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Micah White

Micah White

Micah White, PhD is the award-winning activist who co-created Occupy Wall Street, a global social movement, while an editor of Adbusters magazine.

His essays and interviews on the future of protest have been published internationally in periodicals including The New York Times, The Guardian and Folha de São Paulo.

Widely recognized as a pioneer of social movement creation, White has been profiled by The New Yorker, and Esquire has named him one of the most influential young thinkers alive today.

White has a twenty year record of innovative activism, including conceiving the debt-activism tactic used by the Rolling Jubilee and popularizing the critique of clicktivism. As a teenage activist he was awarded Americans United's Religious Liberty Award, the ACLU of Michigan's Wendy Joyrich Award, the Freedom From Religion Foundation's Ruth Jokinen Student Activist Memorial Award, and the ACLU of Greater Flint Michigan's Civil Libertarian of The Year Award. In college he sparked the nationwide Diebold Electronic Civil Disobedience.

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.

Dr. Micah White lives with his wife, Chiara Ricciardone, and son in Nehalem, a rural town on the coast of Oregon where he directs Boutique Activist Consultancy-a think tank specializing in impossible campaigns.

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