Peace marches, protest demonstrations and campaigns for or against every cause imaginable have long been part of the Australian social and political landscape. This lively book blends the voices and experiences of insiders involved in particular causes with a bigger picture that analyses successes and failures, communication of ideas and social and political impacts. It features fascinating interviews with some of Australia's best-known activists from the environmental, women's, peace, student, refugee and Aboriginal movements. With passion and insight, these people articulate their unique form of 'practical knowledge'. Activist Wisdom connects this knowledge to key social movement histories and theories, providing an insight into the world of activism and the tensions that are an inevitable part of most social movements. Activist Wisdom is a landmark contribution to our understanding of contemporary social movements in Australia and elsewhere.