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One can not solve a problem with the same thinking that created it in the first place, 
Einstein noted, and went on to add that to try to do so is “insanity.”

Indeed, does anyone doubt that we can do better?

A Warm Welcome to The Bretton Woods Monetary Institute & Festival, its Inauguration, at long last, 75 years after the original 1944 Bretton Woods Conference. 

The time is at hand.

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The guardian of this threshold is an ancient 16 year old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg. We take up her address, “Our House is on Fire,”at the January 22–25, 2019 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, itself. 

Greta spoke up before Christine Lagarde, Chairwoman and Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and in the midst of the world’s economic, financial, and political leaders. If you have the ears to hear these re-sounding words, we invite you to pause, slow down, and take Greta’s solemn warning to heart.

The heart of Greta’s message is:

Here in Davos – just like everywhere else – everyone is talking about money. It seems money and growth  [“continuous, unlimited…” cancerous] are our only main concerns.

And since the climate crisis has never once been treated as a crisis, people are simply not aware of its full consequences on our everyday life. People are not aware that there is such a thing as a carbon budget [the tolerable quantity of greenhouse gas emissions that can be emitted over a specified period of time] and just how incredibly small that remaining carbon budget is. That needs to change today.

No other current challenge can match the importance of establishing a wide, public awareness and understanding of our rapidly disappearing carbon budget, that should and must become our new global currency and the very heart of our future and present economics. [Emphasis added.]

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Greta, and her fellow students from far and near have been invited to return “home” to Bretton Woods, where, 75 years ago here at the Mount Washington Hotel in the illumined shadow of Mount Kodaakwadjo, the spark was kindled. 

That kindling occurred with the creation of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, which — with all respects due — globalized our debt-based monetary system. 

If the result of such a globalization has been anything, has it not been expected? 

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 Relation, notes:

“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 form....

Those awake are well aware of such a litany. 

The point is: We can do better.

Can we not?

If, that is, in Greta’s words, we “homo-sapiens” (Latin: "wise man; Homo is the human gen[i]us”) — if We the People remember who we are.

We will do better if we can call to mind “The Great Law of Peace” that inspired Franklin and our Founding Fathers at the Albany Congress, June 19-July 11, 1754 to invite the Iroquois Confederacy Chiefs to offer them counsel about how to confederate, to create an ever “more perfect union.” The words of Sken:nen Raha:wi, The Iroquois Peacemaker, representative of “The True White Brother,” re-sound on into our time:

"In all your deliberations in the Confederate Council, in your efforts at law making, in all your official acts, self-interest shall be cast into oblivion… Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations – the unborn of the future Nation." 

Through Franklin, Jefferson, Paine, and Madison, in particular, the Iroquois Confederation offered the indigenous foundation stone, awoke the American dream, the dreaming Spirit of the United States of America, its Declaration of Independence, “The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America”:

“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another [those who were inspired to globalize our debt-based monetary system, God bless them… and let His Light shine down upon them?] and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

We commend to you, friends, the unfolding pages of this declaration, this Bretton Woods V offering. We offer it up 266 years after the Albany Congress; 244 years following the Declaration of Independence, during the 75th anniversary of the original 1944 Bretton Woods Conference, attended by delegates from 44 nations, on the eve of 2020, the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Pilgrim at Plymouth Rock. 

Might the time be at hand, friends, for our long awaited re-union here in our ever “New World”? Might the time be at hand to take to heart ALL of the Counsel offered us by the Original Peoples of this land and its Peace-Maker — above all with, indeed, respect to the role of wo-men in our worldly affairs, our mothers, Mother Earth herself, who bears in her in-alien-able womb our very FUTURE? 

“… Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view
not only the present but also the coming generations – the unborn of the future Nation." 

Have you ears to hear, friends, what We the People offer up at this our 5th gathering at Bretton Woods, its Mount Washington Hotel, under the illumined shadow of Mount Kodaakwadjo?

The point is: We can do better — if We will to do so, if we call to mind such a “Declaration of Independence” herself, and the resultant Constitution:

"WE THE PEOPLE [of the United States], in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution [for the United States of America]."

“We the People…” 

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Greta, your address at the World Economic Forum in Davos began this year of the Lord, 2019. At year’s end — 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” — at year’s end we invite you, Greta, and as noted your sisters and brothers, to return “home” — in order to offer a report on the progress We have made, or haven’t made, over this momentous year. 

We invite you to offer a report card and postscript, an action plan to put out the fire at long last, to kindle the embers of the slumbering human heart. 

Hazel Henderson, who has been at it, blazed the trail with extra-ordinary, inspired measures for her 4 score years plus, looks forward to joining indigenous grandmothers in introducing you, Greta and your fellow students in body, soul or spirit (teleconferenced). 

Christine, will you and your successor at the IMF join Greta, our fellow students, Hazel, and the Grandmothers on behalf — if no longer of the IMF on behalf of the European Central Bank and on behalf of Greta herself, the future? As you say, hard such visibility is on such a young soul, outwardly. 

A warm welcome Christine on behalf of Greta and your own children, grandchildren and of the generations to come: All Our Relations. 

A warm welcome to offer an update of your own on how you have endeavored to support, in your words, such “highly important” work… and how you envision doing so further.

“I really support what you do. I know it’s high visibility and it’s probably hard on you. But it’s highly important.
Thank you for what you do, and we will try to support you in any way that we can.”

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… “So it is,” you go on to write, Benn, “an opportune moment to revisit Bretton Woods and to consider whether the aspiration of a true international money system was ever realistic, economically or politically, and to inquire, in the spirit of the architects of Bretton Woods, what a superior system might look like today.

Your conclusion to the foregoing passage addresses, can one say, the heart of the problem-challenge-opportunity that faces us, if we have yet to face it. 


What, Benn, would you add, thereto, on behalf of The Council of Foreign Relations itself?

I ask on behalf of the “Genius” of this land, our times — the undying “promise.”

“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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Stuart-Sinclair Weeks

Founder, The Center for American Studies:

Co-Inaugurator, The Bretton Woods Monetary Institute & Festival

Whose forbear, Major John W. Weeks, with an aspiring party of compatriots, mounted and anointed (named) the “Presidential” Peaks that flank Mount Kodaakwadjo~Washington, and whose grand nephew and namesake, Congressman John Wingate Weeks, authored the "Weeks Act" that set the granite cornerstone, in the Presidential Peaks and White Mountains, for the conservation movement nationally and internationally.

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On Behalf of the Inauguration

~  In Memoriam/Spirit  ~


Margaret Fuller, Participant in the Concordium 

Louisa May Alcott, Participant in the Concordium

Henry David Thoreau, Participant in the Concordium 

Nathaniel & Sophia Hawthorne, Participants in the Concordium

Amos Bronson & Abigail Alcott, Participants in the Concordium

Ralph Waldo & Lydian Emerson, Participants in the Concordium

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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Those in Spirit, Soul, and Body

 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 

Oisín Lucian-Sinclair Weeks, Youth Climate Activist

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 

Rep. Johnny Ford,  Founder/Director General, The World Conference of Mayors

Toby Warren, Founder National Leadership Centers for Excellence

Mike Charles, a tribal citizen of the Navajo Nation & Representative of We the People

Dr. Patch Adams, Founder of the Gesundheit Institute

Flower Burley, daughter of Native & African American parents.

Daniel Emerson, Hi-Tech’er & Transcendentalist Scholar 

Sandra Hope, Founder & Exec. Officer,

John Amaral, Partner, Omni Properties

Mike Nadjiwon, Ojibway, 3rd Degree Midewin Man of the 3 Fires Midewin Lodge

Bryan Anthony, Entrepreneur

Caring Hands, Chief of the Praying Indians

Shelley Charles, Elder, Chippewas of Georgina Island

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 Nightwolf,  Historian, Poet, Writer, Commentator.
Host American Indian Truce, Cherokee

Chris Lindstrom, Monetary Scholar & Practitioner

Kumu Mikilani Young, Indigenous Hawaiian Grandmother 

Tim Shay, Penobscot Sculptor

William Cumming, Founder, Namaste Institute

Naomi Chavez, Social Worker, Apache daughter

Allen Pittman, Founder of the Wisdom of the Body Institute,
Trustee The Center for American Studies at Concord (MA)

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, Rock Sculptor

Mashichique Earl S. M. Burley Hereditary Chief of the Ponca Nation

John Moses, Founder, The Arimathea Institute and
Trustee of The Center for American Studies at Concord (MA)

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, 
Trustee of The Center for American Studies at Concord (MA)

GrayHawk, Cherokee and Representative of the People of the Land

Richard Kotlarz, Founder of the Institute for the Redemption of Money
Trustee of The Center for American Studies at Concord (MA) 

Sakokwenionkwas(Tom Porter), Spiritual Leader of Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community 

Alexander Romanel, Violinist

Andrea Curley, Bridge-Builder, Onondaga Beaver Clan

Irene Lambert, Health Practitioner

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

Jon Underwood, Founder & CEO

Truus Geraets, Founder, The Art of Living

Patricia Anne Davis Choctaw-Navajo/Chahta-Dineh, International Teacher
Whole Systems Designer, specializing in peace making leadership

Travis Henry, Pioneer of Threefold Now

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

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

Paul Warburg, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System

Henry Morgenthau, Chairman of the Bretton Woods Conference and United States Secretary of the Treasury

Manitonquat, (Medicine Story), Author and Member of the Assonet Band.

Morning Star Norman, educator and proprietor Many Nations Trading Post, Concord, MA.