Alan Moore.


Living Beautifully by is a regular newsletter to share and inspire a different way of looking at the world. What would our world look like were we all to make it a little more beautiful?
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time

T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
Gross National Happiness

01. Beautiful Conversations

What would our world look like were we to structure our economies not on GDP, but GHP?

“The Story of Lumshnong” – winner of the 2021 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest – examines how government officials allowed cement companies to pour into a forest in northeast India, polluting the air and water and destroying an ecosystem on which local villagers depend. This is the price of progress measured in GDP.

Watch via Yale 360.
The 2020 T.S. Eliot Prize winner Bhanu Kapil with How to Wash a Heart.

Listen to 12 poets, previous winners of the T.S. Eliot Prize for poetry. The winner of the 2021 prize will be unveiled January 2022.

A quest for the truth is always the core purpose of the poet.

02. Beautifully Made

Neverwaste™ is the world’s first high performance panel board made entirely from the vast quantities of waste cardboard and packaging that would otherwise be burned or landfilled. 

The production of this healthy, premium-specification material for use in construction, furniture, kitchens and flooring avoids the use of glues, resins or toxic chemicals.

This is an amazing business and one I am personally invested in. It's been a decade in the making. And we are just getting started. Welcome to the neverwaste world

George Nakashima, Woodworker
George Nakashima (1905-1990) is one of the best known and influential woodworkers ever. His works were always finely crafted from solid hardwoods. He did not come to woodworking until his mid-thirties after a worldwide search for meaning for several years during the Great Depression. It is a timeless story for anyone who has a fascination with the creative process.
What do you see? The work of anyone creative is to be curious. Observation and reflection are a key part of our continual practice. Leading creative thinkers choose an artwork from the Museum of Modern Art, and talk about how it inspires or provokes, thrills or surprises them.

Presented by Alastair Sooke he is asking the question, what it really means “to see” art. Listen in or Download.
Biohm a research and development led, biomanufacturing company. The company is nature led in its innovation, to revolutionise construction and create a healthier, more sustainable, built-environment.

03. Beautifully Restorative

Richard Powers' essay A Little More Than Kin (Emergence Magazine) considers how we find kinship with nonhuman relatives and how stories can reveal our shared fate — all the more critical in the urgent drama of this moment.

04. Beautifully Built

Skellefteå, in the far north of Sweden, has a long tradition of timber building. The town has a wooden air traffic control tower, wooden apartment blocks and wooden schools, a wooden road bridge and a wooden multi-storey car park, and is now home to one of the tallest new wooden buildings in the world, the Sara Cultural Centre. Designed by White Arikitekter.

According to the Financial Times, if the cement industry were a country it would be the third largest greenhouse emitter in the world behind China and the US. The world is forecast to build more than 2tn square feet of floor space in the next 40 years. That's the equivalent of adding an entire New York City every month. Urgent action is required.

So how do we build more beautifully? ARUP states that governments will increasingly regulate for circular buildings to meet the Paris agreements. 

Denmark's first timber hotel, Hotel Green Solution House (Hotel GSH), is located in Rønne on the Danish island of Bornholm, a popular tourist destination. In 2021 it will open a new wing with 24 rooms, a conference room and roof spa – all built, clad and insulated using wooden materials that will not only be CO2 neutral, but climate positive.

05. Beautiful Reads

Limited Wants, Unlimited Means: A reader on hunter-gatherer economics and the environment – edited by John Gowdy

Hunter-gatherer societies appear to have solved problems of production, distribution, and social and environmental sustainability that our own culture seems incapable of addressing.

Stranger in the Mask of a Deer – Richard Skelton

A book-length poem, that began many years ago with the intention of exploring the history of Britain’s landscape.

Skelton, artist, musician and author, has instead produced a transformative experience, his poem is a kind of literary seance, involving both human and other-than-human voices.

A wonderful review via Paralibrum.

Image Paul Levesley on Unsplash
Seaweed is nothing short of a miracle – it grows abundantly without the need for extra resources, it’s a rich source of vitamins and minerals... via Hole & Corner.

06. Beautiful Food

Food is more than fuel – come on a journey about the healing nature of food. Listen in / Download.

BBC Food Programme's presenter Sheila Dillon and chef Angela Hartnett visit the best producer of the year finalists: a local nose-to-tail butchery, a community cooperative farm and an enterprise employing ex-offenders to make delicious pasties and pies.

Buddhist nun and cook Jeong Kwan says "when we cook and eat together what we are really sharing is the mindset of sharing".

A Failure of the Imagination
Five years ago, Douglas McMaster opened the restaurant Silo, hoping to change the unsustainable practices of modern food systems. His aim was simple, yet frighteningly ambitious: create an award-winning menu using a zero-waste food system designed from scratch.

This is the story of that restaurant’s first five years.

07. Beautiful Experiences

Considered “the architect’s photographer” by many, Hélène Binet, has travelled the world over the last 30 years to photograph historic and contemporary buildings, as well as projects in the making.

Light Lines: The Architectural Photographs of Hélène Binet
RA, 23 October 2021 — 23 January 2022.

Artist and sculptor Wayne Binitie’s immersive exhibition, Polar Zero, explores the past, present and future of our relationship with the planet and its climate.

Polar Zero is a science-art collaboration between artist Wayne Binitie (Royal College of Art), scientists from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and engineers and designers from Arup, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). 

Polar Zero, Glasgow Science Centre, from 2 October 2021.
This multi-venue presentation of works from Chicago based artist, Theaster Gates, brings together his research, ideas, process and production from across two decades.

Oh, The Wind Oh, The Wind
White Cube Mason's Yard, 17 September – 30 October 2021;

A Clay Sermon
Whitechapel Gallery, 29 September 2021 – 9 January 2022;

Slight Intervention #5
The V&A, 27 September 2021 – 9 January 2022.

08. Beautiful Insights

We could meet global electricity demand if we had solar panels on half the world’s roofs. The cost of rooftop solar panels, dropping in price - down 79% since 2010. Via Nature Communications.
From Homes to Cars, It’s Now Time to Electrify Everything. The key to shifting away from fossil fuels is for consumers to begin replacing their home appliances, heating systems, and cars with electric versions powered by clean electricity. The challenges are daunting, but the politics will change when the economic benefits are widely felt. Via Yale 360.
But… Will the Race for Electric Vehicles Endanger the Earth’s Most Sensitive Ecosystem? Materials needed to make the batteries for electric cars and other clean technology is driving interest in deep-seabed mining, and scientists fear the cost to the ocean will be steep. Via The Revelator.

Enough: How Practices, Paradox And Permaculture Can Create A Future Of Work That Works. How can permaculture help us create a future of work that is a future with having? Via Forbes.
Our world is sensual and textural - it's how we make sense, and sense making.

The 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to David Julius and Ardem Pataputian for discoveries related to how the human body senses temperature and touch. Via Scientific American.
Funding innovation to fight climate change. Listen to this HBR interview with Dawn Lippert, CEO of Elemental Excelerator.
PWC – The State of Climate Tech 2020.
A fifth of countries worldwide at risk from ecosystem collapse as biodiversity declines, reveals pioneering Swiss Re index.
This is what the future looks like in a visually powerful series of interactive visualisations by the Guardian.

Not so much a long read, as a long and sobering browse.
Do Build. How to make and lead a business the world needs

09. Beautiful News

At the invitation of Tim Smit, Founder of the Eden Project, I am off to COP26. 

Along with some folks from the Glasgow School of Art and Nicholas Grimshaw Associates we will be speaking about making business and our world a little more beautiful.

The more people we can inspire and engage through this simple yet powerfully optimistic idea, the more our world and humanity’s relationship with it will transform for the better.
Why not join our immersive six-part programme - How to create a business the world needs.

We run open, as well as bespoke, client programmes. For more information, please send a beautiful hello.
Beautiful Businesses are the future, find out why, through my bookslearning experiences, mentoring and talks.

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