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

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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.


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.A WARM WELCOME *A WARM WELCOME

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To the Inauguration of The Bretton Woods Monetary Institute & Festival,

~ December 1 – 8, 2019
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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….”

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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.

Andrea Curley, speaking at the Bretton Woods IV Convocation: Live Free and Prosper,Day One, at the Mt. Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods, NH, on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Photo by Jim Peppler. Copyright Jim Peppler 2015.

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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) ~