Micah White, PhD

Social Change Contagion, Theory, Innovation



Micah White, PhD is one of today's most innovative social activists. White is the former editor of Adbusters, the American creator of the Occupy Wall Street meme and the inventor of the innovative debt-activism tactic known as Rolling Jubilee.



"If there were a list of today's most innovative social activists, Micah White would be very near the top of that list." - CBC Radio (Canada)

Public Lecture on the Future of Protest at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

"Questo è un momento storico, infatti noi siamo parte di una storia che si sta svolgendo adesso, del destino umano."

"The international face of Occupy Wall Street." - ANSA (Italy)


Photo of Micah White in Ferrara, Italy.

Photo of Micah White in Ferrara, Italy.

Micah White has 15+ years of breakthrough campaign experience. In high school he was awarded Americans United's Religious Liberty Award for his "eloquent support of church-state separation" and the ACLU of Michigan's Civil Libertarian of The Year Award. In college he sparked the nationwide Diebold Electronic Civil Disobedience.

He has been profiled by The New Yorker, GristThe Walrus, The San Francisco Chronicle and the alumni magazine of Swarthmore College for his founding role in the Occupy Wall Street movement. After eight years at Adbusterswhere he rose from campaigns intern to guest editor, editor and editor-at-large—White is now the founder of Boutique Activist Consultancy  (BAC) that specializes in anticipating the dynamics of social movement mobilization and contagion. White, and his wife-collaborator Chiara Ricciardone, were one of the first activists to receive Google Glass and BAC is a pioneer in theorizing the implications of emergent technologies like Glass for social action.

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White has a PhD from the Europäische Universität für Interdisziplinäre Studien (EGS) where he studied with philosophers Slavoj Žižek, Alain Badiou, Avital Ronell, Michael Hardt, and Jacques Ranciere. 

Micah White lives with his wife, Chiara Ricciardone, on the north coast of Oregon where he is writing a book about the future of activism.


Essays on Social Change Creation and The Future of Protest

Dozens of articles published in periodicals and books including Adbusters (Canada, USA, Australia), Washington Post (USA), New York Times (USA), Guardian (UK), Strike! (UK), I don’t know where I’m going, but I want to be there (The expanding field of graphic design 1900-2020) (Netherlands), Limes: Rivista Italiana Di Geopolitica (Italy) and more... Here is a sample of our favorites:

"Micah White is the former Adbusters editor largely responsible for the #occupywallstreet meme." - The Nation (USA) 

A brief history of mental environmentalism


Guest Lectures

Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH
Public Lecture
"The Beginning of Protest"
October 22-23, 2014

Miami University, Oxford, OH
Grayson Kirk Distinguished Lecture
"The End of Protest"
October 20-21, 2014

University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
Guest of Religion and Library Science faculty
What is a protest?”    
April 8-10, 2014

Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH
Guest of the Philosophy department
“The Future of Protest is Slow”    
Feb. 15-18, 2014

5 Star Movement’s V3DAY Rally, Victory Square, Genoa, Italy
Guest of Beppe Grillo
Three Catastrophes and Three Solutions
40,000+ activists in attendance    
Dec. 1, 2013

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Denver, CO
Visiting Artist, Scholar and Designer
The Future of Protest is Fast/The Future of Protest is Slow” 
Lecture, classroom visit and student workshop on art and activism    
Nov. 5 - 7, 2013

Internazionale a Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy
Vices and Virtues of Online Activism and “Print and Finance in Times of Crisis”
Two panel discussions at Italy’s largest public literary event    
Oct. 5, 2013

Smoke Farm Symposium, Arlington, WA
The Role of Cascadia in the Leaderless Revolution
Gathering of scientists, visionaries and philosophers    
Aug. 3, 2013

Get Up! Stand Up!, Convocation Hall, Toronto, ON
The Future of Social Change
Other speakers included John Ralston Saul, Chris Hedges and Margaret Atwood. Micah’s lecture and on-stage interview was selected for national broadcast by CBC radio.    
May 4, 2013

St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St Mary’s, MD
Guest of the Political Science department
“Political Theory of Horizontalism”
Lecture and seminar on the political theory of Occupy Wall Street    
Nov. 3 – 6, 2012


Activist History

Occupy Solidarity Network, New York, NY 
Board of Directors

Boutique Activist Consultancy, Nehalem, OR
Founding and Principal Consultant

Adbusters Media Foundation, Vancouver, BC 
Editor

Bates Troy Noisy Neighbor, Binghamton, NY 
Co-Founder

Why War?, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
Co-Founder

Volunteers for Peace, Harare, Zimbabwe 
Volunteer

Brotherhood Rescue Mission, Philadelphia, PA 
Volunteer

International Solidarity Movement, West Bank, Palestine
Volunteer

ACLU vs. Grand Blanc Community Schools, Grand Blanc, MI
Plaintiff

Young Freethinkers Alliance, Buffalo, NY 
Founding President

Awards

Best Magazine Cover of the Year 
36th Annual National Magazine Awards
Awarded for Adbusters #100

Wendy Joyrich Award
ACLU of Michigan
“For informed action and a courageous voice.”

Civil Libertarian of the Year
ACLU of Greater Flint Michigan

Ruth Jokinen Student Activist Memorial Award
Freedom From Religion Foundation

Religious Liberty Award
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
“Given with gratitude in recognition of your willingness to stand up for your rights and speak out for a cause, with appreciation for your effective advocacy and eloquent support of church-state separation.”


Speeches and Interviews