Lay designers : grassroots innovation for appropriate change

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Abstract: We are all designers. Everyone actively plans and intentionally changes their circumstances with the goal of bettering themselves. Their efforts are relevant to their personal contexts, and even if these efforts fail, they are important lessons in a process of finding more suitable solutions. Despite actively designing lives in this way, not everyone is considered to be a “designer.” This title is reserved for those who have been admitted into the profession through a mode of design education that sets the designer apart from the user. The result of this distinction is that professional designers often disregard the users’ design agency...