In 2011, a partnership between Indigenous associations, academic institutions and civil society organisations launched Project COBRA. Its mission was to support Indigenous communities in the Guiana Shield of South America to identify, record and share their own solutions, and showcase these to the rest of the world.
In December 2016, Project COBRA’s researchers launched the Cobra Collective, a social enterprise for advancing the project’s achievements.
Two years after the end of Project COBRA, the Cobra Collective, funded by The Open University, interviewed key individuals that participated in, and/or benefited from, its legacy.
In Project COBRA, we championed the concept of ‘positive deviance’ i.e. challenges within a community can be better solved by identifying positive practices from within that community and trying to promote their use, as opposed to focusing on behaviours that are negative and trying to fix them with solutions that have emerged from outside of the community. In this video, we asked:
“How were community best practices identified and shared in Project COBRA?”