THE BRETTON WOODS MONETARY INSTITUTE & FESTIVAL
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V I S I O N
“The aim of the Bretton Woods Conference was the creation of a dynamic world community
in which the peoples of every nation will be able to realize their potentialities in peace.”
Henry Morgenthau, Chair, 1944 Bretton Woods Conference & US Treasury Secretary
M I S S I O N
The Institute and Festival dedicate themselves to the fulfillment of Morgenthau’s vision through the establishment of “Global Bretton Woods Working Circles” that address the promise of peace and prosperity from the purview of ALL the professions. Working together in the impoverished North Country of New Hampshire — with Bretton Woods in its midst — our mission is to create a universal model for economic and cultural renewal. Through sister-community relationships, this model will be offered for adaption and adoption by fellow citizens in towns and cities across the globe.
.A WARM WELCOME *A WARM WELCOME
* A WARM WELCOME *
To the Inauguration of The Bretton Woods Monetary Institute & Festival,
~ December 1 – 8, 2019 ~
75 years after the original 1944 Bretton Woods Conference
( See 2019 Inauguration )
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~ THE TIME IS AT HAND ~
In 1944 at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, the United States debt-based monetary system was globalized with the establishment of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
With the globalization of debt comes poverty, misery and despair — the world over.
In his celebrated book, The Battle of Bretton Woods, Benn Steil, senior fellow, director of international economics, and official historian in residence at the Council on Foreign Relations, speaks to the challenges before us:
“The Bretton Woods conference was held seven decades ago, but the enduring concerns that Keynes and White sought to address in 1944 are still with us, with no solution in sight.
One need only read today’s headlines reporting a prolonged slump following a financial collapse; failed austerity policies in Europe; speculative attacks on Asian currencies creating bubbles followed by crashes; and worries about the future of the dollar.
The ills of the interwar period have recurred in different forms….”
75 years later, we return to the Bretton Woods, the site of this decisive deed, with the offering of a redemptive impulse. In the language of finance to redeem something, such as a bond, means to clear the debt, to make good. Thus we gather.
As money, the “Almighty Dollar,” not only makes the world go ‘round but brings our affairs, ALL our affairs to a grinding halt, the process of redemption we envision extends beyond the realm of banking alone.
Representatives of the breadth of professions — from finance through education, public service, business, health care, law, science, the entire spectrum — are invited to contribute to the act of redemption spoken of.
The framework for this contribution is the “Global Bretton Woods Working Circles” in the professions of our day.
Each profession is invited to address what the chairman of the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference, spoke of as conference’s mission. How, that is, can banking, education, the professions noted contribute, in Morgenthau’s words, toward the “creation of a dynamic world communityin which the peoples of every nation will be able to realize their potentialities in peace.”
An overview of the Working Circles, including the elements that distinguish them, is offered on this site.
We gather at year’s end on December 1 — over the bridge of Thanks-Giving and on into the Advent season, spiraling into the Hanukkah, Christmas and the Winter Solstice, the darkest days of the year… on toward the “Day of the Return of the Light from Above”.
The participation of All People of good will is invited.
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On Behalf of the Inauguration
Ka’nahsohon Deer, Mohawk Faith Keeper, Board Member of the Hiawatha Institute For Indigenous Knowledge, Trustee of The Center for American Studies at Concord (MA); and Co-Inaugurator of The Bretton Woods Monetary Institute & Festival
Andrew Cameron Bailey, Author of “The First Fifty Years: Freedom and Friendship at Plymouth Plantation”
Xiye Bastida-Patrick, Celtic-Otomi-Toltec Youth Climate Activist
Richard Kotlarz, Founder of the Institute for the Redemption of Money
Ivan Orellanos, Bolivian bearer of “The Prophesy of The Eagle and the Condor”
Jay Amaran, former Senior Vice President Global Operations, The International Finance Corporation,
World Bank and Trustee of The Center for American Studies at Concord (MA)
Andrea Lynn Dasoli, Elementary School Teacher
Dr. Patch Adams, Founder of the Gesundheit Institute
Flower Burley, daughter of Native & African American parents
Randy Cook, Monetary and Agrarian Historian
Sandra Hope, Author, Founder and Exec. Officer of Fan.C (findanative.com) and Stolen Nation Productions, STEM advocate; Haliwa-Saponi Tribe of NC
Vic Desotelle, Entrepreneur
Mike Nadjiwon, Ojibway, 3rd Degree Midewin Man of the 3 Fires Midewin Lodge
Josh Grant, Web Designer
Caring Hands, Chief of the Praying Indians
Jim Zsofka, Trustee North Country Farmer’s Coop
Steven Smith Esq., Member Ramapough Lenape Nation
Bill Konrardy, Contractor and Builder of Our Ever “New World”: Out of Many, One (in Spirit)
Shelley Charles, Elder, Chippewas of Georgina Island
Jeff Ashe, Founder, Saving for Change Initiative
Chief Arvol Looking-Horse, Lakota Sioux, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred Pipe
Ken Pentel, Director of the Ecology Democracy Network
Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset~Sherri Mitchell, Native American attorney, author, and teacher
Lou Niles, Founder, Niles International
Louise Herne, Mohawk Nation Bear Clan Mother
Bill Bluhm, Woodworker & Toy Maker
Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk, Co-founder of the Native American Journalists Association,
author of “Iroquois on Fire,” and Founding Trustee of the Smithsonian Native American Institute
Connie Baxter Marlow, Author and Founder of The Trust Frequency
Joanne Shenandoah, Oneida Wolf Clan, Iroquois Confederacy and Folk-Singer
Heidi Fritz Martinez, CEO, Re-Motor America
Chief Ancient Future, Advisor to the President of Lincoln University
Steve Rogers, Entrepreneur, Up with People Alumnus
Jay Winter Nightwolf, Cherokee, Taino, and Shoshone Historian, Poet, Writer, Commentator.
Host of American Indian / Indigenous Peoples Truths
Chris Lindstrom, Monetary Scholar & Practitioner
Kumu Mikilani Young, Indigenous Hawaiian Grandmother
Tim Shay, Penobscot Sculptor
Naomi Chavez, Social Worker, Apache daughter
Allen Pittman, Founder of the Wisdom of the Body Institute
Etaoqua M’hooquethoth of the Muhheakannuck Nations at Nu Schodac
Bradford Knight, Truck Driver and Itinerant Scholar
Mamma Bear, Wakera-Katse, Clan Mother
Wilhelmina Howard Harris, Founder I AM Ministries and Servant-Leader
Debbie Sakakohe Delisle, Mohawk Woman of the Mohawk Nation from Kahnawake,
Founder of the Step Child and Family Center
Davey Ozahowski, Poet, Sculptor
Mashichique Earl S. M. Burley Hereditary Chief of the Ponca Nation
John Moses, Founder, The Arimathea Institute
Neal Powless Jr., Son of Onondaga Chief Irving Powless, Lacrosse All-American
member of the Iroquois team at the World Lacrosse Championships.
Brian Lynch, Founder Sirius Research
GrayHawk, Cherokee and Representative of the People of the Land
Sakokwenionkwas (Tom Porter), Spiritual Leader of Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community
Alexander Romanel, Violinist
Andrea Curley, Bridge-Builder, Onondaga Beaver Clan
Oisín Lucian-Sinclair Weeks, Youth Climate Activist
Nena LaCaille Executive Director, Enaahtig Healing Lodge and Learning Center
Sherrie Noble, Esq.
Nana Wilma, Mayan Grandmother
Andi Feron, Scholar & Activist
Dylan Suagee, Cherokee poet, writer, thinker
Elaine Kain, Servant-Leader, Trustee of The Center for American Studies
Sagaligesgw, Mi’kmaq Elder, Grandmother, Medicine Woman and Wisdom Keeper
Nancy Poer, Author, Educator, Director, White Feather Ranch
Marie Frawley-Henry, Mashkiki Kwe, Nipissing First Nation
Edward Hall III, Bahai, Environmental Economist,
and Safe-Guarder of Boat People’s Row of the Two-Row Wampum
Darryl Pronovost, Kahnawake Mohawk & Over-Seer of the Land
John Root, Founder, Just Abundance, Inc.
Patricia Anne Davis Choctaw-Navajo/Chahta-Dineh, International Teacher
Whole Systems Designer, specializing in peace making leadership
Truus Geraets, Founder, The Art of Living
Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer, Kahnawake Mohawk and Elected Council Member
Carmine Gorga, Fulbright Scholar, Scholar of Europe & President, Somist Institute
Jesus Manuel Valenzuela, Marine Veteran, Jumano Tribe
Stuart-Sinclair Weeks, Founder, The Center for American Studies
~ In Memoriam/Spirit ~
Betty Plimpton, Trustee Center for American Studies at Concord
Bill Barnes, Trustee Center for American Studies at Concord
John Burke, Trustee Center for American Studies at Concord
Bill Bottum, Trustee Center for American Studies at Concord
Sinclair Weeks, Public Servant
John Wingate Weeks, Public Servant
Manitonquat, (Medicine Story), Author and Member of the Assonet Band.
Morning Star Norman, educator and proprietor Many Nations Trading Post, Concord, MA.
Vine Deloria Jr., Author, Standing Rock Sioux
Clara Niiski, Nuclear Physicist & Native Anishinaabe-Ojibwe
Slow Turtle, Supreme Medicine Man of the Wampanoag Nation and
Honorary Trustee of The Center for American Studies at Concord
Bette Haskins, Former Exec. Director Harvard American Indian Program
Wub-e-ke-niew, understood by some to be the last of the Anishinaabe-Ojibwe
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“If ‘We the People’ should indeed prove an entity, a corporate being [imagine] what power that incorporation might one day represent.”
Katherine Drinker Bowen, “The Miracle of Philadelphia”
And Bretton Woods….?
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~ Photo Gallery from 2015 Bretton Woods Convocation (if password required, enter concordium) ~