1. Action name
- 2.4 Sustainable Travel Guide: Maximize Time and Money (Stephane Eastlake)
- 1.1. What
- 1.2. Why this action makes things more sustainable?
- 1.3. How
- 1.3.1. "Cradle to Cradle" design
- 1.3.2. Questions for the unified survey
- 1.3.3. Analysis of the results in the survey
- 1.3.4. Incentives
- 1.3.5. Relationship with the "Sustainability Club" (SC)
- 1.3.6. How will this action be sustained when you are not here?
- 1.3.7. Document format
- 1.3.8. Copyright license of your report
- 1.4. Time-sheet / Chronogram
- 1.5. References & Links
Sustainable Travel Guide: Maximize Time and Money
My action is a blog about traveling suggestions for new students traveling through Europe. I am compiling as much information about student's travels as I can into one place. I have blogged about 10 cities in Europe already at the site http://sustainabletravelguidebcn.blogspot.com/ as well as http://wikitravel.org/shared/Sustainable_Euro_Travel_Guide_for_Study_Abroad_Students and the Sustainability Club website. There is also places to comment and message me other interesting travel ideas.
1.2. Why this action makes things more sustainable?
A very important thing to sustain is intellectual property. Each year students in IES Barcelona and other various cities have knowledge about where to travel in Europe and the best and worst parts of these places. I am combining this knowledge into one place to make the information more sustainable. Instead of printing travel itineraries, we will reduce waste by putting this in one place-- the internet. So this will reduce dependency on paper, it will also reduce dependency on using the time to create their own itinerary. It will also only continue to get bigger and bigger with more information from students contributing to the blog. This will help students become more resilient. Rather than making bad traveling mistakes they can follow the suggestions of this blog. They will also be able to bounce back from mistakes by using the tips and advice that this blog will give.
This is also a free application, so it goes along with the FLOSS idea. People using it can make copies, see the source codes, modify it, and redistribute it. This will spread the flow of information throughout the semesters and you will be able to adapt it to future generations as the times change. This is a sustainable way to spread information through IES students and possibly beyond.
This is such a sustainable way to compile information because the web is free and reaches so many. The internet is so much more sustainable than a piece of paper, so this is the perfect venue for a blog that has so much information that thousands of students need each semester.
1.2.1. SWOT Analysis
students need this information every semester
students gain new knowledge to add to this blog almost every weekend so there is limitless information
people may not be able to find it
people may not feel the need or desire to update new information to this site
IES doesn't provide general information about traveling throughout Europe like they do for the place you're studying in
almost every student will benefit from this information when studying abroad
other blogs that could share this information
students could have friends or relatives giving them suggestions so they won't look or contribute to this blog
1.2.2. Feedback loops
A possible loop would be if a student looked at the blog, took its advice, liked where they stayed, and posted more information or positive comments on the blog so more people followed it and told others about it and it went full circle. These are all positive links so its a reinforcing loop. This will lead to more and more posts and information on the blog and more students looking at the blog.
1.2.3. Potential Benefits
The benefits that can come out of this are numerous. There can be a reduction of waste made by travel itineraries. There will be a ton of information for students in one place, so they will not waste time looking up things to do. This time can be freed up for a number of things that could be better for the sustainability club, school, etc. Since this website will be posted on the Sustainability Club website, it has a strong potential to draw in new members. Most students want to travel, and putting this website on the sustainability website could get them more interested in the club. This will also be a forum for people to make their contributions from Barcelona and feel like they helped future students. They can also direct their friends to look at this blog. It is just such a useful compilation of information that is sustainable for a long period of time.
1.2.4. Potential Costs
This doesn't cost any money, it only costs time from people. It needs to be updated by new travel experiences. However, it's clear that every year students want to write about where they've been, what they've seen, and the places that they loved. Therefore, it shouldn't be hard to get time of students to write on this blog. The risk is that people won't post in this blog because there are other forums that have similar suggestions. This is why I am making it especially IES and Sustainability club based so that students from these programs will have a more special bond with this blog than others.
I completed this project by collecting information from my friends and their friends and adding in my own tips and information. I will not be blogging about Barcelona so I do not overlapp with any other students. I used three forms of media: the site blogger by google, wikitravel, and the Sustainability club website. The latter two are FLOSS websites where people can add to my blog making it more sustainable.
This is the site for wikitravel: http://wikitravel.org/shared/Sustainable_Euro_Travel_Guide_for_Study_Abroad_Students
1.3.1. "Cradle to Cradle" design
This is a "Cradle to Cradle" design. The students that leave each semester have so much knowledge of all different places that they waste when they do not share it. Then students come in and would use and benefit from this knowledge. I am taking the waste and putting it into a forum to become food for the new students.
1.3.2. Questions for the unified survey
Would a blog about advice for traveling around Europe, including where to stay, what to do and tips, be helpful to you as a new student at IES?
Would you follow this information if you were an incoming IES student?
1.3.3. Analysis of the results in the survey
For my survey question, I received a 70% positive response. If 70% of the IES students would benefit from this blog I think that it is a great opportunity to make this action succeed. I think that if they did benefit from the blog, they would also use it as a forum to post their tips and advice. There is also a question that asks if the students would use a blog that had good places to eat and shop. 95% said yes. This is related to mine because I will be discussing where you can eat and shop out of Barcelona, which is not covered. I also spoke to my friends in IES and got a hundred percent positive response with my blog idea out of the 20 people that I asked.
The incentives that are there for my action have to do with the benefits that students will get from this information. It will save them an amazing amount of time and money that would be made on uneducated decisions and research.
1.3.5. Relationship with the "Sustainability Club" (SC)
I posted this blog on the Sustainability website. This will be an easy access forum for many students in IES. It will also bring awareness to more students that do not know about Sustainability. It will show them that sustainability is more than just composting and solar panels, it can be about sharing knowledge and free software. This will be the door opener for more students to share knowledge in a more sustainable way, as well as look at the other blogs and posts about sustainable living.
1.3.6. How will this action be sustained when you are not here?
I made this blog an open forum on wiki travel so study abroad students everywhere can use this information and people can add to it and delete things as they please. This will continue to get updated by the students when they experience their Euro Travels.
1.3.7. Document format
I chose a document that employs the FLOSS tools, which is wiki travel. Students will be able to apply the four incentives for floss when using this blog. It will be a tool for the spread of knowledge and information.
1.3.8. Copyright license of your report
Which copyright license do you choose for your report and why? See Session 19
The copyright license of this report would be Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike.
1.4. Time-sheet / Chronogram
March 20th: Started blog and put it on blogspot: http://sustainabletravelguidebcn.blogspot.com/
April 26th: Put blog become an open forum for people to post and edit on wikitravel
April 28th: Finished the information on the travel blog and post it on the Sustainability Website for the new IES students
1.5. References & Links
Code Breakers at BBCWorld.com
"Europe Travel Blogs, Photos, Forum, Hotels and Hostels." Travel Blogs, Photos, Videos and Maps. Web. 10 Apr. 2011. <http://www.travelblog.org/Europe/>.
Stallman, Richard. "Free Software; Free Society." Free Software Foundation. GNU Press, 2002. Web. 10 Apr. 2011. <http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/fsfs/rms-essays.pdf>.
"The Codebreakers – A BBC World Documentary on FOSS and Development — Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme." UNDP Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme — Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme. Web. 7 Apr. 2011. <http://www.apdip.net/news/fossdoc>.
Assignment 4: Peer review form
Grades for this action report (From the PROFESSOR)