“We are preserving every bug we can find in the Amazon. And we might tread on something and it was the last of that type, and it might at some stage in the future be helpful to us and give us a medicine or something. It is a major concern. I find it strange that we’re not interested in different ways of thinking, that we have a tendency to want to preserve only one way of thinking. And for me, one of the things which is enormously important about design is design gives us a different way of looking at and solving the things we call problems. And for that reason alone it’s enormously important. It happens that it works. It happens that it does all sorts of wonderful things. But even if it didn’t, it would be worth preserving. So I think it’s important that we should be valuing design in this way.”
Ranulph Glanville: How Design and Cybernetics Reflect Each Other. Keynote speech delivered at the Relating Systems Thinking & Design 3 Symposium (RSD3) at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design on 15-October-2014. [video].