Micah White, PhD is an influential social activist, public speaker and the former Adbusters editor who co-created the Occupy Wall Street movement. His new book, THE END OF PROTEST (Penguin Random House Canada, 2016), explores the future of activism, global social movements, the paradigms of protest, and the influence of media on the mental environment.
White’s essays on media and activism have been published internationally in periodicals including the Washington Post, New York Times, Guardian (UK), Limes: Rivista Italiana Di Geopolitica (Italy), and Adbusters. White has been profiled by The New Yorker, Grist, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and was recently named one of the 37 most influential under 35-year-olds alive today by Esquire. He has given the Grayson Kirk Distinguished Guest Lecture at Miami University as well as guest lectures at colleges, universities and festivals all over the country and abroad.
White has a twenty year record of innovative activism, including conceiving the debt-activism tactic used by the Rolling Jubilee and popularizing the critique of clicktivism. As a teenage activist he was awarded Americans United's Religious Liberty Award, the ACLU of Michigan’s Wendy Joyrich Award, the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Ruth Jokinen Student Activist Memorial Award, and the ACLU of Greater Flint Michigan's Civil Libertarian of The Year Award. In college he sparked the nationwide Diebold Electronic Civil Disobedience. White is the co-founder of Boutique Activist Consultancy—a social change consultancy that specializes in activist innovation and social movement creation.
White received his MA and PhD (summe cum laude) in Media and Communications from the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. White holds a BA in Philosophy with a minor in Film and Media Studies and a minor in Interpretation Theory from Swarthmore College.
Dr. Micah White lives with his wife in Nehalem, a rural city on the coast of Oregon.