Global Talks: Sydney Opera House
Does contemporary activism value spectacle over substance? One might argue that memes and media attention are not mobilization, that protest alone does not grant political power. What happens the day after the march? Join Micah at the Sydney Opera House on September 3, 2017. Get tickets here
University Lectures: Why do protests fail?
In this lecture at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics, Micah speaks about best practices on how to organize a movement, if protests are the most effective way to enact change, and how electoral politics factor in a successful organization. The discussion led to one central question—What is the future of activism?
International Festivals: Will democracy win?
Do we remain convinced that democracy—as we know it—will spread around the globe? Micah has just seven minutes to answer the question with a debate in Danish and English to follow. Filmed live in Aarhus, Denmark, Micah defends the virtues of democracy and presents a nuanced critique of contemporary sovereignty.
The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution
Is protest broken? Micah White, co-creator of Occupy Wall Street, thinks so. Disruptive tactics have failed to halt the rise of Donald Trump. Movements ranging from Black Lives Matter to environmentalism are leaving activists frustrated. Meanwhile, recent years have witnessed the largest protests in human history. Yet these mass mobilizations no longer change society. Now activism is at a crossroads: innovation or irrelevance.
In The End of Protest Micah White heralds the future of activism. Drawing on his unique experience with Occupy Wall Street, a contagious protest that spread to eighty-two countries, White articulates a unified theory of revolution and eight principles of tactical innovation that are destined to catalyze the next generation of social movements.
Activist Consultancy: What do we do now?
How will the changing nature of protest impact the work of international advocacy groups? Amnesty International in London invited Micah to speak to their team about the future of global social action. Want to work with Micah? Get in touch
Strategy Briefings: The Day After the March
This editorial on the Women's March was read over 600,000 times by activists worldwide within 72 hours making it one of the most viral articles of early 2017.
Documentary Interviews: Long Road to Change
In an age when technology has made organising protest movements easier than ever before, journalist Zoe Williams asks why we aren't seeing long-term results. She looks back on the global history of activism to discover the pre-conditions needed for concrete change. Some activists believe the issue lies in how we measure the success of movements. Co-founder of the global Occupy protests, Micah White, explains how the failure of his movement showed him how activism needs to be redefined.