Introduction to the Conference Changing the Change
Being a designer means being an optimist: given the problems, all the problems even the most difficult, all we can do is to presume there is a possibility of solving them, not because we cannot see the difficulties (designers must also be realists), but because we have no alternative. To be designers we must make proposals, and we cannot but base these on such opportunities as we come across.
It seems to me that, faced with a world drifting rapidly towards catastrophe, we need this designer realism-optimism more then ever. We have to see the problems, but also to think that in spite of everything, it is possible to solve them; we must get down to finding solutions. Maybe this is why we are all here today.