Peter Linebaugh

Peter Linebaugh (USA) is a historian, or “people’s remembrancer,” who teaches at the University of Toledo, Ohio. He wrote The London Hanged (2006) and The Magna Carta Manifesto (2008). He is joint author with Cal Winslow, Doug Hay, and E.P. Thompson of Albion’s Fatal Tree (2011) and, with Marcus Rediker, The Many-Headed Hydra (2012).

Wolfgang Hoeschele

Wolfgang Hoeschele (Germany/USA) is professor of geography at Truman State University (Missouri, USA), and author of The Economics of Abundance: A Political Economy of Freedom, Equity and Sustainability (Gower, 2010). He researches how to transform our economy so that it can become socially and environmentally sustainable.

Roberto Verzola

Roberto Verzola (Philippines) is a social activist with an engineering and economics background. He has been involved in information technology, energy, environment and agriculture issues. He coordinates a national network that promotes organic farming methods. His current research interest is the political economy of abundance.

Brian Davey

Brian Davey (Great Britain) is a freelance ecological economist and author. He works in the community and not–for–profit sector. In 1996, he had a post with the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, showing how to do community research and development work. He is a member of the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability (FEASTA), which recently published a book about commons approaches to climate change, Sharing for Survival.

Franz Nahrada

Franz Nahrada (Austria) is a sociologist and networker in Vienna who runs a family hotel and collects information about the building blocks of sustainable communities that fully thrive on global knowledge commons (Global Villages Lab). Its activities can be followed via and

Josh Tenenberg

Josh Tenenberg (USA) is a Professor in the Institute of Technology at the University of Washington, Tacoma. He does research in computing education, human-centered design, and the politics of technology. He is co-Editor in Chief of the ACM Transactions on Computing Education.

Veronika Bennholdt-Thomsen

Veronika Bennholdt-Thomsen (Germany) is an ethnologist and sociologist at the nonprofit Institute for Theory and Practice of Subsistence. Professor Bennholdt-Thomsen has pioneered research on women and subsistence theory in Germany, and focuses on regional and feminist economies in Latin America and Europe. She teaches at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna.

James B. Quilligan

James Quilligan (USA) has been an activist in the Common Heritage and international development fields since the 1970s. He specializes in the epistemology and ontology of the commons and their connection with political and monetary structure.

Michael Heller

Michael Heller (USA) is the Lawrence A. Wien Professor of Real Estate Law at Columbia Law School. He is the author of The Gridlock Society (2008) and Commons and Anticommons (2010).

Brigitte Kratzwald

Brigitte Kratzwald (Austria) is a social scientist and commons activist. She hosts the website and blogs at


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