P2P Public Intellectuals

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A list of people oriented towards thinking about a sharing, commons, p2p oriented society.

We started compiling this list until 2012, but at the prompt of Simon Grant, we are now trying to make it useful through a topical organization, so that you can find experts, researchers etc .. in specific domains of action.

This list is male-dominated, while this list is larger and exclusively female, see 100 Women Who Are Co-Creating the P2P Society; we hope to integrate them if time.

To do list:

  • categorize all the names by topic, topics in alphabetical order, names within topic in alphabetical order
  • consider this as an introdoctury selection to our much larger biographical directory section, Category:Bios , which contains nearly 1,200 biographies.

Public Intellectuals


  1. Michel Bauwens **, P2P Theory, founder of P2P Foundation; Michel Bauwens' English Language Bibliography
  2. Yochai Benkler *, legal scholar, author of the classic study of Peer Production, i.e. the Wealth of Networks
  3. David Bollier **, author of Viral Spiral, foremost commons scholar, now working on emerging Commons Law framework
  4. Sally Goerner: on mutualism and the next 'integral' civilisation
  5. Neal Gorenflo **, editor of Shareable magazine, on sharing as a social practice
  6. Silke Helfrich **, commons researcher and advocate


  1. Amelia Andersdotter (wikipedia), Pirate Party, Sweden
  2. Rick Falkvinge, Pirate Party founder
  3. Mayo Fuster Morell, European social movements, modalities of open source and platform governance
  4. Michael Gurstein, community networks
  5. Joss Hands *, digitally-empowered political activism

Security / Warfare / Conflict studies

  1. Athina Karatzogianni **, cyberconflicts


  1. Adam Arvidsson **, on the ethical economy
  2. Marvin Brown ** , Civilizing the Economy, on civic economics
  3. Axel Bruns, theorizing Produsage
  4. Allen Butcher, expert on Community Economics
  5. Chris Carlsson *, Nowtopia, on local productive economic associations
  6. Kevin Carson **, mutualism, relocalized production
  7. Chris Cook, Open Capital
  8. David de Ugarte **, on Phyles as a new global organisational form
  9. Lisa Gansky *, on the Mesh Economy
  10. Wolfgang Hoeschele **, economics of abundance

Commons-Oriented Economists

(This list is updated here: Commons-Oriented Economists); it should be integrated with the above.

A list originally compiled by David Bollier:

  1. Peter Barnes, Pt. Reyes Station, California (former entrepreneur; commons; Sky Trust)
  2. Yochai Benkler, Harvard Law School (digital commons; not an economist, but he might as well be)
  3. Sam Bowles, Santa Fe Institute (economics as seen through complexity theory & evolutionary sciences)
  4. James Boyce, UMass Amherst (ecological economics)
  5. Herman Daly, steady-state economics
  6. Gerald Epstein, UMass Amherst (cooperatives)
  7. Josh Farley, U. of Vermont (ecological economics, community development)
  8. Nancy Folbre, UMass Amherst (feminist economics/caring economy)
  9. Katherine Gibson, Australia (community economics; former writing partner with the late Julie Graham, a.k.a., J.-K. Gibson-Graham)
  10. Wolfgang Hoeschele, Truman State University, Missouri (Solidarity Economy, commons)
  11. David Korten, author
  12. Richard Norgaard, UC Berkeley
  13. Elinor Ostrom, Arizona State & Indiana U. (commons; not an economist, but she might as well be)
  14. Wolfgang Sachs, Wuppertal Institute, Germany


  1. James Boyle, against IP enclosures
  2. Yochai Benkler *, legal scholar, author of the classic study of Peer Production, i.e. the Wealth of Networks


  1. Arthur Brock, Open Money, USA
  2. Jaromil, hacker
  3. Pekka Himanen, the hacker ethic


  1. Manuel Castells, networked society
  2. Pat Kane **, author the Play Ethic


  1. Stephen Downes, peer learning


  1. Charles Eisenstein *, author of The Ascent of Humanity and Sacred Economics
  2. Jorge Ferrer **, participatory spirituality
  3. John Heron **, participatory spirituality, cooperative inquiry


  1. Silvia Federici: [1], role of women in the commons


  1. Alex Foti, precarious workers movement, Italy

Governance / Organisational Theory

  1. Alexander Galloway, Protocollary Power in networks
  2. Paul B. Hartzog **, on complexity, panarchy, and global governance


  1. Thomas Greco **, Open Money and Credit Commons

Still to classify

  1. Dougald Hine
  2. Brian Holmes
  3. Dmytri Kleiner **, anti-capitalist peer production through Venture Communism
  4. Lawrence Lessig, IP law, creator of Creative Commons
  5. Simona Levi **, founder and leader of the Free Culture Forum
  6. Bernard Lietaer, monetary reform and transformation
  7. Alessandro Ludovico, Neural.it, p2p art and culture, Italy
  8. Ezio Manzini **, local mutual aid oriented inititiatives by civil society groups
  9. Ugo Mattei, commons law, italian/european commons movement
  10. Alan McCluskey, community-based learning
  11. Armin Medosch
  12. Massimo Menichinelli, on Open Design
  13. Glyn Moody, active free software advocate and commentator
  14. Phoebe Moore **, global labour trends
  15. Matteo Pasquinelli, conflicts in the knowledge economy
  16. George Pór **, theorizing Collective Intelligence
  17. Mathieu O'Neill **, governance of open source communities
  18. Apichai Puntasen, Thailand, Buddhist Economics
  19. James Quilligan **, theorizing the Global Commons
  20. John Robb *, open source insurgencies and resilient communities
  21. Andy Robinson, social movement thinker, UK
  22. David Ronfeldt**
  23. Douglas Rushkoff **, author, development of democratic cyber culture
  24. Samuel Rose **, peer production and local communities, open p2p infrastructures
  25. Nikos Salingaros **, on P2P Urbanism
  26. Juliet Schor *, economics of abundance
  27. Trebor Scholz **, distributed creativity
  28. Orsan Senalp**, p2p and labor
  29. Clay Shirky *, the Cognitive Surplus making possible bottom-up Peer Production
  30. George Siemens, connectivist learning
  31. Felix Stalder, theorizing free culture and open movements
  32. Richard Stallman, founder of free software
  33. Don Tapscott, author of Wikinomics
  34. Tiziana Terranova, exploitation of free labour in networks
  35. Tere Vaden **, the Political Economy of Digital Literacy
  36. Jeff Vail *, a theory of distributed power
  37. Roberto Verzola **, on the economics of abundance and scarcity
  38. Eric von Hippel *, user-led innovation in industrial production
  39. Hilary Wainwright **, democratic and participatory public services, and the link between the commons and labour
  40. Jay Walljasper **, All That We Share, on the emergence of local commons initiatives
  41. Mackenzie Wark *, author of the Hacker's Manifesto, a class analysis of the Hacking Class
  42. Steve Webber, author of the Success of Open Source
  43. Catherine Casserly, CEO of Creative Commons