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About The Week

Creating a space for conversations
The Week is a nonprofit project run by a group of colleagues and friends who, each in our own way, came to see that facing environmental and climate breakdown is likely to become the defining adventure for humanity in the next 10 or 20  years.

Our kids will ask us: what did you know and what did you do? Figuring out our answer to this question is perhaps one of the most important things we are all invited to do. That’s why we created The Week: to open up a space where everyone can explore this question and come up with their own answers.
It started on Zoom...
The idea for The Week started with two of us, Helene and Frederic, when we started grappling deeply with the reality of the climate emergency. We invited friends to meet 3 evenings in a row, on video calls, during the pandemic, to share what we were learning.

Our friends were so deeply moved they invited some of their friends, and then the friends of their friends, and their colleagues at work to watch the video recordings. In no time, more than 5,000 people had participated in this first version of what would become The Week.
… and then we turned it into films.
We felt we were onto something. People really responded to having a space to look into these questions, in a simple, straightforward way, without drama or politics. So we thought: let’s turn this into films. We created a nonprofit, spent lots of time fundraising for the films, talked to a dozen potential  film directors until we found the right film team. And the  rest… well, you’ll see it when you experience The Week.

We focus on the US, UK, France, and Germany

In the films, we focus on the US, UK, France, and Germany, because that’s where we’re from! And it’s not a bad place to start, when you realize that Europe and the US have contributed a lot to the problems we're trying to solve, but also have a lot of the resources we need to solve them.

Other parts of the world - like Africa, Asia, Australia-Oceania, or Latin America - are already being affected by the climate much harder and faster, but we didn’t feel legitimate to talk about - or on behalf of - places where we don’t have much lived experience.

The Week exists natively in English in French. But you can also organize in other languages, as the English films come with German, Dutch, Spanish, Swedish, Polish, Danish, Portuguese and Italian subtitles (as well as English for the hearing impaired. Just register here on the English-language website, and then choose the subtitles you're interested in when you launch the films with your group. 

Meet the Team

Helene Gerin has done more things than we have space for here. Advertising. Doula. Therapy. Writing. Pottery. Grief work. And now The Week.
Frederic Laloux is a former business consultant who decided years ago to trade time in airplanes for more time with his family and projects that feel really meaningful.
Leila Hoballah is a social entrepreneur who is co-leading the outreach and partnership work for The Week with Pauline.
Despite the still somewhat short nights from becoming a mother recently, Pauline Magnat co-leads the outreach and partnership work with Leila.
John Hasan Yildiz is a Turkish-American human rights activist and environmental organizer who leads community building for The Week@Campus in the US.
After a few years in the world of fast-growing start-ups, Bhadraka Harang is now leading The Week’s community building in France.
A community organiser and activist with a background in campaigning for climate, housing and refugee justice, Meghan O'Neill is leading The Week’s community building throughout the UK.
Robb Ryerse is a political activist who spent 25 years as a pastor. He now leads The Week@Faith in the US.
A community weaver, facilitator and nature quest guide with a background in social enterprises and civil society organisations, Carolin Goethel is now leading The Week's community building in Germany.
After spending a few years in high-growth startups, Mayssa Hemraj now leads the product and tech team at The Week. Their responsibility is to enhance The Week's digital experience.
Stephanie Cleris joined The Week to give meaning to her career after 15 years in large companies. She is our Assistante ready to help on all topics!
We are supported on a regular basis by Charlie Gardner with scientific advice, by Jason Lorne-Giles for branding and graphic design, and by Jena Knapp and Shawn Gregory for research and advice.