SCAMPERing with the Creative Collaboration Cohort

In Week 5 of our Creative Collaboration course with our cohort in Peru, the participants analyzed environmental and social problems through the use of the SCAMPER method, which believes that questions have the power to promote divergent thinking and creative capacity.

First, participants were asked to share a list of issues that affect the Peruvian region. Among the issues listed were:

  • Port construction project's negative impact on a protected area

  • Community’s excessive use of single-use plastics, and increased solid waste with insufficient or non-existent waste management systems

  • Alteration of landscapes, including natural changes due to different and new use of land

  • The challenges of bilingual intercultural education facing COVID-19

  • Forest and grassland fires

  • Indiscriminate use of pesticides in agriculture

  • Suspension of climate policies and environmental controls

  • Increased hunting of animals due to lack of economic income

  • Lack of understanding and empathy for the effects of the pandemic on the most vulnerable populations

  • Communities are unaware of their rights and become vulnerable to extractive companies

  • Transportation and goods are more expensive due to COVID-19, which has resulted in many people feeling they need to sell their land, houses, material goods, etc.

After creating this list, participants were divided into 3 groups, each tasked with choosing a problem from this list to analyze using the 7 steps of the SCAMPER model: Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify, Propose, Eliminate and Reorder. Once they finished their analysis, they presented their conclusions through radio dramas that were crafted to inform, educate and raise awareness among listeners. The groups then performed their radio dramas for the rest of the Creative Collaboration cohort.

  • Group 1’s radio drama told a story about a reporter from the Washington Post who had gone on vacation to Peru and could not return to his country. While he waited to return home, he interviewed representatives of the health system about the reasons why Peru is experiencing a greater number of COVID-related deaths than the expected average.

  • Group 2’s radio drama, titled “La Pachamama Informs You,” was a talk show in which La Pachamama invited her 2 children as guests to share information about the negative impact of agrochemicals on the environment.

  • Finally, Group 3 performed a radio drama called “Voices from the Forest,” which used a dialogue between a minister and a low-income woman to explore how the coronavirus affects native and impoverished communities.

Thanks to all the participants for yet another captivating session full of relevant information, outstanding participation and creative collaboration!

The groups present their radio dramas about issues their communities face!