"Begin with the end in mind...", was introduced more than 25 years ago as Habit #2 in Dr. Stephen R. Covey's bestselling book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Design thinking is solution focused and action oriented towards creating a preferred future.
This approach to social engineering provides an opportunity to move beyond distractions and "keep our eyes on the prize".
The challenge is to envision the desired future state despite tangible evidence to the contrary. This approach demands a degree of optimism that can at times seem unattainable.
Dream a little. And then build the pathway to make your dream come true.