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?
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.
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?
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.
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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?
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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.