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Some Indications from Research on User Involvement in Design for Base of the Pyramid (DFPOB)

Some Indications from Research on User Involvement in Design for Base of the Pyramid (DFPOB)

Year: 2009

Section: Design Information and Knowledge

Editor: Norell Bergendahl, M.; Grimheden, M.; Leifer, L.; Skogstad, P.; Lindemann, U.

Author: Jiang, Jiehui; Kandachar, Prabhu

Section: Design Information and Knowledge

Pages: 43-52

Abstract

According to the World Bank, there are 4 billion people living on an income less than US$3 per day and 1 billion living less than even US$1 per day. This part of the population is often called "Base-of-the-Pyramid" (BoP). BoP is a definition of user and consumer group in product design science. This paper discussed difference between BoP self design action: Grassroot Innovations Approach (GIA) and current professional Design for Base of the Pyramid (DfBoP) cases. User involvement is considered as a major way to access new innovations on design approach. The purpose of this article is to give a message to Professional Designers (PDA) who want to design for/with BoP (a) GIA is different from PDA (b) GIA is challenging, but not yet well understood and, (c) research is needed to understand GIA.

Keywords: Design for Base of the Pyramid (DfBoP), product design, Grassroot Innovations Approach, Professional Design Approach

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