Our time is typically considered an era of unprecedented technological change. New tools are transforming human work, values, and relationships. At the same time, human actors are consciously using the Internet and social media to pursue diverse cultural and political agendas. The rate of technological change today may be new, but technology has defined every historical age—and humans have always sought to harness its power. In this course, we explore the interdependent relationship between technology and social change from a variety of angles. We will ask: how do the tools we use change who we are?
From the Women’s March to Occupy and Standing Rock, we have entered a new wave of activism – but is protest working? Celeste Liddle, Laurie Penny and Micah White discuss the need for innovation in activism to enact real political change.
Does contemporary activism value spectacle over substance? One might argue that memes and media attention are not mobilisation, that protest alone does not grant political power. What happens the day after the march?
Activism is undergoing a re-evaluation. Is protest still effective? What can work today? Micah White (co-creator of Occupy Wall Street and author of ‘The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution’), named by Esquire as one of the most influential young thinkers alive today, and Becky Bond (former senior advisor to Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and co-author of ‘Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything’) will offer guidance and action for a new era of social change and activism. If you’ve ever thought of joining a march or demonstration, White and Bond will make you smarter about it. Mother Jones’ Monika Bauerlein moderates.
Alta Stage at Freight & Salvage
Book signing information: Freight & Salvage Lobby
Sponsored by : Mother Jones Magazine
In this discussion at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics, Micah White will explore 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 will lead to one central question-What is the future of activism?
A place for church and industry leaders to thoughtfully navigate today’s culture
From the ideas and current issues shaping society, to the truth that transforms the world, you will be informed and gain confidence that God is at work in his mission to renew all things. Education by thought leaders and stories from change-makers will inspire a hopeful way forward. Join us to be equipped for the difficult conversations and extraordinary opportunities that lay ahead.
Join us for a discussion of Micah's book, The End of Protest
Protest is undeniably cool again. And yet, if we evaluate recent protests by their outcome, not their rhetoric, it is increasingly clear that contemporary forms of activism are resulting in diminishing effectiveness. Despite their size, their sophistication and their speed, the last decade of social protests have largely failed to achieve their desired social change objectives. If protest as we know it is broken, how do we fix it?
WE INQUIRE: Are we still convinced that democracy as we know it, will spread to the entire earth? Is the new technology most useful for those who want to remain in power or for those who want to challenge it? Will our definition (and our belief in) democracy change in the coming decades?
BACKGROUND: Over the past few years are the democratic rights victory once been slowed in countries worldwide. Also places where a moment ago thought that dictatorship and autocracy was relegated to the history books. And in both the US and Europe have new parties / politicians suddenly stood up with a force that testifies to 'the people' have very strong - and conflicting - views. It may look as though we often live in completely different worlds than those we disagree with.
WHAT WE WANT TO KNOW: How will democracy meet its challenges - and its challengers?
“Culture and Political Subjectivities” is a two and a half day workshop on anthropological approaches to political subjectivities. “Political subjectivities” are thoughts, feelings, motivations, identities, and memories, not just about electoral politics, but more broadly regarding public policy and disputes over the social distribution of power, status, and economic rewards.
This panel will analyze the social and political crises triggered by new technologies, the shifts in the balance of power within society they are bringing about, and the role of art in defining a new paradigm of social justice. The age of network culture offers new, powerful tools for individual and collective expression, and in response, the act of protest is rapidly evolving; individuals, groups, and entire communities once conveniently invisible to decision-makers are self-organizing to make their voices heard.
Micah White goes to Brazil to celebrate the launch of GUME, Regina Augusto’s new reputation and engagement agency. Former editor of Adbusters magazine, White will discuss the future of protest and social movements and in what way the current global socio-economic context influences how people, institutions and brands build their reputation. GUME is the new venture of journalist Regina Augusto, one of Brazil's most renowned specialists in the national and global fields of communication, marketing and media.
The dominant theory of revolutionary change is too heavily influenced by materialist analysis. Social change materialism cannot fully account for postmodern spiritual insurrections like May 1968 and ultramodern uprisings like Occupy Wall Street. Nor can it explain pre-modern paradigm shifts like the epiphany of St. Paul and the conversion of Constantine that ushered in the Christianization of Western Civilization. Ultimately Micah White calls for another approach to social activism: an inquiry into the power of metanoia (epiphany).
Micah White will deliver the Grayson Kirk Distinguished Lecture on "The End of Protest" at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio
THE END OF PROTEST IS A NEW BEGINNING—The paradigms of contemporary protest are undergoing a period of crisis. The greatest achievement of Occupy Wall Street is what it teaches us about the nature of social change and the future of peaceful global revolution. On the horizon are increasingly complex and sophisticated social memes that will emerge in a bid to breakthrough the political stasis and reorganize the existing social order. Join us on October 20 for a stimulating discussion!
Past Grayson Kirk Distinguished Lecturers include Pico Iyer, Nicholas Kristof, and Raj Patel.
Micah White, PhD is former editor at Adbusters magazine and the only American creator of the original idea for the Occupy Wall Street protests.
Mr. White will present a public lecture on Wednesday, April 9 at the University of Puget Sound as part of his Residency.
Mr. White's Residency is sponsored by Catherine Gould Chism Fund for the Humanities and the Arts
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Tickets: Free, no reservation required
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Thursday, March 13, 2014 Schedule:
10:30am - 11:00am
"The Foundations of Social Change Theory"
Presentation by Micah White
11:00am - 11:30am
Small Group Discussion
11:30am - Noon
"The Future of Social Movements"
Question and Answers
Noon - 12:30pm
12:30 - 2:00pm
White’s lecture "On Contradiction: The Future of Protest is Slow" will explore how visual culture plays an important role in social change through critically evaluating two historical events: Occupy Wall Street and the Conversion of Constantine the Great in 312AD. White will speak to the innovative position of artists and designers in the current moment of cultural, political and spiritual upheaval. White calls for a creative re-imagination of how we relate to the world and our governments. Behind the urgency of his call is the growing alarm of climate change and the increasing frustration of political stasis.
Micah White is the American creator of the Occupy Wall Street meme and the former editor of Adbusters magazine. Influenced by political, ecological and philosophical movements, White inspires the 99% to harness the power of information and spark positive social change. His website is www.micahmwhite.com
The mission of the Columbus College of Art & Design is to prepare tomorrow's creative leaders for professional careers. With a history of commitment to fundamentals and quality, CCAD advances a distinct, challenging, and inclusive learning culture that supports individual development in art, design, and the humanities. www.ccad.edu
From October, 4th to 6th, the seventh edition of the festival of journalism “Internazionale a Ferrara” will take place.
Journalists and authors from all over the world come to Ferrara for a series of free lectures and meetings on current events, culture, international politics, social changes and future scenarios of the world economy. The aim of the whole event will be the creation of an issue of the “Internazionale” review.
Set in the very heart of Ferrara, the festival will be organized according to the rules of accessibility and environmental sustainability. Many important topics will be approached, from politics to economics to society, in order to reach and involve an ever-increasing amount of public.
Scientists, activists, scholars, artists, journalists, and others gather at Smoke Farm each year for the late-summer Symposium—a day of lectures and conversation, capped off with a communal dinner by an accomplished Seattle chef. Past speakers have included fellows of the MacArthur and Soros foundations, members of the Black Panther Party, an architect working on environmentally sustainable city planning with the Chinese government, paleo-ecologists, graphic designers, research physicians, actors, and others.