9th September 2019 / Alan Moore

Does capitalism need saving from itself?

Does capitalism need saving from itself? My thoughts on Gillian Tett’s article for the Financial Times The business case for beauty Beauty is regenerative The other day a business founder asked me if beauty could help his company become more profitable, I replied, ‘why would you want to do it any other way?’ We need […]

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14th June 2019 / Alan Moore

Living Beautifully Newsletter No.19

Living Beautifully by beautiful.business is a regular newsletter to share and inspire a different way of looking at the world: we have all had enough of ugly. I am curious about beauty – why does beauty call us? Why do we know instinctively beauty is about truth and ethics and, a life lived that feels worthwhile? Celebrating […]

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30th November 2018 / Alan Moore

Dieter Rams: Ten Design Principles for Creating a Beautiful Business

The philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson said the question of beauty takes us from surfaces into thinking about the core foundations of things. This insight is vital to understanding that good design can touch all our lives in the minutest detail – and good design is foundational to beauty and what we bring into our world. […]

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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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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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2nd June 2018 / Alan Moore

How does knowledge feel?

We all know a lot. How does knowledge feel? And how do you feel that you know? How do you feel what you know? How do your feelings feel? Your felt feeling! Consult your feeling of being disconnected and being connected, Being indifferent or committed. Does feeling connected make you more empathetic? Does empathy make […]

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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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