Lauren Damiani and Jonathan Basham

1. "Action Design" name (student 1, student 2, ...)

Global Giving - "Pasa el Pan" by Jonathan Basham and Lauren Damiani

Our objective is to afford fellow IES students the opportuntity to participate in a purely voluntary program to combat homelessness while conducting the misson with sustainability held in high regard. We hope to allow the students of IES a new and attainable mindset when it comes to preserving and conserving this Earth. We hope to transport the leftover foods from the bakery (Forn de Pa) that collaborates with Dit i Fet, to the homeless who come daily to the shelter. Therefore this project will incorporate the principle of "Waste = Food".

DISCLAIMER: Our individual effors turned out to be unsuccessful due to Dit i Fet´s already established relationship with a neighborhood bakery as well as their employees. So they deemed it unnecessary for us (students at IES to volunteer) but to rather build a small network of bakeries to join in supplying food for the homeless that reside in Dit i Fet. So now the ultimate goal is to rally students to gain interest in registering their local bakeries to help donate the wasted food. This in turn makes for a tight knit community while sustainably solving hunger.

1.1. What

We went to Dit i Fet, which is a homeless shelter off of Via Leitana, and spoke with the head coordinator about contacting one of their food sources (Forn de Pa) and ultimately being able to transport it ourselves to the shelter. In doing this, students will be able to form relationships with one another (within IES) and more importantly, make a difference outside of the classroom in the greater Barcelona area. The students will be the means of transport from the shelter's food source to the shelter itself by walking. This is the best mode of transport if the bakery you are getting food from is fairly close to the shelter. We encourage each student to make their greatest attempt to walk if at all possible. If in fact, the bakery who is willing to donate food is too far, then we encourage students to use their metro or bus pass since most students have the 1 or 3 month unlimited pass. This will allow for a reduction in energy/pollution and an increase in the efficiency of food.

1.1.1. Similar actions form previous semester by students

We looked through past actions and could not find any previous attempts that related to this particular action. As a result, it was a little more difficult for us to establish this action with no prior knowledge of any precedents or asistance available.

It was important to us to develop this idea which would enable the students of IES in becoming more self-aware of their habits by witnessing how important basic necessities are and how easily we are provided them in the United States. Furthermore, students will leave their time abroad with a positive feeling of accomplishment because they have not only impacted their lives but they have also changed the lives of others in a sustainable manner.

1.1.2. SWOT Analysis


  • Helping others outside of IES
  • Turning waste into food (literally)
  • Transport of food is done by walking instead of car
  • Energy is conserved in food production and transportation
  • Partnered bakery's work will be reduced
  • Form relations with peers and locals
  • Become more appreciative
  • Immersed in the inner city
  • Gain a feeling of satisfaction

  • Requires more contacts and communications outside of IES which aren't as easily accessed
  • Language barrier
  • Time consuming
  • Difficulty in finding willing community food sources

  • Involvment
  • Grow as a person
  • Gain unique perspective
  • Chance to volunteer (Give back to community)
  • Give IES more connections to outside organizations

  • Homeless shelter may not need student volunteers
  • Food sources unwilling to participate
  • Students have no desire to help
  • Conflicting schedules
  • Absence of leftover food

(see http://sustainability.seeds4c.org/dl27 )

1.1.3. Feedback loops

Our mission is that of a reinforcing loop. This is because we are not trying to move some current state to a desired state through some action per se like that of a balancing loop. We are trying to reinforce the way the circular loop is working and make it more sustainable in a simple way while not really changing its origin. The implementation of IES students into the loop would help the environment, the students themselves and the homeless. As a result, the homeless shelter is being helped and now has the potential for exponential growth if the initial interest is vast enough. This reinforcning loop is ultimately caused by an action which produces a result which influences more of the same action resulting in growth or decline. This is, in fact, what is happening with the help of IES and Dit i Fet Homeless Shelter. We hope that as students begin to participate in our mission in asisting Dit i Fet and the bakery Forn de Pa, ultimate goal with be extensive growth in volunteering around Barcelona.

1.1.4. Advertising

During orientation, we are going propose to IES that each student is given a handout explaining our mission and how to sign up if interested. The handout will entail email and phone numbers of necessary contacts and an enticing explanation of why they should participate. Updates will be given via the facebook page where the bakery registry is newly added as an event.

1.2. Why this action makes things more sustainable?

Justification: Answer this question as clear as possible: "Why your action is improving the Sustainability of IES Abroad Barcelona?. Use as many concepts as possible from the ones you learned in this course. Like:

  • No physical change for IES but the people within IES are influenced to become more sustainable individuals
  • Attitude adjustment in IES faculty and students by realizing how much we waste on a daily basis
  • A SLEN is fostered through cradle to cradle starting with Dit i Fet
  • Preserving resources by using food that was going to be thrown away
  • Principle of free software (in a less literal sense) can be applied to the relationship between Dit i Fet and its food sources because other potential organizations would need to follow the same sustainable approach
  • Long term effect on community and IES participants
  • The most literal form of Waste=Food
  • Resilience is present through the strong ties that Dit i Fet has within the community incase one source is not available which maintains the organization
  • This project is eco-efficient because we are "doing more with less"

1.2.1. Potential Benefits

This project has many benefits, most stemming from intrinsic motivation. That is, people need to be willing to help people without external or tangible incentives or rewards but the fact that they will grow as a person and become more aware of their habits concerning how sustainable they are. Another benefit is that the IES participants get to explore the areas of Barcelona which they normally would not venture out to. They will get a deeper relationship with the city aside from the typical "site seeing" that is the usual extent of their visit.

1.2.2. Potential Costs

Our mission does not include a fee, it is completely free. The only thing we ask is for time and enthusiasm. Human rescources are essential in this project because communication needs to be dealt with at all times so there is no misunderstanding. This is vital because the ones who will suffer are the ones who are already suffering (the homeless) if there is any sort of miscommunication despite the language barrier. An identified risk is that the organization is located in a bit of a sketchy alley way off of a major street, some might feel a little uncomfortable with where it is and the people who loiter around Dit i Fet. However, once you are inside, it a friendly environment and isn't too intimidating.

1.3. How

We have created a facebook group to also advertise our project. This instant and easy connection with future accepted students to the IES program will prove to be more efficient when providing new information and updates. This group allows Jonathan and I, the administrators of the group to be able to inform the new members internationally until they feel comfortable with what they have to do. http://www.facebook.com/groups/297363660334087/

1.3.1. "Cradle to Cradle" design

As stated many times our mission is the purest form of the cradle-to-cradle design. Our action is specifically designed to have waste become not only harmless to the environment but to become food that can be reused. The identified waste is the leftover food that has not been sold from that particular bakery during the store hours and in turn becomes food for the homeless and hungry. The nutrients involved in this process are non-toxic and non-detrimental to the environment and are obviously safe for human consumption. Also, the food never loses its quality but intsead is transformed into these people´s primary food consumption rather than the garbage. Through our mission, we are allowing for the enrichment of nature and surrounding ecosystems by reducing wastes and pollution caused by transportation. We are protecting the biological and technical metabolism we are dealing with in a circular manner resulting in a very sustainable system of waste equals food.

1.3.2. Questions for the unified survey

How important to you is to help out within the city of Barcelona while abroad?
Do you like to volunteer in your hometown?
Would you be willing to volunteer at least once during your semester stay abroad?
Do you think that you would benefit from serving people in a completely foreign location?
Do you have sympathy for the homeless?

1.3.3. Analysis of the results in the survey

We estimate that a good amount of the students enrolled in IES have done some sort of volunteer work in their lives if not during their time in college. Based on this statistic we assume that many students would be interested in giving some of their time abroad towards the needs of others. This makes our mission attainable.

1.3.4. Incentives

The promotion of this mission is simply voluntary. There are no incentives that will benefit the student externally but rather help the student gain a sense of belonging outside the IES community and becoming an integrated member of Barcelona. Back in the United States, community service and volunteer programs are prevalent in college towns so we feel like there will not be a lack of people wanting to give up minimal time out of their week to help someone in desperate need. The student will leave the activity with a newfound respect for the people and city of Barcelona. They will also hopefully maintain a mindful understanding of all the ways they are fortunate thus minimizing the things they take for granted.

1.3.5. Relationship with the "Sustainability Club" (SC)

Since the Sustainability Club at IES consists merely of the students in the program we would say that our project has a very interactive relationship with the club. Our action involves the participation of only IES students (and faculty) to physically carry out the ultimate goal.There is no one else involved that will do this set action for us, it is based solely on the willingness of the IES abroad students. Jonathan and I will set the precedent for this project so then, consequently, future abroad students will follow in our footsteps. Our action is not done to help only us (Johnathan and I) but to help the members of the Barcelona community. This highlights the large scale magnitude of this project and how it not only affects the individual doing the act but has a greater cause.

Because most of the ideas circulating the Sustainability Club involve issues of recycling paper, phones, clothes etc., we wanted to implement a mission that would target solely people of both parties (IES students and homeless). While it is definitely necessary to improve ways of recylcing and efficiency, it is also important to improve the mindsets of individuals so that more sustainable actions can happen in the future since technically, the students are the future.

1.3.6. How will this action be sustained when you are not here?

When our time abroad has ended, we are going to make sure our mission continues. In doing so, we will make sure Dit i Fet Homeless Shelter is aware that students will be potentially asisting them in the transport of food. We will make sure the contacts to all necessary courses (Dit i Fet and their food sources) are available for contact. We will have a handout with all the important information given to the students during orientation and ideally there will be one faculty member who will be a "go-to" for our mission. The faculty member will be available by email and will be able to asist students and direct them accordingly if they are having trouble getting in touch with Dit i Fet or Forn de Pa or any of their other food sources.

1.3.7. Who will do what

First off, the faculty of IES will have to approve that our handout be given to each student during orientation. This will set the stage for giving students the option to participate if they so desire. From here, the students will be responsible themselves to sign up in the Student Affairs office through either Jane or any of the other appointed faculty members who are aware of our mission. A faculty member who would like to be the "caretaker" of our project after we leave will ultimately be in charge of handling sign-ups and further communications with Dit i Fet Homeless Shelter. Once they get approval for the date they have signed up for, they (the IES student(s)) will be responsible for getting to Forn de Pa (or any other food source needed by Dit i Fet) and transporting the goods from point A to B. The task may not seem as easy and convenient as others but that is the point. It is meant to be a way of getting involved and culturally immersed within the streets and people of Barcelona and to take leap outside of your comfort zone for the betterment of society as a whole.

1.3.8. Comparison to similar actions form previous semesters

Like mentioned earlier, there have not been any other actions from previous semesters with this same approach which is why we wanted to come up with something totally different but still tied in with IES sustainability.

1.3.9. Document format

If you produced some documents to support your action, did you choose some document format which can be edited with multiplatform FLOSS tools without loosing the layout? [Multiplatform = at least, the main three O.S.: GNU/Linux, Mac OSX & MS Windows]. For instance, for word documents, .odt or similar (odf) is better choice than MS Word .doc/.docx documents, since odt/odf are standards format for office documents recognized internationally by the ISO (ISO/IEC 26300:2006), and editable by OpenOffice, among others (or MS Office with a Plugin). Or for images: .svg for vectorial graphics (editable by Inkscape), or .xcf for bitmaps (editable by GIMP), etc.

We have decided to go with a creative commons license; we feel it is the best option for our plan because it allows people access to our work, and the ability to alter it to fit their needs.
"//creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/"><img alt="Creative Commons License" style="border-width:0" src="http://i.creativecommons.org/l/by-sa/3.0/88x31.png" /></a><br />This work is licensed under a <a rel="license" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/">Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License</a>"

1.4. Time-sheet / Chronogram

In rows, who does what; In columns, months of the year. In the cells, the codes for each subaction described in the report.
This is to schedule the action for the next semester, not to report what you did this semester regarding this action. You are designing an action to be sustained over time, and this report is the outline of what needs to be done and by whom in next semesters to continue your action

Carrer 15 Lledó, 08002 BCN
ditifet.lledo15 at gmail.com
Tel: 93.310.77.14
Main coordinator- Rosa Llopis
Francisco García Filiat (president)

1.6. Annexes

There is a link below which would be the handout we would provide with administration to be incorporated into the orientation handbook

Annexes come here (if any): pictures, copies of emails sent, produced documents, marketing material, links to equivalent pages at the Sustainability Club (http://iesgogreen.seeds4c.org), etc.

File is not an image.

Handout for orientation

1.7. Students involved in this action

Jonathan Basham and Lauren Damiani.

The majority of the of the project was done together while then we distributed the rest of the workload equally. I roughly introduced the idea of trying to incorporate helping the homeless when we were first assigned this project because I am a social work major yet Jonathan contributed greatly by connecting my vision with a sustainable approach in return keeping the project focused on the main goal of this class. We both went to the site together and communicated very well with one another. Considering how stressful this project was, it ran as smoothly as it possibly could have.

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