The world is changing quickly and no one really knows what the biggest issues are or how they will affect us. Technology is changing how we connect, what we think about and how we organize around emerging issues. New issues lead to new groupings of thought and action. Old boundaries are falling and new connections are rising. What does it all mean to design?
We want to know how we can make a difference in this changing world, so we strive to stay in touch with these changes. We participate in forums around the world where issues like public health, sustainability, and social equity are debated. These conversations always lead to uncertainties like climate change, economic instabilities and a continual emergence of new ideas, propositions, and strategies. We think the future of our world lies in cities and feel lucky to have built a strong base of urbanism that we can build on. We are recognized thought leaders in this realm, but we have much to learn.
It is important that design is responsible to the people and places where we practice, and accountable to the issues that matter to our clients and their constituents. Design thinking is about asking questions that reveal the true issues, why they exist, what they mean and how they might be solved. We ask these questions and learn before acting.