This article describes an original experiment: a collective scenario building realized on a regional scale. Since almost two decades, the region of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean in North Quebec has entered surreptitiously into a phase of decline: though its traditional industries have managed to modernize and to remain competitive, they lose jobs, and the most dynamic people move out. Having realized that, Pr. Proulx persuaded its fellow-countrymen to make collectively a scenario of the situation in 2025. Whereas university is considered as a “mind awakener” in the culture of Quebec, Marc-Urbain Proulx could see how difficult it is to make people accept uncanny projections. He had so to organize numerous debates, and to let, bit by bit, remarkable events happen to support his theses.
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Proulx, Marc-Urbain, et Loïc Vieillard-Baron. 2007. Développement territorial au Québec, quand des universitaires poussent une région à une stratégie de rupture. http://ecole.org/seminaires/FS4/SEM374.