BRETTON WOODS SUMMIT
 

Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

July 8th - 11th, 2018

 
 
 
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An Annual Affair

The Bretton Woods Experience

This July, Consumers' Research will host its 4th annual meeting of the minds at Bretton Woods. Over the last three years, Consumers' Research has brought together experts, regulators, and policymakers to tackle and demystify contemporary consumer challenges and opportunities in the financial services industry. This year's summit will focus on consumer protection in the broader context of consumer wellbeing. We will explore the drivers and constituent components of consumer financial wellbeing, including: innovation, financial literacy, marketplace strength, regulatory sandboxes, marketplace access, and regulatory supervision, enforcement and impact assessment.

 
 
Even before the operation of a new law, much can be done by consumer pressure.
— F. J. Schlink, Founder, Consumers' Research (1929)
 
 
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Schedule of Events

Workshop

The goal of the workshop is for participants to mutually challenge each other's assumptions about what is in the best interest of consumers and collaboratively develop new, informed frameworks around which to understand and address consumer protection and wellbeing. Below is a sampling of potential panels and working groups.

 

Redefining Consumer Protection in a Post "Post-Crisis" Era

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Evidence-based Policymaking

The Case for Empirical Support and Impact Analyses

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Regulatory Sandboxes

Fostering Innovation & Balancing Consumer Protection

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Financial Access

Bolstering Financial Inclusion & Literacy

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Unintended Consequences

Long-run Effects and Considerations

 
 
 
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Participants

Summit Alumni

 
  • Helen Wong, Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
  • Kelvin Chen, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
  • Paul Grassi, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Keith Ammon, New Hampshire State Representative
  • Natalee Binkholder, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Beau Brunson, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Michael Casey, MIT Media Lab, Digital Currency Initiative
  • Yorke Rhodes III, Microsoft
  • Neha Narula, MIT Media Lab, Digital Currency Initiative
  • Peter Van Valkenburgh, Coin Center
  • Juan Llanos, Skry
  • Eric Martindale, Blockstream
  • Todd Miller, ChromaWay
  • Mark Weber, MIT Media Lab, Digital Currency Initiative
  • Mercina Tilleman, Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC)
  • Kyle Burgess, Consumers' Research
  • Jinyoung Lee Englund, Digital Currency Council & FE Ventures
  • Dan Casey, Global Investment & Development Institute
  • Victoria Van Eyk, Bitcoin Strategy Group
  • Michael Zeldin, BuckleySandler LLP
  • Brian Knight, The Mercatus Center at George Mason University
  • Tom Miller, Jr., Jack R. Lee Chair in Financial Institutions and Consumer Finance at Mississippi State University & Senior Affiliated Scholar at The Mercatus Center at George Mason University
  • Srikanth Sarasam, The World Bank
  • Yoshiyuki Yamamoto, United Nations Operations (UNOPS)
  • Preeta Bansal, MIT Media Lab
  • Sandra Ro, UWINCorp
  • Jacqueline Karlin, Amazon Lending
  • Andrew Hinkes, Berger Singerman LLP
  • Lance Koonce, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Berin Szoka, Techfreedom
  • Jared Marx, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP
  • Berin Szoka, TechFreedom
  • Carol Van Cleef, Baker Hostetler, LLP
  • Paige Peterson, Zcash
  • Perianne Boring, Chamber of Digital Commerce
  • Alicia Carmona, Identity 2020
  • Patrick Deegan, Open Mustard Seed & Personal BlackBox
  • Priya Samra, Chamber of Digital Commerce
  • Victoria Adams, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Michael Gronager, Chainalysis
  • Chris Groshong, CoinStructive
 
 
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News

Publications & Press

While the summit operates under Chatham House rules, each year we produce a paper or framework developed out of our collective learning to be shared as a tool for relevant stakeholders.


 

CONSUMERS' RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS BENEFITS OF BITCOIN FOR POLICY MAKERS

Consumers' Researchhas published a new white paper on blockchain technology. The paper, released today, sets out to identify the opportunities presented by the technology, the challenges present today and potential solutions to those concerns.


BITBEAT: BITCOINERS DECAMP TO BRETTON WOODS, ASSESS THE FUTURE OF BITCOIN

A small group of insiders gathered in the New Hampshire hills in July with the goal of producing a comprehensive assessment of where bitcoin is, where it may go, and what might prevent it from getting there.

The idea moreover was to write a paper that would be broad enough to appeal to both policy makers and regulators, the business community, the bitcoin community, and even the general public.


BITCOIN WHITE PAPER BY CONSUMERS' RESEARCH EXPLORES BLOCKCHAIN OPPORTUNITIES AND OBSTACLES

Consumers’ Research, the nation’s oldest consumer organization, gathered 17 digital currency regulators, law enforcement officials, lawyers, financial services staff, and industry representatives at Mt. Washington Resort, the Bretton Woods, NH site of the historic 1944 agreement that established major monetary and foreign-exchange systems.


THE PROMISE OF BITCOIN AND THE BLOCKCHAIN

At the core of Bitcoin is the ability to send money faster around the globe, improve property rights, and enable people who have never met to fully trust one another. This paper identifies and explains the opportunities presented by blockchain technologies, the challenges faced by those opportunities, and potential ways to address those challenges.

 
 
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Location

Omni Mt. Washington

As grand as the history behind it, the Omni Mount Washington Resort, located in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, is gracious in ambiance and generous in amenities. A favorite New England retreat of presidents, poets and celebrities, the hotel delights every sense with enchanting music, refined dining and luxurious décor. The resort boasts a classic Donald Ross-designed golf course, award-winning Alpine and Nordic ski center, luxurious signature spa, decadent dining facilities and nine high-flying zip-lines. After exploring, unwind in luxurious guest room accommodations. A grand masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture, the resort was a two-year labor of love for 250 master craftsmen. Conceived by industrialist Joseph Stickney, this National Historic Landmark opened in 1902 and has been attracting generations of families ever since.