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.