• Political Economist and Global Technologist 

      Co-creating the Technological Commonwealth

      Founder, International Society of Blockchain Scholars

      Student Representative, American Sociological Association Section, Political Economy of the World System (PEWS)

      Senior Advisory Board Member, AVA Foundation

      Senior Advisory Board Member, Civana Foundation

      Senior Advisory Board Member, Blockchain at UCSB

      Certificate Program Project Team Member, "Cryptoeconomics: Blockchains, Cryptocurrencies and Decentralized Governance" for the Division of Continuing Education & Professional Studies at Río Piedras Campus University of Puerto Rico

      Academic Peer Reviewed Journal Editorial Board Member, Strategic Change and Frontiers in Blockchain

      Building the Global Technological Commonwealth

      Sarah Manski is a scholar of technology, political economy, commons economics and globalization at George Mason University. She studies uses of technology for democratization as well as technology as a site of social struggle. Her dissertation examined the use of blockchain and holochain technology by cooperatives, supply chain activists, and others to construct a global technological commonwealth, as well as countervailing efforts by established financial and political institutions to channel emergent technology. In 2017, Manski founded the International Society of Blockchain Scholars. She was a University of California Regents Fellow, a fellow with the Liberty Tree Foundation, a member of the editorial board of the academic journal Strategic Change: Briefings in Entrepreneurial Finance, and Frontiers in Blockchain. Manski has served in formal capacities as advisor to the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Network, a member of the City of Madison's Solid Waste Advisory Committee, and as professional staff for the labor unions AFSCME and IFPTE, as well as producer of nationally syndicated labor and environmental radio programs. She received a PhD in Global Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara and Master of Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and has published in the academic journals Frontiers in Blockchain, Strategic Change, the British Journal of Sociology, and Law & Critique.


      Manski, Sarah G. (2020). Distributed Ledger Technologies, Value Accounting, and the Self Sovereign Identity. Frontiers in Blockchain, 3. DOI: 10.3389/fbloc.2020.00029.

      Bauwens, Michel. and Manski, Sarah G. (2020). Open and Cooperative Infrastructures for Commons-Based Economies. In H. Schaffers, M. Vartianine, and J. Bus (Eds.) Digital Innovation and Societal Changes. Denmark: River Publishers.

      Manski, Sarah G., and Bauwens, Michel. (2020). Reimagining New Socio-Technical Economics Through the Application of Distributed Ledger Technologies. Frontiers in Blockchain, (2)29. DOI: 10.3389/fbloc.2019.00029.


      Manski, Sarah. (2020, June 9). Designing Technology to Protect Civil Liberties During the Pandemic. CommonDreams.org.


      Manski, Sarah. (2019, March) Distributed Value Accounting For A Post-Capitalist PlanetRadicalxChange.

      Manski, Sarah G., and Manski, Ben R. (2018). No Gods, No Masters, No Coders? The Future of Sovereignty in a Blockchain World. Law & Critique, (2)29, 151-162.

      Manski, Sarah G. (2018). Book Review: Profit and Gift in the Digital Economy. The British Journal of Sociology, (1)69.

      Manski, Ben R., and Manski, Sarah G. (2018). It Started in Wisconsin. The rise and fall of Wisconsin’s remarkable 2011 uprising hold lessons for a post-Janus world. Jacobin.

      Manski, Sarah G. (2017). Building the Blockchain World: Technological Commonwealth or Just More of the Same? Strategic Change, (5)26.

      Conference Presentations

      Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics Conference, June 27-29, 2019 at the New School in New York City, Talk Title "Distributed Ledger Technologies (ex. Blockchains) and the Future of Labor Markets."


      RadicalxChange Conference, March 22-24, 2019 in Detroit, MI, Talk Title "Reimagining New Socio-Economic Structures Through the Application of Distributed Ledger Technologies."


      Blockchain Unbound Conference, October 14th, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan, Talk Title "Imagination in a Blockchain World: 7 Principles for Building the Future."


      American Sociological Association 2018 Annual Meeting, Global & Transnational Sociology section, August 11-14, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA.


      American Sociological Association (ASA) Media Sociology PreConference. Philadelphia, PA.


      UCI Technology, Law and Society Summer Institute. UC Irvine, CA. “Chain Technologies: Materiality, Agency, and Innovation”.


      Governance of Emerging Technologies & Science (GETS): Law, Policy and Ethics, May 16-18, 2018 at ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Phoenix, AZ.


      Blockchain Unbound Conference, March 16, 2018 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Talk Title "Sovereignty in a Blockchain World". Watch the video here.

    • Graduate PhD, Global Studies University of California - Santa Barbara

      “Against the urgency of people dying in the streets, what in God's name is the point of cultural studies? ... If you don't feel that as one tension in the work that you are doing, theory has let you off the hook.” ~ Stuart Hall

      I contribute to the study of democracy in the social sciences by theorizing a kind of democratic economic polity of the global through the co-construction of a global technological commonwealth. I empiricize this by describing the various cases of blockchain applications currently in existence - not simply as examples - but as evidence of an immanent politics that are in these approaches that implies a global order in which economic democracy subsumes the state rather than the more common approach of the creation of a democratic global state to regulate and define the economy. What is the future are these agents who are building the next system actually after is a global civil society in which the state is simply a servant of economic democracy. The social economy comes to dominate the polity as opposed to the polity dominating the economy. The question for the future is how on a global scale will blockchains enable this to become emergent?

      Research Fellow

      Fellow at the Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution

      The Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution is a nonprofit organization rooted in the belief that the American Revolution is a living tradition whose greatest promise is democracy. In order to help achieve that promise, Liberty Tree works to create a society in which communities and individuals have the desire, skills, and capacity to participate in the vital decisions that affect their lives. Such a society, we believe, is most likely to emerge from a genuine democratic revolution -- one that focuses on deep structural, legal, and institutional change, dismantles oppression in all its forms, and is organized through the transformation of communities, institutions and local governments into conscious agents of democratic change.

      Former WI University and College Instructor

      UCSB, UW-Madison, Madison Area Technical College

      Good communications skills are the key to a successful college experience and any future career. I have a Masters Degree in Life Sciences Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and I taught Introduction to Communications Arts. When I teach this course, I not only focus on the skills involved in selecting, researching, organizing and writing persuasive messages, but also on teaching students the skills they need to present their ideas effectively in public. In a small, supportive classroom environment, students learn to communicate their ideas effectively using verbal, written, and visual techniques. They also learn important listening skills, and peer evaluations of student speeches are an important component of the course. At Madison Area Technical College I taught Introduction to Sociology and Contemporary American Society. At George Washington University I taught Research Methods for the Social Sciences.

    • "There never was a higher call to greater service than in this protracted fight for social justice."

      ~ Wisconsinite Robert M. LaFollette, Sr.