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Justin Sacks

Doctoral researcher

postcapitalist economics, commons


  • Democratising Innovation
  • Design Futures
  • Open Design
  • Speculative Design

Economics is a design process, so how do we design countercapitalist or postcapitalist economies? My doctoral research has evolved into #commonize studio — what does a design studio that supports communities to build commons look like and do? Projects supported range from a “soil trust” to upcycle food waste in Hong Kong to a “public-commons partnership” for blood donation in Botswana. The approach in all of this work is to develop the things that commons instigators need to build commons and to engage with power to create a different “commonized” economy.


  • M.Sc. (merit), Economic History, London School of Economics
  • B.A. (magna cum laude) Architecture, Yale University


  • International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC)
  • Community Economies Research Network (CERN)
  • Design Research Society (DRS)
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Justin Sacks's full list of publications can be viewed here