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Systems Thinking, 3rd Edition by Jamshid Gharajedaghi

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Chapter Seven. Design Thinking
The unique ability of human beings to create images of things that do not exist is what design thinking is all about. If everything around us had been designed without design capability we would not have a human civilization. Design, together with science and art, form the three dimensions of the incredible human cognitive ability. In addition, design thinking has a unique characteristic that makes it possible for it to be “universalized.” This means that design could be used as a vehicle to communicate across disciplines putting it at the core of systems methodology.
To design is to choose rather than predict the future. Design is the vehicle by which choice is manifested, and this choice includes elements of desirability. ...

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