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Image: Adam Roy. Prince George, BC

An existing local awareness in Prince George, BC of the potential for regional centrality and the need for diversification led to a grassroots lobby for a university, which was successful when UNBC was founded three decades ago. Previously, many were worried about brain drain, and even successful companies had trouble recruiting skilled workers to the area. Once UNBC was there, different people moved into town, asking for a different downtown environment. UNBC itself became an actor in local and regional governance, and its graduates contributed quickly to changes in the economic and cultural climate, asking for different stories to be told at city council.

and elsewhere in governance, because of its interconnected nature and because of the co-evolution of all its elements. These elements shape each other over time, and will therefore be the product of time and of the whole system. In the case of informal institutions and actors, tracing dependencies means unveiling hidden histories and discovering new perspectives. Discerning dependencies for narratives, for power/knowledge, entails the search for shared assumptions, surviving stories, traveling concepts, contested discourses, and changing manners in which actors and the community construct themselves on the basis of stories. The stories that are persuasive change over time, the dominant images of self, of environment, and of the good community. These stories are associated with shifting power relations, transforming patterns of actors and institutions.

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