• Technology Scholar in the field of Global Studies

      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

      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 for Strategic Change and Frontiers in Blockchain

       

      "At some point I became convinced there was a way to do this without any trust required at all and couldn’t resist to keep thinking about it." (Nakamoto)

      "Deep Wealth is the heart of a thrivable future" (Arthur Brock)

      Building the Global Technological Commonwealth

      Sarah Manski is a scholar of technology, political economy, commons economics and globalization at the University of California Santa Barbara. She studies uses of technology for democratization as well as technology as a site of social struggle. Her dissertation examines 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 is 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 the editor of a special issue of the Journal of World Systems Research on technology. 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 Masters of Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and has published in the academic journals Strategic Change, British Journal of Sociology, and Law & Critique.

      Publications

      Manski, Sarah G. and Manski, Ben R. “No Gods, No Masters, No Coders? The Future of Sovereignty in a Blockchain World.” Law & Critique, , Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 151–162.

       

      Manski, Sarah G. “Book Review: Profit and Gift in the Digital Economy.The British Journal of Sociology, Volume 69, Issue 1, March 2018.

       

      Manski, Ben R. and Manski, Sarah G. “It Started in Wisconsin. The rise and fall of Wisconsin’s remarkable 2011 uprising holds lessons for a post-Janus world.Jacobin, March 1, 2018.

       

      Manski, Sarah G. "Building the blockchain world: Technological commonwealth or just more of the same?" Strategic Change, Volume 26, Issue 5, November 2017.

      Conference Talks 2018

      Social Solidarity Economy & the Commons Conference will be held in ISCTE-IUL (Lisbon, Portugal), November 21-23. Talk title, "Chain Technologies Re-socialization of Economic Exchange: an emergent new mode of production?"

       

      Blockchain Unbound Conference, October 14th 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 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 at ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Phoenix, AZ.

       

      Blockchain Unbound Conference, March 16th 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.