Jonathan Rowe

Jonathan Rowe (USA), a long-time activist/thinker, wrote extensively about the deep limitations of conventional economics, the spiritual pathologies of market culture and the appeal of the commons in imagining a better world. He was an editor at the Washington Monthly magazine, staff writer at the Christian Science Monitor, and the first director of the Tomales Bay Institute, later renamed On the Commons. Rowe died suddenly on March 20, 2011. The online archive for his writings can be found at

Hervé Le Crosnier

Hervé Le Crosnier (France) is a researcher who teaches at the University of Caen and the Institut des Sciences de la Communication du CNRS (Paris). He has worked on the impact of the Internet on society and digital cultures, and published, with the Association Vecam, Libres Savoirs: Les Biens Communs de la Connaissance (2011),

Gerhard Dilger

Gerhard Dilger (Germany) has been a freelance journalist based in Latin America since 1992. His books include The Caribbean – A Crossroads of Cultures (ed., 1993) and Kolumbien (1996). He is South America correspondent of the independent Berlin daily, die tageszeitung, in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Vinod Raina

Vinod Raina (India) is a physicist and an activist with the People’s Science Movement working on science-society issues involving the Bhopal gas disaster, big dams and their impacts. He has been working on the clash between the use of resources for economic growth versus the people’s right to reclaim their commons. Raina is Editor of The Dispossessed – Victims of Development in Asia.

Maude Barlow

Maude Barlow (Canada) is an activist, author and organizer who has been deeply involved in the global fight for the right to water. She served as Senior Advisor to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly and received the Right Livelihood Award in 2005.

César Padilla

César Padilla (Chile) is an anthropologist with a master’s degree and co-founder of the Latin American Observatory of Environmental Conflicts (OCLA), specializing in mining, environment and communities, and coordinator of the Observatory of Latin American Mining Conflicts (OCMAL). He has been involved with conflicts among communities, mining companies and states in several Latin American countries and has published works about social and environmental conflicts provoked by mining.

Antonio Tricarico

Antonio Tricarico (Italy) is an engineer, campaigner, analyst and editor. He works for Re: Common, formerly the Campaign to Reform the World Bank (CRBM), in Rome, on international financial institutions, financial markets regulation and financial glob- alization related issues. He has co-authored several publications on IFI-related issues, the most recent being, “La Banca dei Ricchi,” and has been correspondent for the Italian newspaper Il Manifesto at several international summits.

P.V. Satheesh

P.V. Satheesh is Founding Member of the Deccan Development Society in India, and currently General Secretary and Director of the Zaheerabad Project. He is an internationally recognized specialist on development, communication and participation. Within Indian civil society, he is a prominent advocate on issues like gender, food sovereignty and organic farming.

Liz Alden Wily

Liz Alden Wily (New Zealand) is an independent scholar and international development advisor. She is an affiliated fellow of Leiden Law School and a Fellow of Rights & Resources in Washington, D.C. She is a dual citizen of New Zealand and Britain and lives in Kenya.

Hartmut Zückert

Hartmut Zückert (Germany) is a historian with a doctorate degree and was a scientific assistant of the Max Planck working group Ostelbische Gutsherrschaft, 1995-1999, at the University of Potsdam. He is the author of Allemende und Allmendaufhebung (2003).


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