Micah White, PhD

Influential Social activist

Micah White, PhD is an influential social activist, public speaker and the former Adbusters editor who co-launched 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 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. 

White’s essays on media and activism have been published internationally in periodicals including the Washington PostNew York TimesGuardian (UK), Limes: Rivista Italiana Di Geopolitica (Italy), and Adbusters. White has been profiled by The New YorkerGrist, 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 theRolling Jubilee and popularizing the critique of clicktivism. He is the co-founder of Boutique Activist Consultancy.

Boutique Activist Consultancy (BAC) specializes in anticipating the dynamics of social movement mobilization and contagion.

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

Awards

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.”