The Future of Protest | Social Change | Social Movements
Is protest broken? Micah White, the co-creator of Occupy Wall Street, former Adbusters editor, and the author of The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution, thinks so. Recent years have witnessed the largest protests in human history, yet these mass mobilizations no longer change society. Activism is at a crossroads: innovation or irrelevance. A lifelong social activist with a twenty-year record of innovative approaches to creating social change, White takes audiences through his theories of mass movements that are destined to inspire—and catalyze—the next generation of global actions.
Widely recognized as a pioneer of social movement creation, White has been profiled by The New Yorker, and Esquire magazine named him one of the most influential young thinkers alive today. White’s essays and interviews on the future of protest have also been published internationally in outlets including The New York Times, The Guardian, and Folha de São Paulo.
Currently the director of Boutique Activist Consultancy—an activist think-tank specializing in impossible campaigns—White is also a frequent guest lecturer at universities and cultural festivals.
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Recent Guest Lectures
Culture and Political Subjectivities Conference, Columbia University, NY
May 29, 2015
Ideas City Festival, New York City, NY
"Hope and Unrest in the Invisible City"
May 28, 2015
GUME, São Paulo, Brazil
May 26, 2015
Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH
"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
In The End Of Protest Micah White declares the end of protest as you know it and heralds the future of activism. Drawing on his unique experience as the co-creator of Occupy Wall Street, a contagious protest that spread to eighty-two countries, White clearly articulates a unified theory of revolution and eight principles of tactical innovation that are destined to catalyze the next generation of social movements.