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Newer and cleaner list at: Commons-Oriented Economists

Older Draft version of Economists: Generalists

Suggested Keynoters

Macro-Economic Transformations

  1. Christian Arnsperger: see, Six Framework Conditions for Global Systemic Change
  2. Andrea Fumagalli, Italy, Cognitive Capitalism
  3. Wolfgang Hoeschele, geographer at Truman State University, Missouri (Solidarity Economy, commons)
  4. James Quilligan, essays on the Global Commons in Kosmos Journal, etc ..
  5. Juliette Schor, author of the book Plenitude
  6. Samuel Bowles, evolution of property
  7. Marvin Brown, on the civic economy

Alternative Economic Models

  1. Allen Butcher, expert on Community Economics
  2. Alain Caille, MAUSS, France, Gift Economy
  3. Kevin Carson, mutualist economics centered around distributed manufacturing
  4. Gerald Epstein, UMass Amherst (cooperatives)
  5. Vasilis Kostakis, TUT, The Partner State Approach
  6. Enrico Grazzini, author of Italian-book: The Sharing Economy as a Way Out of the Crisis (Editori Internazionali Riuniti, 2011

Book: on alternative economic models or ecological economics. It has ten contributors, including on the 'gift economy', 'synergistic economy' and 'compact' (contract and converge) models:

Older Draft version of Economists: Per topic

Commons Value Metrics

Ecological Economics

  • Peter Victor, managing without growth, towards economics of flow, a dialogue partner between commons and ecological economics [1]

The Economics of the Physical Commons

  1. Peter Barnes [2], Pt. Reyes Station, California (former entrepreneur; commons; Sky Trust) *


The Economics of the Digital and 'Cognitive' Commons

  1. Philippe Aigrain, free culture, IP and filesharing economics
  2. Yochai Benkler [3], Harvard Law School (digital commons; not an economist, but he might as well be)
  3. Weber, Steve. (2005). The Success of Open Source. Harvard University Press.
  4. In Italy, Marcello Cini, who is a physicist, writes since years on knowledge economy and commons. His last book: Sergio Bellucci e Marcello Cini firmano Lo spettro del capitale. Per una critica dell'economia della conoscenza(Codici Edizioni 2009
  5. Yann Moulier-Boutang, distributed taxation, Cognitive Capitalism
  • Serge Proulx à l'École des communs ! Sociologue, professeur titulaire à l’École des médias, Faculté de communication de l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), directeur du Groupe de recherche et d’observation des usages et cultures médiatiques (GRM) et codirecteur du Laboratoire de communication médiatisée par ordinateur (LabCMO). Il est chercheur associé au Département sciences économiques et sociales de Telecom ParisTech (Paris).


  • Jacques Godbout

"Internet a généré au fil du temps une véritable "culture de la contribution" qui rend obsolète toute réflexion sociologico-économique qui ne prendrait en compte que les seules valeur d’usage et valeur d’échange pour saisir comment est créée la valeur économique dans le mode numérique. En ce sens, la "valeur de lien" suggérée par Jacques T. Godbout (Ce qui circule entre nous, Seuil, 2007) est intéressante pour cerner ce phénomène de la contribution cognitive en ligne (exemple: j’évalue / je commente un resto, un livre, un bien de consommation, etc. et je diffuse cette information via des plateformes internet). Les "collectifs en ligne" (appelés aussi – mais abusivement – "communautés virtuelles") sont en quelque sorte un nouveau support social permettant de générer cette "valeur de lien"." (

The Financial and Credit Commons

  1. Ellen Brown, reforming finance
  2. Chris Cook, Open Capital approach
  3. Thomas Greco, instituting Credit Commons
  4. Hazel Henderson, Ethical Markets
  5. Mellor, Mary ( 2010). The Future of Money, Pluto Press.
  6. David Hales; Towards a Quality Financial Commons?
  7. Adrian Wrigley on Land-Based Money: Adrian Wrigley discusses a way to ensure both money supply and land values are kept in the public domain.
  8. Luigi Doria and Luca Fantacci (see [4]
  9. Marc Gauvin [BIBO]
  10. Bill Maurer at UC-Irvine on payments systems as commons/public good
  11. Stephen Belgin und Bernard Lietaer

Protecting the Natural Commons

  1. James Boyce, UMass Amherst (ecological economics)
  2. Herman Daly, steady-state economics
  3. Josh Farley, U. of Vermont (ecological economics, community development)
  4. Mark Whitaker, Toward a Bioregional State (bk), combines Commodity Ecology and the Civic Democratic Instititutions of the Bioregional State form, for longterm protection of the watershed nature commons.
  5. Peter Söderbaum - important "green economist,

Land Commons

  1. Alanna Harzok

Justice and Equity in the Commons

  1. Riane Eisler, (suggested by Nancy Roof), on dominator vs partnership economies
  2. Ricoveri, Giovanna, (2010). Beni comuni vs merci. Jaka Book.
  3. Luis Razeto [5], solidarity as a productive factor in the economy (factor 'c') (soidarity economics)

  1. Tom Walker: Towards a Labor Commons through Social Accounting, through seeing Employment as a Common Pool Resource
  2. Paul B. Hartzog: General Theory of Unemployment
  3. Jaroslav Vanek, labour cooperative economics, Jaroslav_Vanek_on_Cooperative_Economics
  4. Hilary Wainwright: From Labour as Commodity to Labour as a Common

Recommended by George Papanikolau:

"About commons oriented economists my proposal (in fact I should rather say a very strong recommendation) is Petros Linardos Rylmon working in the institute of the General confederation of Greek workers and in Nikos Poulantza's foundation. He has written books on knowledge communities and he is enthusiast about the commons (has discovered them relatively lately). He is also involved in SYRIZA's alternative economy team. I think it is a very good choice which will help spread the word inside the Greek left (David maybe is not familiar with the peculiarities of the Greek politics)."

  • Feminist economics:
    • Nancy Folbre, UMass Amherst (feminist economics/caring economy)
    • Marilyn Waring, New Zealand: "If Women Counted". This feminist analysis of modern economics reveals how economic theory automatically excludes women's housework, caring of the young, sick and the old from value of people. Waring later produced a documentary on the same topic, Who's Counting.
    • Federici, Silvia. (2010). Feminism and the Politics of the Commons.
  1. Genevieve Vaughan, has studied the Gift Economy from a feminist perspective

Human Economic Behaviour/Psychology and the Commons

  1. Manfred Max-Neef, Chilean ecological economist; for his work on 'fundamental human needs'; Book: From an Economics of Power and Greed to an Economics of Compassion and the Common Good‎
  2. Katherine Gibson, Australia (community economics; former writing partner with the late Julie Graham, a.k.a., J.-K. Gibson-Graham)

Spiritual Economics

  1. Charles Eisenstein; author of Sacred Economics

  • Buddhist Economics


A list originally compiled by David Bollier:

  • Jagdeesh Rao
  • Edwin Daniel

  1. Sam Bowles, Santa Fe Institute (economics as seen through complexity theory & evolutionary sciences)
  2. Eric Britton [6], urban transportation economist
  3. Ian Fletcher, author of "Free Trade Doesn't Work: What Should Replace It and Why" ( [7]
  4. Friederike Habermann. Silke Helfrich writes: "ecommonist, rather than an economist; Actually she frames the world we are all struggling for as Ecommony."
  5. Richard Heinberg, a Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute (ecological economist, commons orientation?)
  6. Warren Johnson, frugality [8]
  7. David Korten, author
  8. Julie Matthaei - Wolfgang Hoeschele writes: "she's a feminist economist, involved in the US Solidarity Economy Network. I don't think she's published on the commons per se but she is definitely supportive of the approach." ([email protected])
  9. Antonio Negri [9] and Michael Hardt, authors of Commonwealth. George Por writes: "They are not economists in an economistic sense but the book is excellent, in the best traditions of political economy. Their analysis refines and goes beyond the triangular model of public, private, and commons sphere, so popular currently in the commons movement."
  10. Richard Norgaard, UC Berkeley
  11. Wolfgang Sachs, Wuppertal Institute, Germany

See also:

  1. Robert Costanza, U. of Oregon (a leading ecological economist; not sure of commons-orientation)

New economics players in the U.S. [10]:

  1. BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) -- Michelle Long, Judy
  2. Wicks, Merrian Goggio Borgeson
  3. BerkShares -- Susan Witt
  4. Capital Institute -- John Fullerton
  5. Center for New American Dream -- Juliet Schor
  6. Cutting Edge Capital -- Jenny Kassan
  7. Democracy Collaborative -- Gar Alperovitz, Steve Dubb, Ted Howard
  8. Demos -- Lew Daly
  9. Equal Dollars -- Deneene Brockington
  10. Ethical Markets -- Hazel Henderson
  11. Global Development And Environment Institute -- Neva Goodwin
  12. Global Reporting -- Mike Wallace
  13. Green Village Initiative -- Dan Levinson
  14. Greenhorns -- Severine von Tscharmer
  15. Hawthorne Valley Farm -- Martin Ping
  16. Institute for Policy Studies -- John Cavanagh, Chuck Collins
  17. Intervale Project -- Will Raap
  18. Meta-Currency Project -- Eric Harris Braun
  19. Presencing Institute at MIT -- Otto Scharmer
  20. New Economics Founation -- Stewart Wallis, David Boyle, Andrew Simms
  21. New Economics Institute -- Robert Massie
  22. New Economy Network -- Sarah Stranahan
  23. Oberlin Project -- David Orr
  24. On the Commons -- Peter Barnes, Alexa Bradley

New Economy Working Group -- David Korten

  1. Post Carbon Institute -- Richard Heinberg
  2. Practical Action -- Paul Smith Lomas
  3. ProHumana -- Soledad Teixido
  4. Purpose -- Alnoor Ladha
  5. Resources for Human Development -- Robert Fishman
  6. RSFSocial Finance -- Don Shaffer
  7. Stakeholder Forum -- Felix Dodds, Kirsty Scneeberger
  8. Tellus Institute -- Allen White, Marjorie Kelly
  9. Time Banks USA -- Edgar Cahn, Christine Gray, Lisa Conland
  10. Tomales Bay Institute -- Peter Barnes
  11. Transition Towns, -- Trathen Heckman
  12. United Nations Foundation -- Tim Wirth
  13. University of California, Berkeley -- Richard Norgaard
  14. University of Massacchusetts -- James Boyce
  15. Vermont Department of Agriculture -- Chuck Ross
  16. Vermont Law School -- Gus Speth
  17. Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund -- Ellen Kahler

Sources recommended by Robert Searle:

The following has vids, and other data which could be helpful in forming a listing of "relevant" economists. ;

a) A campaign against economic education as it exists today..

b) Paecon, the student movement which still tries to change things in economic academia.

c) Heterodox Economics deals of course with alternative economic ideas...

d) Heterodox Directory...


  1. Association for Georgist Studies (the Henry George crowd)
  2. Green Economics Institute in England [11]; Wolfgang Hoechsele writes: "they are very much interested in social and environmental justice. The directors of the institute are Miriam Kennet (contact at Miriam Kennet <[email protected]> and Volker Heinemann); they could probably suggest further economists

supportive of the commons.

  1. New Economics Institute, U.S.A.: E.F. Schumacher Foundation spinoff with ties to New Economics Foundation in UK, which aspires to develop alternative economic approaches.


Via Ivana Bentes:

commons-oriented researchers at UFRJ (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) and at other Brazilians universities:

Henrique Antoun (Escola de Comunicação da UFRJ) - Rio de Janeiro Brazil

henrique antoun" <[email protected]>

Ivana Bentes ( Escola de Comunicação da UFRJ) - Rio de Janeiro Brazil [email protected]

Pablo de Soto ( Escola de Comunicação da UFRJ) - Rio de Janeiro Brazil <[email protected]>,

Oona Castro (Escola de Comunicação da UFRJ) - Rio de Janeiro Brazil <[email protected]>,

Fabio Malini (UFES) - Vitória-ES Brazil <[email protected]>,

Pablo Ortellado (USP) São Paulo Brazil <[email protected]>,

Ronaldo Lemos - Fundação Getúlio Vargas/FGV Rio de Janeiro <[email protected]>,

Commons-Oriented Thinkers

  1. Iain Boal [12]
  2. George Caffentzis [13]
  3. Peter Linebaugh, commons historian
  4. Raj Patel [14]


  1. Gerrard Winstanley [15]

To add later

  • Thanks to the work of a small, brave group of dissident economists — scholars like Ralph Gomory, William Baumol, Erik Reinert, and Ha-Joon Chang — the credibility of free trade as a theoretical doctrine is crumbling, and the discipline will eventually change its mind.
  • Suggested by Marco Berlinguer: "the studies that mainly antropologists and economists of the social and solidarity economy schools have done, mainly moving from the work of Polanyi and Mauss. Names like Louis Coraggio in Latin America and Jean Louis Laville in Europe are exemples. But they normally don't use (yet, I guess) the notion of the commons. I am quite sure it would be quite stimulating a mutual learning between commoners and these studies."
  • Request by Silke:

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