Micah White, PhD

Influential Social activist

The American creator of the Occupy Wall Street meme; inventor of the debt-activism tactic behind Rolling Jubilee, former editor of Adbusters and popularizer of the critique of clicktivism... Micah White is one of today's most innovative social activists.

Esquire honors Micah White, naming him one of the 37 most influential under 35 year olds alive today.

Micah White has 20 years of breakthrough campaign experience. As a teenager 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.

Micah has been profiled by EsquireThe New YorkerGrist, The San Francisco Chronicle and the alumni magazine of Swarthmore College in recognition of 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.

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

Micah White lives with his wife, Chiara Ricciardone, in Nehalem, Oregon, a rural city on the coast.

His first book, THE END OF PROTEST, will be published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada in Spring, 2016. 

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


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.”