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The End of Protest

Micah White

Recent years have seen the largest street protests in human history – but do they create real change? The co-founder of Occupy Wall Street explores the future of social action.

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“There's something fundamentally broken about protest.”
Micah White

Occupy's co-founder talks activism's alternative future

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?

Drawing from his background as the co-creator of Occupy Wall Street – a contagious protest that, at its peak, spread to 82 countries across the world – Micah White looks at the principles of disruption. How do we evolve from protest to social revolution?

More about Micah White...

Micah is a lifelong activist who co-created Occupy Wall Street while an editor of Adbusters magazine. His essays and interviews on the future of protest have been published in The New York Times  and The Guardian. Widely recognised as a pioneer of social movement creation, Micah has been profiled by The New Yorker, and Esquire has named him one of the most influential young thinkers alive today.

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