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The End of Protest with Micah White

Hosted by CBC's Adrian Harewood

The End of Protest with Micah White

Hosted by CBC's Adrian Harewood
Southminster Church
15 Aylmer Ave.
Micah White

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. Join us for a conversation on activism at a crossroads between innovation and irrelevance. 

In his new book, The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution, White declares the end of protest as we know it and heralds the future of activism. Drawing on his unique experience with Occupy Wall Street, a contagious protest that spread to eighty-two countries, White articulates a unified theory of revolution and eight principles of tactical innovation that are destined to catalyze the next generation of social movements. Sweeping from contemporary uprisings to spiritual and pre-modern revolutions, The End of Protest offers a far-reaching inquiry into the miraculous power of collective epiphanies. 

Despite global challenges—catastrophic climate change, economic collapse and the decline of democracy—White finds reason for optimism: the end of protest inaugurates a new era of social change. He argues that Occupy Wall Street was a constructive failure that exposed the limits of protest at the same time as it revealed a practical way forward. On the horizon are increasingly sophisticated movements that will emerge in a bid to dominate elections, govern cities and reorient the way we live.

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