“Into The Tribes” Hugo Paul’s exploration for an ecological and social society

Fresh­ly grad­u­at­ed from UTC in the elec­tive spe­cial­ty MPI (Man­age­ment of Inno­v­a­tive Projects), Hugo Paul, decid­ed to explore the best meth­ods of col­lec­tive learn­ing to accel­er­ate the eco­log­i­cal and social transition.

Since Jan­u­ary, Hugo Paul has been trav­el­ling around Europe to meet a vari­ety of learn­ing com­mu­ni­ties. By immers­ing him­self in ances­tral tribes, reli­gious com­mu­ni­ties or learn­ing com­pa­nies, his objec­tive is to share how we can learn togeth­er to cul­ti­vate an eco­log­i­cal soci­ety. Con­vinced that edu­ca­tion is essen­tial to accel­er­ate the eco­log­i­cal tran­si­tion, Hugo has been com­mit­ted for five years, in par­al­lel to his stud­ies at the UTC, to edu­cat­ing as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble on social and envi­ron­men­tal issues.

“After coor­di­nat­ing var­i­ous ini­tia­tives on a nation­al scale, I found­ed Into the Tribes in order to equip tran­si­tion actors to devel­op their own learn­ing com­mu­ni­ties. The project start­ed in August 2021 while I was still a stu­dent at UTC. Look­ing back on my last years of eco­log­i­cal engage­ment, I remain con­vinced that com­mu­ni­ties are a pow­er­ful lever for per­son­al and soci­etal trans­for­ma­tion. It is only by bring­ing cit­i­zens togeth­er, by help­ing them to work hand in hand, that we will be able to meet the chal­lenges of tomor­row,” says Hugo Paul, who is pas­sion­ate about man­age­ment in gen­er­al and project man­age­ment in particular.

Taking the time to be and the time to do

Hugo Paul was able to acquire the­o­ret­i­cal knowl­edge thanks to the MPI course of stud­ies at UTC and then to put it into prac­tice with­in the rich ecosys­tem of asso­ci­a­tions in UTC. “For me, tak­ing the time to explore means and tak­ing the time to be inspired by the pio­neers of edu­ca­tion and learn­ing com­mu­ni­ties, to move away from the beat­en track by open­ing myself to worlds that are still unknown. As I am extreme­ly con­cerned by the deep frag­men­ta­tion of our soci­ety, I want to meet peo­ple who are far from eco­log­i­cal or social issues to learn from their way of being and doing things. But above all, I hope to be able to cre­ate bridges between these dif­fer­ent worlds to lead us col­lec­tive­ly towards a just, eco­log­i­cal and social society.”

After spend­ing a month immersed in the Lérins Abbey in one of the old­est monas­tic com­mu­ni­ties in France, he is now leav­ing to meet the Sami, one of the last indige­nous peo­ples of Europe.


Le magazine

Novembre 2023 - N°61

Activité physique, nutrition & santé

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