2018 Speakers

14th Annual AMI Monetary Reform Conference, 2018



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Congressman Dennis Kucinich served as U.S. Representative of Ohio from 1997-2013 and also as a candidate for President of the United States in 2004 and 2008.  Among his life achievements, he was the Mayor of Cleveland (1977-1979) and was successful in a battle against selling the municipal electical utility. Kucinich is known for being the strongest liberal voice in the anti-war movement as well as co-sponsoring legislation HR 676  (Universal Single-Payer Healthcare) and HR 2990, the NEED Act (National Emergency Employment Defense Act) which would deliver the single most important legislation ever known to date by reforming the money system once and for all.

Congressman Kucinich will speak about the wave of creative potential becoming possible with the coming monetary reforms in what is sure to be another spectacular Keynote Address at the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the 14th Annual AMI Monetary Reform Conference in 2018.


Professor Joseph Huber is the key monetary reformer of Germany. Founder of monetative.de, Berlin, a monetary reform initiative. In the 1990s he developed what has become the sovereign money movement and the new currency-school approach to overcome bank creation of money. Professor Huber has been working with James Robertson on UK and European monetary reform since 1999, on behalf of the New Economics Foundation, London (report Creating New Money).

In 2013, his presentation on his paper “Modern Money – Interest-bearing Credit or Debt-free Currency?” challenged the assumptions of so-called “Modern Money Theory” (MMT), in their views on money, credit, and debt, and MMT’s belittlement of the dysfunctions of the present mixed-money system because of banks’ credit-created money. He compares this against the analyses given by contemporary monetary reformers who actually stand for a transition from banks’ credit-created money to genuine sovereign money. That paper was sent to the 25,000 subscribers to the Real-World Economics Review in January 2014. MMT has been unable to answer it. Professor Huber “coined” the phrase “sovereign money” some years back and has launched an important new website at www.sovereignmoney.eu to help explain monetary reform to all. We consider him among the very top monetary reformers in the world and the foremost monetary reform economist in the world.

Professor Huber’s presentation for the 2018 conference, entitled [to be advised], will explain the often misunderstood way in which the present monetary and banking system operates as a two-tier/split-circuit system, how the advent of digital currencies (“crypto-currencies”) relates to this, and highlight some of the mistakes that even supposed experts make in their models of these systems.


Elizabeth Kucinich is an independent transatlantic consultant working to bring social, economic, agricultural and ecological systems into balance. Elizabeth worked for 10 years with the Christian Council for Monetary Justice and the Forum for Stable Currencies in London, before coming to America in 2005 to help organize the AMI’s first international conference for monetary reform. She was later instrumental working with her husband, Dennis Kucinich, in the writing and introduction of HR 2990, The National Emergency Employment Defense Act; bringing monetary reform into the 2008 presidential campaign, and in spurring Congressional debate regarding oversight of the Federal Reserve. Elizabeth knows and does more about monetary reform than virtually all of the supposed monetary reformers, and she always tells the truth! She gave an amazing, uplifting presentation in 2016, entitled A much better world is absolutely possible!

Elizabeth is Professor and Vice Chancellor’s advisory council member for Coventry University, UK, Board member and Policy Chair for the Rodale Institute, the oldest organic research institute in America (established 1947), Government Affairs, Policy and Partnerships Consultant for Socially Conscious Organizational and Advocacy Development, Award-winning film producer (including GMO OMG and Hot Water), Advocate for sustainable organic food and food safety. Champion for peace, the environment, human rights and animal rights … monetary reform, and much more! For the 2018 conference, Elizabeth will speak on [to be advised].


Dr. Kaoru Yamaguchi has continued to refine his highly advanced System Dynamics modelling project, which concluded that monetary reform as proposed in the NEED Act will pay off the US national debt as it comes due and provide the funding for infrastructure – which solves the unemployment problem – and will do all this and more without inflation!

Former Professor Yamaguchi used to head the System Dynamics Group of the Doshisha Business School at Doshisha University in Kyoto Japan. He presented his macroeconomic model on the to a plenary session of the System Dynamics International Conference in Seoul (2010), being attended by more than 300 researchers. It was so well received that on July 26th, the same International Conference asked him to speak on this matter again, at their meeting in Washington, DC.

Dr. Yamaguchi is currently directing the Public Money Initiative movement in Japan, and preparing for a Crypto-token experiment called EPM (Electronic Public Money)-token to create 100% money electronically using blockchain technology. A PDF of Dr. Yamaguchi’s paper for the 2017 AMI conference is accessible here (and the slides of the presentation are available here).

Dr. Yamaguchi has developed a vision for a sustainable world based on the concept of a “Green Village” – his web site on this is available for viewing here, where you can read about the “Green Village” concept, and his books, papers and presentations.

For the 2018 conference, Dr. Yamaguchi will give a presentation of his analysis of [to be advised].


Professor Richard Werner is among the most knowledgeable economists in the world when it comes to money, banking and finance, having actually worked in many of the world’s leading financial institutions, including Jardine Fleming Securities (Asia), Bear Stearns Asset Management, the Asian Development Bank, the Japanese Ministry of Finance, the (Central) Bank of Japan, and the Development Bank of Japan. During his time in Japan he was the first person to coin the phrase “quantitative easing” – but he meant it to be something that could actually work for the benefit of everyone.

Professor Werner has a unique insiders view of the world of finance, banking, central banking and politics … it’s eye-opening to say the least. This is a great opportunity for conference participants to have an intimate conversation with Professor Werner about his experiences.

For the 2018 conference, Professor Werner will give a presentation of his analysis of [to be advised].


Reverend Dr. Delman Coates is a graduate of Morehouse College (B.A. in Religion, 1995), Harvard Divinity School (Master of Divinity, 1998), and Columbia University (Master of Philosophy in Religion, 2002; Ph.D. in New Testament & Early Christianity, 2006). Coates has served as the Senior Pastor of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, MD since 2004.  During this time, the congregation has grown to almost 9,000 members. Pastor Coates is founder and president of the Black Church Center for Justice & Equality (BCC), and a board member of the Parents Television Council and the National Action Network. He is also a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Morehouse College Board of Preachers, and the NAACP. Rev. Coates has appeared on and been profiled in national media such as MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, Essence Magazine, NPR, VH1, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and was featured in the documentary The New Black. Rev. Coates’ understanding and commitment to getting monetary reform, as the key stepping stone to achieving economic and social justice in America, could well become a pivotal factor in attaining true monetary reform for the nation! Once we get it here, it will spread across the globe very, very quickly.

In 2017, Reverend Coates gave a presentation entitled “Moral Man, Immoral Money: The Moral Imperative of Monetary Reform” (with the word “Man” being in italics for a reason). For 2018, Reverend Coates will give a presentation on [to be advised].


Professor Steve Keen won the inaugural (Paul) Revere Award for giving an early warning (2005) of the debt-deflation collapse of 2008 from which the world is still suffering. He has built a growing reputation as a rare deep thinker on how monetary systems really work, not just how the central banks have said they work. Thus his blog has over 50,000 followers and he is a must-see analyst for theorists and investors involved in markets of all types, including the bond markets. Professor Keen has moved from the University of Western Sydney, Australia, to Head, School of Economics, Politics & History, Kingston University in London. In December 2005, drawing on his 1995 theoretical paper, and convinced that a financial crisis was fast approaching, Steve Keen went high-profile public with his analysis and predictions. He registered the webpage www.debtdeflation.com dedicated to analyzing the “global debt bubble”, which soon attracted a large international audience.

In December 2012, Professor Keen delivered a Congressional Briefing to Congress in Washington DC, sponsored by Congressman Dennis Kucinich, which accurately warned of the dangers of a “sequestration.” For the 2018 conference, Professor Keen will give a presentation of his analysis of [to be advised].


Professor Nic Tideman received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago (where he studied under Milton Friedman among others), taught at Harvard (1968-73) and served as Senior Staff Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (1970-71) before moving to Virginia Tech in 1973. He has been Professor of Economics there since 1985. While his research has focused primarily on urban economics, public finance, voting rules and social justice, in 1975 he collaborated with Nobel Laureate James Buchanan in writing on “Gold, Money and the Law.”

Professor Tideman has participated in all of the AMI conferences. His topic in 2017 was Points of agreement and disagreement with the AMI program. For the 2018 conference, Professor Tideman will give a presentation of his analysis of [to be advised].


Mark Pash, CFP, has been promoting monetary reform to our leaders and the general public for over 25 years. Mark will discuss “Creating a 21st Century Win-Win Economy: Preparation for the Robotic Age” and why monetary reform is crucial for the 21st Century, including his 28 reasons for monetary reform and the 14 ways of overcoming its major objection (excess inflation). Mark has long been active in politics serving on a Presidential and Congressional Campaign Advisory Economic Committees besides running for a Congressional seat in 1996.

Mark will be launching his new book “Creating a 21st Century Win-Win Economy” at this year’s AMI conference (copies of the book will be provided to conference participants). As part of the launch, he will discuss the many different ways that new money can be distributed and how it will create a 21st Century Win-Win Economy, even for the bankers.

Mark is a Certified Financial Planner from the College of Financial Planning with a Bachelors and Masters in Business Administration from UCLA and USC, respectively. He has served and founded a number of financial organizations and industry associations. His extensive background brings a grounded understanding of the practical and theoretical in the field of macroeconomics. He has written many articles besides his book “Economic Theory of Relatively” and the website of his non-profit think tank, Center for Progressive Economics (CPE) at www.cpe.us.com. For the 2018 conference, Mark will give a presentation on [to be advised].


Jim Wert retired as senior counsel in the Office of the Legislative Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he worked for almost 31 years, 26 of them writing legislation for banking, financial services, credit, currency and coin laws, including Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s NEED Act, H.R. 2990, which he guided for over 2 years! The Legislative Counsel provides legislative drafting services to the committees and Members of the House of Representatives on a non-partisan, impartial, and confidential basis.  Today he participates in, and is very much interested in, continuing discussions on what a sustainable and fully functional economic system might look like, and what kind of financial system should evolve to support the development of such an economic system. Jim has become very interested in monetary reform. Jim’s talk to us 3 years ago was a conference highlight. He surprised and shocked participants when he informed us that the primary element of banker power, using the fractional reserve system has never ever been established in law! Jim told us about a number of such surprises in banking law.

In 2016 Jim wrote three sentences to be added to a reintroduced NEED Act which wipes out all student debt. In 2017 Jim spoke on “What is Real?” For the 2018 conference, Jim will be available to discuss how to add other good things to add to the NEED Act and what is real, and will speak on [to be advised] .


Joe Bongiovanni is a second-generation monetary reformer, studying money systems for over 40 years, being the co-founder and co-Director, with J. Peter Young, of the Kettle Pond Institute for Debt-free Money.   Joe is an important monetary blogger and though always polite, his posts and comments are blocked from some web sites and blogs because they cannot answer his points.

In 2017, Joe presented on Hyman Minsky and the 100 Percent Money Solution, a discussion on Hyman Minsky’s Working Paper No. 127 for the Levy Economics Institute; Financial Instability and the Decline(?) of Banking: Public Policy Considerations.   Joe warns that this is not a session for economists! A PDF of Joe’s highlighted version of Minsky’s paper under discussion at this year’s AMI conference is accessible here. Joe also discussed why monetary reform fits with progressive goals (with Mark Young, who will be discussing why monetary reform fits with conservative goals). For the 2018 conference, Joe will give a presentation on [to be advised].


Mark Young is a Consultant and Housing Developer with Crossroads Development & Consulting Company. He is also the author of How to Fix the Future, a book that outlines the structure of the global monetary system and the benefits of restructuring it. Prior to that, he was the Chief Operating Officer for a state financing authority. Mark studied and became familiar with monetary systems while in graduate school studying Urban Planning and Economics.

In 2017, Mark discussed why monetary reform fits with conservative goals (with Joe Bongiovanni, who discussed why monetary reform fits with progressive goals). For the 2018 conference, Mark will give a presentation on [to be advised].


John Howell (Ph.D., UCLA); teaching and research in physiology for 42 years (Ohio University); recipient of numerous grants and awards; including the directorship of the Institute for Musculoskeletal Research, and chairing various committees. He serves teaching in the Department of Classics and World Religions. He is co-founder and co-ordinator of Democracy Over Corporations in Athens, Ohio, and has attended AMI Monetary Reform Conferences since 2012, and is now giving presentations on monetary reform at local and regional gatherings. John gives one of the clearest, most inspiring talks on the problem of “bank credit-created monetary systems” and using debt in place of money, and has established himself as a premier monetary reform presenter. For the 2018 conference, John will give a presentation on [to be advised].


Joseph M. Pijanowski, former Directing Business Representative of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers – Local 126, is highly regarded with a unique understanding of our current monetary system, its penalty to Workers and our economy.In an era of debt, austerity, and spiraling income inequality, we can no longer ignore the truth that workers, not plutocrats are the most important contributors to our economy. Real Monetary reform will unleash the creative power of the Working Class.IAM Local 126 was one of the key Union supporters of Kucinich’s monetary reform bill, HR2990.

In 2017, Joseph spoke on: Our Current Debt Based Money Used as a Medium of Exchange VS. Horses Used as Transportation – Strange but True History and Correlations. For the 2018 conference, Joseph will give a presentation on [to be advised].


Sue Peters has degrees in History and Education and is an information technologist specializing in finance. Having spent 35 years on Wall Street, the last 15 at a multinational bank, she has an insiders knowledge of the relationship between Wall Street and money. She gave a public in-depth class on the book, The Lost Science of Money, by Stephen Zarlenga; the extensive class materials can be viewed from the HISTORY tab on the website, GreensForMonetaryReform.org.  She is a member of The American Monetary Institute, Green Party Manhattan Local, National Organization for Raw Materials (NORM), the website GreensForMonetaryReform.org and the NYC Labor Chorus.

In 2017, Sue spoke on how she built a local monetary reform group in New York City, developed a monetary reform education course, took monetary reform to local and national conferences, built a monetary reform group within a national political party, and reached out to national groups to engage with them about monetary reform. Sue is a role model for people getting involved in their local area, and, among members of the groups they belong to, promoting monetary reform. AMI wants others to emulate what Sue is doing. For the 2018 conference, Sue will give a presentation on [to be advised].


Greg Coleridge presents the primary methodology to avoid wasting crucial time and energy at historically critical points -  when real reform must be the target. Rigorous research and study is the essential first step of any social change agent in understanding the root of any problem and in developing appropriate organizing actions and campaigns. Without “deep discovery” of core causes, appropriate social changes are impossible.

Greg is Director of the Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee (Quakers). He is on the National Steering Committee of the Move to Amend / Campaign to Legalize Democracy Program on Corporations, Law & Democracy (POCLAD) national collective. In 2017, Greg gave a presentation on Money Power and People Power. For the 2018 conference, Greg will give a presentation on [to be advised].


Howard Switzer is a Tennessee architect working in eco-friendly building methods and builds energy efficient, healthy, homes of earth and straw and has presented at the International Materials Research Congress. He co-founded the “Moving the Money to MainStreet Campaign” adopted by the GPUS in 2007. That same year he attended the AMI presentation from Stephen Zarlenga at the Greens national meeting in Reading, PA, which confirmed his belief that monetary reform is critical to democracy and funding a transition to a Green Economy. He presented on monetary reform at the 2013 Green Party National Meeting. He is a founding member and was co-chair of the Green Party of Tennessee 2002-2003 and served many terms on the Green Party’s National Committee as a delegate from Tennessee. He has run for state office in Tennessee to give the party standing.

He is currently a GP national delegate advocating for monetary reform per the Green Party platform, which includes the key elements of the AMI/NEED Act proposal, to be a central component of GPUS POTUS campaigns and is calling for Reviving the American Revolution electorally to reclaim our nations’s economic sovereignty for the democratic governance of the United States. For the 2018 conference, Howard will give a presentation on [to be advised].


Dan Sullivan is the president of the Council of Georgist Organizations and the director of Saving Communities. He has been instrumental in winning shifts from property taxes and wage taxes to land value tax in some of the Pennsylvania cities that levy that tax. His leadership is primarily responsible for three quarters of a billion dollars in tax shifts.

In 2017 Dan gave presentations on Land and Money Monopolies and The Limits of Local Currency. For the 2018 conference, Dan will give a presentation on [to be advised].



Nick Egnatz is a Vietnam vet, small businessman, and activist. His life as an activist began opposing the imminent invasion of Iraq in 2003. This opposition soon grew to include all U.S. wars, militarism, empire and the war on the poor and working class facilitated by a monetary system designed to send everything straight to the top. The National Association of Social Workers named Nick 2006 Northwest Indiana Citizen of the Year for his anti-war activism. At last year’s conference Nick began a discussion on social justice and monetary reform (his pamphlet entitled Linking Social Justice to Monetary Reform is available free – those that would like copies to distribute are invited to contact Nick at OccupyNick@yahoo.com). In 2017, Nick presented on Monetary Reform for Dummies. For the 2018 conference, Nick will give a presentation on [to be advised].


Patrick Barry is the Managing Partner of Barry Investment Advisors LLC, a private wealth management firm based in southeastern Massachusetts. He and his team help over 450 affluent and high net worth families, from diverse backgrounds, with their financial and investment planning needs. After acquiring a BS in Finance from Fairfield University, he began his career as a Financial Analyst for The Blackstone Group. In 2002 he join his father in the investment advisory business. Together, they warned clients about the ensuing debt crisis, and were able to protect their portfolios from loss in 2008. Through research, investing, and conversations with industry leaders, Pat is convinced that the AMI has uncovered the best path forward to restore U.S. economic health and sovereignty through monetary reform. In 2017, Pat convened a discussion on AMI’s way forward in Washington DC, based on his experience and observations. For the 2018 conference, Patrick will give a presentation on [to be advised].


Jamie Walton worked for two years in Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s office, helping put the N.E.E.D. bill together. He will describe how its various elements work. The three elements of this single reform are: 1) Incorporation of the Federal Reserve into the U.S. Treasury. 2) Ending Fractional Reserve Banking – Changes in accounting rules so that banks no longer create any part of what we use for money. 3) New money needed in a developing society is introduced by government spending money into circulation on things like infrastructure, starting with the $3.6 trillion our engineers (ASCE) tell us is needed by 2020. Also included will be the “human infrastructure” of education and health care. Read his latest work here. Jamie is an experienced civil engineer, and a senior AMI Researcher. In 2017, Jamie discussed The NEED Act: A Strategic Way Forward. For the 2018 conference, Jamie will give a presentation on [to be advised].


Robert Poteat, former Director of the American Monetary Institute, will be honored at this year’s conference for his contributions to AMI and monetary reform over many decades. Robert was among the most knowledgeable, reality-based experts on our money system in America. A long-term and meticulous monetary researcher, certainly among the top half dozen in America in awareness of monetary systems. Robert discusses why the American Monetary Act is needed in order to help resolve the greatest crises we now face. He wrote: “The results of the privatized bank credit system are so well documented by history that to recount them is cubic redundancy. However, politics seems to operate on sound bite redundancy. We must frame our case to win the battle of monetary reform.” In 2017, Robert discussed AMI’s purpose, methodology and achievements to date. For the 2018 conference, we will honor Robert and live up to his legacy.


Edgar Wortmann is legal counsel specialized in property law and committed to reform the monetary and banking system. Edgar is an associate of Stichting Ons Geld (Our Money Foundation), which initiated the citizens’ initiative for monetary reform in the Netherlands (Burgerinitiatief Ons Geld), and successfully stirred up public debate about the money system. This resulted in Dutch Parliamentary Hearings, which will continue. Edgar will tell us how he helped make that happen! Previously, Edgar explored new utilities and was involved in the design and process descriptions of decentralized water chains, floating homes and fully self-sufficient residential areas. Edgar was a guest-lecturer Urban Infrastructure at Wageningen University. He will give an update of the developments regarding monetary reform in the Netherlands, and explain the circumstances that enabled our citizens’ initiative, and parliamentarian hearing that evolved from that. “I take a legal approach towards money and this gives interesting discussions; especially for older economists it seems hard to distinguish bank credit (bank deposits) from money. I’ll also discuss what we call in the Netherlands ‘government issued digital chartal money.”

In 2016, Edgar gave a highly informative presentation entitled A proposal for radical monetary reform (Paper included). For the 2018 conference, Edgar will give a presentation on [to be advised].


William Bergman, economist and formerly an official at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, until he became a whistle-blower on Fed practices. At past conferences he gave up to the minute discussions on the banking problem. Presently he is Director of Research at the Truth in Accounting organization and is invited to discuss that organizations objectives and conclusions.

In 2016, William gave an up-to-date assessment of the state of state and local government finances in a highly informative presentation entitled Government Finance: Seeking the Truth in a Dangerous Fog. For the 2018 conference, William will give a presentation on [to be advised].