• Political Economist and Global Technologist

    Co-creating the Technological Commonwealth

    Blockchain Expert, Entrepreneur, Speaker, Advisor, Author

    Building the Global Technological Commonwealth

    Dr. 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. In 2017, Dr. Manski founded the International Society of Blockchain Scholars. For the past 25 years she has been involved with projects empowering workers as an activist, labor organizer, journalist, researcher and Business/Global Affairs professor. Her research is situated at the intersection of global business, new technologies, and social enterprise concerning commons-based peer production, self-sovereign identity, generative value accounting, supply chain transparency, and strategic approaches for a 21st century technological commonwealth. Sarah is a widely cited academic author, speaker at technology conferences globally, advisor at VERSES.io and the Civana Foundation, affiliate researcher with the P2P Foundation and the George Mason University Center for Social Science Research (CSSR), and Expert Reviewer for the National Science Foundation’s SBIR program.


    Manski, Sarah G. (Oct. 18, 2021). China's crypto ban creates a golden opportunity for the US - if it doesn't mess it up. Business Insider.


    Manski, Sarah G. (2021). A post-capitalist guide to the future: crypto-commoners only want the earth. Shareable.net.


    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 Planet. RadicalxChange.

    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.

  • Media Appearances

    How Cryptocurrency Can Act As A Means For Global Social Change (NASDAQ.com)

    December 10, 2021

    George Mason University’s School of Business Assistant Professor Sarah Manski discusses how cryptocurrency can act as a means for global social change.

    The vision for transforming society with blockchain touted by Jack Dorsey, explained by a professor

    October 2, 2021

    Meet the "crypto commoners," a left-oriented movement that thinks blockchain could hold the key to transforming a competitive society into a cooperative one.

    "They see [blockchain] as a way to enable greater cooperation among humans," explained George Mason University professor Sarah Manski.

    First Bitcoin-linked ETF starts trading on the New York Stock Exchange (CNet.com)

    October 19, 2021

    Is cryptocurrency conquering Wall Street -- or is it the other way around?

    "The entire global economy is moving towards decentralization. The fact that the SEC didn't raise any objections bodes well for future innovation in the cryptocurrency space," said Dr. Sarah Manski

    AIBC Summit TV

    June 30, 2021

    What are the applications of Blockchain in building this global technological commonwealth?

    What is Spatial Web and the importance of this emergent technology?

    How far along are we from integrating the Spatial Web in the business sector or our daily lives?

    Blockchain Wayne (Fintech Chat)

    June 20, 2021

    FTC#23 - Sarah Manski, “Crypto-Political Economist” and Assistant Professor of Business and Global Affairs at George Mason University. She gives many insightful comments on the latest hot topic in crypto these days: El Salvador becomes the first country ever to make bitcoin legal tender.

    Blockchain Socialist

    September 9, 2020

    During this radio interview we discuss the downsides of capitalist value accounting practices and the blockchain projects that are looking to create alternative / regenerative value accounting systems. We also talk about how many technologists want to change the world but don't have a good framework for understanding the world, Dr. Manski's idea around the "Global Technological Commonwealth" that would be ideal for a post-capitalist world, and the differences between DLTs like blockchain and Holochain.

    Blockchain Unbound Conference

    March 16, 2018

    Talk Title: "Sovereignty in a Blockchain World"

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