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Welcome to The Bretton Woods Monetary Institute and Music & Arts Festival, an initiative of The Center for American Studies in Concord, Massachusetts, USA.

The vision of the Bretton Woods Monetary Institute is summed up in the opening words of Henry Morgenthau, chairman of the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference:

“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.”

A vision it is, one that invites your efforts toward its realization.

The Bretton Woods Music & Arts Festival is inspired by the words of the ancient prophet: "Without a vision" -- human/humane -- "the people perish." Throughout the ages, music and the arts have played a central role in kindling such a vision. In our time that role grows in significance, as expressed by America’s reigning poet laureate, Walt Whitman:

"As I write, I see in an article on Wordsworth, in one of the current English magazines, the lines, 'A few weeks ago an eminent French critic said that, owing to the special tendency to science and to its all devouring force, poetry would cease to be read in fifty years.' But I anticipate the very contrary. Only a firmer, vastly broader, new area begins to exist - nay, is already form'd - to which the poetic genius must emigrate. 

Whatever may have been the case in years gone by, the true use for the imaginative faculty of modern times is to give ultimate vivification to facts, to science, and to common lives, endowing them with those glows and glories and final illustriousness which belong to every real thing, and to real things only. Without that ultimate vivification -- which the poet or artist alone can give -- reality would seem incomplete, and science, democracy, and life itself, finally in vain.”

On this web site you will discover what, we suggest, are:

1) A concise and engaging history of the Bretton Woods Conference and the work that remains to be done.

2) Monetary solutions that address our current misfortunes.

3) An overview of our monetary misfortunes.

4) A new economic paradigm that responds to the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde's earnest call at the World Economic Forum for inclusive growth and prosperity.

5) The indispensable framework for monetary reform and related resources.

6) Year 1 Keystone Project: Toward Getting Our Global House in Order.

May the Bretton Woods Monetary Institute and Music & Arts Festival inspire us to work together to fulfill Morgenthau's words, to fashion a future worth envisioning for our children, grandchildren, and for the generations to come: All Our Relations. 

“E Pluribus Unum / Out of Many, One”

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