Self-guided walking tours of Barcelona using Google (was LIST OF SUSTAINABLE ACTIVITIES- christina)

I would like to make a booklette of self-guided tours for IES students to use. 

Self-guided walking tours of Barcelona using Google Maps

1.1. What

My action is a series of Self-guided walking tours of Barcelona that is available on google maps. This action creates a way for future IES students to get to know different Barcelona neighborhoods while using the energy efficient mode of traveling i.e. walking. There are 3 self guided walking tours on Google maps; all tours start at IES, one goes to the beach, the other to La Sagrada Familia and the last to El Parque del Nord. These tours have a compilation of information about famous sights in Barcelona from a students perspective. Information from different tourism websites and books was used. The IES students can access these maps on the Sustainability Club's website. Since the maps are digital, students can access them through their smart phones.

Ver IES Barcelona Self guided tour to Arc de Triomf en un mapa más grande

In case the map above doesn't work you can access the map here : http://goo.gl/NLt2Z

Ver Walking tour to beach from IES en un mapa más grande

In case the map above doesn't work you can access the map here :  http://goo.gl/v6JqA

Ver IES Barcelona Walking tour of great Gaudí and Dalí en un mapa más grande

In case the map above doesn't work you can access the map here :  



1.2. Why this action makes things more sustainable?

This action is sustainable because it forces the students to walk. Walking is a sustainable practice that is also incredibly energy efficient. Walking and biking are more efficent forms of transit than public transportation (session 19). So, by allowing students to do these tours, it not only introduces them to Barcelona, but it also shows them ways to get to great places with out the use of public transit i.e. in a more sustainable way.  This action also makes things sustainable because it can be done in large groups, who then, after they do it, can show their friends.  Thus, it causes the sustainable action of walking to spread, which increases the number of people who may choose to walk over use the metro. Also, since these maps are all on google maps students can access them on their smart phones or ipod touches, thus they can use these maps without printing and creating paper waste. 

1.2.1. SWOT Analysis


- it shows others green ways of getting to places

-introduces barcelona to students


- can be done at anytime because it does not rely on public modes of transport that close. 

 - can be accessed on smart phones and thus reduces paper waste production





- laziness may deter people to do walking tours.

- time consuming




-show students that it is possible to go cool places with out public transport





-people may overlook the links on club's website

-people may not want to go on self-guided walking tours



1.2.2. Feedback loops

People use the walking tours > Decrease in their use of public transit to go sight seeing

People use the walking tours >People walk more > Use less public transport >Walk more

1.2.3. Potential Benefits

Short term potential benefits are that it spreads awareness of neighborhoods and allows students to feel like they can go to these places without using the metro or bus.  A midterm potential benefit is that students become less dependant on public transport and are more willing to explore by walking. A Long term potential benefit is that students reduce their carbon footprint by walking more and thus they live more sustainable lives.

1.2.4. Potential Costs

Potential costs consist of  the time spent finding the walking tours and the time spent doing the tours. 

1.3. How

After living in Barcelona for 4 months, I know some areas pretty well. So, using the knowledge I have of some barrios, information online and in books and the help of google maps, I came up with three walking tours.

To do this, first, think of areas that are interesting.Then research a little about each point and write up a description about each. Then create a new map under the "my maps" option in google maps. After this new map is created, mark the points of interest. This is done by searching for the points on google maps. Then when a point is found, click on it and the box that pops up will give you an option to save it in the map you just created. Continue saving the rest of your points of interest. Then, open up the map you created and it should have all the points marked. Next, select the "draw line" and use that to draw lines connecting one point to the next. When these ligns are saved, title them with instructions on how the students are supposed to walk. After you finish drawing all the lines, return to the points. Click on each point and copy and paste the descriptions already written in their boxes. The map should be complete now. To link it to the sustainability club, register with the club, then go to "projects"  and post the links to the maps with a breif description.

1.3.1. "Cradle to Cradle" design

Since the maps are online they don't create paper waste. However, they do create information waste, if they are not used. To combat this they are posted on a place that draws an audience. Also, anyone else can take the maps and edit them or change them into their own customized map. Thus the information waste could become the food for someone else's new map. 

1.3.2. Questions for the unified survey

This action is a revision from my old sustainable list action thus it was not made in time to go into the survey.

1.3.3. Analysis of the results in the survey

Due to the late creation of this action, it was not in the survey and thus there are no results to be analayzed pertaining to it. 

1.3.4. Incentives

The incentive to doing these self guided tours is to learn about and go to cool places in Barcelona for free. This incentive can carry a lot of weight with new students at the beginning of semesters because students are eager to discover Barcelona. These maps empower students to explore by giving them a personal guide to Barcelona.  Another incentive could be that each student gets ecoeuros for doing this, but that is up to the sustainability club to decide. 

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

The maps are posted on the sustainability club's website. This way it will be easily accessible to any IES.

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

This action functions much like FLOSS (free libre open source software). FLOSS are software whose source codes are not hidden so any user can see them, edit them and copy them. This leads to collaboration and flexibility which allows anyone in the world no matter what language they speak to be able to use the computer. FLOSS is incredibly resillient because of its openess and, large user base and collaboration (Stallman 2002).  The walking tour is free, like FLOSS, which means that anyone can do it.  It is also open from restrictions such as time, unlike guided tours. Also, because the students are guiding themselves it makes them "prosumers"(producer + consumer) in a way because they are producing the tour by guiding themselves and at the same time are the consumers of the tour (Senge 2001). This "Prosumer" model makes this action sustainable because the students can choose what they want to see and what they don't want to see which in turn increases their level of involvement.

Also, like FLOSS, this action enables, by means of google maps, others to collaborate and add more routes or revise routes. This way all the routes will still remain relevant. Also these maps are available to the public which means that they have wider sphere of influence and the wider the sphere of influence the more resilient and sustainable something is, like FLOSS.  

 Also, as long as the sustainability club keeps it on their website, it is easily accessible. Hopefully, in the future, some students will take this action up as a continued action, but even if not, they can still add to it by means of the sustainability club's website. 

1.3.7. Document format

Google maps were used to create the maps. 

1.3.8. Copyright license of your report


1.4. Time-sheet / Chronogram


3 hour 8 hours 3 hours 30 minutes

10 minutes

4 hours

Christina Obiajulu

come up with 5 destinations for each of the 3 routes research and writing descriptions for each point using the internet and books. draw out and write directions for each route using google maps  link the maps on the sustainability clubs website

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1.5. References & Links

All maps

Baskett, Simon. The Rough Guide to Spain. Rough guides: New york. 2009

BCN Now ,

"Itenerarios por Dias" Barcelona Tourisme


Schlecht, Neil. Barcelona Day by Day. Wiley Publiching inc. 2010

Senge, Peter & Carstedt, Goran (2001) Innovating Our Way to the Next Industrial Evolution. Sloan Management Review, 42(2): 24-38. 

Stallman, R.M. (2002). "Free Software, Free Society: Selected Essays of Richard M. Stallman". GNU Press. Editor: Joshua Gay. 224pp. ISBN 1-882114-98 



Beach map

The Aquarium of Barcelona”  Port Vell <http://www.portvellbcn.com/en/pi_aquarium_de_barcelona>

Mercado de la Barceloneta” Mi Modern Architecture. <http://www.mimoa.eu/projects/Spain/Barcelona/Mercado de la Barceloneta>

Gaudí map


Casa Battló” Barcelona Turisme. <http://www.barcelonaturisme.com/English/_3Ngb8YjSpL3IOAs7oO2GTYt1nCojK1e-e8SVYz2umxpZmfjZn8c2ue2iYg3xvrVIoc0lqslBfVsQP_XH4f4dsfhZbd5uufmlelSFNdZbfxVR-xI_rQMNfA>

Casa Milà” Barcelona Turisme.  

1.6 Contributors


Christina Obiajulu



 Assignment 4: Peer review form

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Grade per actionReviewerComments
87 agluskerI think that the idea and concept is great, however I rarely look at the bulletin board and I do not think it would be the best place to advertise sustainable activities. What kind of activities are you thinking of putting on this?
80 Brian McNevinYou definitely need more information about this action. People could want to participate, but I don't think simply putting a list of sustainable actions on the bulletin board is nearly enough.
91 carlafAdvertising sustainable activities by flyer might not be that sustainable. Is there an alternative way you can advertise for it? What are some examples of these activities?
83 CFaheyThe idea of spreading knowledge about living sustainable is a good idea but making a Facebook page or blog might be a more sustainable action. According to the current plan there is paper that is being wasted and Facebook or a blog would most likely get more visits if advertised correctly.
83 gnardiALthough this is a good idea i do not think that this template had nearly enough information. You definitely need more incentives, as well. There is no reason why people will stop and read the flyers, so you should really try to find a better way to motivate people. I also think you should look into creating a relationship with the sustainability, that could really benefit the future of your action.
88 Julia NuttI think that this is a good idea because some students honestly do not have any idea of how they can be more sustainable. However, I think that you should incorporate some sort of activities or the benefits of participating in these actions. I would definitely advertise this because some students do not regularly check the bulletin board.
86 m.bernsteinI think more information is needed on this action. You should also list your activities you found somewhere so all of us in the class can get a better idea of what your action actually entails. Also add your flyers to this page so that we can see if they will be able to catch an eye so that your action can be carried out and be successful
87 MarthaMayI like this idea! I think you need to incorporate more incentives in order for students to actually read signs and take suggestions.
84 MbowermanI think this is good idea. It would be great to have a list of sustainable activities but maybe an internet forum would be better, or even sending out an email to students that way you can save paper.
87 Sarah ColeGood idea, but i agree that there is no incentive for students to stop and read the flyers. Speaking for myself, I don't think i've ever stopped to read any of the flyers posted around IES. You need some incentives that will draw students to read.
57 seantubridyThis action requires much more thought and information than is provided. There needs to be incentives for people to read the signs. Also, what are some examples of these sustainable actions?
92 SolomonBPHaving posters with tips on sustainable means of living would be a nice way to improve the consciousness and attention paid to the topic within the IES community. I think it's important to make sure these fliers are somewhat eye catching and entertaining, so students take the time to read the tips and don't just ignore them. I think if you could make a blueprint for these posters, I can get them printed and laminated with Cat, and instead of just posting them on the bulletins at IES, we can distribute them to all IES housing locations to help guide students living alone.
82 steph.eastlakeI think that putting concepts on the bulletin board would be great but we definitely do need more information on which concepts you will choose. I think as long as these flyers are places where people look this will be a successful action. Maybe you could even place them in the bathroom stalls because people will notice and read them there.
68 vsienkieI think you need to elaborate your action more. What kind of sustainable activities are you talking about. Also, maybe you could have your information be a part of our orientation because I know I never really pay attention to the bulletin board.
88 vydraThis is a good way to help students increase the sustainability of IES abroad. I think that if you talk to the sustainability club, you could find the actions to list on your flyers that best pertain to students.

 Grades for this action report (From the PROFESSOR)

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1.19 LIST OF SUSTAINABLE ACTIVITIES- christina Good Idea in general, even f it looks to general. Improvable I wonder what's the impact going to be by just reading the list on a sheet of paper. How many people will change their attitudes by just reading a sheet of paper? The whole action seems too weak. Or desing some mechanism to measure the impact that this sheet of paper had on students: some sort of survey or questionaire, ... Or change the action for some of the featured actions that no one did: bike tours? walking tours? bike rental program using ecoeuros (new!) ... (see the list at the link "Professor's Suggestions", and the course homepage: See the 2011a General comments also.
Congratulations, Christina, for the final report and action!. Time-sheet was expected to be as a recipe for students from new semesters, not only a report of what you did. But well done reporting the amount of time invested (it could have been placed better under the "potential costs"). 2nd

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