Micah White


Micah White

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 Weekly, 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.

The End of Protest

Is protest broken? Micah White, co-creator of Occupy Wall Street, thinks so. Recent years have witnessed the largest protests in human history. Yet these mass mobilizations no longer change society. Now activism is at a crossroads: innovation or irrelevance.

In this talk based on his book, The End of Protest, White explores why contemporary protests are failing to achieve social change and then delves into the future of activism.

The End of War

Does the ascendancy of social movements signal the end of war as we know it? In this provocative journey into the future of warfare Micah White argues that social movement creation will soon be a viable alternative to conventional warfare and that, in the near future, the deployment of contagious social protests, rather than armed forces, will be a more effective, more beneficial and less destructive method of opening up closed societies.

In this exciting and challenging talk, White elaborates a new vision of activism—social movement warfare—that will inspires creative innovation within the tactics of social movement creation and methods of regime change.

How to Create a Social Movement

Drawing on his unique experience as a founder of Occupy Wall Street, a contagious protest that spread to eighty-two countries, Micah White explains how you can create a social movement. At the heart of White’s talk is a clearly articulated theory of social change that is destined to inspire, and catalyze, the next generation of global movements.

The Future of Activism is Fast and Slow

The future of activism is fast—protest movements are emerging and spreading more quickly than at any time in human history—and the future of activism is also slow—today protests are part of a multi-generational story line of democracy that stretches back to the origin of in-egalitarian society.

In this talk, Micah White critically evaluates two historical events to explore the future of activism: Occupy Wall Street as a prototype for the fast future and the Conversion of Constantine the Great in 312AD as an example of the slow future. White speaks to the innovative position of artists and designers in the current moment of cultural, political and spiritual change. White calls for a creative re-imagination of how we relate to the world and our governments beginning with a reorientation in our approach to social activism.

Only Social Movements Can Save Us Now

Humanity faces unprecedented global challenges—from climate change to economic collapse and the specter of pandemic diseases—and yet, the traditional methods of social change no longer seem to work. In this talk, Micah White explains why social movements are the only force capable of solving the global challenges and he reveals three concrete principles of social movement creation that will allow you to mobilize the planet.