The gift economy spans traditional disciplines, so most of these thinkers are actually inter-disciplinary.
| Robin Upton
|| Developed Altruistic Economics, a decentralised accounting model that incorporates sympathy suitable for a non-hierarchical gift economy, together with Friend2Friend, a prototype computer system to implement it
| Terry Leahy
|| Anarchist Sociologist
| Marcel Mauss
|| French sociologist, published Essai sur le don. Forme et raison de l’échange dans les sociétés archaïques, a starting point for much of the study of gift economy over the past 80 years.
| Genevieve Vaughan
|| Feminist Gift Economy researcher, organiser of Gift Economy conferences and author of feminist gift economy books.
| Yochai Benkler
|| Law professor who has written about the economics, psychology, sociology & technology of internet-based networks of sharing an peer-production.
| Anitra Nelson
|| Ecological sustainability researcher, with a vision for money-free, local communities
| Charles Eisenstein
|| Altruist philosopher whose magnum opus questions the discrete and separate self.
| Alpha Lo
|| Author, group facilitator and Gift Circle pioneer.
| Lewis Hyde
|| Professor of creative writing whose book The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property, on reciprocity and gift giving as relationship building has been an inspiration to many.