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
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
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Ver Walking tour to beach from IES en un mapa más grande
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Ver IES Barcelona Walking tour of great Gaudí and Dalí en un mapa más grande
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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.
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.
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
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|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
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
“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>
“Casa Milà” Barcelona Turisme.
Assignment 4: Peer review form
Grades for this action report (From the PROFESSOR)