and Hiut Denim David Hieatt invited to me over to Cardigan Bay to talk about why I wrote Do Design: why beauty is key to everything. Starting with the observation, everything in […]

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21st November 2017 / Alan Moore

Beautiful business conversations Peter Childs Head Dyson School Design Engineering

Peter Childs, the inspiring Head of the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London, talks to me about beautiful AI and beautiful automation. What is the connection between the hymn Amazing Grace and the concept of beauty he asked me? I asked, should beauty be taught throughout higher education? I discuss these ideas […]

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