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Laboratory of Possibilities project

Making the best choices for our society

Accelerating climate change, massive loss of biodiversity, depletion of natural resources—the question is no longer whether we are moving towards a profoundly different society, but whether this transition will occur in spite of us, or to some degree, because we let it happen. Transition Pathways is a collaboration between Montréal Space for Life and the Université de Montréal that aims to better understand, define and debate the paths that Québec society could take to ensure its survival, whether they are possible, challenging or desirable.

Let’s rethink everything—together

Over the next few years, Transition Pathways will harness the knowledge of several disciplines in order to collectively identify the paths that have the potential to lead Québec society in a more desirable direction. This diversity of expertise and points of view will help us address major issues that are currently calling into question our ability to develop and flourish within the limits of our planet.

Montréal Space for Life and the Université de Montréal are offering you an opportunity to help identify the best choices for our society, because we need to rethink everything, together.

Three major issues that call for action

The Transition Pathways approach is structured around three major challenges, two of which are already being addressed:

  1. How do we go about merging the digital and ecological transitions? (2020)
  2. How can we ensure that more and more people have access to a healthy diet without depleting the earth's resources in a context of climate change? (2021)
  3. How can we inhabit Québec in a restrained and resilient way, in the context of the ecological transition? (2021)

Citizen workshop 1

How do we go about merging the digital and ecological transitions?

The first citizen workshops were held virtually on November 17 and 24, and December 8, 2020. A number of issues were discussed, including:

  • What are the possible and desirable futures for the digital transition in Québec?
  • What digital tools could facilitate our daily contribution to the ecological transition?
  • Do we have a moral duty to limit our consumption of connected objects?

Spirited, facilitated discussions produced a wide range of ideas and concepts that will provide plenty of food for thought. A summary of this first workshop will be available early in the new year and will be examined in a blog to be posted at the same time.

Things to look out for in 2021

Two further workshops are scheduled for the new year. We’ll be looking into the challenge of feeding the planet. How can we ensure that more and more people have access to a healthy diet without depleting the Earth's resources, in a context of climate change? We’ll also be examining the issue of how we can inhabit Québec in a restrained and resilient way, in the context of the ecological transition? Be among the first to find out about new developments by signing up for the Laboratory of Possibilities.

In the meantime, detailed information about both the project and the process can be found at cheminsdetransition.org (French only).

 

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