1. Action name
My action name is the Green Revolution and its affects on developing nations BLOG (was Raising Awareness about how Barcelona recycles and beach cleanup through facebook).
I decided to change my action from a facebook page, that Mary and I created, about sustainability in Barcelona to a blog about the Green Revolution and its affects on developing nations that took part in it. After deciding to create this new blog, instead of continue with the facebook page, I began to brainstorm about sustainable concepts and ideas. I realized that many people created blogs giving advice about where to eat, shop, and how to travel sustainably while in Barcelona. But, I decided to take a different ange and give valuable information about the Green Revolution and developing nations to IES students.In the blog I explain what the Green Revolution is, how it affected nations like India and Kenya that participated in the new HYV seeds, and why the HYV seeds failed.
1.2. Why this action makes things more sustainable?
My blog is providing students about the Green Revolution and its negative affects. It is very important to understand the negative affects the Green Revolution had on these, and other, countries in order to understand all aspects of sustainability. The great, and sustainable, thing about my blog is that students can access this information in future semesters with out having to request a password. The information is readily available, easy to read, and access. Furthermore, students can add more information to this in order to keep it up to date. My blog is resilient not only because of the key points mentioned previously, but also because it is using FLOSS technology. With the FLOSS technology that I used, the Sustainability Club website, students can access it freely (both monetarily and in terms of freedom), it is safe to use, one can make copies of it, and modify it to fit the times. Furthermore, the long term affects are that people will be able to carry the knowledge they learn from my blog and spread it to others in order to raise consciousness about the horrors of the Green Revolution.
1.2.1. SWOT Analysis
Strengths-it is using FLOSS, it is easily accessible, it spreads knowledge quicky, students can add comments to the blog to expand the information given in the blog, it is crade to cradle ready (only electronic energy is used), it is resilient- can be modified and used in future semesters
Weaknessessome people could choose to ignore the blog (there for turning it into information waste), if students do not visit the blog then it will turn into waste, some may not know where or how to access the blog if they are not in the Sustainability Club or IES, there is no regulation on the posts to the blog (someone coule post false information)
Opportunities-allows students to be more aware about how the Green Revolution negatively affected developing nations, it is working with the IES sustainability club (allows for more student interaction with the club), students can create a community and valuable conversations by posting information on my blog, people can discuss what they think by posting comments and therefore deepening their level of knowledge on the Green Revolution
Threatsone has to register at the sustainability website to access the blog (some people may not want to do this therefore they would be discouraged from reading the blog), some people may not agree with the information posted and therefore post angry comments that would lesson the importance of the information I provided
1.2.2. Feedback loops
This blog provides a potential reinforcing loop. For example, the more students who read the blog leads to higher student knowledge about the Green Revolution which could lead to more postings about questions and information on blog which leads to a greater sense of community in the IES students because due to shared interests and participation.
1.2.3. Potential Benefits
There are a few short and long term benefits of my blog. A long term benefit is that students who read and participate in my blog will gain a new knowledge about the Green Revolution and how it negatively affected many third world nations. They could share this knowledge with their friends which would increase the number of people aware of this and maybe eventually result in a big revolt, or protest, about HYV seeds. Furthermore, since this is a very interesting subject and can be understood in ecological, political, and sociological terms, a professor could read my blog and decide to base a class on this topic. This would further the awareness of their students about the green revolution. This blog is very benefical because it is easy to read, use, access, and understand. It allows for the information to be readily available and accessable for future IES students.
1.2.4. Potential Costs
The main potential cost of my blog is time. It takes a good amount of effort to post on a blog and update it when one finds more information. Because my blog is using FLOSS software, there are virtually no hard costs. The only costs are attention of students, and time.
My blog was created using the IES Sustainability Blog page. I already had an idea about what the Green Revolution was and it sparked my interest, so I continued my research. I found a many electronic books and journals online that provided me with the information I was looking for. After my research, I wrote out all of my information into my notebook (I work better when I write by hand). After compiling all of my information I went on the SC website and wrote all of my information into my blog. I also sent out a forum message to our sustainability class asking everyone to check out my blog.
Link to blog: http://iesgogreen.seeds4c.org/blog2-The-Green-Revolution-and-its-affect-on-developing-nations
1.3.1. "Cradle to Cradle" design
Because there is no waste produced by this blog, it is cradle to crade ready because the only waste it produces is electron energy.
1.3.2. Questions for the unified survey
These are my previous questions before I made the Blog:
Would you be more inclined to read a blog, an email, a poster, letter, or facebook group about ways to be more sustainable while living in Barcelona?
For the next years survey, my questions would be:
Do you know what the Green Revolution is?
If you know what it is, do you think it was beneficial to the world? If so, why?
Do you how the Green Revolution affected developing nations that took on the new high yielding technology?
1.3.3. Analysis of the results in the survey
These is my analysis of the results for my survey questions regarding my previous facebook action:
20% of the survey takers did not answer this question, 5% said an email, 5% said a facebook group, 50% said that they would read all types of media (including the 5% that said yes) and 20% said that they would not read any type of media. These results mean that most people would like to read either a blog, poster, letter, email, or facebook group about how to be more sustainable in Barcelona. Because people did not have a preferance over a facebook group or email, I chose to create a facebook group because I feel like it is the most efficient and interesting form of media to convey ideas about recycling and beach cleanups in Barcelona. Furthermore, a facebook group is very interactive and allows for all types of participation.
I think that for further semesters students should earn eco euros for each comment they post on my blog. I think 3-5 eco euros should be rewarded in order to get people excited to participate in the blog and learn about the Green Revolution.
1.3.5. Relationship with the "Sustainability Club" (SC)
My blog is directly connected with the Sustainability club because I have used the club website for my blog. This blog will be kept on the SC club website for future semesters so that other students who are involved in the club can access the information I have provided.
1.3.6. How will this action be sustained when you are not here?
This action will hopefully be sustained by the Sustainability Club in the future since it will be on their website and easily accessable to all of IES students. It is necessary for student participation for my blog to be sustained in the future, which is why I think the eco euro incentive is the best idea in order to keep students involved.
1.3.7. Document format
My blog is on the IES Sustainability club website in .html format.
here is the website: http://iesgogreen.seeds4c.org/blog2-The-Green-Revolution-and-its-affect-on-developing-nations
1.3.8. Copyright license of your report
For my report I choose to use the copy right license cc-by-sa because I built upon this survey from previous semesters, and this is the license that the students chose. With this license, other can tweak and build upon my work as they wish as long as I recieve credit for it. It is compared to "copyleft" FLOSS licences
1.4. Time-sheet / Chronogram
For the previos facebook page:
-Beginning of March: Mary and Vanessa Create the Facebook Page
-March 22: Mary and Vanessa invite people be members of group and add more articles and information
-First Week in April: Vanessa (I) will talk to the members of the sustainability club to advocate the facebook group on their website
-From April till May: Mary and Vanessa continue to add articles and information to facebook group and answer students questions
From May on: Mary and Vanessa update the group from America
For my new BLOG:
April 22: decide to change my action to a blog
April 24-25: Research conducted about the Green Revolution
April 25: compiled all of information
April 28: transfered the information into my blog
1.5. References & Links
Evenson, R.E., and Gollin, D. “Assessing the Impact of the Green Revolution, 1960-2000” Science 2 May 2003:Vol 300 pp. 758-762 http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/300/5620/758!!# Students involved in this action
Mary Bowerman is no longer my co-author. I did the blog on my own.
Shiva, Vandana. Stolen Harvest. South End Press: Cambridge, Ma, 2000. 11-104.
Dixon, Chris. Rural Development in the Third World. Routledge, London. 1990. 153-161.
Assignment 4: Peer review form
Grades for this action report (From the PROFESSOR)