P2P Public Intellectuals

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

For a cooperative publishing project with Shareable.

We aim to interview two people per month, with possible publication of interview book.


Note from initial compiler Michel Bauwens:

Please note, a lot of people whom I find very interesting are not in here, because I or they do not necessarily see their work as part of this particular emergence and they belong to different paths. Also active activists who do not necessarily participate in the intellectual elaboration of p2p ideas are not included in this list. This list should in no way be seen as a list of approval or a select club to whom you do not belong. It is merely meant as a guide to find people with interesting ideas.

Thanks for suggesting names, and rationales for adding them.


  • part of a general dialogue on the construction of a p2p world
    • associated in some fashion with our work at the P2P Foundation

Public Intellectuals

  1. Amelia Andersdotter, Pirate Party, Sweden
  2. Adam Arvidsson **, on the ethical economy, http://p2pfoundation.net/Special:Search?search=%22Adam+Arvidsson%22&fulltext=Search
  3. Michel Bauwens **, P2P Theory, founder of P2P Foundation; Bibliography of Michel Bauwens
  4. Yochai Benkler *, legal scholar, author of the classic study of Peer Production, i.e. the Wealth of Networks
  5. David Bollier **, author of Viral Spiral, foremost commons scholar, now working on emerging Commons Law framework
  6. James Boyle, against IP enclosures
  7. Rachel Botsman *, on sharing infrastructures and access via product-service systems
  8. Arthur Brock, Open Money, USA
  9. Marvin Brown ** , Civilizing the Economy, on civic economics, http://www.shareable.net/blog/enriching-the-commons-marvin-browns-economics-of-provision
  10. Axel Bruns, theorizing Produsage
  11. Allen Butcher, expert on Community Economics
  12. Chris Carlsson *, Nowtopia, on local productive economic associations
  13. Kevin Carson **, mutualism, relocalized production
  14. Manuel Castells, networked society
  15. Chris Cook, Open Capital
  16. David de Ugarte **, on Phyles as a new global organisational form, http://p2pfoundation.net/Special:Search?search=%22David+de+Ugarte%22&fulltext=Search
  17. Stephen Downes, peer learning
  18. Charles Eisenstein *, author of The Ascent of Humanity and Sacred Economics
  19. Rick Falkvinge, Pirate Party founder
  20. Silvia Federici: [1], role of women in the commons
  21. Suresh Fernando
  22. Jorge Ferrer **, participatory spirituality
  23. Alex Foti, precarious workers movement, Italy
  24. Mayo Fuster-Morell, European social movements, modalities of open source and platform governance
  25. Alexander Galloway, Protocollary Power in networks
  26. Lisa Gansky *, on the Mesh Economy
  27. Sally Goerner: on mutualism and the next 'integral' civilisation
  28. Neal Gorenflo **, editor of Shareable magazine, on sharing as a social practice
  29. Thomas Greco **, Open Money and Credit Commons
  30. Michael Gurstein, community networks
  31. Joss Hands *, digitally-empowered political activism
  32. Paul Hartzog **, on complexity, panarchy, and global governance
  33. Silke Helfrich **, commons researcher and advocate
  34. John Heron **, participatory spirituality, cooperative inquiry
  35. Pekka Himanen, the hacker ethic
  36. Dougald Hine
  37. Brian Holmes
  38. Wolfgang Hoeschele **, economics of abundance
  39. Pat Kane **, author the Play Ethic
  40. Athina Karatzogianni **, cyberconflicts
  41. Dmytri Kleiner **, anti-capitalist peer production through Venture Communism
  42. Lawrence Lessig, IP law, creator of Creative Commons
  43. Simona Levi **, founder and leader of the Free Culture Forum
  44. Bernard Lietaer, monetary reform and transformation
  45. Alessandro Ludovico, Neural.it, p2p art and culture, Italy
  46. Ezio Manzini **, local mutual aid oriented inititiatives by civil society groups
  47. Ugo Mattei, commons law, italian/european commons movement
  48. Alan McCluskey, community-based learning
  49. Armin Medosch
  50. Massimo Menichinelli, on Open Design
  51. Glyn Moody, active free software advocate and commentator
  52. Phoebe Moore **, global labour trends
  53. Matteo Pasquinelli, conflicts in the knowledge economy
  54. George Pór **, theorizing Collective Intelligence
  55. Mathieu O'Neill **, governance of open source communities
  56. Apichai Puntasen, Thailand, Buddhist Economics
  57. James Quilligan **, theorizing the Global Commons
  58. John Robb *, open source insurgencies and resilient communities, http://p2pfoundation.net/Special:Search?search=%22John+Robb%22&fulltext=Search
  59. Andy Robinson, social movement thinker, UK
  60. David Ronfeldt**
  61. Douglas Rushkoff **, author, development of democratic cyber culture
  62. Sam Rose **, peer production and local communities, open p2p infrastructures
  63. Nikos Salingaros **, on P2P Urbanism
  64. Juliet Schor *, economics of abundance
  65. Trebor Scholz **, distributed creativity
  66. Orsan Senalp**, p2p and labor
  67. Clay Shirky *, the Cognitive Surplus making possible bottom-up Peer Production
  68. George Siemens, connectivist learning
  69. Felix Stalder, theorizing free culture and open movements
  70. Richard Stallman, founder of free software
  71. Don Tapskott, author of Wikinomics
  72. Tiziana Terranova, exploitation of free labour in networks
  73. Tere Vaden **, the Political Economy of Digital Literacy
  74. Jeff Vail *, a theory of distributed power http://p2pfoundation.net/Special:Search?search=%22Jeff+Vail%22&fulltext=Search
  75. Roberto Verzola **, on the economics of abundance and scarcity, http://p2pfoundation.net/Special:Search?search=%22Roberto+Verzola%22&fulltext=Search
  76. Eric von Hippel *, user-led innovation in industrial production
  77. Hilary Wainwright **, democratic and participatory public services, and the link between the commons and labour, http://blog.p2pfoundation.net/?s=%22Hilary+Wainwright%22
  78. Jay Walljasper **, All That We Share, on the emergence of local commons initiatives
  79. Mackenzie Wark *, author of the Hacker's Manifesto, a class analysis of the Hacking Class
  80. Steve Webber, author of the Success of Open Source
  81. Catherine Casserly, CEO of Creative Commons

See also "visionary developers" of p2p infrastructure:

Shareable/P2P Interview series


  • Hilary Wainwright, p2p, labor, and public services
  • Mira Luna, solidarity economy

Soon: Sally Goerner

Proposed priority interviews by Michel Bauwens:


  • Amelia Andersdotter, on pirate party politics
  • Simona Levi, on free culture
  • Mayo Fuster-Morell, on the governance of online communities
  • Tiziana Terranova, on free labour, precarity and autonomy in the new social movements

Commons-Oriented Economists

(This list is updated here: Commons-Oriented Economists)

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

See also:

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


  1. Association for Georgist Studies (the Henry George crowd)
  2. E.F. Schumacher Foundation: hosts annual lecture series that often includes iconoclastic economist-types
  3. New Economics Institute: Schumacher spinoff with ties to New Economics Foundation in UK, which aspires

to develop alternative economic approaches.